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Dizzy Mizz Lizzy Biography

Last updated: 12/23/2004 09:56:55 PM

- 1973
Søren Friis (drums) is born on September 26th in Copenhagen.

- 1974
Tim Christensen (guitar, vocal, songwriter) is born on July 2nd in Copenhagen. Martin Nielsen (bass) is born on October 19th in Copenhagen.

- 1988
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy is formed on the Hanssted School in Valby, Copenhagen.

- 1990
The band wins the talent-show "Rock Træf". The grand prize is 5000 Danish Kroner which is used for recording the first demo tape, but no record company is interested.

- 1991
The band reaches the final in "The Danish Rock Championship", but no luck..

- 1992
The band reaches, once again, the final in "The Danish Rock Championship". Still no luck.

- 1993
Reaching the final for the third time, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy is this years winner of "The Danish Rock Championship". The grand prize is to record a 4-track EP. The song Waterline is a massive hit on the Danish Radio P3 and helps the band getting a recording deal with EMI. The debut album is recorded in the fall with Nick Foss producing.

- 1994
The album Dizzy Mizz Lizzy with 13 of Tim's songs is released in March to great reviews everywhere. Barbedwired baby's dream and Love is a loser's game are massive radio hits. The following Denmark-tour is sold out everywhere and the bands concert on the Roskilde Festival's green stage (on Tim's 20th birthday) is to be known as one of that years best performances.

- 1995
The band receives 3 Grammys for the album Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. Album of the year, Best Band and Newcomer of the year aswell as the "People's Choice"-award. Tour in Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and Germany before 3 sold out shows in Japan. The Osaka show is recorded and released (in Japan only) as Live in Japan. In December the band starts recording Rotator in the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2 in London with Nick Foss, once again, as producer.

- 1996
Rotator is certified gold in Denmark on the day of it's release and is more than well received by the press. The title track and 11:07 PM becomes massive hits on the radio. Huge spring- and summertour follows, which includes the "Live in Aarhus '96" -concert. Six sold-out shows in Japan in September.

- 1997
Rotator receives a Danish Grammy for "Rock album of the year" and Nick Foss receives a Grammy for best producer (also for Rotator). After five busy years, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy decides to take a break.

- 1998
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy is officially disbandonned on March 10th and the posthumous album The Greatest is released in Japan.

- 2002
The Best of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy including the previously unreleased live-concert (Aarhus May 11th 1996), is released April 29th.

• From the liner notes of The Best of Dizzy Mizz Lizzy:

The year was 1993 and I was waiting in the dressing room under the stage in the Montmartre club in Copenhagen. My band was headlining that night. During the soundcheck a little earlier I had met the support band and I had tried to be polite and not too arrogant towards the three shy guys in the band. Two of them were still in their teens and they had just won the "Danish Rock Championship", so I decided to sneak out among the audience during their set. My expectations weren't high, their name didn't sound too promising. But I only had to watch them for a few minutes to understand that these guys were something else. I remember thinking; "Somebody ought to sign them fast". I was, and still am, a radio DJ and I always measure music according to a very simple rule and that is: Would I like to play it on the air or not? I desperately wanted to play these guys!

A couple of months later I met them again. Backstage at the "Midtfyns Festival", they handed me a copy of their four-track demo-CD. Back home I was blown away by the quality of the songs and we immediately started playing them on the radio. "Waterline" and "Silverflame" soon became favourites among the listeners and over the next few months I was offered good money for my copy of the CD. Dizzy Mizz Lizzy was the hottest band in the clubs and they didn't even have a record in the shops!

Their first album was released in March '94 and a few weeks later my band shared a stage with Dizzy Mizz Lizzy again - this time at a big venue in Aarhus. The gig was sold out and their album was certified platinum, but still they wanted to go on first. I watched their set from behind the live sound desk with tears in my eyes. Beside me was the Danish Crown Prince Frederik who asked me to define what made the band so outstanding. I couldn't, but I promised him that those guys would be really, really big. It is nice to know that I didn't lie to my future King!

The next couple of years were a tour de force for Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. They conquered Japan and played every corner of Denmark to enthusiastic crowds. When I heard that they had started recording their second album, I felt really sorry for them. Imagine the pressure these young men must have felt. So my initial reaction while listening to the second album Rotator, was a sense of great relief.
With the release of Rotator, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy became the most important rockband in Denmark and I enjoyed their success from a distance. They grew out of the club scene and naturally headlined at festivals all over the country. A couple of times Tim Christensen would join my band for a few gigs and I got the same feeling of fatherhood as I did that first time at Montmartre. Still it came as no surprise when I learned about them going their seperate ways. With all due respect to Martin and Søren, it made sense that Tim would pursue a solo career. And a very successful one too, but that is a different story.

Dizzy Mizz Lizzy proved that sometimes talent is enough. They made it to the top without compromises and for years to come, young musicians in Denmark will remind themselves about Tim, Martin and Søren and that will give them the strength to try a little bit harder a little bit longer. As the song goes: "One guitar, a bass and a drummer, that's really all it takes." I feel privileged and proud to have been a little bit involved.

Alex Nyborg Madsen