Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – June 2021 – Joyride 30

Per Gessle and Sven Lindström celebrated Joyride’s 30th anniversary in Per’s kitchen in Stockholm in the June episode of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM last night.

There are pictures of Per’s icons in the kitchen. Sven mentions there is a John Lennon poster behind him, Per adds there is a signed poster from Sir Paul McCartney which he got as a birthday present a couple of years ago. There is also a great Anton Corbijn photography of Pete Townshend sitting in a London cab. Sven tells John is above Paul and asks Per if it’s a sign for something. Mr. G tells it’s just because John was already hanging there and when he got Paul’s poster, he just put it under John’s.

Sven tells Per has been around for more than 40 years and kicked off at the age of 20 or so. He asks Mr. G if it means he is getting old. PG tells it means he is getting experienced. Sven tells anniversaries come closer and closer and Per’s reaction is that every time he realizes it, he thinks ”oh, we have to make an anniversary edition!” Now it’s 30 years since Roxette released their 3rd album, Joyride. It will get a 4-LP box set and a 3-CD set anniversary release in autumn. It will contain demos, outtakes and alternative versions as well.

The guys now zoom back to 1991, but besides Joyride, they also play other songs on the show.

The first one they play is Adiam Dymott’s Pizza. Her first, self-titled album in 2009 was produced by Thomas Rusiak from the Teddybears (Swedish band).

The next song is Santa Monica Blue Waves by Chris Linn. Per would say it’s a one hit wonder, but it’s not even a hit. It was a semi-hit when it came out in 1981. Per bought it on a 7-inch vinyl and still has it and likes it. It’s produced by Ulf Wahlberg, who used to produce and be part of the Secret Service (Swedish band). They had lots of hits, especially in Europe. According to Per, it sounds so 80’s and he loves that.

Unseen Footage from a Forthcoming Funeral by Nicole Sabouné is next, released in 2012. It’s power synth pop and Per loves it too.

Sven asks if Mr. G remembers his plans when he was thinking about making Joyride. Sven adds Per came from being big in Sweden and then breaking through in the world with The Look, so this album was the first for them to be international stars. Mr. G tells it was difficult in a way, because Look Sharp! had 4 huge songs on it, Listen To Your Heart, Dangerous, Dressed For Success and The Look, and then It Must Have Been Love happened from the Pretty Woman movie. In 1990, when they started recording Joyride, they were a very big band all over the world, so of course there was a certain amount of pressure to come up with some more goodies. Per always felt they were on a roll. Their style of music was special, they had a certain sound created in Stockholm by Swedish musicians. Per wrote maybe 30 songs for this album and they recorded 15-16. They took it step by step. Having all the success gives a lot of energy, says PG. It was fun days in the studio. They didn’t have any budgets, because they were big, so they were just hanging out in the studio for 6 months and the record label paid for it.

Sven tells there was no time for chilling. When they were not in the studio, they did promotion trips all over the world. For 8 years they were living like that, Per says. They were either in the studio or did tours or promo tours. On those few days when they didn’t work, Per went back home and wrote songs and made demos. So there was a constant flow of creativity, which he loved more than Marie did. She needed a little bit more space outside of Roxette. Per liked to be in that Roxette bubble 24/7. Sven jokes that for Per life outside of Roxette was overrated. Per laughs and agrees.

Mr. G had an apartment in Halmstad and one day he found a note on the piano from his wife, Åsa. It said ”Hej, din tok, jag älskar dig”, which translates into ”Hello, you fool, I love you”. He thought it was such a great phrase, he had to use that in a song. So he started working on Joyride. The expression ”joyride” comes from an interview with Paul McCartney in which he said writing songs with John Lennon was like being on a long joyride. At the time Per didn’t know what a joyride was, that you steal and crash a car and just leave it. For him it was like a very positive journey. So he came up with ”join the joyride” and that became a slogan for the whole project.

The guys play Joyride in the Brian Malouf mix, which was customized for the American radio. The difference between the album version and this is that the mix got more drums and there is a different groove to it, it’s a little faster.

