Per’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother video is out!

Per Gessle mentioned it several times that a video has been done for his cover version of The Hollies’ He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, which was released on Per’s Small Apartments soundtrack album. We had to wait approximately the same amount of time for this video as for Jonas Åkerlund’s movie. But finally, it’s out!

The video is not connected to the movie in any way, so fortunately, you won’t see Matt Lucas in his undies, but 2 very cute boys. The storyline is lovely and really beautifully done. You’ll see that Jens Jansson, the director of the video, is not only a very talented drummer, but also good at doing such videos. However, I must add one thing. I was very much looking forward to Per appearing in the video, but for the first watch I felt like the way he is in it, its style somehow doesn’t fit the whole story. Then watched it again & again and if we look at him as a narrator, he does fit in. So all in all, it’s a nice one.

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The parts with Per are shot at the same place where the pic for the album booklet and CD cover was taken of Per, Clarence and Chris. It’s from 2012.

The song is still a killer one! Per’s best cover of all times, I would say. We’re so lucky that the usage rights for the original song were too expensive.

 

Per thanked the fans on Twitter for waiting so long for the video:

Finally, the video is out. Thanx for waiting a year or so… /P.

 

Why Small Apartments vinyls are not signed?

Today Per wrote this on Roxette Official and Per Gessle Official (Facebook) regarding the Small Apartments vinyl:

Out now, CD + double LP in coloured vinyl (one white/one red). Limited edition.

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He’s not mentioning that the vinyls are signed, however, earlier (on 14th March, 2013) he communicated that they are:

FINALLY!!!!! SMALL APARTMENTS SOUNDTRACK digital release date (Spotify + iTunes etc) March 18. CD will be out here and there March 27. Exclusive numbered and signed double-vinyl album out very soon as well. Have to decide which colour to use on the records first….. /P.

Looks like the SMALL APARTMENTS SOUNDTRACK double-LP, in coloured vinyl + signed + numbered in a limited edition will be out April 17! Sort of.

 

Some fans already received the double LP and say there is no signature on it. It was already strange that none of the online shops mentioned anything about the vinyl being exclusive. Now we’re wondering whether limited edition also means the copies are numbered or they are not. Many fans ordered SA vinyl together with the CD just because of it’s being extremely unique and now they seem to be disappointed, which is fully understandable.

Well, the album is a masterpiece, double vinyl is coloured and it’s a limited edition (being numbered or not; as Per says “It’s very limited. Only 350 copies were made.“) and Mr. G for sure will sign everyone’s copy in person if there is a chance to meet him, but still. What if there is no chance for a fan to meet him…?

 

 

Update (16:30, 29th April, 2013): Per replied to the question on Roxette Official:

Dear all, no SA vinyl soundtracks have been signed. They went straight to the “record stores” without passing that sharp pen of Mr G. A couple got signed at the Gyllene Tider instores last weekend. That’s it so far.

The problem is/was that the vinyl LP’s are not manufactured in Sweden anymore…… They went straight from Holland (or Germany) to international stores and internet shippers. I still haven’t got one!!!! /P.

 

 

 

Small Apartments OST’s SOON becomes NOW

Have you ever thought that the day of ”soon” will one day become ”now”? Per informs on Facebook that the Small Apartments soundtrack album is finally having a digital release (Spotify + iTunes, etc.) on 18th March, the CD will be out here and there – whatever it means – on 27th March. Exclusive, numbered and signed double-LP is out on 17th April (sort of). The record will be coloured for sure, but Per says he still has to decide which colour to use. However, we think he – of course – has a colour in his mind already. Well, green would definitely fit the sleeve, mainly Matt Lucas’s clogs. TDR says there will most probably be appr. 300-400 vinyls.

Here you have pages of the booklet. Unfortunately, there are too many pics from the movie (which is of course understandable) and too few pics (1) of the musicians. However, good to know that you can check so many websites and social media sites where Mr. Party Pleaser provides you with spiritual guidance.

 

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Small Apartments: Getting there…

When I’m thinking about how a sleeve of a Per Gessle album would look like, an almost naked Matt Lucas is maybe the last thing I’m visualizing. Well, the album is the soundtrack of Jonas Åkerlund’s movie, Small Apartments, in which the outfit we can see most often is the one you can see on the sleeve. So it’s quite evident to have Mr. Lucas like this on the cover.

