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Fielfraz is a Danish rock band which existed from 1981 to 1996. Fielfraz have reunited on a couple of occasions in 2009.Read More...
The three founding members are Claus Hempler (vocals), Nils Brakchi (Mofosteel) (bass) and Kenneth Priisholm (guitar), while Jens Langhorn (drums) joined the band in 1987 . They released three albums: Shine (1990), Electric Eel (1992) and Slick (1996).
Fielfraz was a Danish band which had its heyday between 1990 and 1996. The band's name stems from the German word for "wolverine".
After several years of building up a fine live reputation in Odense - Fielfraz broke through in Denmark with their very first record "Shine" that gained good reviews, a large audience, as well as a big hit with the title song. Shine was a Beatlesque rock record that had a broad pop/rock appeal and hit a dry spot on a Danish rock scene that had very few mainstream guitar bands at the time.
1992's Electric Eel also included big radiohits like Surfer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi1VshvDR-s) and Naked (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao0YHXHbneY) but the album as a whole was a lesser success. The difficult third album "Slick" came late and although widely critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored by the public.
Hereafter the activities of Fielfraz gradually clinged out, although they never officially broke up. However Priisholm eventually left the band, leaving Fielfraz as a trio, that all appeared on the album "Hempler". Instead of following under the Fielfraz moniker the album introduced Claus Hempler as a solo artist in 2004, and gave him a significant comeback on the Danish scene. He has since pursued this career.
Fielfraz are often cited as an influence on Danish rock and grunge bands that broke through in the early 1990s like Kashmir and Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. It is more true that they paved the way for these bands on the national Danish radio (Danmarks Radio, P3). Fielfraz´ influences were primarily British, Priisholms guitarplay was influenced by everything from new wave, XTC to King Crimson and Claus Hemplers lyrics and vocal talent always rendered Elvis Costello.
Fielfrazs songbook ranged from indiepop to mainstream rock, from garagedrive to ballad croon, and their heterogeneous style was - commercially- their strength as well as their weakness.
Shine - Genlyd/BMG, 1990
Electric Eel - Genlyd/BMG, 1992
Slick - Virgin, 1996