Thursday, 21 November 2019
Peter Peter Schneidermann started out in one of Denmarks first punk bands, then called Sods but later famous under the name Sort Sol. During the eighties Peter also participated in various interesting experimental groups. I believe this cassette came with a fanzine, but unfortunately I don't have it. This cassette is a very experimental affair.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Don't know much about Bullshot Babies. At some point they were located in Lund, Sweden, and were led by singer-guitarist Michael Seldevall. Apart from this cassette they also released a self-released mini-LP. After Bullshot Babies Seldevall moved to Stockholm and played in Hedda Gambler. This is raw, dark punk.
Monday, 11 November 2019
Sunday, 10 November 2019
A strange and very rare tape from the depths of the Swedish underground. I don't know anything about The Audience, but they sound a bit like Danny & The Dressmakers. Short songs performed in an amateurish way with loads of humor. This recording seems to be from a live performance. Dede was a punk poet from Gothenburg. Sort of a legendary figure, I suppose. I'd love to know more about this release!
Friday, 8 November 2019
It seems it was only yesterday I could pick up Wolgers records for about 10 eur each. These days the prices have sky-rocketed and all of his solo works seems to be very hard to find. Time for a reissue? I know there have been talks with Tom about this. This is sort of middle-era Wolgers, between synth pop and full-on ambient. Great stuff!
Thursday, 7 November 2019
Gunnar was one of the major figures in the mid-1900's literary scene in Sweden. He was among the first to bring in influences from the surrealists and his first books is heralds of the whole modern age. This is a record published by the Swedish public radio consisting of the elder Ekelöf reading a selections of his poems.
Monday, 21 October 2019
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Great post punk pop from Eskilstuna in Sweden. The band only released this single and did two songs on a compilation album before disbanding. The music is pretty standard wave/post punk but with an edge I really like. See for yourself:
Friday, 13 September 2019
I don't know anything about this band. This record was released on the very exciting label Replik Muzick, run by End of your garden. Aside from the Factory-induced post punk they released this record is full on weird jazz, sort of no wave with that punk energy. Great stuff!
Sunday, 8 September 2019
This is a rare and exciting record. It was put out by Brute force records which was partly run by Umeå legend Lars Gillén. He also played drums on this one. I believe Mollrör were an development of the band Peppe & the Popping Peanuts, which later morphed into garage psych-rockers Jukon Speakers. The music here is strangely good produced psych/prog rock. Especially the song "Rönnskärsverken", concerning a major industry in nearby town Skellefteå, is a real knock-out!
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Another cassette from the brilliant Patrik Markusson and his Green's Restaurant. At this point he was in full midi-mode but despite of this kind of synth-sound the music is still brilliant and full of interesting turns and stops. Do not miss this stuff!
Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Green's Restaurant were from Sweden and participated in the very interesting experimental scene in the late 80's. They released a lot of cassettes and one LP full of strange and wonderful music. This is the bands third release.
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Hot Sox were an experimental new wave / post punk band from Finland. I don't know anything about them, but they released an excellent album called "Das kapital" which can be found on spotify and other streaming apps. Do not miss that album (and their fantastic cover of "Purple haze"). This is their last single before disbanding. Great plastic twist music!
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Anathema were a short lived goth band based in Malmö. The band consisted of Stefan Celitsa and Tobias Lorentz, some synths and a drum machine. They only released this single which is a classic late 80's goth single kind of like The Mission, Sisters of Mercy or any German goth band. After Anathema Stefan started Colour Collision and Tobbe started working in the music business.
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
I think this was the first release on the label Accelerating Blue Fish, based in Malmö in Sweden. I don't know much about Ana Chron Sex. They only released this single and made one track on the compilation I posted before. Some of the members later played in Chainsaw Zombies. This is excellent gothic rock in the late 80's vein.
Monday, 1 July 2019
Another one of local organization 33-45 based in Malmö, Sweden. This is their annual report in 1986 showing a lot of great bands from the area. Ana Chron Sex also made one excellent goth single. Påskharen made one incomprehensible single and also appears on the newly released "Ingen våg"-compilation on Rundgång Rekords (check it out!). Page is silly minimal synth as usual. Dr Evil & the Boys From Below were an industrial band that also made a single at about the same time as this release. Sun Connections features Louise Epstein, now a famous radio host in Sweden. Anathema is great goth rock (also made a single). Arvid Tuba is, of course, the famous drum machine-poet from Falun. The rest is pretty decent rock from -86. All very obscure and intriguing.
Sunday, 30 June 2019
T.S. Hawk played sax in Cockpit Music and lots and lots of other bands in Denmark. A couple of years ago Insula Music released this solo cassette with his compositions. Lots of skronking on sax and weird sounds. If you like it I think it's possible to buy it somewhere - please do it!
