Tommy Lorange Ottosen (born 26 August 1971), best known by his stage name Tommy Tokyo, is a Norwegian singer, guitarist and songwriter from Bossum valley Onsøy in Fredrikstad. He is known as a solo artist and frontman Tommy Tokyo and Starving for my Gravy.
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) For FB on St. Croix
He learned to play guitar in 1995. In 1999 he started the band piggyback along with three others, and they put out an EP in 2000 called Knucklesandwich and two promo singles in 2001. The first, Peggy Porn was playlisted several local radio stations. They played many gigs, including warmed up for Crash Test Dummies at their concert at Concrete in 2001.
After Piggyback was dissolved in 2001, Tommy solo, and gave out that in 2002 the self-titled EP Tommy Tokyo EP.
Five years later, in 2007, the debut album Octopus Drunk & Arms To Prove It released on Osito Records, an album that he had partly recorded in their own kitchens. After the release, he played a number of concerts and festivals with backing band Starving for my Gravy, among other things, by: Larm (2007), Hove (2008), Lost Weekend (2008) and festival (2008). Backing band consists of members from ricochets, Peru You, Apoptygma Berzerk and Maria Solheim band.
Ahead of his next release signed Tommy Tokyo a “360 avtale” with the record label, Warner, and was thus the first Norwegian artist with such an agreement. Monday 8 september 2008 he released the album Smear Your Smiles Back on the Warner and it went gold in February 2009. This was the first album released under the name Tommy Tokyo and Starving for my Gravy. Smear Your Smiles Back On was named album of the year in Aftenposten and was later nominated for a Grammy Award in 2008 in the class rock. In 2010 came the album Go Time, Showtime & Absolute War, which was nominated for a Grammy Award 2010 in the rock.
Tokyo is the brother of Ole Jørgen Ottosen, who is the front man of the band Tellusalie from Fredrikstad.