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BEHIND MONO MIND - directly from the Robot himself: SHELTER FROM THE STORM (vinyl only) I wrote this in Swedish in 1982 for my first solo album but I never recorded it properly. It was originally called “Segla på ett moln” which translates “Sailing on a Cloud.” I gave it to Anne-Lie Rydé instead. She’s a very talented singer from Gothenburg (also signed to EMI at the time) and she nailed it and had a big hit with it. She still performs it and it has become a somewhat famous song in Sweden over the years. Already back in the early ‘80s I was trying to get my songs covered internationally so I had “Segla på ett moln” translated by a friend of mine, DJ and great lyricist Hasse Huss. Hasse, by the way, wrote lots of lyrics for Swedish singer Mikael Rickfors (together they created “Yeah Yeah” on Cyndi Lauper’s massive “She’s So Unusual” album which probably paid their bar bills for a couple of years…) Anyway, Diana Ross got interested in recording “Shelter from the Storm” in 1984, it was on hold for her for six months, but it never happened. In 2017 I found Hasse’s lyrics, I still liked them, and I thought we should have a go with Mono Mind and Cooky. I sent some ideas to Andreas Broberger and he came up with a great production angle so off we went. Not bad, huh? #behindmonomind


BEHIND MONO MIND - from Dr. Robot himself. TELL HIM I SAID HI! The first recording of THISH was sung entirely by Dr. Robot and was called “Tell Her I Said Hi!”. It sounded fab. The sound of Dr. Robot’s voice on the verses on this one is truly amazing. It’s my favorite Dr. Robot-sound together with “Marvingate” and “Down by the Riverside.” However, when I suddenly had lots of Mono Mind-tracks piled up I felt I needed a little bit more “flesh and blood” when it came to the voices so I re-wrote it and re-recorded it and had Cooky join the party and sing on the choruses. I love this one and I especially adore Clarence’s hypnotic piano part in the middle. #behindmonomind


Per Gessle 60 for 60. More stats - how many songs from each album made it into the top 60? The World According to Gessle - 13 Son of a Plumber - 10 Mazarin - 9 The Archives (different records) - 9 Party Crasher - 4 En vacker natt - 4 The Lonely Boys - 3 En händig man - 2 Scener - 2 En vacker dag - 1 Small Town Talk - 1 Per Gessle - 1

BEHIND MONO MIND - from Dr. Robot himself. We have talked with Per regarding his new baby Mono Mind, and even though there are "no backstories to the new songs" it seems Per did have a few notes and tidbits he could share with us, and you! We have five of these nice stories. Here's the first: IN CONTROL This was the first song we recorded for the Mono Mind-project. At the time I didn’t have the Mono Mind name, the project was called “Honesty Jam” since the guideline was to follow ONLY my gut feeling and instincts (“honesty”) and mash ideas together with other people and collaborators (“jam”). Basically I just wanted to enjoy myself and screw around with my voice and my songs and see what happened. A little bit off-the-wall like the Son of a Plumber-project but, of course, totally different style-wise. The lyrics are actually a poem I wrote in 2013. The music was written on an acoustic guitar just like so many other songs I’ve done. The line “just leave it neat and tidy, no fake, no confusion, no cracks, no beginning, no end” was at one point the album-title since it was used in several songs. I placed it here and there then took it away. Now it’s only “In Control” and “Marvingate” that include it. I think. #behindmonomind


Per Gessle 60 for 60 ENCORE. Galning (Maniac). #73 on our chart. Really a Gyllene Tider song recorded for the scrapped album GT V, Per used it as the lead single off "Scener" in 1985 instead. The song is also recorded, but never released, in English under the name "Pyromaniac." Noteable is that the album version is 15-20 sec shorter than the single version. Supposedly that would be called a radio edit in contemporary lingo, one normally doesn't put that on the album though... The lyrics are about a crazy person, a maniac if you will, walking around the streets looking for a heart to set on fire. The English lyrics, not written by Per but Caj Högberg, are similar.