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Det Elektriske Kjøkken were an experimental prog/punk/post punk/experimental band from Trondheim in Norway. The band consisted of Sven Erga, Ragnar Wold and André Lister, started out in the late 70's and released one experimental prog LP called "Konkret rock" before releasing this masterpiece in 1982. I suppose they were influenced by the most interesting bands at the time, like PIL and a whole bunch of other stuff. But they managed to make something really unique in the process and there's tons of ideas floating around here. Just listen to a track like "Sirkel". After this release the band split up and Lister continued to release some interesting solo records. Don't miss this one!
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Mobile were a Swedish band. I think they came from Malmö and only released this single. I include it here despite it progressive leanings since it's actually a good single. It's like a cross between full-on prog and British DIY punk. If anyone knows more about the band I would be very grateful.
Monday, 24 June 2019
Urban Släke were one of the first punk bands in Gotland, Sweden, an island located between the Swedish main land and Finland. They released one superb punk single around 1980 and then returned a couple of years later with this one. The music has matured and is along the lines of the sound of the times. A bit post punk and bit of what was sometimes called "rebel rock" in the Swedish music press.
Friday, 21 June 2019
Cinema Noir were a Danish experimental band which you can read a lot of information about on Mogens Jacobsens site. Along with Mercedes Prata this is the best example of top notch no wave from the Nordic countries. Every cover were unique and assembled by the band themselves. My copy is the one you can see on this picture. Do not miss this!
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
For their second album The Cut moved towards the popular New Romantic-movement. You can hear lots of influences from groups like Japan and Spandau Ballet paired with the old leanings toward Simple Minds. For me this is their best work. Also, check out a wonderful live album published a couple of years ago on a popular streaming app.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
The Cut were one of the more successful bands in Norway in the early eighties. They took influences from bands like Simple Minds and Talking Heads and made classic new wave music in their own way. This is their first album and it's really good!
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Die Kapelle were a Danish band that released a stream of records in the mid-eighties. This was their first single. I believe they released it themselves. Sometimes they sound like a better version of D.A.D, sometimes like a goth band, sometimes like a punk band. Great stuff!
Friday, 14 June 2019
Jumalainen Näytelmä means "The Divine Comedy" as in Aligheris masterpiece. I know nothing of this Finnish band except they also made an album (which I haven't heard). This is great post punk with pop leanings.
Thursday, 13 June 2019
33-45 were a music organization located in Malmö, Sweden. They arranged tons of gigs and released a compilation tape every year with obscure local bands. I believe there's a group on Facebook dedicated to this organization. This is the 1985 release with loads of great, unknown stuff. Kabinett Död just released a great LP on Rundgång (and Peter Out records), Blago Bung does one of their best tracks ever, Babylon Blues does one song that also were recorded by Imperiet, Ana Chron Sex were a great goth band with female vocals. Also, Scanners were one of the guys from Unter Den Linden. The rest of the bands is interesting post punk / garage / wave-stuff.
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Second single from Norwegian post punk band Alle Tiders Duster. By this release they had developed their sound in a more creative way. There's a synth, great lyrics about growing up, shared male/female vocals and so on. Although their LP is the best thing they did this is a great complement.
Monday, 10 June 2019
A great compilation from Bergen, Norway, which came with a "drug bag" attached to the cover. Alle Tiders Duster makes a great post punk tracks, as well as Program 81. Elektrisk Regn also made a LP which is kind of OK - check it out on Spotify. The real killer here is the song "Du spiser hjørnene av hjernen min", which means "You gnaw/eat on the corners of my brain", by the group Stand In. I have no idea who they were so any info is very appreciated.
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Friday, 31 May 2019
Alle Tiders Duster were from Bergen, Norway. They formed as a punk band but soon developed in a more interesting direction, influenced by bands like Throbbing Gristle and Magazine. This is their first single where you can hear a lot of influence from Wire. Short, energetic punk anthems sung in norwegian.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019
Månbröder (Moon brothers) were Toni Holgersson and Krister Sand. They only released this self-published single before Toni moved on to become a big pop star in Sweden. This first output is a kind of laid-back soft synth pop. Nice, soothing and rare.
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Here's another piece of the Pinheads-puzzle. Some of the members of Pinheads also played in TBC, which were kind of the first punk band in Umeå. This record deals with some kind of organization to promote workers rights and features the most important band from the small nordic town at the time. TBC later became Pinheads. Checkpoint Charlie and Rikets Affärer both made one single each at approximately the same time as this record. Steve Roper Band made three records, two of which are very hard to find. Every band plays nice power pop through punk or pub rock with lots of political discontent. The B-side of this record is mostly boring old Swedish folk music, so I haven't ripped it.
