Madmen, the hillbilly mods

Madmen started out as a surf pop band, pretty unusual in Sweden. Maybe it was the waves from the Baltic Sea on the coast of Nynäshamn that influenced the band. “Alfred E. Goes Surfin” is a classic tune that can be found on the first single. But on their second release, both on the small label Dollar, the songs have more the smell of leather upholstery in a 50s Chevrolet. But for some reason it has so much charm. Like the noisy sound and the art of bringing together hillbilly and mod. Madmen was formed in 1964 and dissolved three years later. There were plans to record an album, but unfortunately it stopped at that stage. Below you can listen to the second Dollar release.  “Words” is a beautiful and sentimental song worth playing again and again.


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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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