Bigbang is a Norwegian rock band led by frontman Øystein Greni. Bigbang has been described as "Norway's best live band", with their Radio Radio TV Sleep holding the honor of being the best selling live album ever to be released in their home country.
Bigbang is a rock band who play retro-rock, in '70s style, but also acoustic folk ballads such as Chocolate Factory or Old People, all sung in English.
The album Clouds Rolling By from 2000 was the beginning of their commercial success, thanks to the hit Girl In Oslo, released in many compilations by that time.
Øystein's father, Thor S. Greni was performer in the Undertakers Circus 1960/70s soul band. The songs were sung in Norwegian except two Curtis Mayfield covers included in the debut album.
Young Greni grew up with the intimate conviction that "[he] was born to do that", he was influenced not only by his own father's work but also by other 60/70s Norwegian bands as well as British and American artists like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream and The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Eric Clapton's Blind Faith cult band. As a skateboarder he was into Punk rock energetic music like The Jam, Dinosaur Jr. or Hüsker Dü and American 80s alternative, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Tom Petty. He was also into Bob Dylan and Neil Young's folk-rock though, hence a sounding resemblance with acts such as Pearl Jam (To the Mountains) or R.E.M. (Spiritual Heart Surgery).
Bigbang's classic Long Distance Man is actually the English adaptation (with totally different lyrics) of a Norwegian sung Undertakers Circus 1973 tune. The band often covers their favourite tracks on stage, including almost all previously mentioned bands and even an instrumental partial cover of James Brown's 'There Was A Time'.
In 2002 Bigbang released Frontside Rock'n'Roll. The album features the song Frontside Rock'n'Roll, which is a song Øystein Greni dedicated to two skaters that died. The name of the song is in fact one of the most difficult, but beautiful tricks one can do with a skateboard.
Bigbang was formed in 1992 by Øystein Greni, Erik Tresselt and Christer Engen (Turbonegro).
As of 2009, the band consists of Øystein Greni, Olaf Olsen and Nikolai Eilertsen. Øystein Greni is the only person who has always been a member of the band, and he is also commonly seen as the band's front figure, as he writes almost all the songs as well as being the lead vocalist and guitarist.
Shortly after the release of the 2005 EP, Erik Tresselt left the band, and was replaced by Jarle Bernhoft (former guitarist & vocalist of the Norwegian punk/rock band Span). The line-up seemed somewhat unsure at this stage, as Bernhoft only did one concert in Norway with the band. On the acoustic tour they did in early 2006, former bass and piano player Nikolai Eilertsen joined the band. He also played at a couple of electric shows in April and Norwegian Wood in June. During the concerts of this summer, it was Lasse Weeden who played the bass.
For their March 2007 album, Too Much Yang (2007), the line-up consisted of Øystein Greni, Lasse Weeden and Olaf Olsen. Weeden was replaced by Øyvind Storli Hoel in June 2007. The band moved to Los Angeles, California in September.
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