Kim Larsen

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Kim Larsen
Kim Larsen.jpg
Kim Larsen, Nibe Festival 2009.
Background information
Birth nameKim Melius Flyvholm Larsen
Born(1945-10-23)October 23, 1945
Copenhagen, Denmark
DiedSeptember 30, 2018(2018-09-30) (aged 72)
Odense, Denmark
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Singer/songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar

Kim Melius Flyvholm Larsen (23 October 1945 – 30 September 2018)[1] was a Danish rock and pop musician. He was a major selling Scandinavian act with over 2.5 million albums sold. [2]

Career[edit]

Kim Larsen was born in Copenhagen. Inspired by The Beatles and rock and roll, he began as a songwriter and guitarist. In 1969 he met Franz Beckerlee and Wili Jønsson, and the three founded Gasolin' which, later joined by drummer Søren Berlev, became one of the most successful Danish rock bands. The band dissolved in the late 1970s.

In 1979, Larsen participated in the Danish stage of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ud i det blå (en: Out into the Blue). He came third out of 17 participants. The song was included on this album 231045-0637.

Around 1980, Larsen moved to New York. He released two albums but was not successful in breaking through in America and returned to Denmark after a few years.

Kim Larsen released a number of solo albums in the 1980s, topping the charts in 1983 with the album Midt om natten (en: In the Middle of the Night). The album more or less became a soundtrack for the movie by the same name based upon it.[3]

In 1983, Larsen founded the band Kim Larsen & Bellami and released four albums until 1992, when after a couple of different line-ups, the band broke up. He then released another solo album, Hvem kan sige nej til en engel (Who Can Say No To An Angel). In the mid 1990s he founded the band Kim Larsen & Kjukken which is based in Odense.

By the end of 2017 Larsen was diagnosed with prostate cancer.[4] This would end up impacting his tour with Kim Larsen & Kjukken who were scheduled for concerts throughout January, February and March 2018. In a Facebook post published to the bands official profile-page Larsen apologizes for the inconvenience and explains that he intends to be back playing by the start of the summer.

Surrounded by his loved ones; Kim Larsen died of prostate cancer at his home in Odense on 30 September 2018.[5] A week after his death a large memorial concert was held in Copenhagen with around 35,000 people attending, and major Danish musicians such as Magtens Korridorer, Love Shop and The Minds of 99 performing cover versions of Larsen's songs.[6]

Protest singer[edit]

Larsen frequently voiced his opposition to established society and instead advocated the right to be different from the mainstream. The album and movie Midt om natten revolves around this subject – in fact you can compare the movie action to the real Danish BZ movement da:BZ, Sorte Hest and also Freetown Christiania, located in Copenhagen. The same opposition is also shown by the album 231045-0637 – the title is Kim Larsen's personal identification number which is strictly personal. Larsen was against the big database of every citizen, implied by this title.

Kim Larsen was a heavy smoker, and he was critical of Danish anti-smoking laws. In August 2008, he paid for an advertising campaign which showed the text "Tillykke med rygeforbudet – Gesundheit macht frei !!!". The first sentence means "Congratulations on the smoking ban" in Danish, and the second sentence means "health makes free" in German (this is a reference to the Nazi phrase Arbeit macht frei). Claiming that smoking bans are made not to protect smokers, but non-smokers, Kim Larsen made a connection between smoking bans and Nazism.[7]

Bands[edit]

Gasolin' (1969–1978)[edit]

  • Kim Larsen – Vocals and rhythm guitar
  • Franz Beckerlee – Solo guitar
  • Wili Jønsson – Bass
  • Bjørn Uglebjerg (1969–1971) and Søren Berlev (1971–1978) – Drums
  • Klaus Agerschou (Live concerts) – Keyboards

Kim Larsen & Jungledreams (1980–1983)[edit]

  • Kim Larsen – Guitar and vocals
  • Rick Blakemore – Guitar
  • Joe Delia – Keyboards
  • Abe Speller – Drums
  • Dennis Espantman – Bass

Kim Larsen & Bellami (1983–1992)[edit]

1983–1984:

