Per Gessle’s new single, “Beredd” is out!

Per Gessle has released Beredd as the first taste from Sällskapssjuk, his upcoming Swedish album. The single contains two songs:

Side A             Beredd
Side B             Ingen förstod vad som hände

Beredd is a duet with Molly Hammar, who is one of Per’s absolute favourite singers. PG thinks Molly has that magical power that makes you can’t stop listening to her. Per is proud that she wanted to join him.

Molly says:

When Per called and asked if I wanted to do “Beredd” with him, I felt very honored and it was obvious for me to do it. It’s a cross-generational song in many ways as I relate to it on many levels as I think others will, and when Per Gessle calls there is no other answer than yes.

Per says:

The recording was almost impertinently easy. Molly came down to the Sweetspot Studio in Harplinge outside Halmstad, took a microphone, sat down on a couch and did some testing. After the second take, it was done – as clear as it gets.

Listen to the single on any streaming platform HERE and don’t forget to pre-order the physical copy, 7″ vinyl that is released on 1st March at Bengans and at Ginza!

A video to Beredd premieres at 12 pm CET HERE! Don’t miss it!

Beredd

Ingen förstod vad som hände
Hur gick det egentligen till?
Vi var bara två vänner
Som gjorde att tiden stod still

Och ingen av oss var beredd
Vi kände det vi kände, kanske blev du rädd
Jag tog dina händer och höll nästan andan
Vi såg på varandra
Såg på varandra

Du lämnade dörren vidöppen
Och sprang nerför gatan mot stan
Musiken och festen och livet
Blev aldrig mer likadant

Ingen av oss var beredd
Det hände det som hände och kanske blev du rädd
Jag tog dina händer och höll nästan andan
Vi såg på varandra
Såg på varandra

Ingen av oss var beredd
Vi kände det vi kände, kanske blev du rädd
Jag kysste dina läppar och tappade nästan andan
Vi såg på varandra
Såg på varandra

Ingen av oss var beredd
Det hände det som hände, kanske blev du rädd
Jag kysste din mun och tappade nästan andan
Vi såg på varandra
Såg på varandra

Words & music: Per Gessle
Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Produced by Per Gessle + Andreas Broberger

Recorded at Tits & Ass, Halmstad February + March + November 2022 + January 2023 and Lost Boy Studios, Umeå December 2022 + January 2023 and Sweetspot, Harplinge November 2023

Engineers: Mats Persson (T&A), Andreas Broberger (LBS) + Staffan Karlsson (Sweetspot)
Mixed at Lost Boy Studios, Umeå by Andreas Broberger + Anton Ekström November 2023

Per Gessle: acoustic guitar + keyboards + vocals
Molly Hammar: vocals
Helena Josefsson: backing vocals
Fredrik ”Gicken” Johansson: electric bass + lap steel
Mats Persson: electric guitar + mandolin
Andreas Broberger: keyboards + programming + electric guitar + backing vocals

Ingen förstod vad som hände

Words & music: Per Gessle
Published by Jimmy Fun Music

Produced by Per Gessle + Andreas Broberger

Recorded at Tits & Ass, Halmstad February + March + November 2022 + January 2023 and Lost Boy Studios, Umeå December 2022 + January 2023

Engineers: Mats Persson (T&A), Andreas Broberger (LBS)
Mixed at Lost Boy Studios, Umeå by Andreas Broberger + Anton Ekström January 2023

Per Gessle: acoustic guitar + keyboards + vocals
Helena Josefsson: backing vocals
Fredrik ”Gicken” Johansson: electric bass + lap steel
Mats Persson: electric guitar + mandolin
Andreas Broberger: keyboards + programming + electric guitar + backing vocals

 

Photo by Fredrik Etoall

Sleeve design by Wickholm Formavd., Stockholm

Per Gessle covers Pugh Rogefeldt’s “Vandrar i ett regn”

Swedish artist and songwriter Pugh Rogefeldt passed away on 1st May 2023. The day the sad news came out, Per remembered him like this:

He was a magnificent artist, songwriter, singer. My early teenage life was coloured in the most unlikely shades by Pugh’s magical songs, lyrics and imagination. The “Pughish” album was my favourite. I sat in the eighth row at Halmstad Theatre when the “Ett steg till” tour came to town and was completely mesmerized. One of the greatest moments in my career is when Pugh read the stanza “Mina damer och herrar, det är gyllene tider för rock’n’roll” so that we at Gyllene Tider could use his voice in the intro to the song “Gyllene Tider för rock’n’roll” in 1981. Many years later, in 2004, we had the honour of having him as a support act on GT’s 25th anniversary tour. He wanted me to help him put together his setlist for the tour. I was happy to do that. Amazing, when you think about it.

As a tribute, Per releases a single, Vandrar i ett regn, a cover of Pugh’s song. Mr. G recorded it in April 2023. He says:

“Vandrar i ett regn” was released on Pugh Rogefeldt’s live album “Ett steg till” in 1975. An album that – besides other places – was recorded at Halmstad Theatre in December 1974. I was then fifteen years old and there, of course. Since then I have always loved this song and now that I had the honor to be at a tribute gala for dear Pugh, it felt natural to record and release my own version.

I worked together with pure Halmstad musicians; MP from Gyllene Tider on mandolin, Gicken Johansson on bass and lap steel, Magnus Helgesson on drums and Linnea Olsson on vocals. As icing on the cake, Ola Gustafsson from Norrland has added his fine guitar loops here and there.

I know Pugh heard my version before he passed away and of course it feels fantastic and big. He was a unique artist with exciting and high ambitions where he did not always take the easiest path. Thanks Pugh.

