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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.

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.

Per's 60 for 60. #9 I'll Be Alright. Per wrote this in the summer of 1994 for Roxette, but they never had the chance to record it. It made perfect sense to Per to include it on "The World" a couple of years later. The original idea was to have Agnetha Fältskog from ABBA sing the female vocals. They spent an hour on the phone talking about it, but it eventually never happened. That would have been nice, right? Very sweet lyrics about someone who's been left but thinks the world of the girl who dumped him. Gracious indeed. A great #9. Which song would you take on an everlasting road trip? #9 or #10? #per60

Per's 60 for 60. #10 A Girl Like You. With this fairly unknown gem we're cracking the top 10! Another bonus track from Son of a Plumber, but also released as a demo in the PG Archives. The lyrics are fairly generic, but very positive. Who wouldn't want to find the girl you'd been waiting for? Now, the SOAP version is not available on Spotify, while the demo is, so we added that. Nine more mindblowers to come! Oh I’ve been waitin’ such a long time/There’s been so many things on my mind/I’m really pleased I finally could find/A girl like you... #per60

A Girl Like You

Per's 60 for 60. This is #10 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

We're entering the Top 10 of our #Per60 list tonight. Which songs would you like to see there? In case you forgot which songs have already made it in the TDR charts, here's an overview for you:

Per's 60 for 60. #11 Här kommer alla känslorna (på en och samma gång) (Here Come All the Feelings (All at Once.)) Well. Here it is, the long awaited song. A major hit in Sweden in 2003. So big it created the whole summer tour in fact. The only problem the radio stations had with this song is that it's so short, only about 2.5 minutes. Radio Rix solved it their own way - they played it three times in a row! It's a happy song, while it in its own way isn't. It is about a guy who feels really down after a breakup, rather being dumped, but he sees the future coming anyway. "It's time to tie a knot. Open the gate because now I'm walking out." Good for you! Oh and one last thing - Per did not believe in this song whatsoever, it was his team at EMI which said "this is the first single, dammit!" and it was... the rest is as you say, history. #per60

Per's 60 for 60. #12 Reporter. Happy New Year! We start 2019 off with another epic track from "The World..." Nothing much to say here, but the lyrics are nice and Per's fit Per and Marie in there nicely. The demo was called "Writer" but is basically the same. Enjoy 2019! #per60


Per's 60 for 60. This is #12 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Hej, we wish all TDR readers a very Happy New Year 2019! We are very sure we'll meet you this year again more than once. Keep your eyes, ears and hearts open. No matter what Per has up his sleeve, we do have a couple of ideas to keep you well entertained. For starters, we began falling in love with tour books, really exclusive interviews and more song countdowns, hope so do you! All the very best from Visa, Thomas, Paul, Colin, Kai and even Stevo!

Per's 60 for 60. #13 Smakar på ett regn (Tasting a Rain). OK, here we are, the last song of the year. And a good song at that. The year? Not too shabby either. "Smakar" is from "Mazarin" and can be described as a Kent song. The Swedish pop band Kent that is. The harmonies and the production reeks Kent. One of the stories behind this song, can't vouch for its validity, goes like this: Per came tumbling down the stairs to the T&A studio asking if they had any Kent albums. They did not so MP went to the store and got some. Per got into the vocal booth and sat there for a few hours listening and writing. When he came out he had written this song. However, the story about this song in the book "Sketches" is not the same. Who know? #per60

Smakar på ett regn

Per's 60 for 60. This is #13 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #14 Stupid. Another great one from "The World." Per comments " the kind of song I write after a bucketful of red wine on a Friday night. I really love Friday nights. I also love red wine. And I do love those three chords." Nothing more really needs to be said, right? This was also branded a Roxette song after having been featured in the Jonas Åkerlund movie "Spun." It's too long ago to remember if the mixes were any different at all, but we're sure you readers will tell us! #per60


Per's 60 for 60. This is #14 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

