Norwegian rock

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Dimmu Borgir performing at Tuska in 2005.

The most known rock and roll performers in the 1950s were Per Granberg, Per Hartvig (Rocke-Pelle), Jan Rohde and Odd Gisløy (Smiling Tommy). Gisløy even penned his own rock and roll composition: "Dancing with My Rockin' Shoes".

In the early 1960s the so-called Shadow bands (named after the British instrumental group The Shadows) were popular. Among the most notable were The Beatniks and The Vanguards. In mid 1960s The Pussycats recorded two albums: one in Great Britain and one in West Germany, both produced by Sven-Erik Børja. Most of the songs were composed by group member Trond Graff.

Norway has produced a number of famous bands, including the pop group a-ha and Titanic (reaching # 5 on the UK singles chart in 1971).

Also from Norway: industrial rock band Zeromancer. A few members where formally in the band Seigmen.

Norway also has a notable progressive rock scene, which began in 1971 with the release of Junipher Greene's Friendship, which was the country's first double album. Later, more progressive bands like Folque incorporated elements of traditional Norwegian folk music in their recordings. Other bands include Ruphus, Aunt Mary and Høst. This scene was in large part fueled by the success Frank Zappa had in Norway.

In the 80s Norway had Artch, Return, Stage Dolls and TNT, who was the first Norwegian band to be featured on the American Billboard charts. In the latter years of this decade a new generation of bands started to gain popularity. It was bands who sang in Norwegian. Here Norway got the "4 great ones": DumDum Boys, DeLillos, Raga Rockers and Jokke & Valentinerne. All bands except Jokke (Joachim "Jokke" Nielsen died in 2000) are still active.

More recently, the Norwegian rock-scene has been dominated internationally by bands such as Turbonegro, Gluecifer and Madrugada, but several bands (like BigBang, Euroboys and Span) concentrate on the domestic market.

In the 1990s, Norway saw the growing of the underground black metal scene, with bands including Mayhem, Immortal, Enslaved, Darkthrone, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Satyricon and Dimmu Borgir.

Since 2001, Kaizers Orchestra has been the most important rock band in Norway. The band employs a variety of unique instruments including a pump organ, accordion. They are known for their use of oil barrels, car wheels, and garbage cans as percussion instruments.