Pat Benatar (US), Nina Hagen (DE) and Anita Linblom (SE), what do they have in common? Completely different stiles, but having musical excellence effecting my upbringing and the time still living with my parents and two siblings. I was listening to Pat Benatar and Nina Hagen in my room in high volume with a closed door during the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s. My parents below in the living room listening to the Swedish popular music phenomenon Anita LIndblom with hits like ‘Sånt är livet’ (That’s the way life is; freely translated). That’s what these three have in common.
Used and a bit worn albums (reflected in the price), but still giving the good music experience of a a vinyl to be acquired at:
‘Hooked On A Feeling’ with Björn Skifs & Blåblus (Blue Swede) on the album Pinewood Rally (Electric & Musical Industries Svenska AB, 1973) went no. 1 on the US Billboard singles chart on the same day as another Swedish music phenomenon, ABBA, won the Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’ in Brighton, UK. This magic day was April 6, 1974. ‘Hooked On A Feeling’ was originally written by Mark James and recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1968 and it became a no. 5 hit song. Jonathan King added the ‘ooga-chakka’ lines in his version in 1971. Blue Swede used it in their version and the famous lines pops up in any proud music loving Swede’s memory (and own singing) of a historical date when great Swedish musical victories were harvested.
Björn Skifs is still going strong and is today 72 years old. As late as yesterday evening he performed the song ‘Håll Mitt Hjärta’ (Hold My Heart, Peter Hallström, music, Björn Skifs, lyrics, 2002) in the SVT broadcasted ‘En kväll tillsammans’ (An evening together) TV gala to collect money to support various risk groups in the fight of the corona virus. About 15 MSEK was collected during the 2,5 hrs excellent audience free show. By the way, its still open for contributions via the Swedish Radiohjälpen (90 1950 6).
(source of dates and names: Wikipedia)
A good copy of the Pinewood Rally album and many more can now be acquired at:
We must confess to regret some earlier statements on an upcoming ‘digital backlash’. To follow the Swedish authorities’ recommendations in the current situation on ‘social distancing, protection of our elderly and staying at home’ these times come in handy to look through own collection of different music media. The value and musical experience of our vinyl collection was yesterday increased with the help of, yes, digital tools. When going to the local records store doesn’t feel directly natural, purchases via the internet works very well. Deliveries take a few days more, but in this concrete example the 2 releases of the Helsingborg based punkrock band The Guilt was ordered and delivered within the week.
Let us here pass on the visual joy of receiving high quality and artistically created covers, sleeves and a transparent vinyl in the bands 1st album ‘The Guilt’ (Heptown Records, 2017, also includes free download) and the recently saluted ‘New Knives’ (Heptown Records, 2020) in a green version. And musically, well, an experience we must leave to the listener, but we recommend extremely highly volume.
Great initiatives to support musicians and culture workers are taken all over. A very inspiring article in the local paper HD.se was published yesterday and written by Stefan Lindqvist (Helsingborgs Dagblad, April 3, 2020). ‘You can never get too many band t-shirts’ is the translated heading. Local artists like the great Helsingborg based band, Bai Bang, makes ‘living room gigs’, which are published on the HD.se home page and can also be found via YouTube.
Soon enough we will be back in the record stores, to buy, with the coffee and the good talks about albums and concerts. Still, continue to support the musicians. Buy for home deliveries, stream and download. Again, an album to download normally and fairly cost 99SEK.