From the 1997 press release. Roxette-man stands on own two feet. Records quintessential solo album. Stirs up media interest with own interview. After four US #1's, two US #2's, over 100 gold and platinum records and more than 45.000.000 recorded units sold all over the world, you'd think Per Gessle of Roxette had heard just about every question in the fine art of pop interviewing. Not so. Recently he sat down with a tape recorder, a note book and a lot of irksome bloody questions about his upcoming solo venture from the real man in the know - himself. So, here it is. Per vs. Gessle One side of the coin walks a mile in its own shoes. Sort of. Per: What's up? Gessle: A lot. I've just finished the record. Been mixing and mastering and retouching the album pictures. It's been a lot of work. Per: Retouching your pictures? Gessle: mean, the songwriting, recording and mixing took some time too. Per: But you're not the cable kind of guy are you? Gessle: No, I'm a lost case when it comes to technology. I've done some of the mixing together with the invaluable Michael Ilbert and Clarence …Öfwerman, who helped me produce the thing. As P.J. O'Rourke says; to them goes the credit - I'll take the money. We've been recording in Benny Andersson's superb studio in Stockholm. Per: The Benny Andersson? Of ABBA fame? Gessle: Yep. But the mastering was done by Michael Ilbert and George Marino in New York. I asked if I could contribute something and they said they'd phone me. Per: Why a solo album now? Gessle: I needed the money. Per: Surely you must be joking. Gessle: I'm deadly serious and don't call me Shirley. Or was it to make a detour from the Roxette path? Yeah, that's it. After the "Crash!" album and tour I started writing new material in this direction. You know, "Sleeping In My Car", that was the last song recorded for "Crash!" and it became the first single. It was written in desperation more or less. I felt that we had perfected ourselves a bit too much, that the energy level was dropping with every month we spent in the studio polishing details in the sound picture. I'm a pop addict and I wasn't getting enough. Per: So that's when you started thinking about making a pop album? Gessle: Yeah, candy-coated, loud and un-bluesy. Per: But it's not the first time, is it? Gessle: Well, I've done two Swedish solo albums before, in 1983 and 1985, and Marie has done five. So I figured it was about time to catch up. Per: So how did you approach the whole thing? Gessle: I wrote some songs and then got in the best pop band in Sweden - Brainpool - to help me kick some butt. Mine, that is. But I also used my former band Gyllene Tider. We were teenage heroes in Scandinavia shortly after the heydays of punk, but re-formed for Scandinavia's biggest tour ever in the summer of 1996. And I figured it was a good idea to tap that well of energy and creativity right after the tour finished in August. So I've been lucky to record with two of my favourite bands. Per: What did Marie say when you told her you were going solo? Gessle: I guess she knew it was coming after the "Crash!" tour. We'd been working together almost non-stop since 1988 and had tremendous success. Sooner or later you have to do something else to get new inspiration, to avoid getting stuck in the rut. Marie never gave up her Swedish solo career, but I've always focused everything on Roxette. So I figured it was time to take some time off and just see what I could do on my own. Per: Why do it in English? Gessle: Stupid question coming from you. I wanna go world-wide of course. Wouldn't you? Per: If Roxette had released an album 1997, would it have sounded like "The World According To Gessle"? Gessle: "The World According To Roxette"? I don't know. This is how I want a pop record to sound today, anyway. Marie may have another vision. It takes more than one to tango, you know. Per: Does it - we're tangoing alone right now? Gessle: Everything's possible in pop interviewing. But Marie likes the record. She sings on one of the songs too. Per: Why? Gessle: Because she's the best. Per: Speaking about pop. Do you listen to new stuff as much as you used to? Gessle: As you might remember I started collecting pop records early. I had 100 LP's when I as 10. A manic collector and chart-follower from day one, which must be when "I Feel Fine" was released. And so it went on until Roxette broke through. But five-six years ago, during the "Joyride"-days, so much time was spent on writing, touring, recording and promoting that I hardly had the time to listen