Sweden, July 8 1986. “Neverending Love,” a new single was released by a group called “Roxette.” No one in Sweden knew at that point what Roxette was, or who, except for the precious few Gyllene Tider fans that knew of the US version of “Heartland.” “Neverending Love” was an English version of the song “Svarta glas” that Per had composed for Swedish artist Pernilla Wahlgren. She turned it down, and gave it to her brother Niklas Wahlgren who recorded it and was about to release it when EMI called his record company and told them to remove the song from the album; Per Gessle needed it himself, but in English, and together with hot rock artist Marie Fredriksson. Enuff said. When the single was released Per, 27 and Marie, 28, didn’t want their picture on the sleeve, therefore a ’50s style drawing was used. The song went straight into the Sommartoppen chart. Many fans felt Per had sold himself to Eurodisco. 20 years later, Roxette has sold over 70 million records so far. According to different online sources, Roxette’s new album and The Rox-Box will be released on October 18. The single will hit the stores in Sweden approximately a month earlier, on September 20. The release date in Germany, Switzerland and Austria is September 22. Dates for other countries are still unknown. Nothing has been confirmed by either EMI or d&d yet.
If you are looking for poetry and not for pop, Christoffer Lundquist's AGM Studio is the place.
The intensity, desperation, and yearning in Bert Westerström's poems have been expressed in an innovative musical form by Percy. Together with the musical producer Christoffer Lundquist, Percy recorded this songs in the Aerosol Grey Machine Studio during 2005 and 2006. They have created something new in music inspired by the poems of Westerström.
Fjorton visor ur Natten skriver sig själv (Fourteen songs from The Night Writes Itself), released today in Sweden, includes the profound mistress of the sea, the nearness of flowing locks of hair and a frail existance which can be crushed by a snow star.
British-Canadian singer Luke Jackson is also planning to record at AGM very soon.