It just happens – a review

Roxette just released a new siIt Just Happensngle, “It Just Happens”, and we felt we had to write some words about the song. The release was very much anticipated by fans all over. To celebrate the release many fans decided to change their profile picture to a butterfly, sweet, isn’t it? Another surprise of the day: It Just Happens was #1 on iTunes Argentina today! All very exciting, it all just puts a big smile on your face.

And now let’s get to the single:

Judith: Some people say it happened with some Roxette songs in the past, that they had to listen to them a few times to really appreciate them and kinda fall in love with them. It happened to me this time around.

It wasn’t until I listened to the song totally focused, meaning with my high-quality ear phones, and concentrated on all the details and the lyrics that it went boom! It was the part with “It just happens / you don’t know what’s going on / if it’s new or if it’s been there since long / if it’s right or wrong / you fall in love” that gave me goose bumps and brought me back to some very special events in my life. For example, when I fell in love with my big love, or even back to the time when I listened to “The Look” for the first time in 1989. It just happens.

I hadn’t thought about the fact that sometimes it takes a few listenings to appreciate a song. I then started to think and realised it wasn’t the first time that I needed a few listenings to realise the depth and awesomeness of a song. I remembered it was the same with “Sleeping In My Car”. It was quite a different sound to Joyride or Tourism and I had to listen to it a few times till it captured me. Or “A Thing About You” to mention another example. And then I just realised this is one of the things that fascinates me about Roxette. Even though they stay true to their Roxette sound, there is always some new component in their music. And there is always the attention to perfection and those (what I call) playful sounds and details here and there that you only hear when you mindfully listen to the song a few times. And it is always the combination of music, lyrics, voices and those playful details that makes it magical.

Have you noticed that in choruses Per usually slightly changes the lyrics? (“Don’t underestimate, your heart is never late vs your heart can never wait) Or the way they pronounce/sing certain words? (the first “it just happens”, “just yesterday”) Or those little hidden sounds or clappings or drum beats that just happen once but that you know perfectly when they are in the song and are anticipating them? (one keyboard sound after the second “don’t undererstimate” in the chorus is not there in the first chorus, it sounds only again after “your heart can never wait”)…This is Roxette!! And Marie’s voice is amazing on this one!

Of course, the song reminds me of many other songs, and the more I listen to it, the more connections I find to other songs. That is the essence of Roxette. Typical Roxette with a touch of new.

A great appetiser for the upcoming album “Good Karma” on June 3rd!

Kirsten: Before I had heard the song for the first time, a friend already had sent me a message via WhatsApp telling me what she thinks about it – and I think it’s a bad way to be introduced to a song/film/album whatever by another one’s opinion. Especially when it isn’t the best.

I must add that I am really trying hard not to expect anything anymore Roxette-wise. The Travelling album has its gems, same goes for Charm School, but they aren’t my favourite Roxette albums. On the other hand I want Per and Marie of course to do and record what they want, what they feel up to – it’s what I am curious about. How do they sound, what do they want to tell me?

Another not so good thing was that I had read on The Daily Roxette that Per rated the song as a “power ballad” which was sung by Marie. So, when I listened to “It just happens” for the first time, I was of course disappointed twice, because his words had made expect me something – which I really tried to prevent hard. 1.) This isn’t a power ballad (to me), 2.) It is not sung by Marie. When I hear power ballad and “sung by Marie” I have songs like LTYH, IMHBL or SMT in my head – immediately. I can’t help it; it’s what I grew up with.

So, my first listening didn’t make me feel like 12 again. It was an “ok” song with “ok” lyrics. But nothing that blew my mind.

When I posted my opinion on my Facebook page, some other fans and I started to discuss the song very intensely (that’s what I love about this fandom, btw) and came to a funny conclusion. Somehow, “It just happens” sounded like a Coldplay song to us, “Paradise”, in this case. But since “Paradise” totally reminded me of “Wish I could fly” all I could write was: “Roxette sound like Coldplay who sound like Roxette” which basically means that Roxette sounds like Roxette. That’s the way it should be, right?