to anything new at all. At the end of 1995 I started buying new records and today I'm reasonably hip again. But time passes, one gets older and gets new hobbies. I've built a beach house, got me a canary bird, discovered vintage port and bought a Ferrari. Spoiled brat, you know. Per: How does success change a person? Do you change friends? Is there a club for millionaries? How can you keep up when you don't have to? Gessle: I'm surprised to hear such an intellligent question from you. Of course you change. Everything changes. The way you see things, the way other people see you. But pop music isn't my job; it's my life. You probably have to be that obsessed to survive in this business. Success and money is a kick, but the greatest reward is the boost your confidence gets. Success makes it easier to know what you want and to get things done the way you want it. Per: Now, that's what I call a good answer. But your music isn't always pure pop. Looking back it seems you've been all over the place. And there are tendencies to that on your solo album as well, even if it's a more...coherent noise. Why's that? Gessle: I listen to a lot. I like a lot. And so I do a lot. That may blur the overall identity, but f**k that. I'd rather have fun and skip the format-thinking. The unifying thing is probably that I generally write potential singles with distinct verses and choruses. I've never liked "album tracks". Leave them to Pink Floyd. Per: Yes, please. Did you hear that Monty Python will reform next year? Gessle: Great. And in Las Vegas too. Brilliant. Must go there. But it probably collides with some Formula 1-race. Per: (yawning): Tell us more about the songs on the album. Gessle: Well, it kicks off with "Stupid", which is the kind of song I write after a bucketful of red wine on a Friday night. I really love Friday nights. I also love red wine. And I do love those three chords. We went for a "home studio atmosphere" on this one and then Christoffer and Jens from Brainpool came on and helped me nail it. Isn't it a gorgeous opener? Per: Well, it's good but I don't know if gorgeous is the right wo... Gessle:... and then there's the first single, "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?". I like the drum sound. Stolen from Jeff Lynne, probably. I like that. And I like the intro with only drums and vocals. And I really like the "double choruses". Right after the chorus something else hits you. Learned that from Desmond Child when we wrote "You Don't Understand Me". An American trick. You always reach a point in your life where nothing but an American trick can help you out. Per: Somebody at your record company said you were playing a lot of guitars on this album. But this can't possibly be you, can it? Gessle: What do you mean? Of course it can. But it's Mats Persson getting low-down and funky. Per: Funky? Gessle: Sort of. "Saturday" is written around a drum loop I found in our demo studio in Halmstad. And it's my guitars you hear gently weeping all over the track. Per: Touching. Have you ever bent a note? Gessle: I don't believe in note-bending. I don't believe in bending whatsoever. I do believe in "Bend It", though. Per: That's Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Gessle: What a great memory you've got. Almost too good. If you can remember the 60's you weren't there. Per: Let's move on. "Kix" is... Gessle: ...bringing some groove to the record. Every pop album needs a touch of Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Per: Would you describe the song as dance-oriented? Gessle: I don't know, I gave up dancing in 1982. I'd be happy if people tap their fingers on the steering wheel. Per: Someone said your mother liked "I Want You To Know". Gessle: Yeah, I said that. She does. We allowed ourselves to drift into a non-chemical haze with flutes and distored drums. The band, that is - not my mother and I. "Tomorrow Never Knows" meets "Itchycoo Park", if you know what I mean. Per: Au naturellement. You've got to have one red hot motherf***er of a record collection. Gessle: It's not everyone's cup of tea, though. You're more likely to find Doris Day than Luther Vandross there. Per: Are you crazy? You don't like soul? You don't like the political commentary in rap? You don't like tormented singers wailing their blues away? You like Doris Day? I bet you don't buy magazines with the Gallagher brothers on the cover either. Gessle: You've been reading my mail. I like Oasis though. Not every band gets sued by The Rutles, you know. Per: Wait 'til you hear what