Extended version of “Son of a Plumber” by Per Gessle

As Per informed a couple of days ago, he decided to release the complete SOAP project today, 26th February. The album now includes an extra disc besides the original 2 discs. It’s a digital release, an Extended Version next to the original SOAP double album on all streaming platforms. Listen HERE!

Son of a Plumber came out on 23rd November 2005 and the announcement contained this information:

Under his new artist name “Son of a Plumber”, Per Gessle will reveal his next move in November 2005; a double album packed with deeply personal and highly inventive music of a kind that explains why he for more than 25 years has been the uncrowned king of Swedish pop and an international superstar with more than 45 million album and 25 million singles sold. A rolling stone gathers no moss…

SOAP was a huge success already upon its release. It spent 28 weeks on the Swedish album charts and for the first two weeks it was No. 1. What else? It became a platinum album already on release day, selling 60,000 copies.

In 2005 Per said:

I do think it’s the most personal and also the most beautiful record I’ve been involved in, there are several tunes I think are my best ever… for what it’s worth…
It’s a very special record that needs some time to “get used to”. And that’s the whole idea, I wanted it to have a certain “temperature” and a unique vibe, not just 2 or 3 songs that you can singalong to while drinking lukewarm beer. Hallelujah!

The SOAP band consisted of Per Gessle, Helena Josefsson, Clarence Öfwerman, Christoffer Lundquist and Jens Jansson.

HERE you can watch the making of SOAP!

This is what Mr. G has to tell regarding the extended version release:

I always considered it [SOAP] to be a milestone in my work. Why? Well, several reasons.

First of all it was a warm-hearted homage to the music I always loved and grew up with (late 60’s-early 70’s stuff). I also managed to change my way of making records (with a lot of help from Christoffer + Clarence). It was the first (and only) album where I didn’t do any demos. I just had “sketches” with me to the Aerosol Grey Machine-studio and let the inspiration and creativity flow free. And then, of course, Helena helped us out with lots of mindblowing improvisation.

SO WHAT’S NEW? On Friday Feb 26 the complete SOAP project will be released on all streaming services including remixes, bonus-tracks, single b-sides + all the “sketches”. I like my drawers to be tidy hahaha (you know me…) so this feels good. Badabam from P.

Tracklist of Disc 3

1. A Girl Like You – 2:58
2. Keep The Radio On (This Is The Perfect Song) – 2:56
3. Shopping With Mother – 2:41
4. Plonk – 1:07
5. Hey Mr DJ (Won’t You Play Another Love Song) (Love-For-Sale Remix) – 3:55
6. I Never Quite Got Over The Fact That The Beatles Broke Up (Jimmy Monell Short Treatment) – 4:10
7. Shopping With Mother (Voz Vibrante Remix) – 3:54
8. Hey Mr DJ (Won’t You Play Another Love Song) (Jimmy Monell Treatment) – 3:43
9. I Never Quite Got Over The Fact That The Beatles Broke Up (Jimmy Monell Long Treatment) – 5:41
10. Shopping With Mother (Mother’s Dub by Voz Vibrante) – 3:54
11. Plumber In Progress #1 – 0:45
12. Plumber In Progress #2 – 0:45
13. Plumber In Progress #3 – 0:45
14. Plumber In Progress #4 – 0:45
15. Plumber In Progress #5 – 0:45
16. Plumber In Progress #6 – 0:45
17. Plumber In Progress #7 – 0:39
18. Plumber In Progress #8 – 0:44
19. Plumber In Progress #9 – 0:45
20. Plumber In Progress #10 – 0:45
21. Plumber In Progress #11 – 0:34
22. Plumber In Progress #12 – 0:31
23. Plumber In Progress #13 – 0:45
24. Plumber In Progress #14 – 0:40
25. Plumber In Progress #15 – 0:31

En vacker kväll poll #5 – Son of a Plumber

Another week, another poll. Now it’s the turn of Son of a Plumber, released in 2005. Many songs to choose from!

After seeing Per perform two songs last week, we cannot wait to hear how the whole thing will sound like if you add a pedal steel and some drums and a bass!!

As always, choose your favourite 3.

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You can find all the results so far here.

“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.

Christoffer Lundquist: “Producing is about being open to whatever might happen”

Judith and Kirsten met Christoffer Lundquist in Frankfurt before the show on Sunday. In the following interview you’ll find information about Christoffer’s career, love to music, touring with Per and Roxette and much more.

Judith: How did you start to play music, compose, get in to music?

Christoffer: My parents got me and my sister when I was 6 years old to play violin. And I hated that. I hated every second of it, and I never practiced, never did anything, was horrible, but I sort of discovered it was nice to play notes and find them for yourself, and make up little tunes, so when I was maybe 10 or 11 I skipped the violin and finally dared to tell my parents I didn’t want to do that anymore, and I got an old guitar from my aunt, who also introduced me to the Beatles. From then on I’ve done nothing but playing, try to write arrangements, I am a totally single-minded person, that’s the only thing I do.

J: How many instruments do you play?

C: I actually only play guitar and bass, you know, reasonably well, the rest is sort of just cheating, but since I buy so many instruments, I have the possibility to practice with them. I play a bit of decent flute, half-decent saxophone, clarinet, I got an oboe, that was fun for a year and then it was too hard, so I skipped that. I have so many different instruments in my studio, but they are all kind of keyboard instruments.