And the comparison to WICF isn’t the worst. But after three listenings, I thought that it sounds more like LTYH. So, when Marie starts to sing “It just happens… you fall in love” you could also easily sing “Listen to your heart… when he’s calling for you”.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mind artists stealing from themselves. Every singer/songwriter does it often. I don’t care. I just noticed it. And in the end I want them to sound like themselves, this only works when they stay true to themselves.

About the song: I love the sound, it is powerful, it is full, I love the instruments, the arrangements, it sounds very modern and updated. Thanks for finally turning away from the 60’s George Harrison sound. I loved it for the time being, but we really had enough of it!

What confused me from the very first time I heard it was the structure. I couldn’t get my head around it and I still don’t. It seems that the highlight of the song isn’t at the end, but in the first third. There is no build-up. Have I ever heard something like this before? I don’t know. The middle 8 isn’t the introduction to a great outro with even more instruments or another strong chorus. It actually gets quieter towards the end and this surprises me every time I hear it.

I like the lyrics and we all know why they are kept “easy”. I love both vocals, even though I had not expected Per to sing at all. I would have loved it even more if we had gotten a bit more from Marie in the verses (but that’s just me, because I think that both voices fit together like paper and glue, fire and wood.. you get the idea..).

I don’t know anything about the music business or the reception of a new song, but I always find that it’s hard to sell a song that doesn’t work from the first second at the first listening on. Something must set free in the listeners’ brain or soul.. if it doesn’t happen, they will never buy the song. I don’t know about “It just happens”. Maybe it’s a classical radio song that needs a lot of airplay to climb the charts. “She’s got nothing on (but the radio)” did it and this was a song I really only loved when I heard it live for the first time. Man, live this was a killer!

And I really would love to hear “It just happens” live, too. Just because Roxette are one of the best live bands at the moment. They simply rock and some of this rock couldn’t hurt their songs either.

So, long text… all in all I think it’s a good song with a catchy melody. For me, the last single that really flashed me was “Wish I could fly” and “It just happens” doesn’t change it. (But I didn’t expect that anyway. Just keep on singing together, Per and Marie!).

Songs on the new Roxette DVD / Blu-ray and live CD

Last week we already informed you about the content of the upcoming Roxette DVD / Blu-ray and Per added his comments on it regarding what the DVD and the Blu-ray really contain.

Now the lists of songs are also published on a Bulgarian website (Radio N-JOY) both for the live part of the DVD and the live CD. The text says the DVD presents a complete live show including 90 minutes of the most inspiring and energetic performances on stage by Roxette, recorded in Curitiba in Brazil, Cordoba in Argentina and Santiago in Chile. They are not mentioning any other countries, so there might not be that much of a mix of the crowd scenes as in the TV cut. Not sure if the stage views are not only from Santiago as it was in the TV cut. At least, it gives us hope that constant cuts in the DVD version are also changed. We’ll see it when the DVD is out on 6th December, 2013.

Roxette – Live ‘Travelling the World’ 
Tracklist  (DVD + Blu-ray)

1. Dressed For Success
2. Sleeping In My Car
3. The Big L
4. Silver Blue
5. Stars
6. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
7. Perfect Day
8. Things Will Never Be The Same
9. It Must Have Been Love
10. It’s Possible
11. 7Twenty7
12. Fading Like A Flower
13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
14. How Do You Do!
15. Dangerous
16. Joyride
17. Spending My Time
18. The Look
19. Listen To Your Heart
20. Church Of Your Heart

 

Live CD
Roxette Live at Caupolican, Santiago, Chile May 5th 2012

1. Dressed For Success
2. Sleeping In My Car
3. The Big L
4. She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio)
5. Perfect Day
6. It Must Have Been Love
7. It’s Possible
8. 7Twenty7
9. Fading Like A Flower
10. Crash Boom Bang!
11. How Do You Do!
12. Dangerous
13. Joyride
14. Spending My Time
15. The Look
16. Listen To Your Heart

Bonus tracks (will be available only digitally)

17. Silver Blue
18. Church of Your Heart

 

Regarding ”Silver Blue” as a bonus track the article says: ”fans’ favourite song for live performance all around the world, forcing Roxette to add it to the setlist”.