the Gallagher brothers have to say about your solo album. Gessle: If they have any idea of what Doris Day was all about, they'll love it. Per: How come Roxette never got acceptance from the more correct side of the British music press? Gessle: I don't know. Being Swedish didn't help in the beginning. When we broke through there hadn't been anything coming out of Sweden since ABBA, really. Today it's almost the reverse situation. And besides, our music was always regarded as being too commercial to be credible. I never understood that. Benny in ABBA once said that he was happy that the whole world had the same musical taste as he had. It's like that. You do your thing and hope for the best. And if you have a commercial element in your music, I see no sense in hiding it. Au contraire, as the French say. But we all love England here. Their football, their draught ale, their Dickens, their driving on the wrong side of the road, their MP's with their kinky sex, their music and their art. I think we love all, come to think of it. Per: As in "love all, serve all". Gessle: Something like that. Per: Back to the record. Did you write the song "Reporter" in order to get a psychological advantage with the media? Gessle:..."she's such a good reporter, working for a magazine"...yeah, maybe. Did you notice the line coming after her getting access to British Royalty..."she wants the management to tell her where she can interview Marie and Per"? Per: Yeah, I heard that. Why didn't you put that backwards? It's more fun that way. Hidden messages, you know. Gessle: I did first, but then I realised you can't play CD's backwards. Per: "B-Any-1-U-Wanna-B". It's got waves, it's got the "Good Vibrations"-organ sound, it's presented as a homage to Brian Wilson. Why? Gessle: It was a fluffy pop song that I had on acoustic demo. I asked Brainpool to arrange it and Christoffer had a field day with all the toys he could possibly find. A zither and a mini-moog, for example. Per: Let's go on. "Wish You The Best" puts an end to the record's inital hammering of guitars and distorted vocals. I think I like this one the best. Gessle: I'm so glad you do. I do too. It could easily have been a fat power-ballad, but Brainpool have never listened to that kind of music, so it turned out to be more naked and passionate instead. I'm very proud of this one. Per: OK. The next song is an old number by Wizzard... Gessle: No, it's close but... Per: "No Cigar"? Haven't heard that one. Whose song is it then? Gessle: Mine, of course. I've changed all the facts to avoid any similarity with anything. I bought a book about Elvis after the song was written and it was actually a very gloomy day when Elvis came to Germany. It rained and stormed and there was no orchestra. My version is the way it should have been, though. I first liked the lyrics better than the music, but then the saxes came along and got the balance right. Per: Astonishing. Is it true that Marie likes "T-T-T-Take It" and that Roxette almost recorded it for the "Don't Bore Us - Get To The Chorus"-collection, but that you chose "June Afternoon" instead? Gessle: It's true. Per: So that's about it, then? Gessle: No, there's three more songs. Per: I thought we were talking about a pop record, not a double album. Gessle: I don't believe in killing ones darlings. I'm a pacifist. Per: Pacifiction won't get you anywhere, boy. Anyway, Marie is making a guest appearance on "I'll Be Alright". Why? Gessle: I've already told you that she's the best. And who in his right mind would leave "There Is My Baby" to rot in the drawer? And could you possibly ask for a sweeter goodbye than "Lay Down Your Arms"? Or should I kill a song with a title like that? Per: Easy now...don't get just seemed a bit long, that's all. Gessle: It's less than an hour. 52 minutes if you count it. I've spent my whole life listening to pop music. You mean you can't spend 52 minutes listening to it? You're that busy? You sleep with a mobile phone under the pillow? I've suffered for my art - now it's your turn. Too long, my ass! Per: Don't get me wrong, I love the record. It's clearly a step forward for you as a writer and performer. It reveals your personal roots as well as being firmly rooted in today's music scene. And it's got a lot of balls and...electric guitars. Gessle: You really mean that? Per: I honestly do. But what about Roxette? Gessle: In October we'll go into the studio to start work on a new album. Per: Well, see you then. Gessle: Don't count on it. Too long, huh? Jävla grönsakshandlare.