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Last LP from Swedens garage men. This one was recorded live at local venue Krogen krogen, Umeå, Sweden. Not much here for me, I'm afraid, but the music is nice and the mood is that feeling you get when you've worked a whole week and it's finally friday and you get two days off. Pinheads made music for friday evenings.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Program 82 were from Bergen in Norway and started out as Program 81 in 1981. During the band's career they released four records, this being their third one. When 1982 changed into 1983 the band still kept the name "Program 82" - a move that has always surprised me. This is great post punk with lots of influences from new romantic-bands.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Unfortunately I don't know anything about this band. They only released this single and vanished into obscurity. A pretty decent effort with the sound of the times and some gothic and post punk elements in the new-wave-mix.
Monday, 20 May 2019
Great sampler from Finland containing several great acts. Like Hefty Load, with three great songs not found on their wonderful album. Jimi Sumen, Finlands David Bowie, also appears, as well as Twiggy Oliver (another, less interesting Bowie-clone) and General Nassja. Great dance-wave music!
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Texas Instruments were a short-lived band from Gothenburg, Sweden. Most of the musicians played in a variety of other local bands. Johan Söderberg and Zbigniew Karkowski were trained academic musicians exploring various ways of making music, mostly by doing some crazy stuff. Jean-Louis Hutha also bashed stuff together in legendary group Cortex. I don't know anything about the fourth member Carin Westman. This single is their only release with some nice blendings of post punk and industrial.
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
What can I say about one of the best records ever? Unfortunately I don't know much about the band at all. They released three records and changed line-up a couple of times. Some years ago they reformed and released some CDs but I haven't heard those records. This is their first and best album, where I can hear a lot of influences from Birthday Party. It's like a Finnish version of Nick Cave's gang drunk on heavy liquor instead of heroin. Do not miss this.
Monday, 13 May 2019
This is the third album from those loveable, crazy jazz-danes. Cockpit music was and is hard to describe. There's elements of world music, jazz (off course), punk (small traces) and good old experimentation for the heck of it. I suppose they had a very organized idea of how they wanted to sound. I had a hard time separating the tracks - so it's just side A and side B.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Second and last release for Swedish gothic post punk band Moral. They still got that dark, manic sound but still manages to write a hit on the a-side. As I said before this is highly recommended stuff! After this the band split up and I think some of the members later played in a band called Laser Jesus.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Moral had their roots in Karlskrona, Sweden, but later moved to Stockholm where they played most underground venues. Soon it was time for their debut release: Karneval. Released on Lennart Ökvists Parabellum Records. Parabellum were one of the best labels in Sweden at this time and released loads of great, darker music. This masterpiece have all the attributes of a great and dark post punk band. There's howling, anguished vocals and black lyrics to match. There's great rhythm work from the drums and bass annd shrapnel guitars. This is one of my absolute favorite Swedish records and I would be glad if it could get the recognition it so badly deserves. Do not miss this one!
Monday, 6 May 2019
I read somewhere that the band named themselves after the phrase "you think you've got it, but Ragnar's got it" which in Swedish translates to "du tror du har'e men Ragnar har'e" and the band got their name. I can't find that site when i browse the net now, though. This was Ragnar Hare's last release. Recorded in Sweden and still sung in that nice, charming "finlandssvenska" (finnish-swedish). I believe they made a video of the song-that-should-have-been-a-hit on this record: "Sven minns ingenting". Look for it on youtube. Also, look at that cover! Fantastic!
Sunday, 5 May 2019
For this, their third and last LP, the band seems to have aimed for a much more synthetic sounds. There's lots of that late eighties feel, sometimes bordering on the Depeche Mode-side of things. We also get a new version of the hit "Midnight show". After this album they released another single and then disbanded.
Saturday, 4 May 2019
For their second album they continued in the chorus-drenched tradition. Most second albums isn't that good compared to the first one (the classic first album-syndrome), but this one is really good. The songwriting is consistent and I have trouble finding one great stand-out track. Instead the album deserves to be listened to in its entirety.
Friday, 3 May 2019
1986 was a busy year for the Bizarre Orkeztra. This single was their third release for the year. Also, this must be their greatest song. Another one of those songs that should have been a world wide hit but weren't. One of the thing that strikes me with the band is the fantastic covers. I believe they were made by a guy called Toli. Can't remember what his real name was.
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Debut LP from Swedens answer to the Cure. On this record they continued to develop their chorus-infused sound to perfection. I always get the feeling of an old basement somewhere, where all the interesting stuff from the underground happens when I listen to this record. Between some of the tracks there's some soft instrumental parts. I don't know what's that all about but I separated these to separate files.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Bizarre Orkeztra was and is one of the most underrated bands in Sweden. They came from Gävle, where some members played in legendary punk band PF Commando before developing their music into Bizarr Sex and finally to the Bizarre Orkeztra. They started out as dogmatic Cure-worshippers but always had their own take on the genre. This is their first release containing the only song they made in swedish. Don't miss this one!