Expected and longed for by many, the video to "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" has found its way to the masses finally. Per Gessle had re-recorded the song in conjunction with the soundtrack to the Jonas Åkerlund movie "Small Apartments" which was released in 2013. The reason for that was apparently that The Hollies wanted a lot of money for using their version in the movie, so Jonas asked Per if he could record it for him. Per has mentioned the existence of this video several times but it remained uncertain whether it would ever get published. So here it is now. Looking forward to your thoughts! (Video after the page turn)
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Per Gessle has released a statement about the video for his cooperation with Heikki L, "You Don't Want Love."
Per Gessle appears as a guest solist on DJ Heikki's single "You Don't Want Love". Per added his touch to the song, laid his vocals in a studio in Sweden and that is the full extent on his involvement in this project. DJ Heikki is the artist, it's his single and it's him and his record label who are responsible in making the video. The finished video was presented to Per just the other day and he does not appreciate it at all. Therefore he has chosen not to post it on any of his Facebook- or Twitter pages. /Team PG (link)
Later he added this message:
HEIKKI L VIDEO UPDATE: Very strange and silly video indeed. I think Sony Finland should do the right thing and
1. withdraw it
2. make a new better one that we all could be proud of! /P. (link)
Judge it yourself, as long as it's available:
At least this reporter doesn't really get what's the big deal with the video. The first part of the video does look like a commercial for Sony, then it turns into softcore and finally there's a strange twist with everyone having a relationship with each other. The green smoke could interpreted as a drug reference, I guess.
But if something is very strange and silly, it's the video for "Salvation."
The video to Marie Fredriksson's single "Sista sommarens vals" premiered today on Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.
Head over to their site and enjoy:
Aftonbladet TV has released the video for Gyllene Tider's latest single, "Man blir yr":
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:
I Have a Party in My Head (I Hope it Never Ends)
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
Speedboat to Cuba
Late, Later on
Something Happened Today
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.
ROXETTE 2012 - FANtastic! : A mini-documentary about Roxette's 2012 world tour.
Here's our story of Roxette's world tour and the special relationship between the band and the fans. Of course we couldn't have done this without the help of many people, especially you readers of the Daily Roxette. Thank you kindly!
Recorded on the 29th of June at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Produced exclusively for the Daily Roxette. Shot, edited and directed by TDR reporter Colin van der Bel. Want to read more about how this video was made (technically speaking) and see some behind-the-scenes pictures? Head on over to Colin's blog.
Friday at noon (CET) the new Travelling Electronic Press Kit (EPK) was released, containing new live, backstage, studio and interview footage, in 720 HD no less! Click here to view!
The old classic Roxette/Gyllene Tider spoof "Join the Flumeride" is coming back to haunt you on September 30. The Daily Roxette had a chat with Tobias Persson, the man behind most of the movie.
Tobias, it's been a few years now since you recorded this little movie, what are your memories from the recordings? I recall you got hundreds of extras volunteering for it.
"Only good memories. People to the left and to the right were so nice and donated their time and talent. Making the songs was especially fun, looking for typical Roxette sounds, rhymes, expressions. It brings out the child in you spoofing people, but it also takes a heart, that you love your 'victims', else you can go very wrong..."
Per is even in the movie, so that goes to show you that he likes it. What about Marie, there's a rumor saying she wasn't too fond of it?
"Per loves the movie, yes. Especially the music – which one understands. What Marie thinks, I don't know. The real Per is a colorful pop-boy singing about balloons on the moon and who wants to discuss songs by the Kinks. If you exaggerate that you only get someone even more happy-go-lucky, sunnier and without sorrow. In contrast to Per, Marie has always been more somber, reflective, adult and one who sings about faith and doubts. When you exaggerate that, she gets to be like in the movie... very thoughtful, 'deep,' almost pretentious. Maybe this can be viewed as mean by some. Sadly, parodies usually get very one-dimensional, but I hope she understands that we've been using very wide brushes when we painted this canvas."
How did you get MP on this train?
MP together with Bengt (Petersson) run Halmstad Records together and I guess they wanted to blow the dust off of our little flick before it was totally forgotten – a cultural act worth noting! I'm also proud we got MP as an extra in "Kaka på kaka." Jan-Owe Wikström (Hallandsposten) is also in it, almost invisible on the couch! An especially dear memory for me is when we played the final "Kaka på kaka" in studio T&A and MP laughed so hard - exactly where he was supposed to!"
MP is a good sport, no doubt. What do the other guys featured in the movie think?
"I know that Micke Syd, Göran (Fritzon) and MP like it. I've never met Anders (Herrlin), but I hope and believe that he would like it. After the world premiere Fritzon told me 'One of those trampolines would've been handy!' Wikström likes it too, he was a magnanimously good sport about himself."
Just a few moments ago, Roxette's video for their single "Speak To Me" has been released. So far, only fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can watch the clip legally if they follow this URL: http://www.myvideo.de/watch/8240973/Roxette_Speak_To_Me (or http://www.myvideo.ch/watch/8240973).
The video can be described as a more artistic follow up to the preceding "Way Out" video, a mix of live footage, backstage scenes, recording studio sequences and ... cats. According to Per, the director was Mikael Sandberg.
And do we see a Big Black Cadillac there?
Update August 22, 2011: The video is available for everyone to watch on http://www.roxette.se/index.php?news_id=78 now.
WEERT, Netherlands Roxette celebrated their 25th anniversary on Friday the 8th of July. One day later, just before the concert at the Bospop festival, Daily Roxette reporter Colin van der Bel sat down with Per to talk about Roxette's past and future. Lead guitarist Christoffer Lundquist provides some additional commentary.