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Laid Back

The formation of Laid Back, the Denmark-based duo behind the underground dance classic "White Horse," was a happy accident. Tim Stahl and John Guldberg met up at a Danish studio in the late '70s with the intent to be joined by a third party who never arrived. The duo began playing together and kicking ideas around, and they eventually decided to form Laid Back. Within a short period of time, Stahl and Guldberg landed a contract on Teldec. Their first single, "Maybe I'm Crazy," was released in 1980, preceding their self-titled debut album released the following year. Two years later, the duo jumped ship to Medley and scored a hit in their homeland and South America with the "Sunshine Reggae" single, released in support of their second album, Keep Smiling. Aiding their success was their uniqueness. Unlike most of the Danish groups of the time, Laid Back's vocals were in English; most significantly, they were dabbling in electronic music with a pop emphasis, which wasn't a common formula at the time.

"Sunshine Reggae" was unsuccessful in the United States, but its B-side, "White Horse," was embraced by several of the country's club DJs. Thanks to support from Prince, Warner Bros. eventually released a 12" single featuring "White Horse" and Prince's "When Doves Cry" on the same platter, increasing Laid Back's profile significantly. The track's instantly recognizable, snapping electro-funk has solidified its reputation as an underground dance classic played by DJs through the early 2000s. It has also been sampled many times, most significantly on Monifah's "Touch It," a 1998 hit single that liberally appropriates the structure of the original.

Though they never again enjoyed the attention in the States granted to them through "White Horse," Stahl and Guldberg continued making music together as Laid Back for well over two decades. Play It Straight (Medley, 1985), See You in the Lobby (Medley, 1987), Hole in the Sky (Ariola, 1990), Why Is Everybody in Such a Hurry (Ariola, 1993), and Unfinished Symphonies (Sundance, 1999) were released, in addition to the 1995 compilation Laidest Greatest (Ariola). The duo also worked as composers of film music. In 2002, they were awarded a Robert -- the Danish equivalent of an Oscar -- for their work on Flyvende Farmor. They continued to release old and new material on their own Brother Music label, including Happy Dreamer (2005), Cosmic Vibes (2011), and Cosyland (2012). ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cosyland - EP

1. Cosyland (Video Edit)

2. Get Laid Back

3. Cocaine Cool (Extended, Vol 2)

4. 101, Pt. 2

5. Cosyland

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Track List: Good Vibes - The Very Best Of Laid Back

Disc 1

1. Maybe I'm Crazy (Single Original Version)

2. Sunshine Reggae (Original Mix '82)

3. High Society Girl

4. White Horse

5. Elevator Boy

6. One Life

7. I'm Hooked

8. It's A Shame

9. Bakerman

10. Highway Of Love

11. Bet It On You

12. I Can't Live Without Love

13. Groovie Train

14. Why Is Everybody In Such A Hurry? ('95 Mix)

15. Key To Life

16. Feels Like Heaven

17. Beautiful Day (Radio Edit)

18. People (Radio Edit)

19. Happy Dreamer

20. So This Is X-Mas

Disc 2

1. Roger (Steve Mac Remix)

2. Sunshine Reggae (12" Version)

3. White Horse (U.S. Edit)

4. High Society Girl (Long Dub Version)

5. One Life (Shep Pettibone Velvet Spike Mix)

6. I'm Hooked (Shep Pettibone US Dance Mix)

7. It's A Shame (M&M Remix)

8. Bakerman (Cutfather & Soulshock Remix)

9. Sunshine Reggae (Club) (Funkstar's Pool Party De Luxe Mix)

10. Beautiful Day (Banzai Republic Vs. Trentemøller)

11. People (Banzai Republic Vs. Trentemøller)

12. Happy Dreamer (DJ Disses Happy Horse Mix)

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Track List: Bakerman

1. Bakerman

2. I Walk Proud

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Track List: See You in the Lobby [Remastered] (Remastered Version)

1. It's a Shame

2. Tricky Kind of Thing

3. Party at the White House

4. Don't Run

5. Mr. Pusherman

6. It's Never Too Late

7. I'm Hooked

8. Make it Beautiful

9. Tell Me the Truth

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Track List: Play It Straight [Remastered]

1. Ice Cream Baby

2. White Man

3. Don't Run from Your Shadow

4. I'm Hooked

5. One Life

6. Abu-Dhabi

7. Play It Straight

8. Do You Know What It's All About

9. C.C. Cool

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Track List: Keep Smiling [Remastered] (Remastered Version)

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Track List: Keep Smiling

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Track List: White Horse (Funkerman Remix) (Single)

1. White Horse (Funkerman Remix)

2. White Horse (Ida Corr Remix)

3. White Horse (Funkerman Remix Radio Edit)

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I love this track!
Classic 80s dance. . .
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alexandraabe l l a 1 7
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That's the best music of the 80ty's.the song of white horse...��
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I really like white horse funkerman version guys
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Old school
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hardin7j3
Ride the horse
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White horse
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LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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borrego5455
In Chicago House music this song is sampled a lot! Love this cut
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I use to skate to this song White Horse. Brings back great memories!
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I was still in high school when this played.
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Love this group
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If u wanna ride dont ride the white horse
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Genius!
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HATED SUNSHINE RAGGAE, LIKE THIS ONE THOUGH....
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classic

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