Swan Lee

Swan Lee was a Danish band featuring Pernille Rosendahl on vocals. It was formed in 1996 by Rosendahl with guitarist Jonas Struck, drummer Emil Jørgensen and keyboardist Tim Christensen, who was her boyfriend at the time.[1][2] The name was taken from a Syd Barrett song.

Swan Lee
Years active1996–2005
LabelsCannibal Records
GoGo Records
Associated actsDizzy Mizz Lizzy
Past membersPernille Rosendahl
Jonas Struck
Emil Jørgensen
Tim Christensen
Frederik Damsgaard

Although Christensen was enjoying great successes as frontman of the band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy at the time, struggles surrounding the recording of their 1996 album Rotator caused him to turn to Rosendahl in and out of the studio.[3] Although Rosendahl was a major support for him during this time, his absence also further added to the crisis and caused Christensen to become increasingly estranged from the other two band members, who even went as far as labeling the couple as "John and Yoko", referring to the supposed detrimental influence of Yoko Ono on John Lennon that contributed to the break-up of the Beatles.[3]

Christensen and Rosendahl entered into the James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies soundtrack contest by co-writing a song of the same name.[4][5] Their submission was rejected,[6] in favor of the song submitted by Sheryl Crow. Christensen also produced Rosendahl's 1997 demo Dream Away,[7] and wrote arrangements for and played several instruments on some of Swan Lee's earlier songs.[8] When Dizzy Mizz Lizzy ultimately broke up in 1998, Christensen became even more introverted, and his crisis was too much for Rosendahl to handle,[9] resulting in the couple to break up after five years and causing Christensen to depart the band in 1999.

The remaining trio continued without Christensen, renaming the band Swan Lee, and adding bassist Frederik Damsgaard to the lineup. An entire album was recorded with Cannibal Records, but never released because of musical differences with the record label director Kim Hyttel, followed by lawsuits. Other record companies rejected them seeing a potential only in Rosendahl.

The band finally decided to establish their own record label, named GoGo Records, and in February 2001 released their debut album Enter, which sold 20,000 copies and peaked at position 27 in the Danish charts.[10] The song "Tomorrow Never Dies" that was previously submitted to the contest, was released as a single. In 2004, the band had another album, the self-titled Swan Lee, which reached number one in the charts. The single "I Don't Mind" peaked at position three.[10]

Tomorrow Never Dies was featured in Danish IO Interactive's videogame Hitman: Blood Money.

Swan Lee disbanded in September 2005.



Year Title Peak position
2001 Enter 27
2004 Swan Lee 1


Year Title Peak position Album
2004 I Don't Mind 3 Swan Lee


  1. ^ Elsnab, Peter (2000). "Guldfuglen er landet på begge fødder" (Golden bird has landed on both feet). GAFFA, 2000(10), 19–20. (in Danish)
  2. ^ Tuxen, Henrik (1999). "Fremadpegende retrohjerte" (Progressive retro heart). GAFFA, 1999(11), 4. (in Danish)
  3. ^ a b Svidt, Ole Rosenstand (6 November 2015). "Grundig Dizzy Mizz Lizzy-biografi byder på flere afsløringer" (Thorough Dizzy Mizz Lizzy biography offers more insights). GAFFA. (in Danish)
  4. ^ James Bond's Greatest Hits (Television). UK: North One Television. 2006.
  5. ^ Körner, Jan (23 December 2007). "Kæresterne hjalp Pernille til tops" (Lovers help Pernille to the top). Ekstra Bladet. (in Danish)
  6. ^ Vendt, Morten. "Her er Bond-sangene du aldrig har hørt!". BT.dk (in Danish). JP/Politikens Hus A/S. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  7. ^ Discogs (2011). "Pernille Rosendahl - Dream Away at Discogs". Retrieved on 28 April 2011.
  8. ^ Discogs (2011). "Swan Lee - The Complete Collection 1997–2005 at Discogs". Retrieved on 28 April 2011.
  9. ^ Kentorp, Maria (25 April 2016). "Dizzy Mizz Lizzy - Den lille løgn med den lange hale er tilbage". Børsen Pleasure. (in Danish)
  10. ^ a b "Swan Lee in Danish Charts". danishcharts.dk. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2011.

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