Joyride became Roxette’s 4th US No. 1. The follow up song was Fading Like A Flower, which peaked at No. 2. It’s probably Per’s favourite track from the album. Marie was outstanding when she was singing this one. It’s just custom-made for her. Per doesn’t really consider it a ballad, it’s a mid-tempo song. He can’t remember writing it, but he has the demo which includes the piano intro, so he wrote the piano intro. Normally, when he wrote songs for Roxette those days he didn’t really write the intros, because he knew they would be going to change them anyway.

Sven asks Per if he heard Marie on his mind when he was writing a song, how Marie would deliver it. Per says he did and he also tried to write the lyrics from a female perspective (he laughs and says it sometimes didn’t go that well), as Marie was supposed to sing it. Per thinks if a song is written from a guy’s point of view and it’s sung by a girl, it gets a different meaning. It’s interesting in duets, e.g. in Paint. He thought FLAF becomes a stronger lyric when it’s sung by a girl. Joyride was meant to be sung by Per. The Look was sung by Per but it was intended for Marie. She didn’t feel comfortable singing that dadadadada. Sven tells Per had no problem doing that. Mr. G laughs and says that was his limit. Haha. PG thinks a love song, like IMHBL, becomes stronger when it’s sung by a girl. It becomes a little bit more fragile. Using this female-male trick Per thinks was one of the reasons why Roxette became so successful.

The guys play FLAF here. Bryan Adams blocked it from the top position on the Billboard.

Sven asks Per about the drama during recordings of the Joyride video. Per says they were sitting on the hood of a fake Ferrari in which there was a hidden driver lying on the floor, so you couldn’t see him. That was a big mess and Marie and Per sometimes just fell off. He thinks it was fun though in the desert somewhere in California. It was in the MTV days and they spent a lot on making video clips.

The FLAF video they did in Stockholm, at the City Hall, in the very beautiful golden room. The video became an homage to Stockholm.

Per picked Spending My Time as the next song to be played. He says it felt like it was going to be the big song from the album, probably because IMHBL and LTYH were so big. SMT felt like a natural follow up to those ballads. Mr. G thinks it’s a great song. He co-wrote it with Mats MP Persson. Marie is doing an amazing job on it, as always. Sven says it sounds really tailor-made for her with this melancholic touch to it.

Per had the idea to write a lyric that starts in the morning and ends at night. He says Marie delivered it so well. It became a big song for them. When they did live shows, it was always a show stopper.

Sven tells he and Per started knowing each other in 1987, when Sven beat Per severely in a pop quiz contest. The guys are laughing. Sven mentions it because he remembers they met at a pop quiz contest in the summer of 1990, when Roxette was recording Joyride and Per was really ecstatic about having written a song. When Per arrived he said he wrote a song including a line ”I leave a kiss on your answering machine”. Per thinks it’s beautiful and very romantic. He says the end melody of SMT was written as the intro of the song. Then when they recorded it, they didn’t have an intro, just Marie starting the song. (Here Per sings ”What’s the time?”.) It’s probably because all the intros, especially to LTYH was so famous, so they tried to do something different.

That concludes the Joyride special and the guys are back to Nordic Rox ”normality”. So here comes a song from The Beathovens from 1966, Summer Sun. Per thinks it’s an amazing track, beautiful noise from the 60’s.

James by Ex Cops is next from Denmark. Per likes them a lot. Sven tells they were based in Brooklyn, but the singer, Amalie Bruun qualifies them for being on Nordic Rox. They broke up in 2015. It’s a trend of this kind of music disappearing up in thin air, Sven adds.

It’s time for some Swedish garage rock – one chord, one riff, what more can you ask for, as Sven says. They play Something Wicked by The Teenage Idols.

At the end of the June epsiode, Sven tells they will celebrate another anniversary in the next one, the 20th of Room Service. Per picks the opening track from the album, Real Sugar as a teaser. He always loved that one.

