|With his wide vocal range, original phrasing and fantastic
ability to read and interpret the spirit of the changing times,
Lars H.U.G. has managed throughout his career to create a repertoire,
which encompasses catchy pop-tunes as well as gritty new wave
and experimental music.
After almost 25 years on the Danish music scene, Lars H.U.G.
is an established, unconventional and very popular artist, who
has reached both the broad audience as well as the connoisseur.
Lars H.U.G. has carved his very own niche.
Born 1953 in the village Sorgenfri north of Copenhagen as Lars
Haagensen, Lars H.U.G. went to Art School, where he met and
teamed up with fellow art student Johnny Voss to create the
groundbreaking band Kliché in 1977. New Wave rather than
out and out punk, Kliché received critical acclaim and
their first album "Supertanker" released in 1980 was
compared to the work of Brian Eno and David Bowie. The second
album "Okay Okay Boys" released in 1982 raced up the
charts, and Kliché toured the country incessantly. Kliché
wrote itself into Danish Rock history as an innovative band
with a characteristic style. They disbanded in 1985
In 1984 Lars H.U.G. set the collection of poems by Søren
Ulrik Thomsen entitled "City Slang" to music using
the principle of chance in putting together the chord-progressions.
Eventually this music was turned into a multimedia show combined
with acting and props. The tour with the band aptly named "Lars
Autoophug" (Lars Carbreaker) was very successful. The album
"City Slang" was received very well by critics and
In the spring of 1985 Lars H.U.G. started working on his first
solo-album. This signified yet another departure in style for
the artist. The album contained a few tracks from his time with
Kliché, but was otherwise stylistically more mainstream.
With the chart-success of the single "Elsker Dig For Evigt"
("Love You Forever"), the album "Kysser Himlen
Farvel" ("Kiss The Sky Goodbye") turned Lars
H.U.G. into a pop star.
H.U.G’s audience had come to expect the unexpected from
the artist. And he did not let them down. His next album entitled
"Kopy", released in 1989, was a trip down the memory
lane with interpretations of pop songs and evergreens. This
album sold more than 100.000 copies, and H.U.G. received his
first Grammy for "Best Vocalist". In 1992 H.U.G. returned
with the album "Blidt Over Dig" ("Gently Over
You"), which to all intents and purposes summarized the
various stages of his career.
As the first rock-musician ever, Lars H.U.G. in 1993 received
a 3-year grant from The State Arts Foundation. This caused quite
a stir in the press and among politicians at the time. But the
money was well spent. The album entitled "Kiss & Hug
- From A Happy Boy" was released in 1996, and contained
pop, cool jazz and easy-listening material in the tradition
of grand music such as varies artist as Burt Bacharach, Frank
Sinatra and Beatles. Spawning the hit-song "Backwards"
with Swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl, the album also brought H.U.G.
three Danish Grammys: "Best Vocalist", "Best
Album" and "Best Danish Popular Release".
In recent years H.U.G. has concentrated more on his painting,
exhibiting in various galleries, and he has performed live a
number of times with The Danish Radio Light Orchestra and Swedish
singer Lill Lindfors.
Lars H.U.G is an artist who constantly surprises. He never fixes
himself to a certain style, and experimenting in new areas regardless
of mainstream fashions and trends has always been a part of
his personal style. No matter which style Lars H.U.G chooses,
his music and characteristic voice leave an enduring mark on
the listener, and he has created some of the most significant
albums in Danish Music History.