the Donnas before the Donnas were born

The Girls
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Studio B #4005
Norway, 1982

This is all I can find about the Girls (bad translation from Norwegian):

Larvik group The Girls was founded in 1981, and consisted of Marianne Hansen (guitar, vocals), Vivi Andersen (bass), Irene Hansen (vocals) and Tone Nilsen (drums). The young girls broke through after an appearance on NRK flicker in 1982 and was instantly a recording contract with the fledgling company oslo Studio Johnny B. Sareussen (formerly The Vanguard) group produced two albums, which mostly consisted of old rock classics. They took advantage of the studio musicians on plateinnspilllingene, which was not uncommon in the early 80s, but on stage they played themselves. The group played for dancing at fairs, in the Norwegian military camps, and some in Sweden and Denmark. They were featured in several television programs and achieved a good record sales. Their debut album was on VG for almost two months in the summer of 1982 and the song “Word” did well in the Norwegian top. When drummer Nilsen joined in 1982, she was replaced by Merethe Hetty. Tone Nilsen died some years later.

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  • Saga Says:

    Yeah, the pink 80′s :-)

    I am an norwegian, could not remember this band and the song, and could not find “ord” in the 1982 “Norsktopp” archive http://www.nrk.no/kanal/nrk_gull/1.6624007

  • Matt S. Says:

    Thanks for the translation. The other one was like reading something Yakov Smirnoff wrote. Or Borat.

  • Mercurius Scandivaniensis Says:

    This is my translation of the entry on The Girls from the Norsk pop- og rockleksikon, from the publisher Vega Forlag (2005):

    The Larvik-based group, The Girls, began in 1981, and comprised Marianne Hansen (guitar, vocals), Vivi Andersen (bass), Irene Hansen (vocals), and Tone Nilsen (drums). The young girls had their breakthrough after their performance on the NRK’s [Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation] Flimra in 1982, and quickly got a record contract with the newly established Oslo-based company Studio B. Johnny Sareussen (a former member of The Vanguards) produced the group’s two records, which mostly consisted of old rock classics. They employed studio musicians for the recordings, which was not unusual in the early 80s, but on stage they performed themselves. The group played for dances in halls on Norwegian military bases, and occasionally in Sweden and Denmark. They appeared in several TV programmes, and achieved good record sales. The debut album remained on the VG list [the hits list from Norwegian tabloid newspaper, Verdens Gang] for almost two months in the summer of 1982, and the song “Ord” [Word] did well on Norsktoppen [the NRK’s radio programme for the hits list]. When the drummer Nilsen quit in 1982, she was replaced by Merethe Hetty. Tone Nilsen died some years later.

    The original text can be found here:

    http://www.rockheim.no/mediateket/norsk-pop-og-rockleksikon/girls/

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