The guys thank everyone for listening and Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is closing the show.

Still is from the 4K anniversary version of the Joyride video.

Thanks for the technical support to János Tóth!

Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – May 2021

The May episode of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM was broadcast last night.

Per thinks you can’t go wrong with the Teddybears, so the show starts with one of their songs, Different Sound.

The second track on the program is Song Three Blues by Alberta Cross. Great Anglo-Swedish band with a great singer, Petter Ericson Stakee.

The next song is Titiyo’s Come Along. Still a great song, according to Per.

From Venus to Everyday, the closing track from Atomic Swing’s debut album is next. Per thinks they are a great band. Sven always liked them, they have a sort of different twist to the rock sound. Sven thinks this song is not a hit single at all, but it’s fun sometimes to go into the albums and check out all the tracks. Per’s reaction to this is that Sven is so old. Sven laughs.

Mando Diao starts the next block with Down In The Past from their Hurricane Bar album.

You Can’t Hurry Love by The Concretes is next. Per thinks they are were good.

Then comes I Like It Like That from a strange guy calling himself Son of a Plumber, as Sven says. He adds, ”I happen to sit next to him”. Per laughs. Sven tells it’s one of Per’s many disguises. Mr. G tells this Son of a Plumber project was made in 2005. This track is a little bit more contemporary than most of the other songs on that album. He wrote I Like It Like That for Roxette, but they never recorded it, because it was just written before or at the same time when Marie got ill. So he recorded it for SOAP. He put the drums on one side of the speaker. Sven tells it’s The Beatles way, or Nick Lowe style, Per adds. Cracking Up has got the drums to the left, which is really cool, Mr. G thinks. Sven tells SOAP became a highly eclectic double vinyl album. The whole idea with this project was to pay homage to the music from the early 70’s which Per was raised on. Mr. G really loves that sound and that style. It was the time when he put all his music collection into the iPod, so he just realized there were so many songs he forgot about. He was just getting into that 70’s mood and he wanted to make an album that sounded like that. He spent a month in the studio in the south of Sweden together with two other silly people, very good friends of him, Clarence Öfwerman and Christoffer Lundquist. Sven says it’s amazing that the creative concept came from an exercise of transferring a lot of digital tracks to an iPod. Per says it just became an inspiration. Everyone who’s been raised on music of the 60’s and 70’s knows there are so many songs that you forget about. Songs you loved when you were a kid, when you were in your teens, suddenly they just pop up and you just remember those days. For him, transferring appr. ten thousand tracks into an iPod, there were so many songs he forgot about and suddenly they just came to life again.

Sven asks which are the 3 most fab songs from the 70’s that Per can think of. The 70’s is a very complex decade according to Mr. G, but from the early 70’s he thinks about Metal Guru by T. Rex, Moonshadow by Cat Stevens and Aqualung by Jethro Tull. Sven says Per’s last choice is funny, because it came out in 1971 and earlier they had a discussion about a British journalist, David Hepworth who is writing a lot of books and one of his books was about 1971. He claims 1971 is THE year in rock music. Sven asks Per if he agrees with David. Mr. G says 1971 was an amazing year in pop music: the Blue album by Joni Mitchell, some great Rod Stewart albums, Led Zeppelin IV came out, the solo albums from The Beatles, the list goes on and on. Per says: ”Hey, we’re getting old, man!” Sven reacts: ”And we’re also drifting away from the subject, which is Scandinavian music!” The guys are laughing.

So they get back to more good-looking music and Popsicle is next with Not Forever. Per thinks the band is magnificent. They were founded in the 90’s and Sven asks Per what he thinks about the 90’s in general. Mr. G says it was a hectic decade for him. They had the Roxette circus going on for many years, then he did some reunion stuff with his Swedish band in 1996 and he did some solo stuff and then back to Roxette, so it was a very busy decade. His son was born in 1997 and that changed his life… for a week, Per jokes. Haha. Sven says the 90’s brought some slight change in music, a bit of a harder edge in Britpop wave, which effected Per as well. Mr. G tells they were very much part of the 80’s and when the Nirvana and grunge scene happened in the 90’s it changed contemporary music a bit. In England you had e.g. Oasis and Blur. Per liked that too.