In one of our earlier posts on Facebook we shared a link Roxette Cafe found and there we could see the teaser for the docu and the cover of the docu part. Not sure if it’s still the real deal, as Per posted another pic as how the DVD cover will look like.

flyer-roxette-recto_lo_res                DVD-BLURAY _cover

 

Update at 14:30 CET, 1st November: this might be the real deal (however, the letters in the title are not put down in a straight line… hm… hm…). Cover pic shared by Orpheus Music in Bulgaria. Looks better than the one Per shared (I guess that one was a draft attached to the documents to get the certificate in Germany), but still not as energetic as the one shared by GAD. That cover pic is expressing more what the World Tour was about.

orpheus_music_travelling_DVD

Photo on the cover is from 24/07/2011, Slottsskogsvallen, Göteborg (Thanx, Roxette Cafe for letting us know.)

 

Update by Per regarding the cover – the one HE shared earlier:

Yes yes, this is the upcoming Dec 6 release of the DVD/BluRay. Lots of covers are floating around, I’m getting dizzy!

Thanx for finding the source of info and letting us know, Celestte Williams.

Content of the long-awaited Roxette DVD / Blu-ray

FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft = Voluntary Self Regulation of the Movie Industry), a German motion picture rating system organization run by the SPIO (Head Organisation of the Movie Industry) has published the release certificate of Roxette’s new DVD. It’s been approved to be released without age restriction.

According to the certificate, the title of the DVD is ”It All Begins Where It Ends – The Incredible Story Of Roxette”. Running time is 206 min 23 sec.

 

Table of contents:

Title Running time
It All Begins Where It Ends 61:41
Concert – Part 1 43:33
Concert – Part 2 51:37
Mikael Nogueira* 5:24
So, Christoffer 3:18
Studio 12:03
Travelling 28:47

*Micke N-S’s name is misspelled (Mikael Niguera) in the certificate, so no clue if the titles above are the final ones or just referring to the content of the different parts of the DVD.

 

Favela is the production company responsible for the documentary and the live part. You might remember our interview with them.

The documentary we saw on SVT last December was appr. 58 min long, so ”It All Begins Where It Ends” part might not be the very same as the TV version. However, this 3-4 min difference doesn’t necessarily mean it’s really different.

Concert 1-2: The live TV cut we saw on SVT in January was also appr. 58 min long and got a mixed critique even from fans. The constant cuts coming too fast after one another thus breaking the flow of the songs and mixing up places and crowd scenes were our main ”problems”. Now the live show is divided into 2 parts, 95 min 10 sec altogether. This means the concert film has been changed in a way and if we take out the talks on stage and the shoutings and clappings in the beginning and at the end of each concert, it really might be a complete show like Per wrote it in April. However, we are still wondering whether the cuts and mixing-ups have also been changed or just the length. Either way, we really hope for a full concert. C’mon, it was once (and still might be) the most important discussion on Earth! 😉

Micke N-S’s part might be a short interview or a backstage video with him or how he is handling Per’s gear and related. Or all these in 5 minutes.

3 minutes of ”So, Christoffer”. Hm. I’m wondering if it will be a megamix of ”So, Christoffer!”-s from different places. 🙂

Studio and Travelling can be a mix of Per’s iPhone videos and Favela’s shootings. We’ll see, but 40 minutes of these parts sounds promising.

 

Per informed all of us yesterday about the release date, which is 6th December – hopefully this year. 😉 We couldn’t bear any further delay. Now we also know that a live CD with 16 tracks is also included in the pack (not available separately) and 2 extra tracks we get on iTunes, Spotify, etc.

