Jokke & Valentinerne is considered to be one of the "four big bands in Norwegian rock", together with deLillos, Raga Rockers and DumDum Boys. The
group originated in 1982 and released a total of five LP´s. Joachim Nielsen, better known as Jokke, was the frontman of Jokke & Valentinerne, and is
considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of all time in Norway. By the mid-1990s, Jokke had developed a heroin addiction, and had several stays
at rehabilitation clinics. By the turn of the millennium, many of his close friends believed that he had conquered his addiction. However, he died suddenly
of a drug overdose in October 2000, aged 36.