 

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The Daily Roxette listed the tracks on the album:

1.   Franklin’s Intro (0.56)
2.   I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) -Instrumental- (2.03)
3.   Drizzle #1 (2.02)
4.   Shopping With Mother (2.36)
5.   Franklin’s Theme #1 (1.39)
6.   He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (4.18)
7.   Burned Out Heart –Instrumental- (3.37)
8.   Are You An Old Hippie, Sir? –Instrumental- (1.49)
9.   Making Love Or Expecting Rain #1 –Instrumental- (2.46)
10. Waltz For Woody (1.03)
11. Drizzle #2 (2.02)
12. C’mon (2.59)
13. Warm. Again. (4.27)
14. Drizzle #3 (2.02)
15. Drizzle #4 (0.56)
16. Week With Four Thursdays (1.54)
17. Dixy -Instrumental- (3.06)
18. Making Love Or Expecting Rain #2 –Instrumental- (4.03)
19. Double-Headed Elvis -Instrumental- (1.31)
20. Franklin’s Main Theme (6.43)
21. I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) (2.09)

 

As you can see, the list is different vs. the one you can see at the end of the movie. It excludes eg. Something in the System, Speedboat to Cuba, Late, Later on and Something Happened Today or maybe they are called Drizzle #x on the album. The songs in bold were not included in the list that appears at the end of the movie, but Per’s He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother cover can be heard on the radio, when Matt Lucas is driving the car. Unfortunately, Matt is singing along with Per, so the song itself we can enjoy when the soundtrack album is finally out. When? Aha…. ”Soon” seems to be a neverending period of time…

 

 

Small Apartments – Behind the scenes with Per Gessle

Jonas Åkerlund shared 3 behind the scenes videos on his website. All 3 videos are full of Gessle vibes. 🙂 The longest – titled as Behind the Scenes – contains a 1-minute-long part with Per Gessle (judging from his hairdo and the shirt he is wearing, this scene was probably shot in February 2012, in Melbourne, Australia). At about 14:26 you can listen to a snippet from Mr. G’s cover version of He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (a pity that Matt Lucas is singing over…). Right after this part Jonas is talking about Per:

 

He has such a strong sense of melody and … have a weird combination of melancholy and happiness.

 

Per himself says:

 

I’m really honoured to be part of this.

 

The other 2 videos are shorter, but Gessle sound is in there, too. One is with Peter Stormare (A Swedish Haiku), the other is with Johnny Knoxville (How to Build a Gravity Bong).

 

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“Small Apartments” is on its way to Europe

Small Apartments official Facebook page informed that the movie is coming to UK Cinemas on March 22 2013. In reply to the question if the movie will also be available in other European countries they say:

 

We will have a conversation with Sony about other territories in about 10 days time about other theaters.

 

As we’ve already informed you about it, US cinema premiere of the movie was at the beginning of February (reaching a limited audience), US DVD release date is 19th February. IMDb informs about the following release dates:

  • Italy: 5th March (DVD premiere)
  • Germany: 1st April (DVD premiere)
  • UK: 1st April (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden: 8th May (DVD premiere)
  • Australia: 12th September

 

Here are the list of all songs written by Per Gessle and used in the film – more or less different vs. the original version of them:
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Franklin’s Intro [new]
– I Have a Party in My Head (I Hope It Never Ends)
Drizzle [new]
Franklin’s Theme [new]
– Shopping with Mother
– Burned out Heart
– Are You an Old Hippie, Sir?
– Making Love or Expecting Rain
– Waltz for Woody
– C’mon
– Week with Four Thursdays
– Something in the System
Warm. Again. [new, English version of ‘Varmt igen’]
– Speedboat to Cuba
– Late, Later on
– Something Happened Today
– Double-headed Elvis

We assume one of the the new songs is a renamed “Kurt – The Fastest Plumber in the West” tune. The soundtrack should also include 7 additional songs, including one performed by Per Gessle – a cover of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Big thank you to Alejandro Lerin for sharing this news.

According to The Daily Roxette, “Dixi” is also included in the project and the soundtrack will be available on Elevator Entertainment vinyl, CD and digital download.

