Wig Wam

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Wig Wam
Wig Wam performing in 2010
Wig Wam performing in 2010
Background information
OriginHalden, Norway
Genres
Years active2001–2014, 2019–present
LabelsFrontiers Records
Members
  • Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen)
  • Teeny (Trond Holter)
  • Flash (Bernt Jansen)
  • Sporty (Øystein Andersen)
Websitewigwamofficial.com

Wig Wam is a Norwegian glam metal band formed in Halden in 2001. Wig Wam's lineup—consisting of vocalist Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen), guitarist Teeny (Trond Holter), bassist Flash (Bernt Jansen) and drummer Sporty (Øystein Andersen)—has remained unchanged since the band's formation. The band's style mixes glam metal and hard rock with humorous lyrics and imagery. The band had their international breakthrough in 2005 when they represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Kyiv and placed ninth with the song "In My Dreams". Wig Wam split up in 2014, but reunited in 2019. The band enjoyed further fame in 2022 when James Gunn chose their song "Do Ya Wanna Taste It" as the opening theme for the HBO Max show Peacemaker.[1] "In My Dreams" was also featured in the Peacemaker soundtrack.[1] Wig Wam has released five studio albums. The band's slogan is: "Rock is the new schläger".

History[edit]

Wig Wam was formed in 2001 by musicians active in bands such as Dream Police, Artch, Sha-Boom, Ole Evenrud and Alien. Among their primary influences and musical idols are Kiss and Sweet. The band started their career by touring Norway with numerous live performances and quickly became one of the country's most popular live bands. Their fan base would later be known as Wig Wamaniacs. In 2004 the band released their debut album 667.. The Neighbour of the Beast.

A year later they represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "In My Dreams" and placed ninth. The song would go on to become a successful hit in Norway, peaking for three weeks at the top of the national single chart, an achievement neither of Norway's two previous Eurovision winners had managed, and also enjoyed commercial success in Scandinavia.[2] Following Eurovision, Wig Wam toured extensively in Europe. The band had previously placed third in the Norwegian Eurovision final in 2004 with the song "Crazy Things" and singer Glam had also placed third in 1998 when he entered under his former artist name G'sten with the song "Always Will". The band released their second studio album Wig Wamania in 2006 and the live album Live in Tokyo in 2007. The band released their third studio album Non Stop Rock'n Roll in 2010 and opened for KISS at Valhall in Oslo on 14 June 2010. Wig Wam's fourth studio album Wall Street was released in 2012. In 2014 the band announced that the members would part ways after thirteen years together.[3] Wig Wam reunited in 2019 and released their fifth studio album Never Say Die in 2021.[4]

In January 2022, HBO Max released the television series Peacemaker which features the band's song "Do Ya Wanna Taste It" as its opening theme and also includes "In My Dreams" on the soundtrack.[5][6] While they had been dropped by their booking agency shortly before the opening sequence was revealed, it proved popular enough to lead to a career resurgence for the band.[7]

Band members[edit]

Wig Wam performing in 2007
  • Glam (Åge Sten Nilsen) — vocals
  • Teeny (Trond Holter) — guitar
  • Flash (Bernt Jansen) — bass guitar
  • Sporty (Øystein Andersen) — drums
  • Lasse Finbråten — keyboards (live)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fogarty, Paul (4 February 2022). "Peacemaker soundtrack: Every song in HBO Max series explored". HITC. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  2. ^ NRK (22 March 2005). "Wig Wam topper VG-lista". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  3. ^ Pettersen, Jonas (14 March 2014). "Wig Wam oppløses". dagbladet.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Norway: Glam rockers Wig Wam reunite, sparking fan hopes for Melodi Grand Prix". 22 November 2019.
  5. ^ Shirey, Paul (13 January 2022). "Peacemaker Opening Dance Sequence Explained By James Gunn". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on 13 January 2022. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  6. ^ nyheter, Av NTB. "To Wig Wam-låter blir å høre i James Gunns nye HBO-serie «Peacemaker»". Dagsavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Wig Wam Were Washed Out Until Insane 'Peacemaker' Credits Danced Them Back to Life". Billboard.

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Preceded by Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest
2005
Succeeded by