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Screenshot is from the making of video of The Look 2015 remake

 

Per Gessle often comments on demos and songs on Roxette’s Facebook page, so we decided to gather those comments here before they get lost in the digital universe.

Here you have the collection of Per’s thoughts and info shared about his demos, covers, songs, remixes and other strange musical stuff. Songs are in alphabetical order and by clicking on the title, you can watch / listen to which version he is talking about. The list is updated continuously.

/PP

 

 

A Girl Like You: ”An old song from 1998 I wrote for Rox but we never recorded it. Wound up as a bonus track on SOAP instead if I remember things right…. There’s a couple of demos around as well…”

Almost Unreal (demo): ”Roxette got a request to make the theme song for a Bette Midler-movie called “Hocus Pocus” back in 1993. So I wrote this one and did the demo with MP at the Tits&Ass palace in Halmstad. But suddenly the US girlband “En Vogue” got involved in the HP-project and did the main song instead. So we withdrew and found ourselves with a finished track (most of it recorded in London) but no movie. Someone suggested we should try to get it into the Dennis Hopper/Bob Hoskins-film “Super Mario Bros” which I thought was a so-so idea but hey….I’m from Furet…. Anyway, we got there…..and the film turned out to be ridiculous (so thought Dennis Hopper by the way… I met him at a Formula 1 race many years ago discussing this…) but the song isn’t that bad…… We changed the title to “Almost unreal” to get rid of the Hocus Pocus-connection. I think it was quite big in the UK. Or maybe it was Greenland.”

Always Breaking My Heart (Belinda Carlisle version): ”Belinda recorded this. I think I wrote it for Roxette but we had a break for a while. Marie had small kids. Or at least one.”

Always The Last to Know (Marie): ”This is Marie’s demo and her music. Sometimes she asks for some lyrics to work with and I gave her “Always the last to know” since I’m very fond of them. This must be end of the 90’s or maybe early 00’s, can’t remember.”

Always The Last to Know (demo – Per): ”This is my very first demo (or a short part of it….) of Always The Last To Know. Made in 1998 at the T&A Studio. Then there was a second try with just a piano in 2004. Same lyrics, same music. Then I gave up the music, gave up most of the lyrics, re-wrote everything and made a great demo with Chris at the AGM Studio in 2010. You haven’t heard that one! Yet. PS. Not to be confused with Marie’s music to my ATLTK-lyrics. But that’s a different story.”

Angel Passing: ”Always loved this one. Original title was “Angel”. Marie and Helena are singing the backing vocals. For some reason it fit my voice quite well. Made for Travelling and will stay there.”

Anyone (demo): ”This was my first intention writing “Anyone”. To combine it with “I love how you love me”. I always loved the Paris Sisters version of that song. Still do.”

Bla Bla Bla Bla Bla (You Broke My Heart) (demo): “This is also much better as a demo. MP plays fantastic electric guitar on this. I’m doing the powerchords on the choruses and the piano and the strings. You can hear a lot of Oasis-influences here. Nice! I wrote this for the Room Service-album. I think. We didn’t use at the time. It came out as a bonus-track on The Pop Hits collection.”

Blue Umbrella (demo): ”I wrote this a very long time ago. Probably for Rox. I forgot about it for many years. I think we included my demo on the RoxBox, can’t really remember.”

Breathe (demo): “Oh yea! One of my favourites! I actually think the demo is way better than the final Rox-version. Don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I loved the song much more than Marie who weren’t really into it. There’s a certain tone and warmth in the demo that’s lacking in the “real thing”. It happens sometimes.”

Call of The Wild: ”This was written for my third Swedish solo album back in 1985-86. Original title: “En känsla av en kvinna” (A sense of a woman). Wound up on the first Rox album instead. Life is strange sometimes.”

Charm School (“Touched by the Hand of God” demo): ”Sep 10, 2009, Tits & Ass Studio, me and my guitar! This song was written for… you guessed it… Charm School… but never made it. The chorus is quite nice though, it had something special. We recorded it but left it wide open. had another go for the Travelling-album, I changed the title and off we went!”

Church of Your Heart: ”We never chose COYHeart as a single, that decision was made by EMI USA at the time. We didn’t even include COYH on the “real” LP, remember? Only on the CD (which wasn’t the standard at the time). There were so many songs… A VERY creative period.”

