January was a month of unwon prizes. Roxette was once again nominated for a Rockbjörnen award in Aftonbladet's annual ceremony, in the Swedish Group of the Year category. Unfortunately, Bodies Without Organs (BWO) took the award this year. During the previous years, Roxette has already received six Rock Bears. "The RoxBox/Roxette 86-06" didn't get a Grammis in the awards ceremony in January. Roxette's 20th anniversary release was nominated in the open category with five other compilations. The winner was "Samtliga grammofoninspelningar 1921-1970," a compilation of old Evert Taube-recordings. According to EMI Sweden Roxette's "Hits!" has now reached gold in Sweden, which means 30,000 delivered copies, as per usual.
P, C & C have continued the recordings for a new Gessle's album (probably in Swedish) that began in September 2006. The work at the AGM studio could finish in March 2007. Helena Josefsson has taken part again as backing singer. And Jens Jansson, the usual drummer, has become dad.
The next single off of Roxette's "Hits!" is "Reveal" and will be released tomorrow (February 14th).
- 01: Reveal (The Attic remake) 3:29 - According to TDR, "a poppy ditty that reminds one of early Depeche Mode".
- 02: Reveal (Kleerup remix) 3:41 - "A slower, heavy with drums and strings, dance mix. Kleerup has worked with Robyn, among others", says TDR.
- 03: Reveal (single version) 3:43 - "We prefer the sound, less weak as the album one", according to LJdM's editor.
- 04: One Wish Video - "Not one of our favourites", says LJdM's editor.
I returned to Sweden in January 2007 and set to work in the studio with Magnus Börjeson on bass and Christoffer Lundquist’s Brainpool bandmate Jens Jansson on drums. The four musicians worked quickly and spontaneously to capture half a dozen songs, including “Come Tomorrow” which I had begun writing the day before leaving for Sweden. I returned to London buzzing with excitement.
Maybe it’s time for a “hardware” update as well. What are the Junk people doing in real life? Anything Junk related? Anything else? A bit of both it turns out.
We’re starting with Mom & Dad, the previously publicised, highly hyped and awesomely anticipated kraut konzept from Jens Jansson (Mom) and David Birde (Dad) of Brainpool. To our joy Mom recently became a dad. And as Dad says, “the confusion is now at a maximum”. But they will straighten out, contain themeselves and finish what they’ve started. Hopefully this spring. We wait wantingly.