Per's 60 for 60. #15 Keep the Radio On (This is the Perfect Song). Awrite, the mighty 15! This is a good (perfect) song, so good it was released twice, once by The Lonely Boys (this) and once by Son of a Plumber, as a digital bonus track only. Rumor has it this was a Gyllene Tider song from circa 1980 called "Gå hem innan du lägger dej" ("Go Home Before You Go to Bed") which certainly is some interesting lyrics! It has so far never been released... Anyway, The Lonely Boys released it and it's certainly a deucey. Rocky, funny and it tells a story. This version is much rockier than the SOAP version, I interviewed Per about the SOAP version in '05 and he told me, twice, what kind of genre the SOAP version is called, but since he was on some tropical island somewhere, the phone line cut out both times and I didn't dare asking him again... #per60

Keep the Radio On (This Is the Perfect Song)

Per's 60 for 60. This is #15 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #16 På promenad genom stan (Strolling Thru Town) 2003 and "Mazarin" again. Not the single we wanted, we wanted "Spegelboll" which also was released, as a 12" DJ track. But "Promenad" went to radio etc, but no video was made. Kind of a shame since it could have shown lots of nice views over Halmstad. The lyrics seem to be about how Per first met his wife Woody. Then again, it could be fictitious. Nevertheless it's a magic stroll thru town which I for certain would have wanted. A girl who's all over you, in a good way, and you also are interested. What can go wrong? Another one of our favorites. Of course. #per60

På promenad genom stan

Per's 60 for 60. This is #16 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

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Per's 60 for 60. #17 Första pris (First Prize). Taken from the first Nashville album "En vacker natt," a duet with Helena Josefsson this was meant to become a Roxette song, Per claims. Now that may certainly be true, while the song is also recorded in English under the name "The Finest Prize" it seems to us that the Swedish lyrics are more flowing and thought-thru than its English counterpart. Maybe it's just us, but we love the song a lot anyway. The Swedish one is obviously better according to our chart. Helena's vocals are just amazing, and Per is also doing very well. Also a hit during the Swedish summer tour, not all gigs got it, but those which did, wow! #per60

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I have a party in my head (I hope it never ends). Hmmm, everyone likes this song too, so I guess I do not need to give an opinion - it’s a part of gigs, it’s a part of soundtracks and it most...

Writing and working on the top 10...

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Per's 60 for 60. #18 T-T-T-Take It! Yes we're back to Per Gessle's world... I guess we never left it completely? This was written the summer of '94 when Per was inspired by "Sleeping in My Car" to write guitar-driven powerpop for Roxette. But Marie wanted to take a break so this and many others ended up on "The World." Per doesn't like breaks, but we know that too, right? The lyrics are again not very Per, a story about an abused woman who he wants to run away. The melody is awesome. #per60

T-T-T-Take It!

Per's 60 for 60. This is #18 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #19 Vilket håll du än går (Any Direction You Go). The opening track on "Mazarin" is a sweet declaration of love. Wherever you go, I will follow. Short and sweet. The girl is apparently leaving him, but that won't stop him. Jag är där/Jag kommer alltid att vara där/Mmm, jag är här/Jag kommer alltid att vara här "I'm there, I will always be there. I'm here, I will always be here." He loves her. I hope it works out for him, her, them. #per60

Vilket håll du än går

Per's 60 for 60. This is #19 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

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Per's 60 for 60. #20 Lay Down Your Arms. Down to the final 20! Also: Merry Xmas! A perfect song to have on Xmas eve, don't you think? This is the closing track of "The World According to Gessle" and even if it's not closing this list, it's still worthy of being in the top 20. Yes many other songs are too, but there are only 20 spots in the last 20 spots... This song seems to be about trying to convince a girl he's the Man for her. We never get to hear the results, but hopefully it works out for him. Whatever you planned for this summer/Whatever you’ll read in my palm/There’s no lookin’ back babe/surrender your heart, yea yea yea Sweet! Merry X again! #per60

Lay Down Your Arms

Per's 60 for 60. This is #20 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.