Sindy is also on the show with First Cut from his debut LP, Hits for Kids. The guys say Sindy is one of their favourites. He sounds like he is sitting somewhere in Sweden with his songs, recording them in his own closet or bedroom. He sounds like he is a bit cut off from the current trend of Scandinavian music, creating his own little universe.

Fanny de Aguiar’s Map comes next. Per thinks it’s also a great one.

All Over My Head by Imperial State Electric (feat. Nicke Andersson from The Hellacopters) is next. Per thinks the band is amazing and The Hellacopters is also a great band. Sven says you can hear they are related.

Sven thinks in the 90’s there was a Swedish creation boom and that leads them to Johannes Runemark, an interesting artist. Per tells Johannes is a songwriter and guitar player and wrote lots of stuff for big Swedish names, e.g. Veronica Maggio. He started a solo career under the name Kasino. Per thinks his song, Skriva om dig is really cool, he loves this vibe, this loop just goes on and on. It has a beautiful lyric too, so the listeners have to practice their Swedish. It’s the next song on Nordic Rox.

Per thanks everyone for listening and at the end of the show, before Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is played, the guys translate the title of Kasino’s song, „to write about you”, giving a little Swedish lesson, which Sven says is one of the many benefits of Nordic Rox. Mr. Lindström says they will be back with more good-looking music and that can be taken as a promise or a threat. The guys are laughing.

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Thanks for the technical support to János Tóth!

Per Gessle’s teddy bear charity concert

Mix Megapol organized a charity event to be broadcast on the radio and their Facebook channel at 19.30 CET, 25th April. Due to the pandemic, the venue couldn’t be filled with listeners, but by donating 100 SEK, a listener helped to place a teddy bear in the audience. And wow, there were tons of bears in the crowd! Per Gessle, Lena Philipsson and Petra Marklund performed at “The Teddy Bear Concert” on Mix Megapol’s Guldscen this evening. The show was recorded yesterday, 24th April.

Lena Philipsson was first with 5 songs and she was followed by Petra Marklund with 4 of her hits. Last but not least, Mr. G appeared on stage together with Helena Josefsson, Clarence Öfwerman, Christoffer Lundquist and Magnus Börjeson and he chose to do an acoustic performance. They played 5 songs (3 PG solos and 2 Roxette hits). Petra Marklund joined them for the last one, Listen To Your Heart. We had a chance to experience Petra singing this song at the tribute event for Marie Fredriksson in January 2020.

It was lovely to hear these 5 songs in an acoustic arrangement again. Per’s vocals sounded very emotional and Helena was singing beautifully as usual. Clarence, Chris and Magnus also added to the intimacy of this little set with their playing.

After the Late Night Concert in December 2020 we all hoped for more acoustic appearances by Per. Even if we hoped for real live events, corona still doesn’t let us enjoy such happenings in real life, but fortunately, we had this opportunity to have Mr. G in our living rooms once again thanks to Mix Megapol.

Per Gessle setlist

  1. På promenad genom stan
  2. It Must Have Been Love
  3. Ömhet
  4. Tycker om när du tar på mej
  5. Listen To Your Heart

After the concert, Per thanked for watching and listening. A private teddy bear was sitting in front of him while performing. Would be nice to know the story of that one. Maybe it’s from Per’s childhood? Who knows. Looked cool anyway. The teddy bear too. Haha.

All donations related to the event fully go to Barncancerfonden (Childhood Cancer Foundation). Collecting donations started on 29th March and the amount reached more than 1.3 million SEK the day before the concert and one could still donate during the event, so in the end the sum was: 1.614.110 SEK! The teddies will be donated as well.

In case you missed the concert, you can watch it HERE!

Stills are from the concert.

PG’s promo video of the event you can watch HERE.

