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Founded in 1966 in Skjern, Denmark, by brothers Peter A.G. Nielsen (vocals) and Jens G. Nielsen (drums), Gnags are a Danish rock band originally founded in the 1960s whose popularity spans decades, extending into the next century. While other bandmembers came and went over the decades, the one constant was Peter (born December 17, 1952, in Skjern, Denmark) as the band's well-known frontman. Jens left the band in 2000 after four decades of activity. After moving from Skjern to Aarhus in 1971, Gnags made their album debut in 1973. A couple years later the band released its second album, Del af en Ring (1975), on the label Genlyd. Gnags released a steady succession of albums on Genlyd from then onward, and the association between the band and the label extended from 1975 into the next century. While the style of Gnags over the years remained rooted in rock & roll, it did change with the times; for instance, in the early '80s the band went though a brief reggae phase. In 2005 the retrospective box set Siden 66 was released on Genlyd. During this post-millennial period, Gnags remained popular in Denmark. Latter-day albums such as Skønhedspletter (2002) and Legepladsen (2008) reached the Top Ten, if not the Top Five, of the Danish albums chart. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Skjern, Denmark

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