Roxette_It_All_Begins_Where_It_Ends

 

I hope your heart is in perfect condition, Jose. 😉

 

Update 1 by Per on 24th October:

Looks like the real deal to me. Except that loads and loads of “GessleCam”-goodies are also included on the BluRay-version! No space left on the DVD… /P.

 

Update 2 by Per on 24th October:

DVD/BluRay UPDATE: Just realised that the info from RoxBlog is not entirely correct. First of all, “So, Christoffer” is about 30 mins long (not 3 mins). The “Extras” that is “GessleCam, part 1-2-3” (So, Christoffer + Studio Work + Travelling) + MNS – The secret life of a guitar tech will only be available on the BluRay. Not on the DVD due to space limitations. /P.

 

Soldans & Disco & Henry & Hanna

After seeing Gyllene Tider’s Leifs Lounge gig setlist with ”Arabiska nätter” as the opening song and ”Vill ha ett svar!” among the extras, I was thinking about what other surprise song could they include in the tour setlist. Well, I think most of you would agree on ”Henry, dansa inte disco!” would be a great surprise to be performed live. This song so far appeared only on the album (”Jag har förstått allt, men jag kan inte ge några detaljer”) which Per released in 100 copies for MP’s 30th birthday.

Now it will be available for a wider audience on GT’s new compilation album, ”Soldans på din grammofon”, in 2 versions. Next to a new version (4m 27s long) the other might be the same as the one on MP’s birthday album, since it is stated on the tracklist as a live rehearsal studio version from January 1980 and the b-day album says rehearsal studio, Harplinge, 20th January, 1980. However, the old version is 4m 47s long and Soldans version is 5m 09s long. So there’s a little difference. You can have a listen to the old version by clicking here.

In case Henry is joining the guys on stage during the tour, you might want to sing along. If he won’t be dancing disco on tour, you’ll still need the lyrics to sing along in your living room after the album is out. 😉 So either way, start learning the lyrics! Thanks to Peter Mills, you can find an English translation next to it.

 

Henry, dansa inte disco! Henry, Don’t Dance Disco!
Lyrics by Per Gessle. Music by Per Gessle & M.P. Persson translation provided by Peter Mills
Harplinge, 20/January/1980
Hanna var ett rock n’ roll freak. Hanna was a rock ‘n’ roll freak.
Henry var en äkta discoboy. Henry was a genuine discoboy.
Henry köpte jämt Veckoreyn. Henry bought “Veckoreyn”. (Swedish teenage-magazine)
Hanna stod i kiosken vid Stora Torg. Hanna stood in a kiosk near Stora Torg
Så Hanna och Henry dom träffa varann, ooh. So Hanna and Henry they meet each other, ooh.
Allt dom gjorde, gjorde dom likt. Everything they did, did likewise.
Men det fanns ett problem, det gällde musik. But there was a problem, it was about music.
Hanna hade hemliga hobbys, Hanna had secret hobbies,
hon samlade plattor från fjärran tid. she collected albums from an older time.
Henry han höll huvudet högt, Henry he got the head high,
han dansade disco aaalltid. he danced disco aaalways.
Hon hade älskat Elvis och Lennon och Jagger. She had loved Elvis and Lennon and Jagger.
Henry han dansa som i trans, ooh. Henry he dances like in trance, ooh.
När han stod på golvet hade Hanna ingen chans. When he stood on the floor Hanna had no chance.
Hon sa: She said:
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco.  -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.
Hon sa: She said:
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco. -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.
Hanna hon var kär i Henry. Hanna she was in love with Henry.
Henry var också kär i sin vän. Henry was also in love with his friend.
Men varje kväll var det krig But every night was a war
framför den svarta skivspelaren. in front of that black record player.
Så Hanna och Henry dom lämna varann, ooh. So Hanna and Henry they left each other, ooh.
Henry svängde sina discoshoes Henry swinged his disco shoes
och Hanna blev hög på rhythm n’ blues. and Hanna became high on rhythm ‘n’ blues.
Hon säger: She says:
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco.  -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.
Hon säger: She says:
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco.  -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco.  -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.
 -Henry, dansa inte disco. Henry, inte disco.  -Henry, don’t dance disco. Henry, no disco.

