27 Jun 2004

P, C & C find GT's five errors and Brainpool's long-running soap opera (III): Per feels quite tired right now, but answers 25 questions; MJs video

Despite he is tired, Per Gessle answered 25 questions by The Daily Roxette
  • Age: 45. Family: Wife Åsa; Gabriel, 6.
  • Lives: House in Sandhamn, apartment in Stockholm.
  • Car(s): Predilection for the Italian ones.
  • Hobbies: Art, racing.
What is the most important record in history?
In the big picture, probably “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley. But for me, I think it was “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” by The Beatles, which was the flip side of “Yesterday.” John Lennon’s voice changed my universe. And for God’s sake, don’t forget the guitar riff in the same song. Help me, that’s great!

First album you bought?
“The Kink Kontroversy” by The Kinks for five kronor (from my brother who needed money to buy cigarettes in secret…)

What record purchase are you most ashamed about?
Never regret a record purchase! I have both Peter Holm and Metallica in my collection.

What is your biggest concert experience?
Pugh & Rainrock at Folkets Park, in Halmstad 1974 I think. Pugh had just shaved off all his hair…. “Bolla och rulla” was the album. Then there are of course a lot of other goodies. Motörhead in London 1977, U2 with BB King in Melbourne 1989, Paul Simon here and there, Tom Petty is the best of all sometimes, Rolling Stones last year at Cirkus in Stockholm. I wept three times… And Hep Stars in Karsefors 1966. “Surfin’ Bird” was great.

Which is the best party album before going out?
Anything by Sweet. Glamrock is extraordinarily underrated!

What’s the best album to have in a car?
Right now I have The Beatles’ “White Album”, but I like mixing it with R.E.M.

Your worst memory from Återtåget?
My slipped disc that almost ruined it all for us. It was at its worst in Lysekil. Ugh!

What do you remember from the Gyllene Tider hysteria during the 80s?
Ugly Esso Motor Hotels! It was obviously very much fun, we never understood how it happened that we got so popular. But usually we stayed on our own, we were pretty insecure back then, we were very young.

What’s the best song on “Finn 5 fel!”?
There are several that I’m very fond of: “Nere på gatan,” “Jag borde förstås vetat bättre,” “Ordinärt mirakel,” and “Varje gång det regnar.” I like all the songs of course… otherwise they wouldn’t have been recorded! But the band really has really impressed me. They all have become “specialists” in their individual field lately. It sounds incredibly cool.

What’s your worst vacation memory?
I was very disappointed with Mauritius this winter. It didn’t suit us at all. Thankfully, I had a happy guitar with me so I wrote some songs to “Finn 5 fel!” there.

What’s the last book you read?
I’ve just bought Walter Yetnikoff’s autobiography. He was the manager of CBS in the 70s. Lots of gossip about people I’ve met.

Are you superstitious and how does that show?
No, although I do spit three times over my shoulder when I see Micke Syd dance.

Do you believe in God?

What pet would you like to have and why?
I’m a cat person. I’ve grown up with cats. But right now, we have a turtle named Göran Persson.

What fast food is your favorite?
None. I’ve really shaped-up the last few years. But sure… if there are French fries around, my fingers get very long.

What do you think about plastic surgery and would you consider it yourself?
I don’t know. Maybe. Guys get wrinkles easier than girls…

Do you ever miss the feeling to have to save money to buy something… or can you appreciate things just as much anyway?
I don’t know. Really hard question. I think one is both a little blasé and very spoiled. But I’ve worked for my money, so I’m not ashamed of the fact that my family and I are well off.

You’ve realized your boyhood dream about gorgeous and fast cars. But what do you do with them, and which is the favorite?
I don’t really like driving awfully fast so I prefer 1.) to accelerate from 70 km/h to 130 km/h nicely, sort of. And 2.) to look at them. I’m a design freak as you know. The coolest car in the market right now is the new Rolls Royce Phantom. I rode in a jet-black one in New York the other week, and I fell totally in love with both my wife and the car! It’s a bit dubious to drive it to the local supermarket to get milk and cinnamon rolls though. So I probably won’t get one.

Have you ever thought about moving abroad?
Yes, constantly – especially during the Roxette days, when we worked abroad almost all the time. But I find that I miss Sweden very easily. We’ll see what happens in the future. I still don’t know what I will be when I grow up.

