Success was with all seriousness hammered in place with the release of "3" - ( the one with "Ud under åben himmel" ) in 1982 - and in 1983 with the record "Alle vore håb" ( with "Vi var en gang så tæt" and "Drop din løgne" ). And at the same time "Tøsedrengene" toured the country to completely packed concert halls and sport halls.
The group was characterised by the fact that it contained so unusually many strong personalities, that their collected talents could bring them right to the top of the pop charts and deep into the danish awareness - which in the future did become evident. The most outstanding members of the group were the composers Michael Bruun and Klaus Kjellerup, who delivered hit after hit in the period 1981-85 - and the singer/lyricist Anne Dorte Michelsen, whose lyrics and high sonorous voice gave the orchestra's appearance an altogether honest and innocent character.
The remaining members Aage Hagen, Henrik Stanley, Jan Sivertsen and Maria Bramsen contributed each their special abilities and personalities to fill the picture of a large well functioning collective, where there was room for everyone. And like this, everything went well, for as long as it did... The problem appeared in the meantime, when all seven needed to agree - in that there wasn't a leader of the group. No one had the last word. That lead to many roaring arguments in dressing rooms across Denmark - and the first major work related crisis in the orchestra, in the autumn 1983 lead to Klaus Kjellerup's (voluntary) departure from the group. (Tøsedrengene at that time were so news worthy, that this break-up was on the front pages of every newspapers in the country - and even on the midday radio news.)
The remaining "Tøsedrenge" continued in the meantime - ( first with Rene Szczyrbak, later with Lars Danielsson to replace Klaus Kjellerup ) - and made a further two records, where the first of them, "Tiden er Klog", rounded up a record number of sales, - ( the one with "Indianer" and "Så gik der tid med det" ). The group split up in 1985, shortly after the release of the last "Tøsedrenge" record, "I sikre Hænder", which was not able to live up to the previous - at least not in the commercial sense.
The orchestra members continued there after in several connections: Lejrbåls, Ray-dee-ohh, among others. Anne Dorte Michelsen continued solo, and later with "Venter på Far". Klaus Kjellerup continued solo, and later with "Danser med Drenge".
Today - 16 years after the dismantling of "Tøsedrengene" - all the members still work within the music industry - nearly. Klaus Kjellerup and Stanley play as is known, in "Danser med Drenge", and their good friend, Aage Hagen, is an administrator at "Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium" in København. Michael Bruun is today a music teacher at a teachers college, after a glorious career as a music producer for the biggest danish pop stars. Jan Sivertsen is today a successful freelance producer and still one of DK's best drummers. Anne Dorte Michelsen has long since securely established her name as a soloist and lyricist - while Maria Bramsen, after having collaborated on many records with music for children, today is the only one to step outside the music industry and has become a graphic designer.
There are many people that have attempted to convince "Tøsedrengene" to get together again - just for a single little concert, or two. For the sake of the good old days. But this until further, has not been possible. It did happen on one single occasion at a private arrangement in 1990 - being at Klaus Kjellerup's wedding - but unfortunately two of the gents in the orchestra ended up discussing (let us just say fight about) a couple of musical details in the song "Vi var engang så tæt" ("We were once so close") ... so - considering that this happened a few years ago, it will probably be a few years still, before the old boys and girls can meet altogether behind the instruments again ... perhaps when they reach the age of pensioners, one can hope. On the other hand .... one never knows.
- And then it did happen ... during the “Tøsedrengene” 25th anniversary in 2004: Nearly all of Tøsedrengene actually joined together with DmD during two concerts in Pumpehuset in 2004 - on the occasion of the 25th year of Tøsedrengene debut. The same thing happened during the Skanderborg Festival 2004 - a fantastic concert, which was immortalised on DmD’s DVD: Hallo hvor det koger - furthermore all of the original Tøsedrenge played two of the old songs from the Tøsedrenge repertoire at the same festival on the occasion of the Skanderborg Festival’s 25th anniversary.
[translated from Danish by Hans K. Rasmussen - Sydney, Australia]
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