Ghost tracks

Ghost Tracks: FOOL

FEATURE – Ghost Tracks is a new 10-part series of articles where we take a fun look back at some of the forgotten and rarely ever mentioned Roxette songs from their incredible 30 year history.

foolSong: Fool
Album: Room Service 
Year: 2001
Track: #10


Now we’re cookin’ with gas!

Should have been a single! Or at least played live! Damn this is a fun song and by this point in Rox-History (2001), it had been a while since we heard Marie belt out an up-tempo, guitar driven song!

A real refreshing addition to the Room Service album. Marie’s vocals are really sweet, it’s not her usual raw “Hotblooded”ish, sultry delivery for a fast song which is a nice change. Just goes to show how versatile Marie is, it’s a very controlled delivery and it works a treat!

Per and Sven Lindström did play this song once on an episode of Nordic Rox and Per mentioned that Jonas Isacsson’s guitar work gave the song a special feel… but aside from that one time, this song barely gets mentioned!

It’s even got a brief mouth organ in it too! How cool is it at the 2min 30 mark where it breaks down and the hand claps become more prominent? If this song were a demo today, I imagine a Touched By the Hand of God type of production on it, but this song live with raw guitars and real drums instead of that obvious drum machine, would kick ass! Very under-rated.

Cool guitars, amazing Marie, up-tempo, hand claps, fun, bright, sunny – a real stand out on the Room Service album!

Here’s what Per Gessle had to say about “Fool” in his book Songs, Sketches and Reflections

“…Wrote this around Christmas in 1999 for the Room Service album. One of my early favorites as a demo but didn’t really do it for me in the Roxette version. Sometimes that happens. The demo captures something that gets lost when it’s all getting serious…”

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?

“…I was alone, I told my mouth to shut up!”

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January 6th, 2015

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