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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  • NoOomph

    While I think “Fool” is definitely a good Rox-track, it is missing the oomph to make it a stand out track to me.

    • Martín Calcaterra

      Like this song but ‘Jefferson’ is one of my favourites from the album.

      • Josep Suárez Martínez

        Totally agree. Jefferson and takes you no one to get here ….along with my world my love my life my favorites from RS. All three songs could fit in this list of ghosts tracks.

  • Coolbluez

    While the song is good…the title ‘Fool’ and ‘Stupid’ seem to be too much reproduction of ‘Hello you fool I love you’ type formula

  • Thomas Lawrie-Clark

    Loving this Ghost Tracks Series TDR! Keep them coming, please don’t stop at only ten!

    Fool – one of the highlights for me from the Room Service album. Love Marie’s vocals and the overall feel of the track. It’s pure pop fun!

  • Skyrider

    A cool song! My favourite album track from Room Service after Jefferson.
    I think this is one of the key tracks of the second half of the album.

  • Chris

    It’s a nice tune but it sounds too overproduced (as the whole RS album does). Its a bit like an average version of pay the price.

  • Tavo

    I just love this song. When I first heard it, it reminded me a lot of Rox old stuff such as “Sleeping Single”. I love Marie’s vocals and I think this could have made a great single (much better than real sugar of milk). The only thing I don’t like is the fact that it’s track number 10 on the album, it should have been placed earlier, on the first half of the album, that is. Just a thought.

  • Ollie

    Great track from Room Service album, my favourite after ‘It takes you no time to get here’ – another hidden gem on this album

    • Ettexor

      it takes you know time to get here is fantastic! perfect fo a single !

  • Fabio Deluca

    This one should have been the 4th single from Room Service. One of the catchiest songs on the album and a big favourite of mine. Regarding the demo, I don’t like it. Per’s voice doesn’t fit in the song, Marie sounds more credible and delivers it better.

  • URCogProf

    Well, it just goes to show you how different tastes can be – I love “Make My Head Go Pop” and could easily live without “Fool” or “Try.” I agree with Per – it seems like there was a good idea in here somewhere that just died in production somehow. The lyrics are also hard on my ears, especially the “consider to stay” bit. Ouch. Love this “Ghost Tracks” series though!

    • Stevo Petkovic

      Thanks so much URCogProf 🙂 It’s great to see so many different opinions and it’s nice that we can all exchange them and appreciate people’s different tastes! Reading some comments makes me nod my head and then also makes me think “are we listening to the same song?” 🙂 But that’s the fun of it all, thanks for reading! More to come!

    • Fabio Deluca

      I consider “Make My Head Go Pop” one of the worst Roxette songs ever, haha. I ALWAYS skip it, just cannot listen to it. It sounds like too many ideas were crammed into one song (strings, pop beats, a gospel-choir) and the result is a total mess. I’d replace it with “Entering Your Heart”.

  • James Crompton

    Yeah not one of my faves. I too like Jefferson and Little Girl too. And It Takes You No Time To Get There apart from the funny middle bit lol

  • RobS

    I always had a liking for Fool. A nice little catchy poppy rocky ditty. Nothing amazing, but not a throwaway track either.
    Loving the Ghost Tracks articles Stevo. And that little ghost is pretty awesome too!

  • Antonio Epifania

    This is a fun track but I’ve never considered it a favourite and I’m not sure why?? It’s got those great Marie upbeat vocals, Jonas’ brilliant guitars, a decent melody… I’m not sure, maybe it’s the nothing bridge that spoils it for me?? However having said that I do believe that Fool would make a great live track!! Really enjoying the Ghost Tracks series and the sleeves for each song look really cool. Well done TDR! 🙂

  • roxulikeababy

    Meh. I don’t hate it or love it. Kind of how I feel about the whole album.

  • Yury

    I cannot admit that these are ghost tracks. They are all my fav.

  • Great song!

  • Robert Quinteros

    For me it’s not a great track. It’s too repetitive. You can see that especially in the trumpet part. It seems there were no many ideas to add. I used to listened to it the first times and then just skipped it..

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