The two new songs recorded in June 2006 at AGM Studios are "One wish" (a pop song) and "Reveal" (a ballad). LJdM staff thinks that "Reveal" is a nice ballad (it sounds a bit 'weak' and 'empty', though). We agree Per's words: "One wish" is not a "song Roxette will be remembered by of course". We think the 20th anniversary is important but they should not have recorded new songs if the circumstances were not good enough. We are much than happy about Marie Fredriksson's recovery but the needs of the Rox fans, desperatly waiting for new songs, are not a good reason to record new songs before it is all ready. We find a lack of energy in the songs; it seems they did not find the way to their own sound. After the natural sound of Son of a Plumber, new Roxette's songs sound even more artificial.
One of the most interesting tracks included in the “The Rox Box,” the demo “Anyone/I Love How You Love Me,” is actually half a cover of The Paris Sisters’ hit “I Love How You Love Me.” The song, written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber, was produced by Phil Spector and was a big hit in 1961, when it reached #5 on the Billboard charts on October 30.
Per Gessle speaks about Roxette and about Son of a Plumber. By the way, Magnus Börjeson and David Birde, co-owners of Christoffer Lundquist's Junk Musik company, have begun the recordings of a new album.
It has to be up to Marie and me to decide what to release. If you have a band and want to release 2,000 demos, be my guest! I won’t argue with that, it’s your choice. And, down the road, a little frustration and confusion among some fans only makes the whole journey a bit more fun, don’t you think? Have another coffee! There was an entire CD of only demos made for the RoxBox but everyone involved (EMI people, Marie and Clarence, myself, etc.) fell asleep listening to it. So we decided not to release it and only keep some of the goodies for the box. I still think that was an intelligent choice. But, of course, in due time, more stuff will burst out, steaming, through the Rox Shower! You don’t like Mondays??? Well, Roxette certainly do! Starting Monday October 30 (and continuing until Xmas) Roxette.se will give you the opportunity to listen to some extremely rare Roxette demos, straight from Señor Gessle’s hidden vaults. Every Monday we will bring you a new special track, never before released. And yes, they’re all in stereo and no, you can’t download them, only listen to them.
The lively Marie is gone. Of course she’s a different person today. It’s naturally a different Marie today. When something like this happens one reconsiders everything. It doesn’t help how many gold records you have hanging on the wall when you get ill. It was scary. There are different grades of cancer and of course one lived in suspense. I don’t even think the chance was 50/50 for her to make it. It’s amazing that Marie has recovered. The singing voice is back at full strength, but there are other circumstances. She has a problem reading fast and trouble remembering things. Everything goes a little slower. Maybe it can be worked on, but it takes time.
Now Roxette is back, even if on a different premise. When the compilation became viable it was Marie who suggested that we should record a new song. Actually we haven’t discussed if we are going to do something more. I don’t know what I want to do. On the one hand it’s fun, of course, but I have no idea if there’s a point in continuing. It doesn’t feel so tempting to go on promotion trips and sing playback in Vienna, Hamburg and Madrid. Who would’ve thought that. Now we’re actually back, and have really no idea where it’s gonna end. We’re open to basically anything. So far a few TV’s have been scheduled. I’m doing quite a lot of media, phoners and face-to-face interviews all the time. One day I have to stop talking!
I always say that everything I do is coming from “the same tree,” it’s just different branches I use all the time. If you work with other people in a band (in my case Rox/GT) you have to compromise a bit, but that’s fine with me. In this case we wanted, and needed, a duet and a ballad and that’s what I wrote and what we recorded. And that’s how we sounded those days in June. I think the old Rox sound is dead and buried. For good reasons. From an artistic point of view it would feel awkward to walk in the same shoes forever. You have to change. That’s the fun of it. The two most recent songs are basically done in the same way as we did Son of a Plumber. Same guys in the studio, same attitude. It’s similar with my writing. I don’t write like I used to. Today I prefer not to make demos, for instance. And I’m much more fuzzy regarding ideas. They have to be really interesting (for me) to shine through… to become a song… that will be recorded.
It's been a giant step for Marie. It was sensational, at least to me, that Roxette recorded again. So I stepped up to the plate and I wrote a few songs. We thought "Reveal" would be the Big Hit, but in the studio "One Wish" flourished. Not a song we will be remembered by of course, but still as good as we could do under these circumstances.
I still consider SOAP to be my best work. It sounds EXACTLY how I wanted it to sound. It’s a shame for the human race that it didn’t sell. So many people would have loved it if they knew it existed. It’s almost double platinum in Sweden but it never really took off anywhere else. At least not in any numbers that makes an old fart like me impressed…
I’m working on new things, new songs, new everything like I always do. I like to keep my head busy. I would love to do another SOAP album some day and there might be some more Rox music in the future. Beyond that, sorry, but I can’t reveal anything more right now. But the hammock sounds nice… sunny beach even nicer…
I’m sure there will be more tours in the future. I like playing and singing my songs. I like getting the reaction I usually get from the audience. It’s hard to beat. It’s like a great go-cart lap.
Ok, so here it is: the Metro Jets project has started. You will find the media player in the right column of Junk Musik Website. This is where the audio files will appear. The band chose to start with a cover. The first thing they did was to try out some fitting loops to catch the smooth sound they are talking about. I have no idea exactly what they mean by ”smooth”, but I´m sure we will find out soon. The pic above is from Magnus F.E.E studio. Thanks for commenting on this project. We need your input. Spread the word, and we will be even happier. Cheers
Today has been a “do other stuff” day. There’ll be plenty of those before this album is finished I’m sure. And we won’t bore you with details about the rest of our lives. Tomorrow though will be a “do this stuff” day and hopefully we’ll have something to listen to. If it will be very concrete or not…let’s say…let’s see.
OK, in the player to the right of our web you can listen to what 30 seconds in Glasgow might sound like. And don’t forget, pads are the new black!
Jens Jansson - Junk Musik