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Doing the boogaloo while lipsyncing to The Look back in 1989. Note full band! You can get a glimpse of both Claire Öfwerman + Mia Lindgren in the background. And Depeche Mode was there. And Chris de Burgh. And Peter Maffay. Swell. Haven't got a clue where it's from, though. Do you know? /P. #depechemode


Still flying! /P.


Per Gessle - Being With You (Official Video)

Per Gessle "Being With You" (Official Video) Guest starring Helena Josefsson Video by Mattias Gordon (C) Elevator Entertainment AB under exclusive license to...


The vid! #per60


Per Gessle - En Händig Man [Music Video]

En händig man was made in the area around Per Gessles hometown, Halmstad. I was asked to direct and film a music video for Per right before he was about to…

Per's 60 for 60. #44 En händig man (A Handy Man.) 2007, the album is called "En händig man," a supposed sequel to the very successful and appreciated "Mazarin." Apparently the working title was "Mazarin II" even. Obviously this was the lead single accompanied by a video, directed by Jeffery Richt and filmed in Halmstad, around Slottsmöllan. Cute lyrics about Hanna, known from "Henry, dansa inte disco" by Gyllene Tider. She is still messy with a "stormy love life"... The lyrics to "En händig man" are actually quite sexy if you listen to them. After all, he is a "handy man" not a handyman. Jag kommer hem till dej/Jag är en händig man/Jag finns för dej jag kommer så fort jag bara kan/Jag lyssnar på dej håller om dej erbjuder en hand/Och vill du jag ska stanna är jag en händig man... I'm coming home to you I am a handy man/I'm here for you I'm coming as fast as I can/I listen to you hold you offer you a hand/And if you would like me to stay I am a handy man... The joke of the title is that Per is the lousiest handyman in the world, and of course he knows it! #per60


En händig man

Per's 60 for 60. This is #44 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Marie and Elton at the Polar Music Prize 1995. Great voices. /P.


Per's 60 for 60. #45 Genius Gone Wrong. "Ladies and Gentlemen, the genius gone wrong..." Here we open a while new door - The Lonely Boys! A fake '60s group Per created together with Nisse Hellberg from Wilmer X, and recorded a soundtrack for a book... Unheard of! This song however, was originally a Gyllene Tider song, and was meant to be on their unnamed album Gyllene Tider V. Anders quit Gyllene so the song remained unused, but was released on Mats MP Persson's 30th B-day album "MP 30!" Per made for him as a gift. They are pretty similar, although the '60s version is more... '60s! Recorded using equipment from the era, instruments as well as tape recorders and mixers. He's going for gold/I'm going for you - I'm the one!/He'll talk to you later/I'm tellin' you now - I'm the one! He knows what he wants, do you? #per60


Genius Gone Wrong

Per's 60 for 60. This is #45 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

SUOMI FINLAND! Getting some gold records for Joyride in Helsinki in 1991. A good year for the roses! /P.


Per's 60 for 60. #46 I Want You to Know. Another song from "The World According to Gessle," this time a single even, released September 9, 1997. The video where Per walks around in a forest with life sized cuddly animals was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Yet another love song from the Man. Does this girl know that he's interested? Not sure. Who doesn't want to hear "I want you to know, I want you to stay, don't go!"?? At least my heart would melt. #per60


I Want You To Know

Per's 60 for 60. This is #46 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

You wanted hints? Fine. Project X[mas] is going to be the biggest thing we've ever done and you surely remember that we have quite a history. Soon it's Christmas, in the meantime enjoy our extended advent calendar with Per's songs. More hints to follow. Stay tuned, it's worth it. 😁


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Genius Gone Wrong

Per's 60 for 60. This is #45 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

GOLD MEDAL! The Look had just become #1 in the US (April 8, 1989). Marie celebrating in style at Cafe Opera in Stockholm with Rolf Nygren (head of EMI Sweden), Miss Dee + Thomas Erdtman (Rox manager for three months). I was in Halmstad drinking green tea and looking at the stars. /P.


Have to love this countdown on Daily Roxette. /P.


The Daily Roxette

Per's 60 for 60. #47 Saturday. Unfortunately today isn't a Saturday but it'll have to do... This song kicks some serious butt! Track #3 from "The World According to Gessle. The rocky performance kind of negates the laid back lyrics, which are about kicking back on a soft Saturday. "It's the greatest day!" Of course you knew that the title TWATG comes from The World According to Garp by John Irving, right? #per60

Have to love this countdown on Daily Roxette. /P.


The Daily Roxette

Per's 60 for 60. #47 Saturday. Unfortunately today isn't a Saturday but it'll have to do... This song kicks some serious butt! Track #3 from "The World According to Gessle. The rocky performance kind of negates the laid back lyrics, which are about kicking back on a soft Saturday. "It's the greatest day!" Of course you knew that the title TWATG comes from The World According to Garp by John Irving, right? #per60

Per's 60 for 60. #47 Saturday. Unfortunately today isn't a Saturday but it'll have to do... This song kicks some serious butt! Track #3 from "The World According to Gessle. The rocky performance kind of negates the laid back lyrics, which are about kicking back on a soft Saturday. "It's the greatest day!" Of course you knew that the title TWATG comes from The World According to Garp by John Irving, right?


Saturday

Per's 60 for 60. This is #47 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, hm hm hm hm hmmmm... 🎶


Ten years? It's nothing! /P.


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Happy 10th (!!! 😱) birthday, "Party Crasher"! 💃🎶🕺 Which is your top PC song that makes you counting UFO's? 🙃🎶🛸 /PP Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/27hRMbPKiYZDl07XtZCd6l

More blonde promodays from the 90's. Italy? Spain? Switzerland? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind. /P.


