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"Look Sharp!" 25 years on New Year's Eve

December 12, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Music Business, Roxette

On New Year's Eve the documentary "Look Sharp! 25 years" will be broadcast on Swedish Radio P1 and P4.

The program has been put together by Tove Meyer and Tara Moshizi, both Roxette fans in hiding. Tove and Tara are journalists and got to know each other when they were by coincidence put in the same room at the radio building in Stockholm, Sweden. This lazy Friday afternoon Tara asked Tove to put on a song to pep them before the weekend. She picked "Dressed for Success" and Tara became so excited she just cried out "Are you a Roxette fan too??" Tove nodded happily.

That's how they both discovered they were "Roxers" and soon after they started sketching up the plans for a Roxette documentary. Since Roxette's album Look Sharp! turns 25 it felt natural to pick that as the theme of the show. With songs like "The Look," "Dangerous" and "Listen to Your Heart", Look Sharp! is Roxette's breakthrough album, and with that record Roxette has undoubtedly written international pop history.

Meeting Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson was also of course very thrilling. They came to Tove's and Tara's studio on Söder in Stockholm. According to Tove both of them were very decent and have generously shared memories and experiences from this era.

Per and Marie describe what Look Sharp! has meant to them, and how it feels to perform the songs today. Manager Marie Dimberg also recalls the Big Break when the band went from being Big in Sweden to international superstars.

"We are very happy to have gotten the opportunity to tell this mighty story. Join us on New Year's Eve to hear it!" says Tove.

Tuesday December 31 12.03-13.00 CET on P4
Tuesday December 31 16.03-16.45 CET on P1 with a rerun January 3 januari CET 18.15. Also available in the app Sveriges Radio Play.


Roxette's Pop Hits

December 11, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Roxette

Again for those of you who surf the web, but not particularly Facebook, here's another brilliant article from our friend down under, Brendon Veevers, about Roxette's 10 best Pop Hits. There will be a follow up on Ballad Hits, of course.


TDR on YouTube

December 6, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Exclusive, Roxette

We hope you haven't missed our new YouTube channel where we showcase old, great and hard to find Roxette and related videos and interviews subtitled! Whenever possible we have remastered the audio and even the video. Today's video is from 1986, the very first performance Roxette ever did: Jacobs stege 1986.

Any requests?


New Roxette tour in 2014(?)

November 28, 2013 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Live, Roxette

Well, it has not been officially confirmed yet but both Marie and Per are publicly talking about a possible new Roxette tour "later" in 2014. Dates, places, prices, setlists, meet&greets? Too early to tell. We are quite sure though that should there really be a tour, we can expect another Roxette album somewhen next spring or early summer. Remember that Marie will be busy doing her solo tour in Sweden until the end of April 2014.

It may be tough to beat Bob Dylan who at the moment has done 2,561 concerts on his own "Neverending tour" but with a little support from the Roxette fanbase, this goal seems feasible, don't you think?


Roxette - Travelling the world

November 8, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Live, Releases, Roxette

Considering that Roxette is one of Scandinavia's most successful bands, it is really about time that there is a documentary about the band.

And given that the group during its sensational comeback tour 2011-2012 played before 1.5 million ecstatic people in 46 countries, it is as much high time for a concert film that shows where the group is right now.

All this and much more fits into the Blu-ray/DVD/CD package "Roxette Live: Travelling The World" which comes out on December 6 and thus should be regarded as the year's most obvious gift for the world's Roxette fans.

In fact, Roxette hasn't released a concert film since the group's first heydays, when they recorded the Crash!Boom!Bang! concert in Johannesburg before an audience of 52,000 people January 14, 1995. Infinitely more drama and darkness lies between this distant golden age and the unbacked resurgence in 2011-2012. Everything is captured here.

We get for instance a complete concert with 90 minutes of an inspired and energetic Roxette live from Curitiba, Brazil, Cordoba in Argentina and Santiago in Chile. The band had by this time been trimmed into an incorruptible and totally buffed rock machine that night after night pumped out 20 of their world hits with an energy that seemed inexhaustible. The film really captures the ecstatic mood of a typical concert in South America in the spring 2012, from the introduction of "Dressed for Success" to the sing-along party in the final encore "Church of Your Heart."

In addition to the concert film is also the poignant and insightful documentary "It All Begins Where It Ends," recorded on the road while Roxette for eighteen months did their unique return to the world stage. Join us behind the scenes, in the bus, at the airport, meet fans around the world and hear the stories of the events that shaped one of Sweden's most fascinating musical destinies.

Also included is a live CD with 16 tracks, recorded at the Teatro Caupolicán in the Chilean capital Santiago May 12, 2012 and the band members themselves classified as one of the tour's absolute highlights. It also contains lots of exciting extras in the form of Per Gessle's backstage films during the tour, the recording of the album Travelling and insights into life on stage just off the headlights.

At the same time a digital/streaming version of the live recording from the Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago will be released with two bonus tracks: "Silver Blue" concert favorite that Roxette fans voted the most desired live song on Facebook, as well as the acoustic encore "Church of Your Heart."

In short, it's like Christmas for everyone with a heart for the band that got up at nine, and took back the championship title when it was the least expected.



What's to come? A Roxette & related recap...

November 1, 2013 — by Kai-Uwe Heinze — Gyllene Tider, Live, Marie Fredriksson, Releases, Roxette

BERLIN - Blowing the dust off... (and for you guys who don't hang on Facebook)

Well, as you know there is this Christmas season approaching again as usual and so you're gonna need some gifts. Let's see...