 

Please note that there might be some changes in the lyrics, just like it was the case with ”Är det jag?” when it became ”Det blir aldrig som man tänkt sej”. 😉

 

”Soldans på din grammofon” is released on 3rd July. Here you can check the complete tracklist.

 

soldans                  GT_jag har forstatt allt men jag kan inte ge nagra detaljer

 

Gyllene Tider goes ABBA

soldansPer revealed the tracklist of Gyllene Tider’s new compilation album, ”Soldans på din grammofon” and it turns out to be a double CD and a coloured double LP. Check the tracklist below.

You’ll find 4 bonus tracks on the album. One of the songs, ”45 minuter motorväg” is a leftover from GT’s latest record, ”Dags att tänka på refrängen”. As we already informed you earlier, you’ll find 2 versions of ”Henry, dansa inte disco!” on the album: a live one from 1980 recorded at the rehearsal studio and a new version.

One more interesting bonus track will see the light of day: a cover version of ABBA’s ”S.O.S.” from 1980 recorded at the rehearsal studio. If you are wondering how ABBA-ish GT can sound, you should listen to their cover in this video of Gyllene Tider’s live performance at Rock 300 /Karlskrona, 2nd August, 1980/ – God, I was just a half-year-old girl back then. 🙂 (The cover is from 20:55, but it is worth watching the whole video.):

 

 

For a comparison here’s ABBA’s ”S.O.S.” – Swedish version:

 

ABBA: ”S.O.S.” – English version:

 

Tracklist:

CD #1
1. Sommartider
2. Gå & fiska!
3. En sten vid en sjö i en skog
4. Flickorna på TV2
5. (Dansar inte lika bra som) Sjömän
6. När vi två blir en
7. Det hjärta som brinner
8. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
9. Det är över nu
10. Kung av sand
11. Marie i växeln
12 Tylö Sun
13. Tuffa tider (för en drömmare)
14. Billy

CD #2
1. Skicka ett vykort, älskling!
2. Juni, Juli, Augusti
3. Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång
4. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
5. (Hon vill ha) Puls
6. Småstad
7. Ska vi älska, så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly
8. Vandrar i ett sommarregn
9. Faller ner på knä
10. När alla vännerna gått hem

BONUS – EP:
11. Henry, dansa inte disco! (En 70-talsfabel)
12. 45 minuter motorväg
13. S.O.S. (live replokal juni 1980)
14. Henry, dansa inte disco! (live replokal jan 1980)

 

The album is out on 3rd July.

 

 

Gyllene Tider’s compilation album is out in June

Many of us were wondering why a new version of ”Henry, dansa inte disco!” is not appearing on Gyllene Tider’s new album – Dags att tänka på refrängen –, because we were kind of sure about it being included. Now we get to know from Gyllene Tider’s Facebook page that this song’s new version together with its 1980 live version played in the rehearsal studio will appear on ”Soldans på din grammofon”, the compilation album of some old pearls. The album is out in June, 2013.

”En soldans på din grammofon” is a line in GT’s big hit, Juni, juli, augusti, so any version of this song will most probably appear on this album, too.

 

GT_1980_Calle Bengtsson

Gyllene Tider in 1980 – ©Calle Bengtsson

 

 

Roxette’s “Travelling” on March 23

According to Swedish online shops – Ginza.se, Bengans.se and CDon.se – the new Roxette album called “Travelling” will be released on March 23, a week earlier than previously expected. On the same date such star like Madonna will also release her long anticipated album.

Update February 7: As it looks like, the album will be released on March 23 in Germany and other “Friday release” countries, March 26 in most other countries.