Lena, Petra and Per say thank you in THIS video.

Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – April 2021

The April show of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM was broadcast last night. Sven tells they are recording this episode in Per’s apartment in snowy Stockholm. Per corrects Sven that it’s not his apartment, it’s his office and studio. Sven says it looks like an apartment, there are lots of guitars, sofas… then Per asks if he can see any bed anywhere or a bathroom or kitchen. Sven thinks it’s obscured by all the guitars. Haha. Mr. G says this is the place where they make all the powerful decisions in the pop business and he writes all the songs. When he is in Stockholm, this is where he works. Sven tells that right behind him there is a piano. Per says he plays the piano a lot and writes most of his songs on acoustic guitar and piano, trying to make sense.

Sven asks Per what he has been up to lately. Mr. G says he’s been in the studio since May 2020, recording an English album and it’s pretty much done by now. He is doing some mixing and there are 2 tracks more to finish, but otherwise it’s going great and he is very pleased. Sven asks if it’s out this year and Mr. G replies „hopefully, yes”. It’s been a crazy year with the pandemic going on, so he tried to keep busy and forget about the real world.

The guys kick off with ABBA’s I’ve Been Waiting For You from the ABBA album. Per thinks this is the best record of the band. It’s very 70’s pop before the disco thing happened, before it got a little sophisticated production-wise. Hardcore pop music from the mid 70’s. SOS, Mamma Mia and So Long are also on this album.

Then comes Gyllene Tider’s Det kändes inte som maj. Per translates the title, It didn’t feel like May and says you have to practice your Swedish to understand the lyric. It’s from the last album GT did in 2019. Sven says it was GT’s farewell album and the band also did a farewell tour in the summer of 2019. He asks whether it’s definite or there is a door open for another farewell tour. Haha. Per says the world is full of doors, but for now Gyllene Tider is a closed chapter. 4 decades are good enough for anyone.

The next one is Per’s favourite The Cardigans song, My Favourite Game.

Komeda’s Boogie Woogie / Rock ‘N’ Roll is the next song. Per says he never heard this one before and asks Sven where he heard it. Sven says it was a totally insane beer commercial of Spendrups. They made some crazy TV advertising in the late 90’s with comedian Robert Gustavsson. Sven just felt he got to find this song. Per thinks it’s a cool one.

I’m in the Band from The Hellacopters is next. Sven loves this band, he thinks they have a unique sound. They are quite poppy, but hard-hitting with the guitar sound. Per thinks they are a great band with great musicians and great attitude.

Frida Öhrn’s cover of Fading Like A Flower comes next. It’s a classic song by Roxette. Sven asks if Per wrote this song in the office where they are sitting. Mr. G says he didn’t have this office yet in those days. FLAF came out on the Joyride album as the second single in April 1991. It spent the summer climbing up and it became No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of August. Per says it’s so depressing it didn’t reach the top spot. Sven asks Mr. G if he knows which song kept it out of the No. 1 spot. Per says he hopes it was something good. His guess is The Bangles, but Sven tells it was Bryan Adams, (Everything I Do) I Do It for You. Mr. G says he likes Bryan Adams, but it’s not his favourite song from him. He adds „I’m sorry, Bryan”. Haha. Back to Frida’s cover, Per says he knows the producer, Alex Shield and he informed Per they would do a cover of FLAF. Per thought it was a good idea. It’s got a timeless melody and Alex is a great producer and Frida is an amazing singer. Mr. G thinks this version sounds really cool and it gets a lot of airplay in Sweden.

The Raveonettes’ Endless SLeeper is next. Per thinks they are a magnificent band.

