Archive for March, 2012

Sleepstones; one minute of the same old thing

It’s not many clips from the Swedish beat era that have the same intense feeling as this one. It’s just like if you’re standing there at the club (like the T-Boones song) as the clothes tightens around your body with sweat. A young Janne Schaffer drips his chords  at the same time as Ted Åström wander with his eyes over the crowd like if there was no tomorrow. Hopefully, someday, the whole session will be found…


The Kings in Swedish Television’s noise test

“Can you get noise damaged by pop music?”

They did a fabulous version of The Fire´s “Fathers name is dad” on their one and only single from 1968. It’s something about that guitar in the chorus, playing those chords in a slight different way. It’s just beautiful and it makes you wonder if it was on purpose or if it was a accident. Kings formed in 1965 and were from the small town Hofors. They didn’t make much noise outside their parts of Sweden, but had the unofficial record in longplaying, that was twelve hours, two minutes and fifteen seconds. This clip is from Swedish television’s own noise test, and Kings is one of the bands participating. Enjoy!

The Most family

The Most, formed in 1966, came from Katrineholm and recorded one single for Nashville in 1967 with  “This is our family” and “Rag doll”. The A-side was written by Steampacket’s front man Mikael Ramel. It’s a great composition with similarities with The Who. The Most was pretty well known locals and did a lot of gigs in the middle of Sweden. They made success at a local pop contest that was supported by famous acts like Mascots and Steampacket. Maybe it was then they laid the ground for the Ramel/Most collaboration. The band also tried their luck abroad with a short tour in Germany. But the lack of money made them rapidly to go back home, just as many other Swedish bands at this time, for example Ramels own Steampacket (Read more about it here). This soundclip was made possible by the former Most guitarist and vocalist Bo Gylfe who kindly lent out his own copy. A song that has been in the shadows for too long, enjoy this rare release!

Bizarre and beautiful Mascots

Two clips with Macots. One bizarre with the group fooling around as cavemen with the actor Brasse Brännström. The other one, a beautiful expose of mods hanging around in Stockholm 1966. Both vlips are parts from  Lasse Hallström’s film “Tryck opp i topp! : hur man lyckas i pop, om man riktigt anstränger sig” (Push it to the top! : How to make it in pop, if you really try). A humorous depiction of how Mascots tries to make it to the Swedish chart “Tio i topp”. Broadcasted in Popside,Swedish television, January 4, 1967.


Steampacket’s bad luck

They won a prestigous pop contest in the Swedish television show Hylands hörna (Hylands corner). But when they were performing their two songs “Bara ett par dar” and “Viva l’amour” the main televisions transmitter broke and no one could see the band as they went on. New years eve 1966 became a disaster for the band. The clip above is probably from early 1967. Steampacket are back, a second chance to play their songs and get things right in Önskeprogrammet. This is their chance for success. But now in another show, and their is no more popular show than Hylands Hörna in those days. Mikael Ramel plays Hollies song “Fifi the flea” and after that they do their very melodic but kind of flat “Viva L’Amour”. But the success didn’t come and the band never came over their bad luck. It was as they where hunted by misfortunes. For example as they toured England, with high hopes, they soon came back to Sweden impoverished and dissatisfied. Steampacket had lots of debts and later they splitted apart trying to pay back what they owed. But nevertheless the band left behind fabulous songs as “Fruitseller Oldman’s song”, “Take her anytime”, “Only in her hometown” and “Bluebird”. Steampacket created a colorful pattern between the beat and psych.

Lots of more about Steampacket at Mikael Ramel’s own site.

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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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