In the June episode of Nordic Rox, the Pugh Rogefeldt special, PG mentioned that the backing vocals on the live recording of Vandrar i ett regn from the double LP, Ett steg till are half crazy. It’s typically Pugh as well. Mr. G says it’s an homage to the Doo Wop ’50s style of music.

The B side of the single is a so far unreleased version of “If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)”. Per says:

It’s basically the same backing track as “Om jag vetat då” from “En händig man”, but with new vocals and no girls around this time. Forgot about it, but found it in my files.

Mr. G will perform at the tribute concert for Pugh Rogefeldt at Cirkus in Stockholm on 18th October.

I’m very proud and grateful to be involved. Pugh has meant a lot to me and my generation. I understand that everyone wants to join. He was unique, a forerunner. I learned so much about how you can stretch languages. That’s what Pugh did. I learned that there are no rules and norms to follow. He was an amazing man. It will be wonderful to pay tribute to him.

Listen to the single on any streaming site (Spotify, Deezer, YouTube)! Pre-order the 7″ vinyl edition at Bengans, Ginza or some other Scandinavian webshop! The vinyl is out on 10th November.

A video to Vandrar i ett regn is also out soon!

Gyllene Tider’s new single, “Dagar att dansa” is out!

Gyllene Tider’s third single from their upcoming album Hux Flux is out! It’s available on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Deezer, YouTube etc.) and it’s released on a 7″ vinyl as well. Order Dagar att dansa HERE!

Tracklist

A    Dagar att dansa
B    Sunday Driver Yea

RoxBlog talked to Per in March and this is what he said regarding the B side:

“Sanna mina ord” was actually written for the PG Roxette album. So I did a version with Christoffer for that album, but it sounded terrible. Haha. So we didn’t use it. It was called “Sunday Driver Yea” from the “Day Tripper” song. I just felt it sounded like a Gyllene Tider track instead. So I wrote a Swedish lyric to it and of course it sounded perfect with Gyllene. So I actually sang the English lyric to it as well. It’s the same backing track, it’s just new vocals. That will be the B side of the next single. It’s the first English recording since “The Heartland Café”.

The band asked for help for their muic video to Dagar att dansa and picked some of the clips fans had sent them. The video is out soon!

Dagar att dansa

Innan jag visste ordet av
Blev hela jag som ny
Innan jag visste ordet av
Satt ditt foto på min kyl
Det var den vackraste present
Du var det starkaste jag känt
Du var det bästa som hade hänt

Fredagen den kom och lördagen den kom
Du fick alla dagar att dansa
Du var så fin och jag var så ung
Du fick mina dagar att dansa
Men utan ett ord – wow wow
Och utan en ton – wow wow
Försvann du med sommaren och vintern kom hem
Jag har alltid undrat vad som hände med dig sen

Tiden gick och din varma blick
Följde med mig många år
Jag reste bort jag reste mig
Lärde mig slicka mina sår
Men du lämnade kvar ett spår
Jasmin i doften av ditt hår
Ibland så känns det som allt hände igår

Fredagen den kom och lördagen den kom
Du fick alla dagar att dansa
Du var så fin och jag var så ung
Du fick mina dagar att dansa
Men utan ett ord – wow wow
Och utan en ton – wow wow
Försvann du med sommaren och allt kom i kläm
Jag har alltid undrat vad som hände med dig

Hör du den här sången i en taxi på väg
Så vet du att jag tänker på dig
Jag fick aldrig chansen att säga tack och hej
Tack och hej!
Tack och hej!

Sunday Driver Yea

Did you ever try to close the door on anyone
Before it got too real
Did you ever get to set your sights on anyone
And follow what you feel
Around the bend
To the rainbow’s end

Sunday driver yea
What makes you take so long
Sunday driver yea
I’m already here
Sunday driver yea
You got to move along
A Sunday driver’s night is so clear

Did you ever get so close enough you turn
With no twist and no shout
Did you ever reach the point of no return
And found no easy way out
Well, don’t think twice
You’re fire and ice

Sunday driver yea
What makes you take so long
Sunday driver yea
I’m already here
Sunday driver yea
You got to move along
A Sunday driver’s night is so clear

Pedal to the metal, please!
What makes you take so long?

Crazy ‘Bout You Baby – new single by Marie Fredriksson

On Tuesday, 30th May, Marie Fredriksson would have turned 65. In the series of jazz and blues singles that were very close to Marie’s heart and that have been released, both before and after Marie’s passing, now comes a cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s song Crazy ‘Bout You Baby. The song was recorded in 2003 at Polar Studios after the recording of Marie’s solo album The Change. As a tribute to Marie and as a thank you to all the fans, the song is now being released – 20 years after it was recorded. It is a reminder of Marie’s versatility and greatness as an artist and how her musical legacy continues to live on.

Listen to the song HERE or on YouTube!

Vocals: Marie Fredriksson
Guitar: Staffan Astner
Drums: Nicci Notini
Bass: Peter Forss
Electric piano: Mikael Bolyos

It’s very sad that Tina Turner passed away 2 days before this release, at the age of 83, after a long illness.

 

Gyllene Tider needs help for their next music video

Gyllene Tider announced in a post that they need help for the lyric video of their upcoming summer single. They are looking for filmed clips of you dancing or partying or singing along to their magical songs. It’s time to root your phone or computer! Maybe you already have some great clips that the world can’t live without? Or record a new one!

The favourites will be used in the official music video for the new summer single. The lucky chosen ones will also enter a raffle where the guys will pick 10 winners who will get a signed vinyl single.

Don’t hesitate, submit your clips to: Gyllene2023@outlook.com until 21st May!

Good luck!

ATTENTION! When you submit material, you agree to Gyllene Tider using your video material as part of the lyric video / music video without limitation in time or manner. The winners of the vinyl singles will be contacted via email.