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Ghost Tracks: KEEP ME WAITING


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. This concludes series 1.


keep_meSong: Keep Me Waiting
Album: Tourism 
Year: 1992
Track: #6

 iiiiiz theeeer wiiiz biz berz biz (borschk borschk borschk)” or something like that kicks this track off. I always thought that harmonized intro bit was something in Swedish… turns out it was just “Keep Me Waiting”  played backwards!

Regardless, I have no idea what this song is actually about. There’s a Ghost, a Spy, a Preacher Man and it’s still about waiting for a girl. Go figure.

Definitely not single material, but a perfect fit for the Tourism LP, not too slick as a Joyride production but poppy enough for 1992. Written for Joyride but recorded for Tourism according to Per’s The Per Gessle Archives chat with Sven Lindström.

Per once explained that if you woke him up at 3 am and asked him to write a pop song it would probably sound like “Gut Feeling” from the 2009 Party Crasher album. “Keep Me Waiting” has a very similar type of vibe and philosophy don’t you think? A fast paced, jangly guitar driven pop-rock song with lyrics that don’t really mean much, but it’s very catchy, summery and therein we’ve described a typical “Gessle” song.

There’s a lot of layered guitar work in this track both electric and acoustic sounds that give the song lots of positive energy. Do my ears deceive me but is there a slight psychedelic effect on Per’s vocals when he sings “so loooong?”

This song’s definitely a lot of fun but when you look at the hit-for-hit quality tracks that the Joyride LP had, it probably makes sense that this track wasn’t quite strong enough for the almighty monster that was 1991’s Joyride. Nonetheless, it thankfully found a home on the Tourism album and in some way, the song could easily have popped up on to Tourism‘s sister album, Travelling – it’s got that up-tempo but laid back minimal vibe – sort of a pre-cursor to the “Touched By The Hand of God” sound perhaps?

Only two songs from Tourism were released as singles… I suppose three if you count the 1993 version of “Fingertips” – but “Keep Me Waiting” wasn’t one of them. Never played live on a major tour. Didn’t feature as part of the 1993 MTV Unplugged Concert. Never featured on any release other than Tourism. Definitely a forgotten Ghost Track from the Roxette catalog. What do we all think?

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?

I had to fi-find out what all the money meant…”


Well, that’s it folks! It’s over now! This concludes Volume One of The Daily Roxette’s exclusive feature “Ghost Tracks”.

We hope you enjoyed the read – thanks to all our awesome readers for getting involved in the spirit of it all, your comments, opinions and passion have helped make this a fun feature to write and to read! The other cool thing is that we have all learned a lot from this series. Between Per Gessle’s comments on Facebook and our readers’ input , here’s a quick summary of what we have learned about some of these songs:

  Per likes “Small Talk”, he thinks it’s “cool” but it’s not quite in the same league as “Dressed For Success”.

–  “I Remember You” was not available on the US CD release to help prevent cheap imports into Europe and to encourage Europeans to buy their locally made version – who knew!

  Per had high hopes for “Fool” and he thought it could be a single… but that idea fizzled out very quickly.

  “Touched By the Hand of God” was released as a single, apparently Per has a copy! (Albeit CDR.)

  Per is a big fan of “Do You Wanna Go The Whole Way?” – Quote from Per on Facebook: “Yep, I’ve always loved this one (could have skipped the the m8-part when I’m singing though…) but I think we should have sped it up a bit. It’s got a great groove but it’s too slow! Dynamite vocals by Miss Effe (as always). Someone young & fresh. feeeling sexy should make a cover out of this. A surefire hit! And I love the title. That’s how it all started!”

  “From One Heart to Another” is not a track that Per likes. Apparently, the original Swedish title was  Skepp utan roder (Ship Without Rudder) and was written for the Eurovision song contest but that version didn’t feature Per’s lyrics – in fact it’s the only song Per doesn’t own the rights to!

 And it’s become overwhelmingly clear just how popular “Crush on You” is amongst the fans and it’s clear they want to hear it live! Is it time to start up a campaign? #crushlive2015

But what’s been the most exciting thing to discover is that Roxette fans have gone back and re-listened to some of these old songs and fallen in love all over again… or out of love too.

Keep checking The Daily Roxette – we get the feeling that Volume Two might just be around the corner!

  ★ The author:
Stevo


  ★ Publishing date:

January 11th, 2015


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  • Ettexor

    great song, why not live in next tour?

  • Alessandro

    Bravo!

