Oldies but goldies
Although the record label company started with Norwegian artists of the ‘80s such as Trond Granlund, Olav Stedje, or Marius Müller, it was mostly the genres pop and rock that were popular at that time, as it was the period. As a consequence, among the very first CDs released by the record label company is Norske Hits – Pop & Rock Klassikere 1980-89, which is available in any Platekompaniet store. The first CD contains the following hits: CD1: 1. The Kids – Hun er forelska i lærer´n, 2. Lars – Livet er for kjipt, 3. Vazelina Bilopphøggers – Gi meg fri i kveld, 4. Dollie – Under snø, 5. Jannicke – Svake mennesker, 6. Marius Müller – Den du veit, 7. Beranek – Dra re hælvete!, 8. Gary Holton & Casino Steel – Ruby (Don´t Take Your Guns To Town), 9. Trond Granlund – Girl, 10. Jon Eberson Group feat. Sidsel Endresen – Jive Talking, 11. Olav Stedje – Vi vandrar saman, 12. Ole I´Dole – Det va´kke min skyld, 13. Drama – Daydreamer (Breaking Away), 14. Teigen & Skorgan – Friendly, 15. Monroes – Sunday People, 16. JP West – Jimmy (Don´t Need Me Anymore), 17. Lava feat. Randy Crawford – You, 18. Åge Aleksandersen & Sambandet – Lys og varme, 19. All Of Us (Stavanger For Africa) – From All Of Us, 20. People – Talk To Me. CD2: 1. Bobbysocks – Waiting For The Morning, 2. Fra Lippo Lippi – Shouldn´t Have To Be Like That, 3. De Lillos – Min beibi dro avsted, 4. TNT – 10.000 Lovers (In One), 5. Ute Til Lunch – Ute til lunch, 6. Dance With A Stranger – Everyone Needs A Friend, 7. Jørn Hoel – Har en drøm, 8. Return – Sing Me A Song, 9. Tomboy – People Get Moving, 10. Coco – Life Must Go On, 11. One 2 Many – Downtown, 12. Stage Dolls – Love Cries, 13. Franklin – Bombadilla Life, 14. Avalanche – Johnny, Johnny Come Home, 15. Dumdum Boys – Splitter pine, 16. Sterk Naken og Biltyvene – Sommerlykke. This is the generation of the brothers Hansen, although many things have changed since then.
New categories, new generations
Alf Hansen has come with a quite different perspective when he took over the family’s business in 2009 and the artists are categorized according to their music. There is a special category of classics with artists affiliated such as the cello player Alisa Weilerstein, Anne-Sophie Mutter, soprano Cecilia Bartoli, the pianist Daniel Barenboim, The Russian Daniil Trifonov, Helene Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Janine Jansen, Ludovico Einaudi, Mari & Haakon Samuelsen, Max Richter and Renee Fleming. Quite good and talented artists are making up their jazz portfolio and Charlie Haden, Chet Baker, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Ibrahim Maalouf, John Coltrane, Kurt Elling, Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Sarah McKenzie and Snarky Puppy are among their jazz artists. Another category of deeply appreciated artists are the Norwegian ones. Young talented and successful bands or individual Norwegian singers are bringing more and more often appreciation abroad and there is only to be glad of. Artists registered at Norwegian Rat Records are: Admiral P, A-HA, Astrid S, Bernhoft, Broiler, Didrik Thulin, Freddy Kalaas, Goodbye Pants, Hasta, Ina Wroldsen, Ingebjørg Bratland, Izabell, Kaveh, Lemaitre, Lea Rue, Magnuss Eliassen, Nico D., Ravi, SEEB, Sonny Alven, Temoor, Turbonegro and the already very famous Ylvis.