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Per's 60 for 60. #29 Brilliant Career. We're talking the top half of the chart. We're talking Son of a Plumber again, and most of all we're talking about a song that's absolutely adorable! Lyrics wise it may not be a "The Look" or "Opportunity Nox," but the melody and the performance are aces. Listen to that flow! And Helena's "More tea, anyone?" is the icing on the cake. Again, a terribly lovely tune. #per60


Brilliant Career

This is #29 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Here are the first 30 tracks of #per60 30 Mannen med gitarr - T&A Demo - Nov 20, 2002 Födelsedag Småstadsprat I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend Inte Tillsammans, Inte Isär Substitute (For The Real Deal) If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) - T&A Demo - Mar 4, 2002 Om Jag Vetat Då (Vad Jag Vet Nu) Silly Really Kissing Is The Key 40 I Wanna Be With You Fyrklöver Rocket from Her Heart - T&A Demo - Jun 16, 1989 Kix En Händig Man Genius Gone Wrong I Want You To Know Saturday Honung och guld - T&A Demo - Oct 6, 2012 Monster Hangover - T&A Demo - Jan 31, 2002 50 The Party Pleaser Are You An Old Hippie, Sir? Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore Something Happened Today Small Town Talk (feat. Nick Lowe) Rickie Lee Ingen kan som du - T&A Demo - May 28, 2003 Kvar i min bil - AGM - Apr 28, 2007 When I Close My Eyes (No One Can See Me) - T&A Demo - Jul 20, 1999 Min plats 60 Rädd

Per's 60 for 60. #30 Mannen med gitarr (The Man with the Guitar.) Halftime! This is a demo from 2002, written for "Mazarin," and never used or released because Clarence hated it! It was however recorded by Monia Sjöström in 2003, with slightly different lyrics since she's obviously a girl. Per sings "Hey you with the guitar, play something I understand, something I think about. Maybe something about when I met her eyes the first time. I want to hear that song." But it was a long time ago. Is she gone or is she not? Is the song sad or not? Melancholy? We love it. (Not Stevo.) Hugs! #per60


Mannen med gitarr

This is #30 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #31 Födelsedag (Birthday). After just about half the list we crack open the wonderful album "Mazarin," named after a pastry they feasted on while recording the album. Per claims. Likely he's fibbing since in the dark woods of Skåne, where AGM is located, there are no mazarins... Anyway, the song "Födelsedag" is from this album and is special in a way that Per plays the bass on it. Why? According to Per he was "sitting the closest to the bass guitar" so there you go. Written in August, 2002 it certainly wasn't written on Per's B-day! "Here I am/Today it's my birthday" #per60


Födelsedag

Per's 60 for 60. This is #31 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Interview with the Jonas. Practice your Swedish!


Jonas Isacsson (Roxette, Horizont) :: T.C Crew

Jonas Isacsson (Roxette, Horizont) 08.08.2017 21:28 Ända sedan slutet av 80-talet har Roxette varit ett av de största favoritbanden på T.C redaktionen och vi har alltid varit grymt imponerade av deras långhåriga gitarrist Jonas Isacsson. Därmed kör vi vidare på spåret med berömda gitarrist...

Project X[mas] revealed! TDR proudly presents Per Gessle's Roxette's Unofficial Tour Book 2018 with hundreds of selected photos, all our reports and this year's Xmas and after-tour interview with Per Gessle. The ebook version will be available FOR FREE for our readers on our website from December 24 on. More details to come! Ho ho ho!🎄🎄🎄


Per's 60 for 60. #32 Småstadsprat (Small Town Talk.) Here it is, the Swedish version of "Small Town Talk," this time with Lasse Winnerbäck as the duet partner. A very low-key, and again sad, song. The man fell in love with a girl, and she left. It's unclear if they ever were a couple or not. Like we mentioned a few weeks ago, this was also recorded in English with Nick Lowe. Small town gossip can really ruin things for you... If you want to play it on the geet: Capo 2. Verse D D A D G Em A Bm G A, chorus Em7 D A, solo Am Fmaj7 G6 Am Fmaj7 G #per60


