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The Per Gessle Archives - A Lifetime of Songwriting

April 22, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

For over 35 years Per Gessle’s songwriting has fascinated fans both in Sweden and around the world. To summon up his incredible career as a songwriter and artist The Per Gessle Archives – A Lifetime of Songwriting is set for release this fall through Cosmos Music.

A total of eleven volumes with close to 200 songs from Per’s own archives of mostly unreleased material will be released throughout the year ending with an exclusive box-set in September.

Through the extensive contents of the box, we’ll get an exclusive view of Gessle’s composing skills and style; a unique release from an artist and songwriter of Per’s status.

The release will focus on three different parts of his career:

Demos & Other Fun Stuff consists of previously unreleased material from Per’s first band Gyllene Tider, Roxette-demos that turned into something else as well as side-projects that he has worked on over the years.

The Roxette Demos – Per’s early versions of the duo’s many hits and popular album tracks. An insight into the foundation of Roxette’s magnificent history, which to date has generated over 75 million albums sold. 

Solo – Per’s two highly successful Swedish solo albums, Mazarin and En händig man, are represented by two independent volumes with the demos that formed the basis for these chart topping albums.

Per will also comment on each individual song in interviews with Sven Lindström for the digital edition of the collection.

Just in time for the Swedish Record Store Day on April 26th there will be a limited edition 7” vinyl with two songs available in stores. The two first volumes will be available exclusively on Spotify in May.

On September 24th the campaign for The Per Gessle Archives – A Lifetime of Songwriting will culminate with the release of a deluxe box that will contain all eleven volumes in an exclusive package with vinyls and CDs.

Cosmos Music is extremely proud to present this special release with one of the modern pop era’s most influential and successful songwriters/artists.

This fall will also see two books with Per’s songs published, one with the English lyrics and one with the Swedish ones, together with handwritten sketches and drafts, comments and interviews with Per about his songwriting.


Another RSD release

April 14, 2014 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Releases

On his own record label Cosmos, Per Gessle will release a 7" with "Kvar i min bil" (from the 2008 movie "Let the Right One In") and B-side "Loud Clothes" from way back when (2002.) The release is called The Per Gessle Archives and a mysterious box set is promised to be released in September... The sleeve is, as you can see, very Roy Lichtenstein inspired.


Contest Day, part 2: “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T.“ to be released April 26

April 1, 2014 — by TDR Editorial — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

As many of you have noticed, this was an April's Fools joke... for now!

For a long time fans have kept guessing what exactly Per was talking about when he told us about being at “another airport” every other day, when he possibly can't be flying that much. It turns out it will be his personal contribution to Sweden’s Record Store Day on April 26: an audio book, or a travelogue if you will. While the official press release will be out tomorrow, we can provide you with a few details already.

The audio book will consist of two vinyls full of travel logs noted down and read out by Per himself, in English. He used the long waiting times at the airports all over the world during the last Roxette tours to put down his personal experiences and thoughts. We will learn about advantages of hard hotel beds in South Africa and disadvantages of vegetarian breakfasts at 2pm, there will also be a longer part about his hospital stay before the canceled show in New Zealand (where Per had obviously too much time to make up his mind on airline food and queues to the airplane toilet). Also, you will hear what it’s like not to be escorted by police in Dubai and what the customs in Istanbul initially thought about Christoffer’s incense sticks. And finally we hear the full story of Åsa’s mishap that lead to the infamous song title “Excuse Me, Sir, Do You Want Me to Check on Your wife.” All in all there will be 25 chapters on 2 12″ vinyl discs with a total length of a little less than 2 hours. Each chapter is preceeded by a short sound sample from Per’s voice recorder where he stores his ideas for songs and lyrics. As a bonus track, we hear Per, Chris and Pelle killing The Marcels’ “Blue Moon” in an empty airport hall in South Germany, a little too loud and maybe a little too tipsy...

The mixing has been done by Mats MP Persson in his T&A studio in Halmstad, Sven Lindström helped putting down the right words.