Galning

Per Gessle 60 for 60 ENCORE.

C'est vrai, je t'aime! Oh, comme je t'aime! Are you feeling ENGLISH https://open.spotify.com/track/47XCV273pC2Kgn4KDzgmAJ or FRENCH https://open.spotify.com/track/5UoRgKZtPvRRDV0G850gre today?

Per Gessle 60 for 60 - some data. Most "perfect" scores (100): Visa - 1 (harsh!) Thomas - 14 Paul - 3 Stevo - 3 Colin - 22 Kai - none!!

And some extra special info for a fan who's wondering: Högt i det blå - #146 I Didn't Mean to Turn You On - #186

Per Gessle 60 for 60 ENCORE. En vacker dag (Some Day.) Taken from the album "En vacker dag," it was also recorded as "One of These Days" on "Small Town Talk." Written and recorded for "Mazarin" in 2003 it was recorded too late to be included on the album. The title back then was "Måla mitt minne" ("Paint My Memory".) It was however recorded by Freddie Wadling in a version which closely resembles Per's. The Swedish title "En vacker dag" translates literally to "A Beautiful Day" but that's not what the true meaning is, it means "some day" or as they did on STT - "One of These Days," at least in Per's context. This was #63 on our chart.


En vacker dag

En vacker dag Så ska jag sitta ner Och måla av Mitt minne utav dej Så blå så blå Var himlen där du stod I en koltrasts sång Jag såg för första gång Jag såg vår första gång Då Så mjukt i guld Solen föll på din vita hud Som om livet blev öppnat av Gud Sha la la Med vind och våg S...

The (fake) poll got 260 votes, 121 for Per and 139 for Marie. Great huh!

If you could bring one thing to a deserted island, what would you bring?

Please share! News from the world outside the Rox bubble, and we're getting serious for a moment: Maybe you have heard already that hackers have published a huge database with hundreds of millions of email-password combinations. There is a website where you can check if your email address/username or password is part of that leak. If so, then change it! After having tested a couple of "usual suspects" on that site, we can officially say that a lot of Roxette fans should really be more careful. Look here: The password "roxette" appears 4.292 times, "pergessle" 117 times, "gessle" 177 times, "mariefredriksson" 2 times, "itmusthavebeenlove" 23 times, "thelook" 232 times, "gyllenetider" 48 times and so on and so on... Guys, change your passwords! Be creative this time! https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords


Have I Been Pwned: Pwned Passwords

Have I Been Pwned allows you to search across multiple data breaches to see if your email address has been compromised.

Accidental find. What do you think?


Good Karma (Neonlux Remix)

https://neonlux1.bandcamp.com/track/roxette-good-karma-neonlux-remix Sense you are on a ship With the wind, and the sun Then you close, just one eye 'Cos you're not really sure If you want to be alone

Small update on our tour book: Yes, there will be a limited print version. We're having test prints done at the moment to check the quality. More info to follow soon. Yay!


Question: would you be interested in hearing more info about more songs, now after the PG 60 for 60 is over?


Dr. Robot, one of the masterminds behind the new band Mono Mind. He prefers to stay anonymous... PS. The vinyl is out Feb. 15 according to CDON.


The #1 of #per60, here in the 2009 live version from Cologne, Germany. A masterpiece.

WHAT IS LIFE YOU ASK ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN FINE WITH ME JUST AS LONG AS I’M IN CONTROL IN CONTROL CONTROL APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT YOUR MINT GREEN PASSPORT IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MINE AT ALL I’M IN CONTROL WITH DIFFERENT MOVES WE PLAY DIFFERENT GAMES YOU MAKE ME FEEL I’M ON A ROLL I’M IN CONTROL I’M IN CONTROL I’M IN CONTROL JUST LEAVE IT NEAT AND TIDY NO FAKE NO CONFUSION NO CRACKS NO BEGINNING NO END WHAT IS LIFE YOU ASK LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW YOU KICK IT IN YOU PACK IT UP BUT YOU'RE IN CONTROL LIFE LIES BETWEEN YOUR THIGHS AND YOUR SILVER JEANS FINE WITH ME JUST AS LONG AS I’M IN CONTROL I’M IN CONTROL I’M IN CONTROL

Later tonight!


