Remember ROXETTE? They were the Swedish pop duo who almost single-handedly kept their nation in the international music game between the demise of ABBA and the rise of THE HIVES. (No doubt that's over-simplifying things a bit, but it'll have to suffice; time is short today) (And no, we're not going to mention ACE OF BASE.... Oh crap... I just did....)
Those of you who do remember Roxette probably remember the "girl" (MARIE FREDRIKSSON) more than the "boy" (PER GESSLE). That's entirely understandable, seeing as she was generally the one pushed to the front of the stage and the foreground of the frame for marketing purposes. Also, there's the fact that she tended to sing lead on some of their more "substantial" tracks. Unlike EURYTHMICS, though, Mr. Gessle did take the lead on a number of their hits.
At the moment, Roxette as a recording entity is in limbo -- their dynamic having changed (understandably) after Fredriksson's successful surgery for a brain tumor back in 2002. Since then, both have released albums as solo artists, and both have found some measure of success on the Swedish charts. Today's post shines a little light on Mr. Gessle's side of the ledger....
PER GESSLE on MySPACE.
From the SON OF A PLUMBER self-titled 2-LP, 2005 >>>
[MP3] "Jo-Anna Says"
[MP3] "Hey Mr. DJ (Won't You Play Another Love Song)"
From the PER GESSLE LP EN HANDIG MAN, 2007 >>>
[MP3] "Om jag vetat da (Vad jag vet nu)"
From the PER GESSLE LP MAZARIN, 2003 >>>
BONUS TRACKS >>>
[MP3] ROXETTE/"How Do You Do!"
[MP3] ROXETTE/"She Doesn't Live Here Anymore"