 

Hopefully, Per Gessle’s “soon” he wrote on 13th February on Facebook – regarding when the soundtrack is out – is much sooner than his “very soon” he mentioned in December, 2012. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

A schedule of what to expect in 2013

 

Who would have thought that after the past busy years 2013 will also be full of happenings? Here is a list of what’s coming. 🙂

 

  • January: Gyllene Tider tour is announced, tickets are on sale (5th July, Halmstad is already sold out, but there is an extra Halmstad gig on 7th August /tickets for this latter one are available from 9 am CET, 31st January/)

 

 

  • March: Roxette ”It All Begins Where It Ends” documentary and ”Travelling The World – Roxette Live 2012” DVD / BluRay release (exact date is still unknown)

 

  • April:
  1. Roxette concert in Switzerland on 6th April – the one & only Roxette gig this year (at least so far)
  2. Gyllene Tider: Dags att tänka på refrängen – album release (release date varies at different online music stores); a compilation album called “Soldans på din grammofon” will also be released, but we have no info about any date yet

 

  • May: Marie’s birthday (I couldn’t leave this month blank) 😉

 

  • June: all GT tour participants are being prepared for juli och augusti 😉

 

 

 

  • September: or better said ”after summer”, as no exact date is given yet: Sven Lindström’s Roxette biography is out. As Sven informed The Daily Roxette, the book will be available in English.

 

  • October: ?

 

  • November: ?

 

  • December: Xmas (at least for lots of us) 😉

 

We hope to fill in the gaps with some Marie Fredriksson, alias Ms Effe 😉 projects as well. We’ll keep you informed about any news.

 

 

Small Apartments – director’s cut trailer

We could already see the official trailer of Small Apartments, but now a director cut trailer is also available on Jonas Åkerlund‘s website. You can get more of the familiar Per Gessle SOAP vibes from this version.

As we already informed you, release date of the DVD is 19th February. Soundtrack: out “very soon” 😉 – still no info about an exact date.

 

 

Small Apartments release date

According to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s press release, 11 months after its official premiere on the SXSW Film Festival in Texas, Jonas Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments” movie – for which Mr. Gessle has done the soundtrack based on the Son of a Plumber vibe – will finally be out in February, 2013. It will reach a limited audience, though, as it will appear in theaters in selected markets beginning 8th February via Tugg.com. Here you can check how tugg.com works.

The 97-minute-long movie will also be available on DVD from 19th February. DVD will include 2 bonus materials: “How To Build A Gravity Bong” & “Small Apartments: Behind The Scenes”. As Amazon.com informs, it will be a Region 1 DVD (US and Canada only). Language: English; subtitles: English, French, Spanish; dubbed: French. DVD can already be pre-ordered.*

What about the soundtrack? Good question. Will it ever be (physically) released? Hope we get some news on that soon.**

 

*According to Amazon.de, the DVD will be available for other regions, too, with the following subtitles: Italian, English, Arabic, French, Greek, Hindi, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, German. (Thanks for the info, Daniel Kühn.)

**According to The Daily Roxette: “The soundtrack to Small Apartments will be released on EMI Parlophone and “very soon” according to the writer of the music. There’s also whispers about vinyl…”

When will “Small Apartments” soundtrack be out?

Jonas Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments” film had its official premiere on the SXWS festival in Texas last week. As for long-awaited soundtracked composed by Per Gessle – there is still not stiff release date. According to Gessle himself:

Nobody knows [when it’ll be out]. Chris is putting together the last missing bits as I write this. Mastering next. Release: ? – Cheers, P.

We will keep you posted once we know any details (or rumours).

“Small Apartments” opens on SXSW Film Festival

SXSW Film website informs that Jonas Åkerlund’s second full-length production called “Small Apartments” will have its world premiere on the festival in Austin, Texas, US between March 9-17, 2012.

Small Apartments (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund

When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him.
Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan

Per Gessle’s “Kurt – the fastest plumber in the west” in Åkerlund’s “Small Apartments” trailer

As we informed 10 days ago – Per Gessle has written some new songs for Jonas Akerlund’s film called “Small Apartments”. Below you can see the very first trailer for this film – still being in production. 2005 song called “Kurt – the fastest plumber in the west” (homeage to Kurt Gessle, Per’s father) from Son Of A Plumber project is used in this 3-minute clip.

Thanks to Evgeny Perekopskiy for sending this through.