Timeline Photos

Enjoy our, a tad short-staffed, review and a very tiny but to the point interview with Dr. Robot himself! What say you?


Mono Mind - Mind Control - the review

Well then there now, Per Gessle is behind Mono Mind?? Now that’s mind blowing. Who woulda thunk? Per, Christoffer, Clarence and Helena - Dr. Robot, Bright Jones, Rain Davis and Cooky Carter!

Per's 60 for 60. #1 Doesn't Make Sense. Yes, we're finally here and the champion is as stated "Doesn't Make Sense" from "Party Crasher"! Congratulations Per, and a Happy Birthday from The Daily Roxette! Per comments "Yet one of my all time favorites, and the closing track on the PC album. Another album where I chose not to make any demos. Out on the limb, boy. If you don't go, you'll never know. 'Doesn't Make Sense' is a magical little ditty for me. Extraordinary intro line on guitar, lovely vocal arrangements with the male/female parts working close together. And the coda is almost hypnotic the way it’s written and structured. I do that from time to time. And I love the lyrics which are all true btw. Life is strange." Life is indeed strange and both 2009 and 2018 this song was performed live. Especially the 2018 version rocked severely! #per60


Doesn’t Make Sense

Per's 60 for 60. This is finally #1 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #2 Hey Mr. DJ (Won't You Play Another Love Song). Yes siree, we are at the #2... And a great one it is, of course. From the SOAP project; a single, a remix single and a nice video! Per says this is country, and maybe it is, but to us it sounds more like a late '70s TV-show theme, think Columbo, think Dallas. At any rate a gorgeous second! Per comments to TDR: "I wrote this for the SOAP album. I wasn't too sure about it since it felt so... hmmm... soft... almost like Chicago ballad or something. I remember playing it on the guitar for Clarence and Christopher in the studio being prepared for 'the big kill,' but they actually loved it. I was really surprised. And then Helena came along with her beautiful voice and suddenly it all made sense." Oh yes! (And to be extra perfectly clear: tomorrow we will present to you the #1 - Per's best song ever...) #per60


Hey Mr DJ (Won’t You Play Another Love Song)

Per's 60 for 60. This is #2 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #3 Do You Wanna be My Baby? Well, here we are, at the top 3... it's gone quite fast hasn't it? this was the leading single off "The World" in 1997 accompanied by a video by Jonas Åkerlund, featuring the group Cirkus Cirkör. Per comments to TDR: "I find it much harder to write uptempo songs than ballads. Maybe it's because I'm getting older. Maybe it's because I've written so many songs it's hard for me to find anything fresh in my own upbeat soil of pop. Sometimes I challenge myself and start writing in a key I where I know I eventually get lost. Just to make errors. Hopefully something interesting emerges from my mistakes. "Baby" was written on an acoustic guitar in the summer of 1996, for the 'TWATG' album. It also became the first single. I always felt that it could have been a great Rox track á la 'Sleeping in My Car,' but Roxette had taken a time out for the moment. That's why I made that solo album." We have to agree - this would have made a smashing Rox album! (A free tip; it's not too late to make a follow-up.) #per60


Do You Wanna Be My Baby?

Per's 60 for 60. This is #3 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Here we go!


Mono Mind - Mind Control Q&A

Mono Mind - A Per Gessle Project 'Mind Control' album release January 12, 2019

Mono Mind comes clean!


Per Gessle's Birthday present to himself and the fans

Per Gessle Presents Mono Mind - release January 12 when Per turns 60!

