Poor Rich Ones

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Poor Rich Ones
Origin Bergen, Norway
Genres Rock, folk rock, pop
Years active 1989 – 2003
Labels Rec 90/EMI
Members William Hut
Bjørn Bunes
Tor Sørensen
Eivind Kvamme
Bjarte Ludvigsen
Past members Espen Mellingen
Kjetil Gåsland

Poor Rich Ones (1989-2003) was a pop and rock band from Bergen, Norway, comprised by lead singer, songwriter and guitarist William Hut, keyboardist Bjørn Bunes, bassist Tor Sørensen, guitarists Eivind Kvamme, Espen Mellingen, and drummer Bjarte Ludvigsen ("blue").[1][2]

Formed in 1994, the band released their debut album Naivety's Star in 1996 on the local label Rec 90. Q magazine described their style as "infinitely sad and nocturnal, yet uplifting rather than depressing", calling the band "Norway's own Radiohead".[3]

After four successful album releases, including a final "best of" album after a United States tour, the band effectively dissolved in 2003. Although they have not broken up officially, the band's homepage states they have "no future plans". Vocalist William Hut has pursued a solo career, often assisted by ex-band colleague Bjørn Bunes.[1]




  • Naivety's Star (1996)
  • From the Makers of Ozium (1997)
  • Happy Happy Happy (February 15, 2000)
  • Joe Maynard's Favourites (2001)[2]


  • Soundtrack EP (Besteborgere) (1999)
  • Bubble Bowling (1997)
  • All Those Present/Drown EP


  • "Mummy" (1995)
  • "This Great Standing Still" (1996)
  • "Fear of Losing" (1997)
  • "Strong" (1997)
  • "Anyway/Somehow" (1998)
  • "Hunting High and Low" (1999)
  • "Small Glimpse" (1999)
  • "Old Age and Failures"


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Poor Rich Ones - Biography" (in Norwegian). Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Poor Rich Ones - Biography". AllMusic.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Rec90 launches international offensive". Listen to Norway MIC.no.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Spellemann-dryss til Espen Lind" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet.no.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Recipient of the Rock Spellemannprisen
Succeeded by
Midnight Choir