Cinnamon Street (with Marie’s voice): ”There are two different versions of Cinnamon Street. One with me on lead vox, one with Marie. I never liked any of them. Wrong environment, wrong band. Next life, maybe!”

Come Back (Before You Leave) (demo): ”I always liked this one for some strange reason. We didn’t include it on the “Joyride”-LP due to lack of space but it popped up on the “Tourism”-album, didn’t it? A good way to learn how to program a new synthesizer is to write a song! I did that with “The Look” and “Don’t Believe In Accidents” and also with this one. Then I just added some string pads with MP at the T&A Studio. Voila! The Rox version with Marie’s vox sounds terrific. Great programming by Clarence and Jonas’ guitar parts in the outro are awesome. I’m sure it’s on “Tourism” if you want to check it out.”

Crash! Boom! Bang! (demo): ”This demo was recorded at the Tits&Ass Studio in May 1993! I knew immediately it had the muscles to become a big one with Marie singing it! Such a beautiful melody-line, very dramatic and also a great title (which btw comes from Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” -“The drummer boy from Illinois went Crash Boom Bang”. Marie sounds SOOOO good on this. So convincing you trust every word she sings. A big big talent that makes brilliant singers stand out from the rest! And Clarence’s string arrangement is superb! I’m lucky to work with ppl of that calibre!”

Crazy About You (demo): ”I always considered this song to be a first single candidate but it never even made any album!!!! I’m not a hitpicker!!!!! I still like it though!”

Cry (demo): ”Tits&Ass demo from Feb 1988. Marie and I wrote “Cry” and “Dance away” and a few other ones that you haven’t heard early that year. “Cry” is a great song I couldn’t have written on my own. Fits Marie perfectly with those “crying” melody-lines.”

Dangerous (demo): ”This demo was made in that FourDaysDemoingLookSharp-session in Stockholm Sep 1987. Jonas plays fantastic guitar as always. Clair did the programming. My original demo was done in Feb 1987 with just me + an acoustic guitar in the T&A Studio in Halmstad. I think we played Dangerous live at the Rock Runt Riket-tour before it was released on any record. But I’m not sure. Does anyone know???? Turned out to be a huge song for us hitting #1 on the Cashbox-chart in the US and #2 on its competitor, the Billboard-chart. Nowadays, Cashbox is dead and gone! To everything there is a season.”

Dangerous (playback, Jacobs Stege, Sweden, 1988): ”This is so funny. Swedish TV-show 1988. The recording, with loads of confused cameramen (and artists…), took forever….. Pelle Alsing had to leave, he had a gig with another band. Look at the beginning you can see a drum kit but no drummer!!!! Wunderbar!” (Just to prove the story is true, here is the same explanation in other words  from another post. /PP 🙂 ) ”1988! This is very funny. Check who’s “playing” the drums. No one. Why? Pelle Alsing had to leave before this take. Everything was running late (pre-recorded TV-show) and he had another gig somewhere in Sthlm with some other artist. Life in the fast lane.”

Dangerous (video): ”When we showed this video (and LTYH = shot at the same time) to EMI USA they thought we had built the castle just for the videoclip!”

Don’t Believe in Accidents: ”I wrote this song because I had to learn how to use my new synthesizer (Ensoniq ESQ-1). I wrote another one as well, probably the same day…. that was The Look. A decent Tuesday.”

Do You Wanna Be My Baby? (demo): ”Oh yeah! This demo. Forgot about it. Made by MP and me in the old Tits & Ass Studio. Could have made a great Rox-track (with Marie on vocals), don’t you think?”

Do You Wanna Go The Whole Way?: ”Yep, I’ve always loved this one (could have skipped the the m8-part when I’m singing though…) but I think we should have sped it up a bit. It’s got a great groove but it’s too slow! Dynamite vocals by Miss Effe (as always). Someone young & fresh. feeeling sexy should make a cover out of this. A surefire hit! And I love the title. That’s how it all started!”

Dressed for Success (Globe Arena opening): ”I think this is from the opening of the Globe Arena in Stockholm back in 1989. We flew in from the States to do two songs live then back to LA….. Aaaah youth!”

Dressed For Success (video): ”This was fun!!!!! Directed by Peter Heath!!!!” ”Recorded at the same time as The Look-video. New York 1989.”