Per 60 for 60 up until today! Missing two songs, and all songs may not be available in all countries. None are in Russia of course. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6luywxaqN4U8EJaFKPzNPn


Per's 60 for 60. #4 Being With You (the original 1997 demo). As you may know this was finally released on "Small Town Talk," this is however how Per planned it to sound in the beginning. A Tom Petty-esque song with 12-string guitar. Per comments: "Some songs never get finished. 'Being With You' is one of those. I've made several demos of it and fooled around with different intros, verses and keys, but for so many reasons it never came across the way I wanted it to. This first take was made in September 1997 when it was really fresh and written for 'Have a Nice Day,' built on a 12-string guitar strumming. Then I had another go in 2004 which felt much better, but it was still left out in the cold when the SOAP project got going in 2005. I like it a lot so... third time's the charm?" Noteable is that the 2004 demo lacks a verse. Top 3 left... #per60


Being With You

Per's 60 for 60. This is #4 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #5 Tycker om när du tar på mej (I Like It When You're Touching Me). Badabam! The top 5 and the 3rd "Mazarin" song in a row! Another killer track. One of Per's favorites, as well as wife Åsa's. Gabriel wasn't too keen on "I like your breasts in the morning light" but hey... This is what Per has to say about it: "'Tycker om...' was born October 1st in 2002. It had a very special vibe throughout the whole writing process. It’s very rare. Great guitar-riff, a classic but wonderful chorus, quite personal lyrics. It all made sense. Also, it was the first song we recorded for 'Mazarin' and it took forever. I think we did six or seven versions and arrangements before I was happy and could sleep properly. We spent two weeks on this song alone. Clarence and Christoffer wanted to kill me. I think they tried to put poison in my food. But it was worth it." It certainly was. Chris also commented in one of our interviews a few years ago that Per was not happy with the first six versions of it. "You're ruining my favorite song!!" Oh well, it turned out more than fine! #per60


Tycker om när du tar på mej

Per's 60 for 60. This is #5 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #6 Spegelboll (Disco Ball) Here it is, the hit of all hits! A great groove, the keyboards, the bass, the guitar, the drums, you name it! Per's personal comment: "Written for the 'Mazarin' album and was first named 'Jimmys gitarr' but it didn't really fit the concept. I made a new version with new lyrics and it suddenly felt a lot better. The album was in desperate need of an uptempo track and 'Spegelboll' fit the bill perfectly. It also became a killer track live." It was released as a 12" DJ single in clear vinyl, but it was never released as a proper single. That was a bad mistake guys... Another mistake was to let the Estonian band Vanilla Ninja destroy it in English! Dear god! Find "Crashing Through the Doors" and cringe a little... Anyway, a great #6, don't you think? #per60

Per's 60 for 60. #7 Om du bara vill (If You Just Want to). From "Mazarin" and a lovely song indeed. Today Per himself comments the track: Probably my favorite song off "Mazarin" (together with "Tycker om när du tar på mej".) I started writing it in February of 2002 but didn't finish until August the same year. It was originally called "Det bor en sorg." ("A Sorrow Lives") That's how verse two starts. The recordings down in AGM in Skåne were magical. Christoffer's slide guitar, Clarence's piano, Jens's soft drums and Helena's unimaginable voice put a very special touch to this song. #per60


Om du bara vill

Per's 60 for 60. This is #7 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Sundsvall 2010, the comeback!


Photos from The Daily Roxette's post

Per's 60 for 60. #8 I Like It Like That. Per wrote this in January 2002, for the upcoming two Roxette compilation albums of hits. They needed some new singles and Per thought this could be a killer track with Marie in charge. It never happened. Again Roxette never recorded it, this time due to the fact that Marie became ill. Time went by and a couple of years later Per had a go at it himself, and he included it on the SOAP album. Still one of Per's favorites. And ours. The song was also released as the last single from SOAP, even though a sticker on the sleeve noted that "Substitute" also was slated for release. #per60


I Like It Like That

Per's 60 for 60. This is #8 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.