The audio book will come in two editions: On April 26, you can purchase the extended but limited edition (1400 copies) which will include a picture book of 102 pages for 1.400 SEK, only in Swedish local record stores. Two weeks later, the standard edition, without the book (and as we heard sadly without “Blue Moon,”) can be ordered at the usual online stores and iTunes for around 149 SEK.

You can win one signed copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” if you send an email with the answer to the following question to still today: “What is the IATA code of the Halmstad airport?”. The winner will be drawn tomorrow and the copy of “A.N.O.T.H.E.R. A.I.R.P.O.R.T” will be sent out after April 26. Good luck!


Trivia: Happy 20.000th (birth)day, Per!

October 15, 2013 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Editorial, Misc, Per Gessle

Oh yes, you may look surprised but today is a special day for Per. As of today, Per Gessle, born on Jan 12, 1959 is exactly 20.000 days old/young. Time to celebrate, open another wine box and sing! The team of The Daily Roxette is sending out the best wishes and wonders what Clarence and Christoffer have prepared for this very special day of tough work in the studio.


Face to face: Per lets loose with TDR in Karlstad

July 23, 2013 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Exclusive, Gyllene Tider, Per Gessle

KARLSTAD – It's Friday evening, just an hour before the Gyllene Tider concert in Karlstad, Sweden begins. Kai-Uwe Heinze and Justyna Bereza of The Daily Roxette are meeting up with Per in his wardrobe container (yes). There is a red couch, plenty of questions and Live Nation's media consultant with a stop watch. We get ten minutes. And they really mean ten minutes... GO!

Kai: You're sitting all alone with us in this small cozy room. What are the boys doing in the meantime?

Per: Anders is probably toying with his iPad, Micke is probably doing cross training, he always does some kind of training, MP is strolling around checking out the wires. Göran got his kids and family here, so I guess they are just schmoozing around and eating popcorn.

K: Okay, let's ask you one of the most burning questions: What is actually Anders' favorite song?

P: Of this set? Ha ha! Well, it depends. It depends on the mood of the day... for me. Ha ha! No, I don't know. I think he likes a lot of the songs from the new album for some reason. I guess it's because he plays better than ever. He’s a brilliant musician. He’s got this talent of getting "the bigger picture," just like a great producer. No wonder he’s doing movie soundtracks.

K: Anders also was once awarded as the most handsome guy in Sweden. Have you ever envied him for that?

P: No, but I tease him all the time. It happened back in 1982, there was a teeny magazine [Veckorevyn] and they had three competitors which they had picked themselves and the other two were no competition whatsoever. So Anders won!
And there was another sort of award thing that Micke won. It was "Hemmets Journals lilla guldhjärta," very family oriented magazine, you know, recipes and silly stuff, they had a kids’ section and Micke got this award, a miniature golden heart. So they beat me there.



Small Apartments soundtrack is here!

March 14, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Releases

Update: The release date of the soundtrack of "Small Apartments" is here! It will be released digitally March 18, CD March 27 and vinyl "asap." Per has shared the record sleeve with us, along with the tracklisting. Picky readers may notice this list is not identical to the one listed in the movie.

    Small Apartments – Soundtrack

    1.   Franklin’s Intro (0.56)
    2.   I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) -Instrumental- (2.03)
    3.   Drizzle #1 (2.02)
    4.   Shopping With Mother (2.36)
    5.   Franklin’s Theme #1 (1.39)
    6.   He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (4.18)
    7.   Burned Out Heart –Instrumental- (3.37)
    8.   Are You An Old Hippie, Sir? –Instrumental- (1.49)
    9.   Making Love Or Expecting Rain #1 –Instrumental- (2.46)
    10. Waltz For Woody (1.03)
    11. Drizzle #2 (2.02)
    12. C'mon (2.59)
    13. Warm. Again. (4.27)
    14. Drizzle #3 (2.02)
    15. Drizzle #4 (0.56)
    16. Week With Four Thursdays (1.54)
    17. Dixy -Instrumental- (3.06)
    18. Making Love Or Expecting Rain #2 –Instrumental- (4.03)
    19. Double-Headed Elvis -Instrumental- (1.31)
    20. Franklin’s Main Theme (6.43)
    21. I Have A Party In My Head (I Hope It Never Ends) (2.09)


