Archive for November, 2011

Tube Treasures #3: Mecki Mark Men

In 1967 T-Boones became Baby Grandmothers, with Kenny Håkansson on guitar, Pelle Ekman on drums and Bella Ferlin on bass. A short-lived trio who recorded one rare single in Finland. Soon they teamed up with the organist Mecki Bodemark and took over the name Mecki Mark Men. Mecki Bodemark had allready recorded one self titled LP (Philips, 1967), including Thomas Mera Gartz from Pärson Sound on drums. The new line-up, a mixture between Baby Grandmothers and Mecki Mark Men, recorded two LPs Running in the summernight (Limelight, 1969) and Marathon (Sonet, 1971). And was the first Swedish psych/progressive group to try their wings in the states. The performance below is recorded right after the band came home from that tour. Its recorded at Stockholmsterassen in 1970. Amazing stuff!

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The Friends: the wild ones!

Roger “Rogge” Skogsberg, Staffan “Tatti” Kimbro, Thomas “Tolvan” Skogsberg and Anders T Peedu

I’ve just finished writing an article about The Friends. In my oppinion one of the most exciting bands from Swedish 60s. Their story got it all: great music, drugs and wild antics. Read about their concerts in classic clubs like Club Nette and Kingside in Stockholm, why their first gig on national TV became a disaster, what the drugs did to the band, and much more. I have interviewed Anders T Peedu, the lead singer in the band. I must say it turned out pretty intresting. It’s originally written in Swedish and published in the culture magazine Kolet. Enjoy!

Läs artikeln Friends: Det vilda 60-talsbandet (Svenska)
Read the article Friends: The wild ones (Google-English)

T-Boones from 1966

One of the most intresting bands of the mid 60s was T-Boones with Kenny Håkansson,Göran Malmberg, Kjell Lagerström, Sten “Pedro” Gran and Pelle Ekman. They came together in 1964 and developed a rough and attacking sound that frequently could be heard at places like Liverpool Club at Norr Mälarstrand and Klubb Filips on Regeringsgatan, Stockholm. It was at Filips they later, with Bill Öhrstöms helping hand, transformed to Baby Grandmothers. But thats another story. Bill produced T-Boones second release on Polydor where the song Don’t you ever leave me is taken from. It’s one of T-Boones more quieten songs with a beautiful melody.

Grejen with the Lee Kings

Klubb Super 8 who released Drra på – En kul grej på väg till Götet has published the bonus material from the DVD for free. Grejen (The Thing) is directed by Hasse Wallman in 1966. In this 17 minutes long movie we have the chance to see Lee Kings play around on the streets in the same childish style as in Drra på, but this time quite charming. Everything accompanied by songs from their repertoire.

Plommons last train to Liverpool

Plommons was one of a few Swedish bands with just girls in the 60s. They took their name from stone fruits (Plums) that had some resemblance with the bassplayer Eva Håkanson’s face.  Even before they had released their first single they where playing at the famous TV-show “Drop-In”. The song Last train to Liverpool is from their debut 7″ (Odeon SD5988) from 1966 and written by Plommons guitarist Maud Lindqvist. It’s a great song! Click the press cutting to read an article from 1965 in the magazine Bildjournalen. The title is “Plommons, sötast i Sverige?”, in English: “Plommons cutest in Sweden?”. Of course, it’s a man who wrote the text…

Tube treasures #2: The Shamrocks

The Shamrocks where from Huddinge outside of Stockholm and was formed in 1962. They never got lucky with the Swedish charts but had more success in France. In 1966 Polydor Privilége released the album A Paris “Cadillac”. The song about the american car topped the lists in Paris. Below is the bands promotional movie, it’s a real find! Filmed by Martin Lundström, Tavernes, France. Then we have two clips from a European TV-show in 1967, does anyone have a clue where it is?

Teenage night with Mascots

This radioshow was broadcasted by Swedish Radio 1966-01-20. The name of the show was “Tonårskväll med Mascots: en poppig halvtimme” (“Teenage night with Mascots: half an hour with pop”).

 


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Discover the music that hit the people of Sweden in the 1960s. It was coming from the ground, just like the name of the Lee Kings’ song, and it could be raw, explosive and damn good. Other times naive, childish and inferior copies of the British beat. It seems that every kid in the 1960′s was standing and beating on the guitar in a garage. Pretending to be Beatles or Stones, with a few exceptions that found their inspiration elsewhere. The lucky ones made a record deal and got out on the road to perform in clubs and stages all over this elongated country. So came the Summer of love and the music turned wilder, beat became psychedelic. This site tries to cover some of the beat and psych era in Sweden between 1964 – 1972. Writing and collecting what is possible. Almost like the beat fans did in scrapbooks full of admiraton, love and affection. Do you have something to contribute? Don’t hesitate to contact me.
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