“…Chasing Your Shadow…” 30 Years Later!
“Neverending Love”, Roxette’s first ever single was released 30 years ago today!
To help us celebrate the song’s birthday, The Daily Roxette reached out to Team Rox and Per Gessle and King Kong Passion himself, Mats MP Persson, got back to us and shared their “Neverending Love” memories with us…
Per: I was always disappointed that Clarence wanted to use a band instead of machines, it felt old and wrong (I’m much younger than him, remember). The song keeps changing the key, something that I started experimenting with at that time… but overall, it’s not an important song to me. I’ve written far better, both musically and lyrically… I was never convinced we had recorded a hit, or even something good, but it was great recording something with MF.
MP: I remember it was thrilling to record with the Stockholm mafia and also a little nervous. I recall Per was away and meanwhile I nailed the Nile Rodgers riff in the song, the one with all the key changes, together with Clarence. Per came back, listened and said “You didn’t nail it! The demo is much better!”, so I rolled up my sleeves, focused to the max and re-did it. And it actually came out a lot better. Other than that, a classic recording where everyone plays together and records the whole track at once, except for a few dubs, like the one I mentioned.
So, thirty years on, how do you feel about Roxette’s debut single? Has it stood the test of time? One of your favorites? Share your thoughts below and help us wish this song a Happy 30th Birthday!