So, the late 1960’s and especially the 1970’s marked the period that was my youth. I had nothing to be concerned about whatsoever. My parents weren’t wealthy by any means, but we were good. Both worked, mom as a social worker in an elderly home, and my dad worked at a factory after he hung up his chef apron for good, getting tired of the restaurant business working hours, I guess. As a family we did and shared so many memories. It was a healthy, wholesome environment.
I spent most of my childhood in an apartment complex in a small town on the east coast of the Danish island of Jylland.
There is no doubt that Elvis Presley was the starting point to my music passion. But hey, wait a minute, you might say. How on earth could you go from that music to the hard rock genre, with Motley Crue and Kiss?
Just sit tight and listen, my friends.
The album that I remember most from the early days is “Elvis Golden Records Volume 2.” I seem to remember an afternoon in October 1975. I was nine years old. I had been in school that day with only one thing on my mind. I wanted to head to the city center and go to the only real record store in town, “Rillen” at Lillegade Street.
Days later, I couldn’t forget what I’d seen. So I went back to the newsstand to buy it. Went home, locked myself in my room and read the article. It detailed the first European tour for the band. They had just played in Copenhagen. They called themselves KISS.
Four New York based guys were about to rule my life for many, many years to come. I didn’t even know their music, but judging from their looks, it had to be aggressive rock. The next day, I again went to the Rillen Music Store to check if they had anything with them in stock. And they did. The cover designs were awesome. Super heroes, they were. Only one problem - I didn’t have any money. So I left.
From here on out, my life would never be the same again. The next few years… oh, boy. Have to apologize to my family for some of the things I did during these years. It wasn’t always so respectful towards them
I was in my pre-teens when I started sneaking into their purses to see if they had some spare change for something I couldn’t afford myself. Did I get caught? Of course I did! Or a couple of years later, when we visited family in Norway. They lived several miles outside of Drammen, which was a bigger city. I had gotten word of a music merchandise store there, that I of course wanted to visit. I had no idea how to get there by public transportation, and neither did I want to spend money on it. So I walked. I didn’t tell my family because there’s no way they would have allowed me to go if they knew.
The situation got harder in the years 1979 through to 1982.
It was no longer only about the money and the dedication to the music. Starting from the 7th grade, I grew to be more and more of an outsider, only because I didn’t want to share in the things my peers did. Which was chasing girls and partying. I rather wanted a poster or an album. I was loyal to the music. And they looked stupid to me. They did all I didn’t care about, so all of a sudden, we didn’t have too much to talk about anymore.
The most memorable KISS record, for me, came in 1982. “Creatures of the Night.” I still say that everyone should own a copy of this release. It’s a classic. It was produced by Michael James Jackson, and I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for the recording. By the end of the tour for this album, KISS introduced a new band to the scene - MOTLEY CRUE.
I didn’t know the first thing about this band yet, KISS still filled up my days to the max. Over the years, I had built up a huge collection. In 1998, it was said it was one of the biggest private KISS collections in Europe. Today, I’ve sold more than 90% of everything.
1. The Early Years