Dizzy Mizz Lizzy (album)
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|Dizzy Mizz Lizzy|
|Studio album by|
|Released||4 March 1994|
Focus studio (Copenhagen)
Grapehouse studio (Copenhagen)
|Producer||Nick Foss, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy|
|Dizzy Mizz Lizzy chronology|
Before the album was even recorded, the songs "Waterline" and "Silverflame" from the band's 1993 demo received heavy rotation on radio stations, including DR P3 and DR P4. "Waterline" became the banner anthem for the grunge wave that hit Denmark, even though the band thought it was one of the least obvious songs to become a hit. Because the demo was only in limited circulation, the album was pre-ordered by over 7,000 fans. Despite a growing demand, the band took some time in search of the right label to represent them. They rejected several foreign offers before being contracted to EMI-Medley by Nick Foss, whom they knew from his work as producer for D-A-D and The Sandmen. They went into the studio with Foss for three months. Lead singer and guitarist Tim Christensen recalls: "We were very nervous, even when we went into the studio to record. We have continually received positive criticism, so we felt that there was a huge burden on our shoulders."
In two months' time following the 4 March 1994 release, it won a gold record for having sold over 40,000 copies; two months later it won platinum, and another two months later sales had exceeded 100,000 copies. By 1996, sales were up to 180,000 copies, by which time it was the fastest-selling Danish debut ever. To date it has sold over 250,000 copies in Denmark, a sales record that still stands and is good for 5× Platinum. The album was well received and described as "Paul McCartney meeting Led Zeppelin in Seattle", although others were more critical, putting it as "A record and a band that have not added anything new to rock music, but who nevertheless have set completely different standards for Danish rock," especially in terms of the music becoming louder. Its success "only tolerates national comparison with the merits of Gasolin' in the 1970s and the international adoration of Aqua". A review in the Danish music magazine GAFFA described it as:
The eagerly awaited debut is breathtaking, as even the sourest stomach acid will declare. The record is a long display of a genuine joy in playing and an unspoiled love for heavy rock.
It all heavily oozes Led Zeppelin and Seattle, but the trio wants, and inexplicably even manages it, to create their own musical identity. They do it primarily through of a series of bulletproof melodies that are lifting the heavy tones up the heights where trumpet-playing angels usually provide the musical entertainment. It's simply a relief to hear such a young rock band, who both can and dare write pretty banal tunes.
Although the band might run a little generously over the same melodies, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy the most promising rock debut in Denmark in many, many years.
By accident the CD ended up with Hans Otto Bisgård of EMI's Japanese division, who was excited about the album and had it released in Japan where it became a success and sold about 100,000 copies. Five singles were released from the album and all got much radio play: "Silverflame", "Barbedwired Baby's Dream", "Love Is a Loser's Game", "Glory" and "Waterline". The band went on a tour through much of Western Europe and played 3 sold-out shows in the Japanese cities Sapporo, Osaka and Tokyo. In 1995, the album garnered the band four Danish Grammys for Danish group of the year, Danish newcomer of the year, Danish rock album of the year, and the People's choice award.
The cover art was designed by MandOverBord. About the girl, Christensen explains: "The photo is from around 1920. It depicts the older sister of my grandmother on mother's side. She died around the age of 12-14 of tuberculosis. Her real name is Vera. There are two or three copies of the photo in my family. I have one hanging in my apartment. The same photo hung in my home, and when we were searching for a cover for our first release (the 1993 promo), we felt it was a great idea to use the picture of her as a sort of mascot or logo." The picture was reused for the cover of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy and also appears on several of the band's compilation albums and their 2016 studio album Forward in Reverse.
The album was re-released on 29 March 2010 as part of the Dizzcography box set. It was digitally remastered by Nikolaj Vinten who had also mastered the album in 1994. A remaster of the Japanese bonus track "Hurry Hurry" was included on another disc in the box set, which also includes the 1993 demos. In the track listing, "Waterline Intro" was merged into "Waterline". The cover art had completely been redrawn by Paul Wilson of Yellow1 because the original designs by MandOverBord had not been saved. The backdrop of the new front cover (shown on the right) shows clear differences, the yellow lettering is brighter, while there are darker shadows in the girl's face. The print on the disc is more modern, and the booklet has been modified and expanded with liner notes by Jan Poulsen, although it was strongly inspired by the original and contains the same photography by Einar vid Neyst. The packaging has changed from jewel case to Digipak.
The remasters of the 2010 reissue sparked a wave of downloads of the album and of individual songs from the iTunes Store and inspired the Danish producer and DJ Morten Breum to release a remix of "Waterline" on 5 April 2010.
All tracks written by Tim Christensen, except where noted.
|Dizzy Mizz Lizzy|
|3.||"Barbedwired Baby's Dream"||3:07|
|4.||"Love Is a Loser's Game"||3:47|
|6.||"67 Seas in Your Eyes"||4:38|
|8.||"Love Me a Little" (lyrics: Tim Christensen, Thomas Rockwell)||4:01|
|9.||"Mother Nature's Recipe"||3:06|
|10.||"...And So Did I"||4:41|
|12.||"Hidden War" (lyrics: Christensen, Rockwell)||4:44|
|13.||"For God's Sake"||3:55|
|14.||"Too Close to Stab" (lyrics: Christensen, Rockwell)||5:10|
|Japan bonus track|
- "Barbedwired Baby's Dream"
- "Love Is a Loser's Game"
- Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
- Nick Foss – producer, mixer
- Lars Overgaard – engineer, mastering, mixer
- MandOverBord – cover art
- Einar vid Neyst – photography
- Discogs (2010). Dizzy Mizz Lizzy - Dizzy Mizz Lizzy (CD, Album). Retrieved on 21 October 2010.
- Skaaning, Jesper (1994). "Rock and roll anno 1994". GAFFA, 1994(3), 8. (in Danish)
- Poulsen, Jan (February 2010). "Dizzcography" (complimentary booklet).
- Reuss, Anders (1996). "Fra Europe til Seattle". GAFFA, 1996(5), 12. (in Danish)
- Madsen, Finn P. (1996). "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy: Rotator". GAFFA, 1996(5), 20. (in Danish)
- Molin, Theis (2010). "Lost inside a dream: The story of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy". Documentary.
- Facebook (2010). "Tim Christensen: Info". Retrieved on 12 November 2010.
- Tuxen, Henrik (1998). "Stopper på toppen: Dizzy opløst" (Stop at the top: Dizzy dissolved). GAFFA, 1998(4), 8. (in Danish)
- Poulsen, Jan Opstrup (1994). "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy: Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, EMI/Medley". GAFFA, 1994(4), 18. (in Danish)
- Facebook (2010). "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy: Info". Retrieved on 22 October 2010.
- Christensen, Tim (14 October 2009). "Det originale billede" Archived 2011-08-31 at the Wayback Machine (The original photo). Timfans.dk. (in Danish)
- Tuxen, Henrik (4 March 2010) "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy udgiver bokssæt" (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy releases box set). GAFFA. (in Danish)
- iTunes (2010). "Waterline (Morten Breum Remix) Extended - Single by Dizzy Mizz Lizzy" Archived November 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 22 December 2010.