"Roxette Live Travelling The World"

release date: December 6, 2013

format: BD & CD and DVD & CD

subtitles: English, German, Spanish

video tracks:(source

  1. Dressed for Success
  2. Sleeping in My Car 
  3. The Big L
  4. Silver Blue 
  5. Stars 
  6. She's Got Nothing on (But the Radio)
  7. Perfect Day
  8. Things Will Never be the Same
  9. It Must Have Been Love 
  10. It's Possible
  11. 7Twenty7
  12. Fading Like a Flower
  13. Crash! Boom! Bang!
  14. How Do You Do!
  15. Dangerous
  16. Joyride
  17. Spending My Time
  18. The Look
  19. Listen to Your Heart
  20. Church of Your Heart

Documentary: It All Begins Where It Ends - The Incredible Story of Roxette

extras (BD only):

  1. Part 1 "So, Christoffer?"
  2. Part 2 "Studio Work"
  3. Part 3 "Travelling"
  4. Mikael Nogueira-Svensson - The Secret Life of a Guitar Tech

audio tracks (CD):

  1. Dressed for Success (Live from Santiago 2012)
  2. Sleeping in My Car (Live from Santiago 2012)
  3. The Big L (Live from Santiago 2012)
  4. She's Got Nothing on (But the Radio) [Live from Santiago 2012]
  5. Perfect Day (Live from Santiago 2012)
  6. It Must Have Been Love (Live from Santiago 2012)
  7. It's Possible (Live from Santiago 2012)
  8. 7Twenty7 (Live from Santiago 2012)
  9. Fading Like a Flower (Live from Santiago 2012)
  10. Crash! Boom! Bang! (Live from Santiago 2012)
  11. How Do You Do! (Live from Santiago 2012)
  12. Dangerous (Live from Santiago 2012)
  13. Joyride (Live from Santiago 2012)
  14. Spending My Time (Live from Santiago 2012)
  15. The Look (Live from Santiago 2012)
  16. Listen to Your Heart (Live from Santiago 2012)

audio tracks (iTunes and Spotify only):

  1. Silver Blue
  2. Church of Your Heart



"Look Sharp!" 25 years today!

October 21, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Misc, Roxette

Amazingly enough it's been 25 years since Roxette's breakthrough album Look Sharp! was released... Whatever happened? Although the sleeve, and Wikipedia, state the release date as October 19, it was really released the 21st, a Friday. Expressen's reviewer wrote that the album sucked because it contained too many hits. Go figure.

From Wikipedia (modified):

Look Sharp!
Studio album by Roxette
Released     October 19, 1988

Look Sharp! is the second studio album by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm and at Trident II Studios in London between March and June 1988. The album was released on October 19, 1988, two years after their debut Pearls of Passion. The album became an international hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard 200 and spawning the major hit singles "The Look" (U.S. #1), "Listen to Your Heart" (U.S. #1), "Dressed for Success" (U.S. #14), and "Dangerous" (U.S. #2). Because of the worldwide success of the album and its singles, Look Sharp! is considered as Roxette's breakthrough.

The album has sold over 9 million copies worldwide.



Stay (The second time around)

October 3, 2013 — by Chris Oriet — Misc, Roxette

Stumbled on this link about a Johan Lindell song, produced by Clarence in the mid-80s, that went viral because for 9 years nobody could figure out who recorded it! Eventually it aired on Sveriges Radio (Swedish Radio) and a listener recognized it. Clarence produced it, plays keys on it, Pelle Alsing plays the drums and Tommy Cassemar plays the bass, in 1985. Anyway, thought it was a cute little story you TDR readers might get a kick out of.


Roxette - den osannolika resan tur och retur

September 5, 2013 — by Thomas Evensson — Editorial, Roxette

STOCKHOLM - Last week there was a release party of sorts for Sven Lindström's new book about Roxette; "Roxette - den osannolika resan tur och retur" (e-version here) ("Roxette - the Improbable Journey Back and Forth"). Attending were select parts of Roxette, namely Per Gessle, Dea Norberg, Clarence Öfwerman and Pelle Alsing, plus some from Parlophone, Live Nation, friends of Sven's and of course Norstedts - the publisher.

This is the second book Sven has written about Per, the former being "Att vara Per Gessle," a 2.2 kg (5 lbs) heavy epic about Being Per Gessle. Sven has a very interesting writing style, which is very captivating. The book starts off from the beginning in 1985-'86 and goes through all major eras of Roxette in the world. From the breakthrough in the US to the mad years in South America, up to last fall. I wouldn't say the info in the book is new to someone like for instance me, but it was still interesting to read it the way Sven writes it. In my opinion the best, and saddest, part of the book was how Micke Bolyos reacted to Marie's near death sentence. I won't give any spoilers, should that even be necessary, but I shed a few tears reading it. It made the whole thing even worse somehow. Another interesting thread is how Roxette was (mis)treated by EMI USA.

"Roxette - den osannolika resan..." is a very nice read. And I forgot to mention that the second half of the book is about 6 fans extraordinaire, which Sven has interviewed while being on the tour. Brazilian, Russian, Swedish/Polish, Argentinian and German fans are all in there, with their stories. I know that Sven wanted US and Chinese fans to be in there but apparently that didn't pan out.

Sven lets us know that the book will hopefully be translated into English and Spanish, but nothing is for certain yet. Sven and Norstedts want it of course.

Even if you don't speak or read Swedish, try it, you might like it!

My only concern with this book is that there is not nearly enough pictures (16 pages.) Maybe I was spoiled by "Att vara Per Gessle" which had hundreds of nice shots. Other than that, this is a great book about Roxette.