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Few Norwegian pop groups can present a better debut than what Difference from Trondheim did in 1967. The group shocked their surroundings with the single “Tree of Love”. 1967 was the year when flower power, hippies and psychedelica arrived. Albeit unconsciously, none marked this epoch as clearly as Difference. And of course it was in 67 that The Beatles released “Sergeant Pepper’s”, the Rolling Stones came out with “Their Satanic Majesties Request”, Pink Floyd debuted with “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, and Procul Harum came out with “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. Difference was a natural part of this epoch.

Tore Johansen (vocals), Erling Mylius (bass), Ivar Gafseth (organ), Knut Solem (drums), Snorre Tømmerås (guitar) og Arne Jacobsen (guitar) were the lineup on “Tree Of Love”. Some reshuffling came in the following years, but musically they stood on their own. Polyphonic singing, heavy rhythm & blues, soul and rock`n roll.

Difference originated as (a band called) The Sparrows from Buvika outside of Trondheim. They spent much time searching for a competent vocalist, and suddenly Tore Johansen appeared like a phoenix. He was, and is, an unusual vocal talent, and Difference acquired a unique sound. With now Gafseth pumping the organ in a way dwarfing Keith Emerson, and Mylius handling the bass as rock-steady as John Entwistle, the results had to be good. Difference raised the bar and laid down a standard which few bands achieved.

The group became regional champions, appeared on the television show Popcorn, and got specially made silk shirts.


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  • Braezer

    might be nice to write this in english so people can also understand it... besides for reviewers it would be cool too

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Agurkolat

    Nokon andre som skal på Trøndelag Teater og sjå dei? Eg skal den 2. Oktober ^^ Det blir kjekt! Gledar meg som ein liten unge, skal ta fly fra Bergen den 1. Oktober :D

    21 Sep 2007 Reply

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