J: Was Brainpool your first band?

C: No, I had my own band when I was in high school, we played prog-rock, loooong 20-minute songs which I wrote and forced everyone else to play.

J: So when did you start to compose your own stuff?

C: Probably at the age of 10, when I got the guitar. That’s the reason for playing for me, to try to make your own music or play your own stuff.

J: Did you actually study music?

C: No, never, the three years of violin when I was 6 to 10 is all my music education.

J: And how did you get to Brainpool?

C: David Birde was a friend of mine from high school, he had Brainpool going, the bass player was to go and do this army service, so I just joined as a replacement for him. But it turned out that the four of us got along very well and we liked each other, so when his army was over, he was no longer welcome I am afraid, it’s a bit harsh, but it’s the way it was. That was I think 91. It took a few years until we got a record deal and released our first album.

J: How was it that Per discovered your music in first place?

C: He had just started this side of Jimmy Fun Music which was going to release other music, besides Per’s own. We were one of the first bands to send him some demos, just by chance, that’s just the kind of music Per likes. Besides that, our singer, Janne, he sounds a little bit like Per, a little bit of this childish voice if you like, a bit high pitched, so he just fell for it. Back then Per used to listen to all the demos which had to do with Jimmy Fun, later he got a bit tired of it, and didn’t care so much, but in the beginning he was really into it.

J: So it was actually his decision to publish your music.

C: Yes, his and Ben Marlene, the guy he had hired to run Jimmy Fun Music. So yes, we were the first band he signed.

J: Tell about your first album, Soda, which songs were included?

C: You normally collect the best songs from many years and put them on the first album, so that’s the way it worked with us. The second album was a bit more difficult because we had to write the same amount of good quality songs in a shorter period of time.

J: How did you write the songs? Did you compose them all together?

C: Janne and David wrote most of the songs, I helped with a couple of them, and then I was mostly into the arrangement and producing.

J: The style throughout the albums changed quite a lot.

C: Yes, that was because we got easily bored. Once we had done something, we wanted to try something else, different.

J: Indeed.. you started with some kind of punk and..

C: …and ended up with rock operas! Haha! That’s a huge change, I agree.

J: I actually got the first CD when you went on tour, during C!B!B!, you might not remember, it’s 15 years ago, some fans were waiting outside of the hotel for Roxette to come out, and you came out, all of you four, we stared to talk with you, you looked quite surprised we even knew who you were. How did you experience the touring with Roxette?

C: Well, we came from nowhere and in a couple of months we were suddenly playing to 15000 people in Barcelona, so we were just “aaaahhh!”. It was an amazing adventure. We soon realized it was amazing and fun and learnt a lot. But at the same time nobody really wanted to hear us, of course, I mean, that’s the way it is with support acts. We also realized that after a while, some of the hard-core Roxette fans sort of started to like us, so that was nice. We got a better reaction in some countries. But I remember a gig in Prague, where they had particularly big tickets, and “Roxette” was written on them with large printing, after we had played a couple of songs, people started to raise their “Roxette tickets” .. but well, it didn’t matter, we just played even faster and louder.

J: But I still remember in Barcelona some people sang along. My sister and I had spread your CD … We had lots of fun.

C: Yes, I remember that. That was fun, to find small groups of people at the shows who actually listened and sing along. I remember the gig in Barcelona, we didn’t get much reaction from the audience in general, but Spain is different, you know, so I remember I was playing, I just took a couple of steps to the left and then everybody stood up, I was like “WHAT?”, that had never happened before. Haha!

J: I remember there was even a fanclub, started by a Swedish girl called Annika.

C: Yeah! There was also a girl called Nadja, yes, I think that was the name, from Germany.. or maybe Austria? It was really crazy in Sweden for a year or two, a lot of young girls, like 14-year old girls who fell in love with Janne. It was a bit like Gyllene Tider but on a smaller scale. Btw, the first concert I ever went to was a Gyllene Tider concert, during Moderna Tider, I remember I listened to it in secret because I thought it was a big embarrassing, a bit girly music, and I liked heavy important prog rock, but there was something about his voice you couldn’t resist, couldn’t not listen to it, that hit me.

J: What happened then with Brainpool?

C: It was mainly, the three of us who are still in the band, we drifted apart from Janne, so to say. It’s not that we weren’t friends, but we didn’t have that much in common, didn’t spend that much time together. The three of us are like brothers, so I guess that was the reason, he felt it wasn’t fun anymore. I don’t think he coped very well with the fame and success thing, he just didn’t like it so after a couple of years he felt like he didn’t want to do that anymore.

But we continue, it’s still fun, even though it’s more a hobby band now.

J: Do you still meet and play?

C: We try sometimes, let’s make a new album, but we need time and money and we are busy with many other things, to support ourselves. But we will again, one day, I’m sure. The Junk rock opera is very much alive. The American director who did the show in LA with it, two years ago, is coming to my place in January, we’ll write some new songs for it and develop it. They’ve done like 30-40 shows and now he knows what he feels is missing in the plot, so he’s going to tell us “we need to change this here,” or “this character is not clear enough”, so we are going to record some new music in January. I am really looking forward to it. After that we’ll start working on new Roxette music.

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