Entering Your Heart (extended version): ”Great vox by Miss Effe! And splendido guitarlix by Jonas. PS. This version has en extra verse. We erased verse 2 for the single-release….”

Every Day (Outside My Window) (demo): ”This was written for CBB, I think. The music is not by MF (she made her own music to this lyrics a couple of years later on…but that’s a different story). Micke Syd is playing drums on this. MP + me on guitars.”

Every Day: ”Great song by Marie. I had these lyrics lying around for many years. And you’ve probably heard my own demos…. Marie’s interpretation on them is def the best!”

Fading Like A Flower (video): ”Suddenly remembered this one. It was freezing cold in Stockholm, Doug Freel directed the video and loved the scenery. He was right, it looks awesome.”

Fireworks (video): ”Busking in Piccadilly Circus early in the morning. I remember that!”

Fool: ”Fool! Yep, it was a single in my mind for five minutes…”

From One Heart To Another: ”Well. Felt like it wasn’t really part of that album. Glad you enjoy it, though…”

Go To Sleep: ”Great music by Marie set to an old lyric by me. And BRILLIANT production by Clarence. Don’t ever underestimate the producer. Clarence is one of the best!!!”

Half a Woman, Half a Shadow: ”Marie wrote this (the music) to my lyrics. Great stuff!”

Happy on The Outside (demo): ”This is a pretty old demo made by me at the Tits&Ass Studio in August 2005. It was lying around for many years until it found its way to the Charm School-album. A nice vibe, don’t you think?”

Happy Together (demo): ”Yea! Always loved this! This is the T&A demo I had lying around. Listen that drumloop going round and round and round and round forever and ever…how artistic! I liked the vibe of it all so we just added Marie’s vocals to the demo. I think we recorded her vox at ABBA-Benny’s studio in Stockholm. She did a great job. The coda is brilliant. Have to use that again one day… PS. And no, this is NOT a remix.”

Heart of Gold (unplugged): ”One of my fav Neil Young-songs of course. We didn’t do it that well. It made sense in the early 90´s though….”

I Call Your Name (Montezuma demo): ”Very early demo from the Montezuma Studio in Stockholm. We did about ten songs in a day….. preparation for the first Rox album.”

I Call Your Name (remix): ”This is some sort of remix EMI Europe wanted us to do. We never liked this version. It sounded much better on the P.O.P-album in Clarence Ubermensch’s production!”

(I Could Never) Give You Up: ”This was written for the LS-album but wasn’t included on the original LP! We had too many songs and this fell off the shelf! However, it was included on the CD-release. I have no big story to tell about this. It was written and demoed in the middle of so many songs at the time. Still have the demo somewhere. Probably on a cassette…”

I Like It Like That: ”I write this for Marie to sing. Never happened.”

Innan du går, kom tillbaka: ”1983. I wrote the lyrics, Marie & I did the music, Gyllene Tider is the backing band. Yea!”

Inte tillsammans, inte isär (demo): ”Demo from June 2003. Re-wrote the lyrics a bit and had another go of this song. I like it a lot even though I have to improve my pianoplaying….. Great to play live!”

I Remember You: ”This one was called “Boom Boom (And Boom Boom Again)” when I wrote it. We recorded it but never really liked it so it was left off the Joyride-LP. Wound up on the CD because EMI wanted three additional songs on the digital release.”

It Hurts (demo): ”Wrote this a long long time ago. I don’t know why we never recorded it properly and put it out. So many songs, so little time….”

It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted video): ”It’s an old one from 87. My Veilette-Citron guitar is present!” ”IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE: The very first video. Or? Not really, this was made for a Swedish Chart-show called “Listan” and was later used a semi-official video-clip. Low budgets. High hair.”

It Must Have Been Love (demo): ”Yea, this is the original demo to IMHBLunch. EMI Germany asked us to make a xmas record. – “It’s gonna be easier for you guys to get airplay in this market”, they said. Danke Schön. So I wrote IMHBL and made this slightly clumpsy demo. We then recorded it properly with Marie & Clarence at the brand new digital Audio Sweden Studio in Stockholm, released it in Sweden and had a huge xmas hit! Germany? Nah, they didn’t want it! No release there. Sorry guys, next time….. Then of course, after we had made it in the US with The Look and LTYH etc, we got invited to write a song for the Pretty Woman-movie (it was called something else at the time, can’t remember what…). But I didn’t have any time left since we were busy doing promo all over the world so we offered them IMHBL with slightly new lyrics /xmas day became winter’s day etc/. Life was never the same again. PS. The Pretty Woman-movie has grossed around 500 million USD! Amazing, isn’t it?”