Describe a totally normal day, when you don’t work or have any other obligations?
There aren’t almost any of those. If I’m completely free, I sit around fiddling with some lyric or melody, or take care of the office, my mail and e-mail. Of course I try to spend as much time as I can with my family. And the gym at least twice a week, of course.

What’s happening with life after the summer tour? Any new projects or albums planned?
I’ve promised my wife to take a year off! It’s tough times for a dreamer like me to make two albums and two tours in only two years! I went directly from the Mazarin tour to my writing den and started composing “Finn 5 fel!”.

How has Gabriel changed you?
Hard to answer. When you get to become a parent, it suddenly feels like you’ve ALWAYS been one. There has sort of never been a time without children… it’s very natural. I think I’ve become softer and more sensitive as a person. You also get reminded about your own childhood all the time, which can be very painful.

When were you at the County Museum in Halmstad last, and what memories do you have from it?
I hardly remember that. But I interned there when I went to high school. Archeology was my kick back then.

Tell us something people in general don’t know about you?
I’m terribly nearsighted. –8.5 in both eyes. And I’ve always wanted to be able to slalom and ride a horse. Preferably at the same time. By the way, I don’t have tinnitus. That’s an old tabloid hoax that keeps haunting me.


According to metrojets.com, Metro Jets' first single, THE MORNING SHOW, celebrates 10 weeks on the national Swedish radio playlist. Metro Jets are Magnus Börjeson (Beagle, Favorita) and David Birde (Brainpool). Christoffer Lundquist is the producer of their music.

Debut video by Swedish power pop duo Metro Jets featuring Magnus Borjeson and David Birde

3 min 56 s - Directed and drummed by Jens Jansson. check it out!

Brainpool is rehearsing with the Malmö Symphonic Orchestra for this summer premiere of their long-waited "rock opera". Per Gessle talks about GT bestselling album. Meanwhile, David Birde and Christoffer Lundquist speak about the commercialism.

120,000 copies sold of “Finn Fem Fel” in 23 days; 412,000 sold tickets to see Gyllene Tider this summer. My head feels really tired right now. It’s really tiring to write, record an album, go on tour... and then start the process again. I don’t think I will do this again. It is simply too stressful to get involved in such big projects every year. It was possible to release an album every year and be constantly on tour, but now this doesn’t work anymore. But I feel a great energy because it’s very fun to play with Gyllene Tider. It will take some time till the next project. I have to find time to start to write songs again. I have to give myself time to gather new strength so that what I do has substance.
Per Gessle

In 2000, we Brainpool found ourselves in a position where we weren’t popular anymore. And since selling points were no longer an issue, we could afford this “commercial suicide”! A rock opera! We wanted to write something about this commercialism that we find so problematic and omnipresent. It’s a reaction towards the pop music business where one never exists beyond one’s latest hit record and one isn’t permitted to any artistic progress. One is just expected to produce hits and sell records.
David Birde (Junk Musik)
David Birde - Junk Musik

The industry no longer spends years on building up an artist’s career. Today bands aren’t allowed to sell records at a loss for five years before finally making a commercial break-through. Whereas a lot of those artists we now acknowledge as seminal were commercial failures for ages and lost their record labels a great deal of money before turning into a success. But that’s a thing of the past. Record companies don’t work that way anymore. Present circumstances are very different and turn the musicians into renaissance type artists that do an increasing part of the job themselves. It’s no longer enough to be a good musician, you also have to be a salesman, entrepreneur and businessman. Something we’ve never been particularly good at.

Brainpool's new rock opera: the main goal for us is distribution. If none is willing to pay for our music I’d rather give it away for free so that it can reach as many as possible. But obviously I would prefer getting paid for my work so that I can afford to make another record. But distribution is our number one priority. I’m happy if a lot of people download our album for free because it’s not as if those people would’ve bought it anyway. It’s a case of either downloading it for free or never hearing it at all.

1 comment:

LJdM said...

The words of Brainpool are taken from the documentary-film "JUNK", recorded in 2004 and directed by Hampus Linder.

28min - Good world, Malmö, 2006
Produced by: Anders and Helene Granquist.