beschizza at March 26th, 2014 14:33 — #1
dnebdal at March 26th, 2014 14:47 — #2
Being Norwegian, this is not surprising news at all - Sweden is close enough that we've heard all about it, but not close enough to let us steal any of the fame.
boundegar at March 26th, 2014 15:10 — #3
Yea I'm old enough to remember ABBA. Has anything come out since then?
crashproof at March 26th, 2014 15:10 — #4
Avicii is the punchline to almost every joke among electronic music fans and producers. (Skrillex and Jordan Rudess pick up the rest.)
ranger at March 26th, 2014 15:28 — #5
Robyn, Peter Bjorn & John, The Hives, The Shout Out Louds, Jens Lekman, Lykke Li, Love is All... I've long been amazed by Sweden's music output, and curious why that was the case. Cool article!
matthjones at March 26th, 2014 15:36 — #6
The Sounds are fantastic, and currently on tour in the USA if you happen to live there!
Lots of other Swedes on my regular listening playlists too.
spinkter at March 26th, 2014 15:53 — #7
Well, you did give us Susanne Sundfør, and she deserves all of the fame!
spinkter at March 26th, 2014 15:58 — #8
Not to mention iamamiwhoami, for whom I am a total fanboy, and who I would have never discovered if it weren't for boingboing.
ratel at March 26th, 2014 16:09 — #9
Of course: there's Abba, and Ace of Base, and whatever that neo-Nazi band was that the Ace of Base guy was in...
But on a serious note, don't miss Little Dragon.
jangocat at March 26th, 2014 16:29 — #10
So basically we need to bomb Sweden if there is any hope pop music will get better.
nashrambler at March 26th, 2014 16:38 — #11
Swedish. . .Pop. . .Mafia? eyebrow arches so high it crawls over top of skull and hides above hairline
crenquis at March 26th, 2014 16:42 — #12
No love for The Cardigans?
sockdoll at March 26th, 2014 19:31 — #14
Like that Swedish bubblegum band Opeth?
pink_frankenste at March 26th, 2014 19:44 — #15
When Lee Hazlewood left the USA to keep his son out of the draft he went to Sweden and produced amazing albums (Cowboy in Sweden and Requiem for An Almost Lady.)
There is something about Sweden that produces not just great music but well produced music. This might have something to do with it: "On the most basic level, municipal music schools increased the odds that Swedes would discover their talents, while also giving the country an unusually music-literate domestic audience."
I couldn't tell you (nor care to know) about the Swedish input on Katy Perry to Pitbull but I've been a fan of some awesome swedish acts for a while: Komeda, The Concretes and Taken By Trees (former Concretes singer.) A guy at work swears by The Hellacopters as well.
So there's not just the money-making-shit that the articles point out (Note: I like Abba but hate the music style it spawned.)
Just in terms of production check out this cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjBV12gKofE he makes it his own.
neueheimat at March 26th, 2014 21:15 — #16
Swedes also produce and compose songs for the Asian market, churning out hits for South Korean and Japanese acts.
purplestater at March 27th, 2014 06:47 — #17
No. The only thing needed to improve pop music is to eliminate American productions. Pop is generally awesome anywhere else.
purplestater at March 27th, 2014 06:49 — #18
ROXETTE! 28 years of excellence!
ministry at March 28th, 2014 09:24 — #19
My knowledge of this is sketchy and almost a decade out-of-date, but I recall various European 'progressive' bands saying that they couldn't afford to tour in the USA because of the cost and logistics of negotiating the work visa regime there; it just doesn't (didn't?) make sense to try unless they knew in advance that they'd definitely fill venues.
The big exception was Swedish bands, such as The Flower Kings, who could take the risk allegedly because the Swedish govenment helped, by acting as sponsor to the visa applications in some way.
If that's true, it may help explain Swedish access to the US market.
chenille at March 28th, 2014 11:15 — #20
Did you look at what Max Martin has done? If you read through the #1 Billboard hits alone, you'll find him and his team as writers and producers on a fair number - most recently Dark Horse, Roar, and Part of Me with Katy Perry; One More Night with Maroon 5; and We are Never Ever Getting Back Together with Taylor Swift.
We tend to remember music only by the performers, but I would say the shape of modern pop music has a lot more to do with people like him, who can be faintly seen behind one star after another. Doesn't count?
boundegar at March 28th, 2014 21:52 — #21
I was kind of trolling. Aren't the Hives Swedish?
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