It Must Have Been Love (official music video – Pretty Woman): ”Check this warehouse-turned-into-a-filmstudio out! Same as we used in the It Must Have Been Love-video!” [It’s the ”Traveling Wilburys – Handle with Care” video]

It Will Take A Long Long Time: ”This song is included in the Runaway Bride-movie. Yes, we know. It was the same director (Gerry Marshall) who did Pretty Woman and he wanted another Rox song in his new movie. Nice thought, don’t you think?”

I Wanna Be with You (demo): ”Oh yea! This was recorded at the Tits&Ass Studio in November 1994. Micke Syd plays the drums, MP grooves on the bass and MP + me pump the guitars! Guess I was in a PowerPop-mood after the CBB Tour! Recorded it with Nisse Hellberg for the Lonely Boys-project a couple of years later. Sounds more like a Gyllene Tider-track than Roxette, don’t you think?”

I Want You (Roxette / Eva Dahlgren / Ratata): ”This song was written by all of us (can’t remember how we managed to do that…) and released as a single just before the Rock Runt Riket Tour in 1987. Recorded at the classic Polar Studio in Stockholm (it’s sadly not there anymore).”

I Want You to Know: ”Think I wrote this for Rox but since we had a year off at the time…..I couldn’t help but recording it.”

I Was So Lucky (demo): ”This is very special to me since it started out as a song for my son, Gabriel. The demo was made in June 1998. Hate that vocal performance of mine but the vibe in the track is really strong.”

Joy of a Toy (live): ”A funny one, co-written with MP in the 80’s. This clip is live from 1988. I think.”

Joyride (demo): ”A typical example of how “produced” demos MP and me did back in the days. This sounds very much like the final version, don’t you think?”

June Afternoon: ”Yea, this is a nice one. Written for The World According To Gessle-album but Marie loved it so it became a Rox-song instead…. Good choice, Marie!! One of my favourites. Great little video clip by Jonas Åkerlund.”

Jupiter Calling (demo): ”Hahaha! There are so many demos of this I’ve lost count. This one was made at the Tits&Ass Studio in August 1995 for no particular reason at all. I always liked this style of music. A little touch of the 50’s made into something else. There is a really sleazy demo of JC featuring a tenorsax! So glad you haven’t heard that one! Finnish band Leningrad Cowboys recorded this as well. Cheers!”

Keep Me Waiting: ”Yep. Always liked this one. There is a demo where I’m whispering the lyrics instead of singing them. Something for the next demo-box maybe?”

Let’s Party! (demo): ”Oh no! Let’s Party! Clarence H A T E D this one!!!!! And who can blame him! I wrote this early in the summer of 1988 and this demo was made with MP at the Tits&Ass Studio in July the same year. Six months later we had a hit in the US with The Look. Time changes fast sometimes. PS. Swedish band Sha-Boom made a cover of this. Does anyone remember?”

Liberty (demo): ”This song was written for Belinda Carlisle but she and her A&R-staff in London didn’t like it very much. But they wanted me to be involved with her album “A Woman And A Man”. So she recorded “Always breaking my heart” (Top 8 in the UK!!) + “Love doesn’t live here” instead. ABMH I co-prodcued, LDLH was done by somebody else in LA I think…. The “Liberty”-demo was the first song ever to be recorded at my brand new studio in Stockholm together with highly talented programmer Anders Herrlin and Dr Clair Ubermensch who was spreading his tastebuds all over the place. Great fun.”

Listen to Your Heart (demo): ”The first demo of this song before Clarence came up with that famous intro on the piano. This is how it sounded from the beginning. It was perfect for Marie…..”