  • Kim Larsen – Guitar and vocals
  • Henning Pold – Bass
  • Phil Barrett – Keyboards and guitar
  • Soren Wolff – Guitar
  • Jan Lysdahl – Drums

1986–1992:

  • Kim Larsen – Guitar and vocals
  • Henning Pold – Bass
  • Hans Fagt and Jan Lysdahl –Drums
  • Mikkel Håkonsson and Peter Ingemann – Keyboards
  • Thomas Grue and Per Rasmussen – Guitar and (jingle)

Kim Larsen & Bell*Star (1993–1994)[edit]

  • Kim Larsen – Guitar and vocals
  • Hubba – Drums
  • Henning Pold – Bass
  • Mikkel Håkonsson – Keyboards

Kim Larsen & Kjukken (1995–2018)[edit]

  • Kim Larsen – Guitar and vocals
  • Bo Gryholt – Bass (1995–2002) and Jesper Haugaard – Bass (2002–2018)
  • Karsten Skovgaard – Guitar
  • Jesper Rosenqvist – Drums (1994-2014) and Jens Langhorn (2015-2018)

Albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

Studio
EP's
Compilations
  • 1975: Skru Op
  • 1977: Boller Op, Boller Ned
  • 1979: Hittegods
  • 1983: Gorilla Mix
  • 1983: Larsens Bedste
  • 1984: Årets Koncent
  • 2015: Kim i 70'erne (with Gasolin')
Live

with Gasolin'[edit]

Studio
Compilations
  • 1980: Super Mix 1
  • 1981: A Box Full of Gas
  • 1984: Det Bedste Fra Mig Og Mine Venner (Kim Larsen with Gasolin')
  • 1991: Rabalderstræde Forever
  • 1993: Derudaf Forever
  • 1997: A Foreign Affair vol.1
  • 1999: Gasolin' Forever
  • 2000: The Early Years
  • 2002: A Foreign Affair vol.2
  • 2003: The Black Box
  • 2009: Masser af succes
  • 2015: Kim I 70'erne
Live
  • 1976: Live sådan (Live)
  • 1978: Gøglernes aften (Live)

with Starfuckers[edit]

Live

with Kim Larsen & Jungledreams[edit]

Studio

with Kim Larsen & Bellami[edit]

Studio

with Kim Larsen & Kjukken[edit]

Studio
Live

Charting albums[edit]

(All peak positions in Danish Albums Chart)

  • 2001: Weekend Music (reached #3)
  • 2001: Sange fra glemmebogen (reached #1)
  • 2006: Gammel hankat (reached #1)
  • 2008: Glemmebogen for børn (reached #1)
  • 2010: Mine damer og herrer (reached #1)
  • 2012: 5 Eiffel (reached #21)
  • 2015: Guld & grønne skove (reached #12)
  • 2015: Forklædt som voksen (reached #14)
As Kim Larsen & Kjukken
  • 2002: Det var en torsdag aften (reached #2)
  • 2003: 7-9-13 (reached #1)
  • 2004: Glemmebogen Jul & Nytår (reached #1)
  • 2007: En lille pose støj (reached #1) (Live)
As Kim Larsen & Bellami
  • 2015: Kielgasten (reached #22)
With Gasolin'
  • 2015: Kim I 70'erne (reached #8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jørn Jeppesen (2018-01-03). "Vinterturné aflyses". Kimlarsen.dk. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  2. ^ "CBS Records present: Major Scandinavian Acts". Billboard. 14 July 1979. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ "In the Middle of the Night". IMDb.com. 9 March 1984.
  4. ^ "Her er Kim Larsens kræftsygdom - en sygdom han deler med mange tusinde danske mænd". Alt om sundhed. 2018-01-06. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  5. ^ Busk Stie, Hans-Henrik (30 September 2018). "Kim Larsen er død". Nyheder.tv2.dk (in Danish).
  6. ^ Bay Nielsen, Silas (7 October 2018). "Omkring 35.000 deltog til Kim Larsen-mindekoncert". dr.dk (in Danish).
  7. ^ "Kz-offer raser mod Kim Larsen". Ekstrabladet.dk.

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