Cat Eye was formed in 1996, mainly as a cover band playing their favourite songs by Whitesnake, Ozzy, Rainbow, etc. On their first gig they had Magne’s long-time friend Hans Olav Solli come and do the vocal duties. This, however, was a one-off thing and Cat Eye had to search for a new singer. Through several line-up changes, the core trio of Affen, Magne & Øystein remained. January 2001: Ida Haukland had a chat with Affen over a few beers in a local pub and decided to join the band.