Land of 1000 Dances from Namelosers is also played from 1965. It’s a Wilson Pickett classic. Per says when you’re talking about Swedish pop music, everyone is talking about Namelosers’ version of this song. Sven adds it’s one of the first times they used fuzzbox on a Swedish pop recording. Per thinks it sounds great. Sven asks Per if he knows why they were called Namelosers. Mr. G doesn’t know. Their name was Beatchers (similar to The Beatles, trying to make a word play), but there was a band from Gothenburg called Beachers and they were pissed off because of the other band’s name. There was a pirate radio station in Öresund, Radio Syd and they stepped in to help the Beatchers find another name and arranged a competition. Someone came up with Namelosers and that was it. Per says it’s a great name for a band.

Listen To Your Heart’s brand new live version is next from Per’s Late Night Concert – Unplugged Cirkus performance. Per says he got invited to do an unplugged TV show. Because of the corona thing everything is closed down and the TV wanted to do a show in a very beautiful theatre in Stockholm without any audience. So Mr. G took part of his band with him, they rehearsed 10-15 songs here in his office and took it down to 9 songs from his Swedish stuff, some Roxette stuff and some from Gyllene Tider. Among those songs was LTYH which he thinks is really cool to do acoustically, because it sounds very different from the Roxette version. It’s a classic Roxette song, so they just did a very low key version. Per thinks it’s nice. It wasn’t meant to be commercially released, but everyone loved that TV show, so he decided to put it out on streaming services. It’s coming out on vinyl and CD as well. [So this episode was probably recorded early or mid January 2021. /PP]

Trouble Sleeping from the The Perishers is next. They are one of Per’s favourite bands of the early noughties. Mr. G thinks it’s such a great song, wonderful stuff. The guys say there were so many fabulous Swedish bands in the 90’s and in the noughties.

Sindy’s Next to Nothing comes next. Per thinks it’s fun music.

Brainpool’s Bandstarter is wrapping up the show. Per thinks they are an amazing band, they have so many great songs. Nowadays they play more of a progressive style, but this was the heydays when they did pop music. Sven asks Per if he thinks he could trick them into playing 2-minute songs again. Per laughs and says he doesn’t think so.

Sven closes the show by saying they need to get out of the studio. Per adds „let’s go out in the snow!” Haha.

As usual, Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is closing the program.

Still is from the Bag of Trix comment videos recorded by Anders Roos.

Thanks for the technical support to János Tóth!

Per Gessle on Nordic Rox – March 2021

The March show of Nordic Rox on Sirius XM was recorded in the very white and freezing Stockholm. During the program, Per tells that every year when the snow falls for the first time in Sweden, people are so surprised. Sven adds Stockholm is the capital of short memory. They laugh. PG says it’s just a nightmare going outside, everyone is so confused.

The first song Per picked on the show was Oh Mama by Lili & Sussie. It was No. 1 in Sweden in 1987. For some reason Mr. G just adores this song. He is very much into the 80’s, just as a lot of people these days. The 80’s are coming back, he says. There is the 80’s inspiration e.g. in The Weeknd’s music. Oh Mama is typical 80’s with that typical drum sound. It was written by Tim Norell who played in and wrote for the band Secret Service. It was an instant hit. Before and after this song Rick Astley was No. 1 on the charts.

Hate To Say I Told You So by The Hives is next. Per thinks it’s such a great band. The first time he heard about them was this particular song which reminded him of the MC5. Per thinks it’s an amazing punk song, it’s got this punk energy in there. Sven agrees, he thinks it’s a bit of garage, a bit of punk. According to Per, Howlin’ Pelle is one of the most amazing performers in the world. Sven saw them at the Malmö Festival and when they came out for the encore, Howlin’ Pelle just embraced the whole audience and said: ”Malmö, you have received The Hives.” Per says he is a character.

Paint by Roxette is the third song the guys play. Mr. G says it has always been a favourite in certain markets. E.g. in Brazil, Paint was always a showstopper when they toured there. So Per is delighted that Sven picked this song.

Lonesome is also played by Pale Honey.