  • Kathie Winn

    Great driving song and you just have to love that awesome Gessle voice!
    Thank you Stevo for all your work on this series, it was fun and something to look forward to each day. Applause!!

    • Stevo Petkovic

      Thanks Kathie! Appreciate you reading the articles and participating in the discussions! 🙂

  • James Crompton

    Best Ghost track yet for me. The whole of Tourism is a bit of a Ghost album really. Its actually probably my favourite of all the albums. Some beauts on there such as Cinnamon Street, Never is A Long Time, So Far Away, Silver Blue and this one, Queen of Rain of course, I like Fingertips, not to mention The Heart Shaped Sea and Here Comes The Weekend. So many solid numbers. Its interesting when people were asked to pick their faves off Tourism the votes were very split between the songs. Probably the most out of all the albums because it was hard to chose a fave as there are lot of cool numbers on their I reckon that mean a lot to a lot of fans. I personally think for the the next tour we should all get to rank every song on every album as to what we want to hear most and then see what the results are lol. Might be too much work for the lesser fans though huh! Still half of them would have only listened to the singles. 🙂

    • James Crompton

      And The Rain!

      • s1974x

        YES! I just wrote that! I thought I was the only one.

  • Guest

    Agree with James. To me, Keep Me Waiting is the ultimate Ghost Track. It has always been my favourite song from Tourism (along with Queen Of Rain) and Tourism

    • Bas Pijnacker

      … and Tourism in itself is my favourite Roxette album (my comment above was posted before I finished it because my cat walked over the keyboard).

  • Chris

    Keep me waiting has a good drive. I really like this song. Not single material but who says that this means a song is not up to survive in the heart of a fan.

    Other ghost tracks for me that are missing in this series are “beautiful things” and “Waiting for the rain”. Beautiful things is the 2nd best album closer after LTYH for me. I love how Marie and Per share the vocals in the chorus. it sounds magical. And waiting for the rain on the other hand is a very special song sound wise. You have to listen to this song through head phones. There is so much love in the production. So many instruments that fit perfectly.

  • Daniela

    At least in Germany, there were 3 singles from Tourism: How do you do, Queen of rain and Fingertips ’93. I think that Keep me waiting could have been a great single, too, it is funny and has a lot of power and therefore I’d still love to hear it live at a concert! The lyrics are partly fantasy, I think, but with a bit of truth inside – I guess they are somehow about Per felt when he got to know Asa.

  • Krischan76

    Totally indifferent towards that song, neither like it nor hate it especially much – which is maybe the worst sign of all. Could have done without. Nothing special, kind of boring. Nothing the ear get hooked on, you know?

    • Bas Pijnacker

      Interesting to see that my personal ultimate super power pop smash anthem does not do anything to another Roxer… To each his own indeed!

  • Flávio Nascimento

    *_*

  • Thomas Lawrie-Clark

    Have to agree with James on this one. Tourism is definitely an overlooked album. Maybe because it was a concept album, and one not made up of pure studio efforts. I think though that’s what made it extra special. I loved the almost laid back vibe from the album (Fingertips, The Heart Shaped Sea, The Rain, Never Is A Long Time, So Far Away, Cinnamon Street, Queen Of Rain). Would love to know what else was considered for the album.

    Anyway, Keep Me Waiting. This gem is amongst my most played Roxette uptempo tunes, and is features on my Roxette Driving Compilation. Absolutely love it!

    The intro is so cool and the song just happily strums along. Pure summertime. Perfect ghost track, but could have easily been a single for me.

  • Thomas Lawrie-Clark

    BTW, my Roxette Driving Compilation looks like this…if anyone is interested…

    Way Out
    Lover Lover Lover
    Run To You
    Knockin’ On Every Door
    Paint
    Keep Me Waiting
    The Look (Live – Tourism)
    She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
    Harleys & Indians
    Sleeping In My Car (Single Edit)
    7Twenty7 (T&A Demo – Nov 20, 1997)
    Jefferson
    June Afternoon
    Physical Fascination (Guitar Solo Version)
    The Big L.
    Small Talk
    Opportunity Nox
    Real Sugar
    The Centre Of The Heart
    Fool
    She’s Got Nothing On (But The Radio) (Live – Travelling)
    Do You Wanna Be My Baby (Demo Aug 12 1996)
    Pay The Price
    Big Black Cadillac
    Touched By The Hand Of God
    It’s Possible (Version One)
    There Is My Baby
    Joyride (Single Edit)
    Church Of Your Heart

    • Good list.

