TV-2 (band)

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TV-2 live in their hometown Aarhus in 2005
Background information
Origin Aarhus, Denmark
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1981 (1981)–present
Labels EMI
Members Steffen Brandt
Hans Erik Lerchenfeld
Georg Olesen
Sven Gaul

TV-2 (stylized as TV·2 or tv.2, short for Taurus Version 2; formerly briefly known as taurus), is a Danish pop rock band group formed in 1981 in Aarhus. The group is composed of Steffen Brandt (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards), Hans Erik Lerchenfeld (guitar), Georg Olesen (bass), and Sven Gaul (drums). Having released 17 studio albums, three live albums and two compilations, they are one of the most successful bands in Danish music history and have always consisted of the same four members.

TV-2 was formed prior to the Danish television station TV 2, which began broadcasting in 1988. Some of their songs, such as "Fantastiske Toyota" (Danish for "Fantastic Toyota"), are known to have commercial like concepts. They used to refer jokingly to themselves as "Danmarks kedeligste orkester" (meaning "Denmark's most boring band").

The band's name is likely a tongue-in-cheek, play on words joke of how similar the guitar line in the song "Stairway to Heaven" by the band Led Zeppelin sounds to that of the much lesser known song "Taurus" by the band Spirit. Songwriting credit and royalties for "Stairway to Heaven" have never been given to the members of Spirit. Meanwhile, "Stairway to Heaven" has become one of the most popular songs ever recorded. Hence, the joke "Taurus Version 2", in reference to "Stairway to Heaven".[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
1981 Fantastiske Toyota
1982 Verden Er Vidunderlig
1983 Beat
1984 Nutidens Unge
1985 Rigtige Mænd (Gider Ikke Høre Mere Vrøvl)
1987 En Dejlig Torsdag
1988 Nærmest Lykkelig
1990 Vi Blir Alligevel Aldrig Voksne
1991 Slaraffenland
1994 Verdens Lykkeligste Mand
1995 Kys Bruden
1998 Yndlingsbabe
2001 Amerika
2002 På Kanten Af Småt Brændbart
2005 De Første Kærester På Månen
2007 For Dig Ku' Jeg Gøre Alting
2011 Showtime

Live albums[edit]

Year Title
1987 Fri Som Fuglen
1999 Verdens Lykkeligste Band - Live 99
1999 Manden Der Ønskede Sig En Havudsigt

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Title and Details Peak chart positions Certification
Greatest - De Unge År
  • Release date: 1992
  • Release date: 2004
Bag Duggede Ruder – Boxset
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD, Digital download

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Guitar World Magazine, April 1997: "(Randy) California's most enduring legacy may well be the fingerpicked acoustic theme of the song "Taurus," which Jimmy Page lifted virtually note for note for the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven."
  2. ^ "Danish Charts > TV2". Hung Medien.