Småstadsprat

Per's 60 for 60. This is #32 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #33 I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. A Ramones cover, from 2002! It's rather common for Per and Gyllene, and even Roxette, to play covers from time to time. It's not as usual that the songs are recorded and released though. This story is kind of funny: A bunch of Swedish rock bands such as Hellacopters, Wilmer X and Backyard Babies decided to record a tribute album to The Ramones; The Song Ramones the Same. Per heard about this project and wanted in, so he recorded this little ditty and also "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment." Only "Boyfriend" was included on the actual album. As a side note, "Gimme" includes the exact same guitar solo as "Opportunity Nox" performed by Per. #per60


I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

This is #33 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

This is the last teaser before we finally spill the beans in two days. Have we mentioned we even obtained our very own ISBNs for this?


39 years ago this little piece of vinyl was released. The band is still standing as one of Sweden's most successful ever. Nicely done, boys!


Himmel No. 7 (1979)

Tracks A. Himmel No. 7 (lyrics) A. Flickorna på TV2 (lyrics) Release info Gyllene Tider’s debut single. The single was originally released with “Himmel No. 7” as the A-side and &#…

Per's 60 for 60. #34 Inte tillsammans, inte isär (Not Together, Not Apart.) Another one of those songs about a struggling couple. This one can't be together, but they also can't be apart. When summer is here, they are all in love, but then when fall comes, they can't be together anymore. What to do, what to do? A great song from "Scener" also released on an EP with Marlon Brando on the sleeve. Marie Fredriksson sings the song too, since it's a duet. The sound is very Gyllene of this era. When a morning turns August, the times of loneliness begin, because we can't be together and we can't be apart. Per changed the lyrics when he performs it live because "(he) didn't like them". The demo from 1984 has totally different lyrics. Speaking of that demo, we don't know who sings on it, but she really can't sing... And how about that accordion solo in the finished product? #per60


Inte tillsammans, inte isär

Per's 60 for 60. This is #34 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #35 Substitute (For the Real Deal). And we're back to the magnificient album "Son of a Plumber" and this song, which at one point was to become a single. Sad that it was scrapped. The girl Per sings about in "Substitute" is a horrible person, she likes nothing about him and just seems to waiting for that One. This song was suggested to be the lead single off "SOAP" but Per went with "C'mon" instead. She says so/She doesn’t like your rock’n roll/Cos it makes her feel old but it’s alright/She comes and goes/She doesn’t like your fading clothes/You look cheaper than most but it’s alright! A mean girl. Have you ever been thru this? #per60


Substitute (For the Real Deal)

This is #35 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #36 If I Knew Then (What I Know Now). What are the odds?? Yesterday we had the Swedish counterpart and today this... Yes it's the same song, basically with the same lyrics. Still this one gathered a few more points. Like we said yesterday, this was never released and was written more than a year and a half before the Swedish version. The lyrics are just as sad: And I wonder/Who will be sleeping in my bed?/Who will be picking the roses?/Who will share the pillow I dream on/When rain falls all over my blue lakes?/Over my lost brakes?/Over my mistakes? This is the very same passage as yesterday. Sad, right? #per60

A bit more to reveal. Hope we can make it in time, working hard at the moment. Keep your fingers crossed. Your toes, too. Don't stumble. Soon more.


Per's 60 for 60. #37 Om jag vetat då (vad jag vet nu) If I'd Known Then (What I Know Now). Another song from "En händig man" and once again a great song. It was also recorded as a demo in English, however that one was recorded before the Swedish version. So what's this song about? Love, of course. But lost love. The lyrics are very sad. Och jag undrar/vem kommer att få sova i din säng/vem håller du om när det blåser?/vem får bo i drömmen du drömmer?/en stilla doft av aprikoser/ och vilda rosor And I wonder/Who will be sleeping in your bed/Who are you hugging when the wind blows?/Who's living in the dream you're dreaming?/A still fragrance of apricots/and wild roses... #per60


Om jag vetat då (vad jag vet nu)

Per's 60 for 60. This is #37 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Release party!


