Friday, July 25, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Laid Back

Artist:Laid Back
Song:White Horse
Album:Mega Hits Dance Classics Volume 7

The Danish electropop duo Laid Back have been successful in Europe for many years and are still around today. White Horse was their only US hit in 1983. It topped the dance chart and was a top 30 pop hit. Laid Back are from Copenhagen, Denmark. Guitarist John Guldberg and keyboard player Tim Stahl were in The Starbox Band in the mid-70s. The band split up but the two continued to work together in Guldberg's studio. They started experimenting with electronic music and had a number one hit in Denmark in 1981 with Maybe I'm Crazy. Sunshine Reggae was also a number one hit in Denmark and other European countries. This got Laid Back a US record deal with Sire Records. But radio stations didn't like Sunshine Reggae. They preferred the B side White Horse. It got significant airplay in dance clubs and topped the dance chart. It also reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Supposedly one reason for the song's popularity was that White Horse is slang for heroin. Attempts to follow up White Horse didn't chart. You can get White Horse on this Priority Records various artists budget comp. White Horse has been frequently sampled by hip hop guys, most notably on Monifah's 1998 hit Touch It. Laid Back still record together. They occasionally chart in Europe and have also scored films. Their latest CD Uptimistic Music was released in 2013 on their own label. Here in North America they are a one hit wonder. Here's the video for White Horse by Laid Back.

1 comment:

  1. Frank.., I happen to know for a fact that "White Horse " was indeed slang for heroin. I heard that phrase all the time during the eighties and nineties. No doubt the reason that song was so popular. Yours Defshepard.