Published June 15, 2012
Tags: Bella and Me
Anna-Bella Munter and Gunnel Sandgren (Bella and Me) were two Swedish 17-year-old girls who left their native country for the UK to work as au pairs. Shortly they were recording a single (their first and the only one) with Columbia, only released in England: Whatever Happened To The 7-Day Week / Help Me Break This Habit (DB 8243, 1967). It was the summer of 1967. After that, one of the girls went back to Sweden, and this was the end for Bella and Me. Fortunately, we have this footage of the pair performing the song on German TV’s Beat Club.
Thanks to Emilio for this post!
Here is a fantastic triple of rare television clips with The Panthers, Scarlet Ribbons and Teenagers.
First out is Panthers from Tallåsen with a cover on Chuck Berry’s “Memphis”. They started out as early as in 1962. They got them self a record deal with Polydor after winning a pop competition in Edsbyn. Between 1964 – 1966 they released five singles in Sweden and one EP in France. In 1967 they split up when most of the band members were called in to military service.
Scarlet Ribbons were formed in Norrköping, 1962. This clip is from the Swedish television program ”Fokus” where the problem of expensive music equipment and heavy debts was discussed with Scarlet Ribbons as a bad example. The group released two singles and one commercial flexi for Gusums Bruk AB where they tried to sell the new and original tie; the zipper-tie. Just as with The Panthers, Scarlet Ribbons ended their career in 1967.
Teenagers from Stockholm started playing in 1963. This clip is from Popside and the Tennagers are playing their self written ”I can hear them play”. Performing it on a rooftop with view over Hötorget in Stockholm. Teenagers released two singles on Columbia in 1966-1967.
Published June 5, 2012
The Angeliques is considered the first female pop-group in Göteborg. The name is taken from Angelique (original Angélique), a series of 13 French historical adventure books (and films) by the novelist duo Anne and Serge Golon (Sergeanne Golon), .
The group was formed in Högsbotorp, Göteborg in 1965 but it was not until 1968 that they released their first single (in Swedish): Jag Ska Måla Hela Världen Lilla Mamma / Tre Små Flickor (Cupol CS 231). They released their second (and last) single the same year (this time in English): Sunshine Boy / You’re Easy To Love (Nashville NS 867). This record charted #15 at Tio i Topp (Swedish Top Singles-chart).
The Angeliques were Linda Nowitt (vcl/gtr), Irene Svensson (bs) and Titti Thysell (keys/vcl). They split up in 1971.
Many thanks to Emilio for this post!
Published May 4, 2012
Thomas Mera Gartz, drummer in Träd, Gräs och Stenar, Pärson Sound, Mecki Mark Men, Harvester and International Harvester, has died at the age of 68. An amazing musician and human being is gone, leaving us in great loss. Thomas was a fantastic source of inspiration and with a heart with room for all. An innovator and discoverer in his music, a drumming shaman.
Below is an article from Dagen Nyheter July 23th , 1967. Thomas was then playing with both Mecki Mark Men and Pärson Sound, two bands that revolutionized the swedish sound forever.
Published April 18, 2012
Hounds with “Summertown” in the program “Pop – en jättegrej mellan öronen: morgontankar innan tunnelbanan börjar gå” (Pop – a big deal between the ears: morning thoughts before the subway opens). Directed by Lasse Hallström. Broadcasted in Swedish television 1968-05-01, 18.30-19.00. The song “Summertown” was released the same year on Portrait Of My Love / Summertown (Gazell, C-216) and on the compilation EP Juke Box (JSEP-5580). Below is an article from Dagens Nyheter from July 6, 1967. Hounds on tour!
Published March 30, 2012
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…
Published March 24, 2012
Tags: The Kings
“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!