Added: 22 September 2014

Karl Brun & Highway (Swe)

Karl Brun & Highway (Swe)
Band Info
Genre
Hard Rock
Country
Sweden (

Gothenburg

)
Active
1978 - 1979
Media
Photos
Members
Kenneth "Karl Brun" Pilo - Vocals

Joakim Nieve - ?

Bengt Karlsson - ?

Jan "Janne" Borg - Bass (J.R. Band, Wulcan?, Snake Hips, Moderns, Strindbergs, the Repeatles, Scratch, Strindbergs, Neon Leon, Spion 13, Django’s Coming, House of Dolls, Desperate Romantics, The Periwinkles, Silver, The Buddyboys, Air Force, Shake)

Torbjörn Tarrach - Drums (Alien, Spectrum)
Former / Past Members
Thomas Engström - Vocals (Shaggy, Lady Jane)

Tony Borg - Guitar (Wasa Express, Dolce Vita, Aura, Vikivaki, Thomas och Lasse BG Band, E.F. Band (guest), Alien)

Alvar Tehler - Guest Piano (Göteborg Blues Jam)
Info from Janne Starks Encyclopedia
The band was formed 1978 and only existed for one year. Thomas was ex-Shaggy and later appeared in Lady Jane (featuring Ralph Peeker from Vivaldi Group and The Army). Tony later joined EF Band and Alien and has also recorded a solo-album. Tarrach was ex-Spectrum and later also found in Alien. Janne later played with Snake Hips

Info in English (from Punktjaffs)
Karl Brun had never been on stage, written songs or held a microphone when he got hold of a much more experienced band that would comp him. Still he wrote songs for the one and only single "Ikväll" which was paid with his own money. The single was recorded at "Ljudspåret Studio" in Gothenburg and pressed in only 200 copies. On the the B-side "My Love Is Burning" he is comped by the band Highway

The single ended up at Melody Maker in London (through Snowstorm's manager) which reviewed "Ikväll" (despite the Swedish title). Even more remarkable is that, among a full page of singles it ended up in "Turn It Up" in front of several of the great bands at the time, such as Thin Lizzy and BB King. Kaj Kindvall also played it in his program, as well in  "Hemkört". Karl Brun & Highway arranged their own concerts at Slottsskogen as well attended a music competition that included Zäpo. Their last gig (with a slightly different line-up) was held at Errols in Gothenburg. Tony and Torbjörn later left to form Alien. Thomas Engström is currently the manager for Barbados.

Info in Swedish (from Punktjaffs)
Karl Brun & Highway, Göteborg, var mer rock men tanken att alla kunde göra en platta var samtida med punken. Och det var Karl Bruns (Kenneth Pilo) eget uppslag. Han hade varken stått på scen eller hållt i en mikrofon när han fick tag i ett betydligt mer rutinerat band som skulle kompa honom. Ännu mindre hade han skrivit låtar men likaväl skrev han texten till den enda skivan med sammansättningen. Singeln "Ikväll" gjordes för Karls egna pengar och spelades in i "Ljudspåret" i Göteborg. Skivan trycktes upp i 200 exemplar. På skivan kompades han av gruppen Highway som på B-sidan drog iväg titeln "My love is burning" med sin egen frontman.

Tony och Torbjörn lämnade för att bilda gruppen "Alien". Thomas Engström är idag manager åt Barbados. Singeln hamnade via Snowstorms manager på Melody Maker i London som recenserade "Ikväll", trots den svenska titeln. Ännu märkligare är att den bland en helsida av singlar hamnade på "turn it up" framför flera av dåtidens stora som t ex Thin Lizzy och BB King (!). Kaj Kindvall spelade den både i sitt eget program och spelades även i "Hemkört" med svenska singlar. Uppträdde i musiktävling med bl a Zäpo och anordnade egna konserter i Slottsskogen. I samma Azaleadal där legendarisk punkfestival hölls veckorna innan. Bandet avverkade i raskt takt ett antal spelningar inför en upprymd publik. Med en något annan uppställning på scen avverkades Karl Brun & Highways tack-och-hejdå-spelning på kultscenen "Errols" i Göteborg.
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