It's been 10 years since this little gem came out. Wow, 10?! The album that started out as Son of a Plumber II, with the title "Party Crasher, Party Pleaser." Lots of goodies on it, a few not-so-great ones, but that's life for you. One that's come alive recently is "Doesn't Make Sense" which was a bomb at the concerts this fall. Chris's fingers bled, and Per seemed to want in on that so he cut his finger as well... Anyways: congrats, well done! (Will we ever get to hear the (awful) track "Wrecking Ball"?)


Party Crasher (CD)

Catalogue 0999-2660352 Label: Capitol Elevator Entertainment 01. Silly Really 02. The Party Pleaser 03. Stuck Here With Me 04. Sing Along 05. Gut Feeling 06. Perfect Excuse 07. Breathe Life Into Me 08. Hey, I Died and Went To Heaven 09. Kissing Is the Key 10. Thai With a Twist 11. I Didn’t Mea

Per's 60 for 60. #48 Honung och guld (Honey and Gold). A Gyllene Tider song from 1982 and the album "Puls". Honey and Gold, what does that even mean? It doesn't really make sense in Swedish either, unless you listen to the lyrics. Here's the thing: Swedish summers are famous for their long sunny days. In that sun girls easily get tanned, and their hair gets bleached - honey and gold... Sure, not all of them, but we all know that Per sometimes base his lyrics on stereotypes. Anyway, I digress. Lasse Winnerbäck played this on a TV-show citing that this was one of the songs that made him wanting to become an artist. Per saw the show and recorded a new, acoustic demo of it. Then during last year's tour Lasse came on stage and sang this with Per on a few occasions. The lyrics are superb, literally seeping with love. Of course love that's out of reach, as usual. Listen to the song and think about the lyrics: She was no one's and everyone was hers/She could take whomever she wanted/I could have walked thru fire to be close/Surely she had no idea who I was/And now I'm walking down streets where I've wandered and longed/and she's somewhere on our Earth/and has no idea she meant/more than I can describe in words... Have you experienced the midnight sun? #per60


Honung och guld

Per's 60 for 60. This is #48 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Another teaser for our "stew"... ;)


In Germany doing promo for Room Service in 2001! Feels like yesterday1 /P.


Per's 60 for 60. #49 Monster Hangover. Wow, what to say about this one? A demo from 2002, never recorded, released or used by Roxette. Gyllene Tider however recorded it as "72" on 2004's album "Finn 5 fel!." While this version seems to be about nothing, and definitely not about a hangover, Gyllene's version is about a busline Per rode as a teenager, or rather the year '72. Everything you make is just a little bit/A little too sweet/Everything you make is just a little bit/A little too sleek The melody is very catchy and should have been used by Roxette, don't you think? #per60


Monster Hangover

Per's 60 for 60. This is #49 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

People pop up once in a while (whistling on Hey Mr DJ) and ask me why I don't release the SON OF A PLUMBER-album on vinyl. It's already been done! Check this out! Found this little clip in my plumbing-box. /P.


SON OF A PLUMBER DOUBLE-LP

Early Roxette-days at the EMI Studio in Stockholm. I'm probably playing "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" by The Ramones. /P.


Per's 60 for 60. #50 The Party Pleaser. OK, this song is from the 2009 album "Party Crasher." The working name of the album was "Party Crasher, Party Pleaser" but was later changed. It also started out as Son of a Plumber II, but as it didn't really fit the format Per changed it to Per Gessle. This is another time he has "reinvented" himself, he did it by recording all the demos for this album in Apple's Garage Band. #per60


Party Pleaser, The

Per's 60 for 60. This is #50 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

We gots something nice cooking... more later. ;)


So glad you like it. Had a wonderful time recording it! /P.


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Today 13 years ago a real M.A.S.T.E.R.P.I.E.C.E. was released! 🎶 "Son of a Plumber" is definitely one of Per's most personal albums. 💝 Your Top3 on LP#1? 🤔 And on LP#2? 😊 /PP Listen: https://open.spotify.com/album/07sgc1wdTAx4MVsnQl9GBz

So glad you like it! Had a wonderful time recording it! /P.


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Today 13 years ago a real M.A.S.T.E.R.P.I.E.C.E. was released! 🎶 "Son of a Plumber" is definitely one of Per's most personal albums. 💝 Your Top3 on LP#1? 🤔 And on LP#2? 😊 /PP Listen: https://open.spotify.com/album/07sgc1wdTAx4MVsnQl9GBz

Yea, found this is the drawer. Singing falsetto with the Bee Gees way back. /P. PS. Hot pants on mr Gee = Tom Ford's first season as main designer for Gucci. Still have them. Too big now, bought during my chubby Elvis period in the 90's.


Per's 60 for 60. #51 Are You an Old Hippie, Sir? Well what can one say about this one? Also from the Son of a Plumber album, featured in the Jonas Åkerlund movie Small Apartments. Per performed this on this European fall tour, as well as in 2009. Nice recorders, right? Maybe not one of Per's more memorable lyrics, but the song is definitely a kicker. Are you an old hippie, sir?/Are you an old hippie, sir?/Y’see that woman by the counter/She used to be my babysitter/Oh oh... #per50


Are You an Old Hippie, Sir?

This is #51 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Nice. /P.


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Saturday evening chill anyone? 🎶 November Stories, a Swedish band released ”The Look” as their first cover. What do you think? 🤔 /PP Listen to the song on Spotify and other digital platforms: https://linktr.ee/novemberstories