4 Oct 2006

P, C & C in a Rox-Plumber-Box (V): One wish and some lessons

The new Roxette single “One Wish” already got played in Germany’s radio stations on September 15 – unexpectedly early as the Swedish premiere was announced for next Monday. The video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, was premiered in Sweden on TV4’s “Nyhetsmorgon”. Roxette’s new single “One Wish” is the highest new entry this week on Sweden’s Topp 40 chart coming in at #26. “One Wish” also debuted at #17 on the Nielsen Radio Topp 20 chart.

LJdM staff has listened to the new song. We are a bit disappointed. It sounds very artificial, not special at all. We wished something new from the AGM Studio. Anyway, we enjoyed today's blog by Adela Toplean (Happy Birthday, Adela!): yes, Son of a Plumber is better than Gessle ... and much better than this 'One wish'.

Updated 2007: There has been no news about new projects of P, C & C (Per Gessle, Clarence Öfwerman and Christoffer Lundquist) because Roxette is supposed to be the 'central issue' this fall. But we have known that P, C & C have been since September 2006 in the AGM Studio again to record new Gessle's songs, mostly in Swedish.

According to The Cardigans, NONS record has released today a Swedish Indie Anthology featuring 42 tracks. It´s called Svensk Indie 1988-2006 - En Svensk kärleks historia. ( A Swedish lovestory) First track is Happy dead men´s Silent sigh city from 1988. The last track is The Concretes´On the radio from early spring this year. The Cardigans are in the bunch aswell, with Rise and Shine from 1994! And Brainpool’s At school (one of their hits) or Radio Dept’s Against the tide are also ther (2002, when Per Blomgren was in the band).

cd 1

Happy dead men- Silent sigh city
Wannadies- The beast cures the lover
Easy-Cloud chamber
Eggstone- Wrong heaven
This perfect day- This friendship of ours
Popsicle- Hey Princess
Brainpool- At school
Suredo- Average cell
bob hund- Fem meter upp i luften
The Cardigans- Rise and Shine
Hardy Nilsson- Hela hjärtat mitt
Broder Daniel- Luke Skywalker
Honey is cool- Georgia
Kent- När det blåser på månen
Fireside- Left rustle
The Bear quartet- it only takes a flashlight to create a monster
Cloudberry jam- Elevator
Souls- Expensive
Yvonne- Modern love
Drowners- Summer break my fall

cd 2

Bad cash quartet- Amuse you
Club 8- Missing you
Doktor Kosmos- Le punkrocker
Plexus- Elektroplux
Håkan Hellström- Känn ingen sorg för mig Göteborg
First floor power- We are the people
David and the citizens- Now she sleeps in a box in the good soil of Denmark
Hell on wheels- Soda
Silverbullit: Magnetic city
The Knife- Kino
The Embassy- it never entered my mind
Marit Bergman- This is the year
Differnet- Conflictionary
The Radio dept- Against the tide
Suburban kids with biblical names- Rent a wreck
Andreas Tilliander- back to the USA
Jens Lekman- Maple leaves
The Tough Alliance- Take no heroes
Audionom- DC2
El perro del mar- This loneliness
Frida Hyvönen- Once I was a serene teenage child
The Concretes- on the radio


Roxette sold a decent amount of records in South America, but nothing remarkable. Maybe 30,000 records in Brazil. But when we released tickets we sold 120,000 - just in Rio. 60,000 in Sao Paolo, 55,000 in Montevideo. Totally amazing! Porto Alegre was like Albert Hall only much bigger. Someone in the band had the stomach flu and threw up on stage. That was fun. And after a TV interview in Amsterdam we saw a guy in a window yelling ’I love your record!’ It was Tom Petty, my old hero. ’We love your records too!’ we yelled back. Everyone considered us a one hit wonder when we broke through with “The Look” in 1989. But we weren’t in our twenties, we were almost in our thirties. We owned our own publishing companies, we had chosen our management, we kept a check on things. When we got our foot into things, we hung on. The climate of pop music is totally different today. Almost no artists get time to make mistakes anymore, it’s more of a product thinking these days. Suddenly Roxette stand out as the real deal. It’s for real, we write and produce ourselves and people know all our songs. When I was in New York this summer and went through immigration, the officer asked me what I did for a living. ’Musician’ I answered. Then he wondered if he should know about me. ’Well, I wrote that’ I said, and pointed to the radio which was playing ’Listen to Your Heart’. That was fun.
Per Gessle

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