Savoy (band)

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OriginOslo, Norway
Boston, USA
Bergen, Norway
GenresAlternative rock[1]
Years active1994–present
Associated actsA-ha
WebsiteSavoy homepage
MembersPaul Waaktaar-Savoy
Lauren Savoy
Frode Unneland

Savoy are a Norwegian-American rock trio consisting of Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (famous from Norwegian band A-ha) (vocals/guitars/bass/keyboards), his wife Lauren Savoy (vocals/guitars) and Frode Unneland (drums/percussion/backing vocals). The band was formed in 1994 and has released 6 studio albums to date.


Savoy, unlike Waaktaar-Savoy's other band A-ha, has a certain down-to-earth indie rock approach to their music. All songs are composed by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Lauren Savoy. Lauren herself is known as a film maker, and Frode Unneland is one of Norway's best drummers known from the Bergen music scene as drummer with Chocolate Overdose and Popium. He has also drummed for Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.

Savoy have achieved great critical success in Norway. They have been nominated for 3 Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemannprisen) and won two of them, in 2000 and 2002. Their most known hits include "Velvet" (also covered by A-ha), "Rain", "Star", "Grind You Down", "If You Won't Come to the Party" and "Whalebone" (from the soundtrack of the well-acclaimed Norwegian film Hawaii, Oslo). The latter track cleverly recycles lyrics from A-ha's 1993 track, "Locust". Savoy have sold a total of 200,000 albums.

On August 6, 2007, Savoy released Savoy Songbook Vol. 1, a double-CD where CD2 is a "best of"-album with 14 tracks, and CD1 contains three new songs and seven re-worked versions of some of their older songs. It will work as an introduction to the band outside Norway (noting a possible worldwide release). The first single from this release, "Karma Boomerang", is one of the new tracks and was released on 13 April 2007. The second single has been announced to be "Best Western Beauty" but no release date has been announced.

Savoy signed a UK deal with indie label Genepool Records. They are also back in the studio for the next album, scheduled to be released on January 12, 2018.[2]

Savoy's first studio album in 14 years was released on January 12, 2018.

Band members[edit]

Current members
Guest musicians
  • Greg Calvert - Bass (1995–1997)
  • Geir Luedy - Bass (1997–1998)
  • Maya Vik - Bass (2004)
  • Christer Ottesen - Bass (2004)
  • Jørun Bøgeberg - Bass
  • Preben Grieg-Halvorsen - Keyboards
  • Erin Hill - Harp, backing vocals


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1996 Mary Is Coming Warner Bros.
1997 Lackluster Me EMI
1999 Mountains of Time
2001 Reasons to Stay Indoors
2004 Savoy Eleventeen Records
2018 See The Beauty In Your Drab Hometown Drabant Music


Year Title Label
2007 Savoy Songbook Vol. 1 Universal
  1. ^ a b "Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  2. ^ "Gjør comeback - i mellomtida har et annet band med samme navn dukket opp". (in Norwegian). 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2017-11-14.

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Preceded by
Recipient of the best Pop band Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Recipient of the best Pop band Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by