Helena Josefsson

Welcome to Victoriateatern 14/3 -19!! Come celebrate with us! Concert and vinyl release! 😀 Tickets: victoria.se I have collected some sparkling musicians, and I just can't wait to explore this with you❣️

Per's 60 for 60. #38 Silly Really. Another "Party Crasher" song, the lead single even. This song was also (digitally) released as a 12" dance mix. Of course we got a video, unfortunately we can't find out who made it, but it was definitely inspired by the movie "Donnie Darko." Lots of things happening in that video, very weird karaoke among other things. A nice track however, totally different from both SOAP and "En händig man," a necessary change according to many, including Per. Then again, it's not that far from his "normal" sound. Did anyone notice the "Band on the Run" solo that's been borrowed from Macca? #per60


Silly Really

This is #38 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Oho!


Per's 60 for 60. #39 Kissing is the Key. Well then there now, kissing is certainly the key. Kissing is amazing! Taken from the 2008 album "Party Crasher," which you may remember started out as a SOAP album. This song is great, to put it short and sweet. Just great! And to the point. Per usually dances around subjects, with hints to this and to that. Here he goes the whole way. Kissing IS the key. Period. TDR agrees whole-heartedly. Kissing is the key/to an everlasting love/the kissing is the key/to an everlasting love/it really doesn’t matter/what you are hiding from/kissing kissing kissing/is the key to an everlasting love... Do you agree or do you agree? #per60


Kissing is the Key

Per's 60 for 60. This is #39 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per in Norrköping 2004 and in Linköping 2018.


Per's 60 for 60. #40 I Wanna Be with You. OK, a third done, what do you think so far? Here's another gem from The Lonely Boys. This was meant to be a Roxette song but was also considered for "The World According to Gessle," but ended up as a Lonely Boys track. Also, a couple of years ago Swedish '60s rock band The Hep Stars recorded a cover of "I Wanna Be With You" in studio T&A. Funny thing about the Lonely Boys album is that Per claimed - as always - in the interviews that he wrote the songs specifically for this project, while we know for a fact that several of the 6-7 songs were already written long ago. These lyrics are also very cute and loving. I wanna be with you all day/I wanna be with you all night/I wanna be with you all day/I wanna be with you all night... Isn't it wonderful to feel this way? #per60

This line is important: These lines are important!


Per's 60 for 60. #41 Fyrklöver (Four-Leaf Clover). Back to the future again. The last song on "En vacker dag" and a late addition at that. It replaced "Rudy & Me" since Per changed his mind about including another English song on the albums. "I do that sometimes" he stated (change his mind.) A beautiful, airy, acoustic number and a duet with Helena "Fyrklöver" is about love (of course,) but unknown love. "Who put this four-leaf clover on my table??" Helena replies "I don't want to tell you, I don't want to tell you..." 41 is too low for this song, we blame Stevo! The four-leaf clover is a sign of luck, at least in the western world. #60


Fyrklöver

This is #41 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #42 Rocket from Her Heart. A demo again, this time from 1989. This was never used by Roxette but it was recorded by Swedish '50s style bop band The Boppers in '91. They are famous for being really bad at English, so for some reason they're singing "She shoots a rocket from MY heart..." and it was also named "Rocket from MY Heart." In 1993 German artist Mark Keller also recorded it. This song was most likely written for "Joyride," and it made #42 on our chart. What's your take on it? #per60


Rocket from Her Heart

Per's 60 for 60. This is #42 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Interesting!