The Per Gessle Selection grows

March 11, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Misc, Per Gessle

The Daily Roxette has reached Per, who is busy in the studio and isn't really on par regarding his new wines. "I'm mastering the album and things are a bit diffuse at the moment... but yes The Per Gessle Selection musters up its courage again!" What he can tell us is that there will be two new selections released in April May. There will be a new summery white wine as well as a rose wine, aptly named Sommartider vitt and Sommartider rosé. "Both wines are quality wines from François Lurton in PG-designed 3 liter Bag-in-boxes." As far as Per recollects the bottles will only be available at restaurants, and possibly even only Hotel Tylösand's restaurant. The b-i-b will be available in Sweden's governmental liquor stores Systembolaget.

Update: Bottled Sommartider will be available for restaurants from March 25 while bag-in-boxed Sommartider will be in Sweden a week later and will go on sale April 2, in the beställningssortiment, i.e. you need to order it to the store. And to add to the general party feeling, the chords and lyrics of "Sommartider" are included on the box!


"Small Apartments" due on DVD

February 17, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Per Gessle, Video

A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel. The movie stars Billy Crystal, James Caan, Peter Stormare and Matt Lucas, to mention but a few. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund's indie movie about Franklin Franklin - "Small Apartments" - will be released on DVD February 19, while the blu-ray has been postponed about two months, according to Small Apartments' Facebook page.

In addition to it being released on DVD in the US, the movie moves over to Europe March 22 when it will appear in theaters in the UK. Sony will discuss other territories "within 10 days."

Of course you know that Per has written the music for the movie and here's the soundtrack listed:

    Franklin's Intro
    I Have a Party in My Head (I Hope it Never Ends)
    Franklin's Theme
    Shopping with Mother
    Burned Out Heart
    Are You an Old Hippie, Sir?
    Making Love or Expecting Rain
    Waltz for Woody
    Week with Four Thursdays
    Something in the System
    Warm. Again.
    Speedboat to Cuba
    Late, Later on
    Something Happened Today
    Double-headed Elvis
    He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother

The soundtrack will be available on Elevator Entertainment vinyl, CD and digital download "soon." While "Kurt, the Fastest Plumber in the West" is featured in some trailers, it's not in the actual movie, neither is "Dixi." We'll see what ends up on the soundtrack and not. The only three songs featured in the movie with actual words are "I Have a Party in My Head" (over the end credits), "He Ain't Heavy" (on the radio) and "C'mon" (girls stripping) - if you strain your ears! "He Ain't Heavy" is obviously a cover of the song made famous by The Hollies.


TDR meets Per Gessle - again

December 24, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Per Gessle, Roxette

STOCKHOLM - It’s more winter than ever and snow is piling high when The Daily Roxette sits down with Per for our traditional Xmas interview. It’s Thomas who is addressed, but the questions come from Kai-Uwe and Justyna as well. I am freezing in the bitter cold. It’s -21 C (-6 F)... TDR is very happy that Per has taken some time for us in his busy (?) Xmas schedule.

How are you doing in the snow and cold, Per?

Hi Thomas, I'm doing swell. Hate the winter though. It's so hard to dress up!!

Yeah I know, I can’t stand winter, who cares about fashion when the wind blows? 2012 has been a very busy year for you and Roxette, with the tour and new album and all. And it's not over yet, is there anything else happening the last few weeks of the year? The Roxette live/docu DVD and Small Apartments soundtrack have been postponed? How does 2013 look, Rox-wise, Gessle-wise, Marie-wise, anything else-wise?

Oh, I wish there were more hours in a day! I've been busy writing new songs, both for myself and Rox and for other extremely secret projects...

Extremely secret projects...?



Per records new album

October 3, 2012 — by Thomas Evensson — Misc, Per Gessle

According to Aftonbladet Per has booked studio time and will start recording a new solo album shortly. When asked about the Gyllene Tider tour rumors he says it's still 50/50 because it's so much to figure out and it's "out of his hands." Roxette will be back 2014, is the plan. "I have to take it slow, I'm not 50 anymore" Per says.