220 Volt were formed in 1979 in ÷stersund, Sweden by guitar players Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson. They were among the top hard rock/heavy metal acts in Scandinavia during the 80's. The band's career began to flow when they released the first single "Prisoner Of War" in 1982. When a radio station in New Jersey played the single it soon became one of the most wanted songs. CBS then offered them a record contract and their self-titled "220 Volt" record was released in 1983 in Sweden. In addition to Sweden, the band became very popular in Japan, Germany and the United States. In 1984, the band performed with Nazareth and later with AC/DC.