Listen To Your Heart (TV playback): ”This looks so strange, doesn’t it? Sometimes in the old days EMI hired some local musicians to be “the Roxette band” when we did TV shows. I think this is from Australia.” (”Hey Hey It’s Saturday” – Australia – 14th October, 1989)

Lover Lover Lover (demo): ”This is from the Tits&Ass Studio in Halmstad. Still like this one…”

Lycklig jul (demo): ”I wrote in 1985 after The Scener-album came out. The demo was made in Oct 85. In English? Nah, won’t happen. It was fun to make though. Lots of silly stuff goin’ on in the T&A Studio!”

Make My Head Go Pop: ”The MMHGP-phrase came from an interview I read with Frank Black from The Pixies. It sounded just like it should’ve come out from my mouth, don’t you think!”

Me & You & Terry & Julie (demo): ”Terry & Julie? Those characters came from “Waterloo Sunset” by Ray Davies. Think he was writing about Terence Stamp and Julie Christie. The legend says so anyway. WS is one of the best songs ever in my book.”

Milk and Toast and Honey (demo): ”Yea, this is one of my favourite Rox songs. Recorded at Tits&Ass in August 1999 by MP and me. I don’t like my vocals on this but our good old friend Milla (Camilla Andersson) is doing a great job with the chorus. She’s done that on a couple of occasions when I make my demos. “A thing about you” is another one. Marie is, of course, just perfect on the final Rox-version. A beauty.”

Min hälsning: ”One of my favourites. Wrote it in 1978 (with slightly different lyrics) and this is a live recording we did in the Aerosol studio 2007! Good vibes!”

Myth (demo): ”Yea, this is Marie’s music and my lyrics. Btw, the lyrics in the video is NOT correct. “Slipped” has become “slept” etc…. This is pretty good but we didn’t need it at the time. I don’t know who’s playing on this, must be Marie’s band.”

Neverending Love (Svarta glas – demo): ”Oh yea! This is the very first demo of “Svarta glas” (it means “black glass”… or in this case “black glasses”…) Recorded at the tiny Tits&Ass Studio in Styrdal, Halmstad Oct 1985! I wrote it for Swedish artist Pernilla Wahlgren but she and her record company never returned my calls…… Instead it became the very first Roxette-recording (Neverending love) but without the synths/drum machines I used for the demo. Clarence wanted a more organic sound so off we went with a brand new band. However, MP was still playing the guitar-hook just like on this demo. Very catchy, don’t you think?”

Never Is A Long Time (demo): ”This demo was recorded in Sep 1987 at EMI Studios in Stockholm (it says 1995 in the video = big mistake!) with Clarence in charge. All in preparation for the Look Sharp!-album. We never recorded NIALT properly until we hit that closed Sao Paulo-nightclub making the Tourism-bonanza way later. I think the Tourism-version holds one of Marie’s finest vocal performance ever. I’m sure you all agree.”

Never Is A Long Time (reggae demo): ”January 1992 = the reggae day! Terrible version btw….”

One Is Such A Lonely Number: ”Also from the Look Sharp demo-sessions. Programmed + produced by mr Clair Ubermensch! We had better songs than this!!!!”

Opportunity Nox: ”One of my favourites. I’m so proud of that guitar solo. It took me so long I missed dinner.”

Pearls of Passion: ”This one was called “Pearls and Passion” when I wrote it. Someone misspelled it at EMI Sweden (think it was Kjell Andersson, head of A&R) so I kept the “new” title. Artistic, heh?”

Perfect Day (demo): ”One of the few demos of mine Marie is singing. I don’t think there exist any demo of PD sung by me. This was made at the Tits&Ass Studio in August 1990, MP plays the accordion. The accordion part was crucial to the song so when we realized that Vicki Benckert (who was joining us on the Joyride Tour) could play it live we decided to put it on the Joyride-album. Originally the final track was supposed to be Queen of rain. As you know we kept QOR in the drawer until Tourism came out.”

Queen of Rain (video): ”Queen Of Rain. Video shot at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandie, France. Oui.” ”Great little video shot in northern France, directed by Matt Murray. We had to run when the tide came in.”

Reveal (Kleerup remix): ”I think this remix is quite good. Kleerup’s got his own very personal sound which I like.”

Run to You (demo): ”This was recorded in December 1992. The arrangement got a complete make-over in Capri when we recorded it for the CBB-album. I think it was Anders Herrlin who had some brilliant ideas at the time. It certainly wasn’t me….”

Salvation: ”One of my favourites. Video directed by Anton Corbijn. A treat to work with him.”