Neil

Listen to these guys discussing 'Stars'. In their podcast they discuss 2 songs which flopped in the UK and discuss which one they want to 'unflop'. This time it's Roxette's turn. They start discussing Roxette at around 22 mins. I am the 'Neil' that is talked about as I went to school with Stuart.

Another hint: Some people ask if this is going to be a Best Of album. Hmmm. Let me put it like this: Many years ago there were times when we (TDR) didn't dare walking home alone in the dark when Roxette were going to release yet another Greatest Hits album. Well, I guess some of us can sing somehow (not overly sure though) but hey, we like you so we would never hurt you. And does this really look like a CD sleeve? Come on... :)


Per's 60 for 60. #43 Kix. We return to "The World According to Gessle," a world that's full of adventure. "Kix" was a single as well and was released June 23 1997. The video was once again directed by Jonas Åkerlund and was banned from MTV due to a gay couple kissing in it. There was a maxi CD released, with two remixes aptly named "Lovely Pair Mix" and "Horribly Pear Shaped Mix." Funny huh? It was even released as a double single in the UK! Our previous chart song "Love Doesn't Live Here" was the B-side. "Kix" features a fat synth bass and doesn't really fit in with the other songs on the album but it's a more than decent track, which #43 out of 60 proves! #per60


Kix

This is #43 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

The vid! #per60


Per Gessle - En Händig Man [Music Video]

En händig man was made in the area around Per Gessles hometown, Halmstad. I was asked to direct and film a music video for Per right before he was about to…

Per's 60 for 60. #44 En händig man (A Handy Man.) 2007, the album is called "En händig man," a supposed sequel to the very successful and appreciated "Mazarin." Apparently the working title was "Mazarin II" even. Obviously this was the lead single accompanied by a video, directed by Jeffery Richt and filmed in Halmstad, around Slottsmöllan. Cute lyrics about Hanna, known from "Henry, dansa inte disco" by Gyllene Tider. She is still messy with a "stormy love life"... The lyrics to "En händig man" are actually quite sexy if you listen to them. After all, he is a "handy man" not a handyman. Jag kommer hem till dej/Jag är en händig man/Jag finns för dej jag kommer så fort jag bara kan/Jag lyssnar på dej håller om dej erbjuder en hand/Och vill du jag ska stanna är jag en händig man... I'm coming home to you I am a handy man/I'm here for you I'm coming as fast as I can/I listen to you hold you offer you a hand/And if you would like me to stay I am a handy man... The joke of the title is that Per is the lousiest handyman in the world, and of course he knows it! #per60


En händig man

Per's 60 for 60. This is #44 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #45 Genius Gone Wrong. "Ladies and Gentlemen, the genius gone wrong..." Here we open a while new door - The Lonely Boys! A fake '60s group Per created together with Nisse Hellberg from Wilmer X, and recorded a soundtrack for a book... Unheard of! This song however, was originally a Gyllene Tider song, and was meant to be on their unnamed album Gyllene Tider V. Anders quit Gyllene so the song remained unused, but was released on Mats MP Persson's 30th B-day album "MP 30!" Per made for him as a gift. They are pretty similar, although the '60s version is more... '60s! Recorded using equipment from the era, instruments as well as tape recorders and mixers. He's going for gold/I'm going for you - I'm the one!/He'll talk to you later/I'm tellin' you now - I'm the one! He knows what he wants, do you? #per60


Genius Gone Wrong

Per's 60 for 60. This is #45 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.

Per's 60 for 60. #46 I Want You to Know. Another song from "The World According to Gessle," this time a single even, released September 9, 1997. The video where Per walks around in a forest with life sized cuddly animals was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Yet another love song from the Man. Does this girl know that he's interested? Not sure. Who doesn't want to hear "I want you to know, I want you to stay, don't go!"?? At least my heart would melt. #per60


I Want You To Know

Per's 60 for 60. This is #46 of TDR's hand-picked list of songs from Per Gessle's career.