    • Kathie Winn

      Awesome road trip music Thomas… deciding on what music to listen to on a trip is extremely important 🙂

  • Enrico Tigani

    i love the: than came you . dhe..dhe..dhe (it got the ghost vocal whhoo, whoo, whhooo)

  • RobS

    Now this is pure PG. A great summery tune, awesome guitar riff and some lyrics that probably don’t make a lot of sense but fit the song so well regardless.
    I don’t think it ever had single potential, although it probably was the best up-tempo option after HDYD. One song that never gets skipped by me.

    Thanks for the feature, Stevo. Was fun reading yours, and other peoples comments on songs that may have been forgotten over the years. Can’t wait for a vol2, or maybe something completely different.

    • Stevo Petkovic

      Cheers Rob. The whole point was to swap different opinions and ideas and most importantly, to talk about the MUSIC again! Thanks for participating and making it heaps of fun!

  • Thomas Lawrie-Clark

    Don’t be leaving it too long for Ghost Tracks Volume 2!
    Really enjoyed reading them, plus the art work – all great!

    • Stevo Petkovic

      Thanks mate! So glad you enjoyed the articles! As for the art work, you can thank Thomas Evensson for that!

      • Thomas Lawrie-Clark

        Both great in equal measure.
        You’ve got me thinking what songs will be in the next volume 🙂

      • RobS

        Was wondering who did those covers 🙂

      • SingleSleeper

        Yes..pls have Ghost Tracks Vol 2 soon.
        Vol 1 have me digging out old Rox cds

  • Coolbluez

    Love this track to bits especially the piano instrumental in between. Used to place my walkman under books in my table drawer in class, set volume and listen to that song in school when I was in 8th class…..This reminds me of lovely time,experiencing love and joy and new bursting emotions of teenage.

  • DavidRox

    Just an idea but I would love to see what songs Per and Marie did as solo efforts that people would have preferred to hear them do as Roxette.

  • s1974x

    This was a great series of articles!
    As for this song, it was and remains one of my favorites from Tourism. A couple years ago someone wrote that this song is the same thing as Opportunity Nox: I relistened and did hear some similarities but not enough for me to hear the other song when I listened to it.

    If you do this series again please consider “The Rain” which was one of the best tracks from Tourism and is constantly upstaged by that publicity whore-of-a-song “Queen of Rain” from the same album. It’s also a good song, but it doesn’t hold a candle to The Rain. Hell, even the demo is awesome.

    • Stevo Petkovic

      The Rain vs Queen of Rain??? Waaaaaaaaaay ahead of you 😉 Don’t you worry, already half written! :p

    • RobS

      hahaha, I cracked up over your description of QoR. 😀

  • Antonio Epifania

    I always enjoyed this one. Sure it’s not a great song but it has its qualities. Nice guitar riff, driving melody, decent Per vocals, some tasty woooooo’s in the chorus and nice keyboards in the instrumental! Cool track. I wonder how it would fair live? I think it could rock but I guess we’ll probably never find out, oh well.

    I’ve really enjoyed this Ghost Track Series and Stevo and TDR have done a great job giving us something different to discuss during the off season. Looking forward to volume 2.

    • RobS

      I’m thinking this is another great contender for a live show. Would be similar to SIMC or OppNox live, and once again it’s a PG vocal, just with Marie in backing. A nice up-tempo number to replace 7twenty7 possibly?

      • Antonio Epifania

        Sadly Rob I just don’t think this is on Per’s live radar. A pity really as they’ve added The Heart Shaped…zzzzzzzzz… Sea… Sorry fell asleep for a second there 😉 from Tourism and not something like this little rocker. Oh well.

  • Marianne

    Fantastic final ghost track choice, ‘Keep me Waiting’ is one of my all time favourites! It’s got such a ‘pretty’ melody for an uptempo song. I was also glad to see some of my other faves on the list…’I remember you’, ‘Do you wanna…’ and ‘Half a woman…’. Great list. Maybe we can get an album release of fans favourite ‘ghost tracks’!
    Happy Birthday to the gorgeous Mr G!

  • Melina

    Love this song and all off Tourism – great picks. Amazing how the entry lyric was created, I always thought it sounded like “there then we will first begin” but looks like my ears are way off! Either way great song, would love to hear more of these live. As for the rain debate – sorry I’m with the Queen on that one. Thanks for the write-ups 🙂

  • marox79

    Tourism was the first Roxette album I bought. It holds a special place in my Roxfan heart for that reason. One of the songs I loved was this. I think EMI should let have fans choosing singles. We’d help them boost sales & airplay, don’t you think?




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