Seduce Me (demo): “Tits & Ass demo of a song Marie and I wrote together. Summer of 1990. I think the lyrics are mine, the music we did by the piano in my apartment on Torsgatan in Halmstad. The mighty MP plays guitars. Btw, Clarence hated this one so we never recorded it!! And we didn’t really need it at the time. We had better tunes.”

She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: ”I think this is the only Rox song ever Clarence Öfwerman didn’t produce or co-produce. Yea. I think so.”

Småstad (video): ”Mickes pappa mekar i början. Kolla in och lär!” (Dennis Erixon added: ”Featuring Denne Syd vid 0:54!” /PP)

Small Talk: ”I don’t hate it. I think it’s cool. But for me Dressed For Success is better. ST follows the same tradition but didn’t really make the chequered flag!”

Snart kommer natten (Here Comes The Weekend’s Swedish version written by J. Larsson, performed by Jim Jidhed): ”I wrote this (in English) back in 1988, this Jim J version is from 91. Can’t remember who wrote the Swedish lyrics.”

Something in The System (demo): ”Yea well….. this one was written for Roxette. However, it felt too long and we forgot about it for a couple of years. When we put together “The Junior Suite-medley” on the Son Of A Plumber-album this popped up in my head. So we used a bit of it, played it faster and suddenly…it all made sense. Me like.”

Som i en dröm (demo): ”Yea, this is the original demo to “So far away” from Pearls of Passion. I did another one (acoustic) not that long ago which I might use in the future. I like this track a lot. Especially in Swedish.”

Speak To Me (Bassflow remake): ”One of the best remixes in Rox history. In my book.”

Spending My Time (demo): ”Recorded May 24, 1990 at Tits & Ass. I knew we had a great song (MP and I wrote this one together) but the demo always sucked!!! I couldn’t sing it very well, I don’t know why. It was always meant for Marie. She did a tremendous job delivering it. I’m sure it would have become a Top 5 song in the US if EMI wouldn’t have scrapped the entire company and sacked 122 people in the middle of marketing this one. People loved it but radio never got the chance to catch up. The Music Business. You win some, you lose some.” ”If you heard my demo of this song you wouldn’t have believed your ears. It’s awful! Marie (and Clarence) made it happen!!!!!!”

Spending My Time (video): ”Spending My Time, directed by Wayne Isham.”

Staring at The Ground (demo): ”This demo was recorded at Tits&Ass Aug 29, 1997. Always loved this song (it’s actually Clarence’s fave also from HAND too… he’s got exquisite taste, right?). Strange piano-section in the middle (which we removed on the “real” recording in Spain) otherwise it’s right up my alley! Great vocals by Marie. As always.”

Stars (demo): ”Hey, I did really serious demos back in the days! Took forever. Nowadays it’s just me and a guitar. The rest is left open to the main brains and the studio wizardry of Chris and Clair.”

Stay (At Home, At Work, At Play) (demo): ”Hahaha! Stay! At home, at work, at play! That last phrase came from a Sparks-song. I always loved that! This demo was recorded at Tits&Ass in the summer of 1995 with Micke Syd on drums, MP on bass guitar and me fooling around with loads of guitars. I love that solo!!! It took off with the lyrics and then I wrote the music together with MP, I think most of the chorus came from him actually. There are some chords in there I wouldn’t have used myself…. This was just after the CBB-tour had ended and I geared up for the first Gyllene Tider-comeback in 1996. Neither Rox nor myself recorded it “properly”, this is the only version that exists that I’m involved in. However, a Danish girl, Ann-Louise did a version of it. You’ll probably find it on YouTube.”

Sweet Thing (demo): ”Written for the Look Sharp!-album but got lost in the shuffle. Great chorus, though. MP plays guitar on this demo. Classic 80’s Tits&Ass-sound…”

The Centre Of The Heart (video): ”Shot at The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo. Weird place.”

The Look (demo): ”I was trying to mix a “dance-vibe” with powerful guitars. A little bit like ZZ Top a la Gimme All Your Lovin’. It was written for Marie but it sounded terrible when she tried it out. She needs “bigger” melodies so you can hear her fab voice properly! We always, by instinct, went for singles where Marie did the lead vox. When we heard about the airplay in the US we instantly thought it was Dressed For Success or Listen To Your Heart that started to happen. Big surprise to all of us that it was The Look. Badabam!”