The guys played two songs involving Ola Håkansson. Per thinks he is one of the main characters in Swedish music scene ever. He started out in a band called Ola & The Janglers in the 60’s. Per loved them. Then when that band collapsed, Ola started working as a producer and started another band called Secret Service and had their breakthrough in 1979 with Oh Susie. In the 70’s, Secret Service was the 2nd biggest music export of Sweden after ABBA. Per loves this Secret Service style of pop music. Sven says it’s sort of timeless even though it’s produced in 1979. Per likes its soft production, the soft drums. He says when the 80’s came, everything became more edgy, more digital. Come And Stay With Me is a cover of a Jackie DeShannon song. Sven tells when the 60’s were over, a lot of pop stars had trouble surviving, but Ola went into a dance band and then came out with a new career. Now he is a big record label boss, he is the head of TEN Music Group. Probably their biggest artist is Zara Larsson, but they signed Icona Pop as well. He’s still got a great ear for pop music, Per thinks, even thuogh he is even older than Mr. G. Haha.

Show ’em Good by Cocktail Slippers from Norway is next. A bit of garage pop, Sven says. They were signed by “Little Steven” on Wicked Cool Records. Per thinks it’s a great song.

Woman & A Child by Mikael Rickfors from 1991 came next. Mikael was in a Swedish band, Bamboo in the 60’s. The Hollies came to Sweden and Bamboo were their support. Later when Allan Clarke left The Hollies, Mikael got the job. He was with The Hollies for a couple of years, but he has also done some amazing solo albums over the years.

Per thinks Agnes is a great singer. She had a big hit some years ago, Release Me. Now they included Fingers Crossed which is the most played song on Swedish radio right now. It sounds really cool according to Per.

Burning Down The House by Tom Jones & The Cardigans is next. Per thinks it’s an amazing track. It’s a Talking Heads song. It was released on Tom Jones’ Reload album in 1999 and he was in Malmö to record with The Cardigans at the Tambourine Studios. Sven heard people say that they went down together to a meat restaurant in Malmö, where lunch guests could have spotted Tom Jones having a steak. Per laughs at the fact that Sven emphasizes it was a meat restaurant, because it’s not like Tom Jones is generating an ”I’m a meat-eater” image. Sven laughs and says he just did that connection with that testosterone bomb. Per says then Sven would never say that Tom Jones and The Cardigans went to eat at a vegetarian restaurant. Sven says no, it doesn’t work. Haha.

The Park by Sambassadeur was played. Per never heard that one before. According to Sven it’s a great pop track and he thinks he got the tip from her daughter who liked them. They are not that new, but Sven says it’s a bit tricky to pick up new songs. They grew up with the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s stuff, 90’s as well, but it’s a bit trickier to keep up these days. Per agrees. Sven asks him how he keeps up and how he gets new music. Mr. G says he wishes he would spend more time doing that. In the early 70’s, when he grew up, basically every record that was released you knew about. Maybe you haven’t heard it, but you knew about it. Back then Per read the New Music Express and Melody Maker from England. Now he read somewhere that nowadays 30-35,000 songs are released a day on Spotify. It’s impossible to keep it up. Per gets tips from people he knows, but otherwise he feels a bit handicapped when it comes to this.

Mr. G says he and Sven tried to blend things up, playing old stuff and new stuff for the listening pleasure. Sven tells there is a new song that wasn’t easy to pick up, now that they complained earlier that it’s not easy to pick up new music. It’s Mono Mind. Per tells this coming song is exclusively played on Sirius. It’s called All Over Your Body. Per thinks it’s really cool and is written by him. Haha. Sven tells Mono Mind is one of Per’s multiple projects that’s been going on for seven years now. Per tells the debut album was released in 2019, so it’s not that long ago. He says, ”Time flies, Sven, but not that fast. I like you anyway!” Haha. AOYB is sung by Helena Josefsson and Per is doing backing vocals. He just likes this style of music, like so many other styles of music. He is very versatile when it comes to his musical taste. He thinks it sounds great on the radio, but it’s not a commercial release yet.

Again, Anita Lindblom’s Cigarettes is closing the program.

Still is from the Bag of Trix comment videos recorded by Anders Roos.

Thanks for the technical support to János Tóth!