The Look (first video clip): ”The is typical Swedish low budget video from 1989. We had to make a better one. We did.”

Theme From Roberta Right: ”Hahaha forgot this for a while. Co-written with Gabriel btw. He wrote the chorus. Brilliant.”

The Rain (demo): ”This one is the 2nd demo I made for THE RAIN. Must’ve been December 1991. The first one was made in July the same year and has got a totally different groove. Written for the Tourism-project. I always liked it, it’s got that “build-up”…grow grow grow til you die… in its DNA that made Rox sound like Rox. Beautiful. Marie, of course, did a fab job making it spectacular in the studio later on. Big songs need big voices!”

The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye (Bassflow remake): ””The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye” was a leftover from the Joyride-sessions back in 1990. For some reason it didn’t make the album (it could easily have replaced “I Remember You” or “Physical Fascination” in my book…) but destiny wanted it to appear here and there and everywhere instead as a single-b-side, on compilations, in box sets etc. This is the Bassflow remix version from a kupple o’years ago. Me like. Enjoy.”

The Voice (B-side to DFS single): ”This is the demo we made + freshed it up a bit to become a b-side for Dressed For Success.”

Threnody (Gyllene Tider for a compilation album): ”Jeezus, this is very old! Frida in ABBA was doing a solo-album in 1982 (produced by Phil Collins) and asked me to write a song for her. And she gave me a book of Dorothy Parker’s poems. I wrote music to two of them; “Threnody” and “Light of love”. When her first single was released (“I know there’s something going on”) she had the good taste of putting “Threnody” on the b-side. It became huge in the US and sold 4 million copies worldwide and . My first international success….. Phew! PS. This version you hear is played by Gyllene Tider and was made for some compilation album. There must be a demo version by MP and me somewhere as well.”

Threnody (Anni-Frid Lyngstad version): ”It’s on ABBA-Frida’s solo album from 1982. I wrote the music to a Dorothy Parker-poem. Those were the days.”

TomTom: ”This is not the demo, this is from the Händig man-album. Chris & Clair’s favourite song from those sessions and I like as well. I still enjoy the lyrics and C&C’s very sparse arrangement and playing.”

T-T-T-Take It!: ”This one was written for Rox but I recorded it for The World According To Gee instead.”

Turn of the Tide: ”This one was written for Have A Nice Day. Did you know that?”

Un día sin tí: ”Marie did an unbelievable job learning all those Spanish lyrics for the Baladas en Espanol-album. I was only singing on one track, Vulnerable. I don’t understand a word but it sounds terrific!”

Varmt igen: ”Love this song. The finale on the Mazarin album. I wrote it, recorded a demo and gave it to Peter Jöback before I recorded it myself, Ms Dimberg heard my demo and Peter needed something special so off he went…… Then I did it myself.” (Here you can also listen to Peter Jöback’s version live.)

Vulnerable (demo): ”This song came to me very easy. I had the title and most of the lyrics, the chords and the melodies in my head for a long time (about a year or so…) before I made any demo-recording. Wish I had sung it better, though. Can’t remember why Marie didn’t want to sing it. A few changes in the lyrics and it would have sounded fab with her.”

What’s She Like?: ”One of the best vocal performances from Miss Effe in my book! Gorgeous!”

Wish I Could Fly: ”WICF was released Feb 1, 1999! Fifteen years ago today!* Makes sense, Gabriel was one year old in this video clip!” (*Per posted this on Feb 1, 2014)

Wish You The Best (acoustic version): ”Think I did this for some radio station. Could be Micke Nord on lead guitar and b-vox. Doesn’t sound like Christoffer L….” (TWATG promo in Spain. September 1997, in Barcelona.)

Writer (demo): “Hahahaha! My Gosh, forgotten gem, right? Micke Syd on drums, MP + me on guitars. It sounds better with “She’s such a good reporter”, don’t you think?. On the other hand “Paperback writer” has got a great touch to it! Oh well, guess I was trying to write some Gyllene Tider-candy in English at the time. The whole TWATG is full of power pop dreams.”

You Can’t Put Your Arms Around What’s Already Gone: ”Yep, always liked You can’t….. Michael Ilbert did a great sound on this one! Recorded in Marbella, Spain.”