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Let's see if we can remove all the dirt and grind as we're getting all festive here, tartin' up the old gaff with fine Swedish decor. Yes we're all "yellow" and "blue" and we've heard all the jokes. Sweden in the early 80s had an awful lot of NWOBHM influenced bands. To be frank or Sven? They are overall not quite up to UK standard. The majority of them did not tour outside of their homeland, mainly due to lack of interest from abroad, and sadly could not make a living on their music. That same goes for 95% of all the acts. Many of them had to enroll for unemployment benefit. That's the harsh, honest, brutal truth. Find some semi interesting points of trivia worth noting below. Don't forget to check the 'KEE-ometer' to find out on a scale from 1-10 exactly how important Kee Marcello's been throughout the decade.
 Shocking news, 'Poster', the biggest and best selling music magazine in Sweden and Scandinavia is no more. Started up in 1974 by the mad German Hans Hatwig, the mag featured many KISS specials and posters. No worries though as the first issue of 'Okej' hit the pavement and from then on 'the' magazine to find out important information and news about your fave rock/pop band thoughout the 80s. Even more shocking, powerhouse vocalist Tommy Nilsson (from the symphonic rockers: Horizont) decided to abandon Viking ship and move down to the sunny riviera and France. He received the massive recording deal, at least according to Swedish standard at the time, and recorded two extremely soft Pop/Westcoast/AOR solo albums with guest appearance by Mike Porcaro (Toto), etc. The blonde Swede was a teeny girl favourite in France for a season or half and his debut single, 'No Way No How', sold more than 1 Million copies of black vinyl. Tommy returned to Swedish shore to front Easy Action and would eventually pick up his solo career at the end of the decade.
HEAVY LOAD are now proud owners of their own record label (Thunderload) and Viking Metal as we know it would never ever be the same again. The fifth member of the band? Journalist Anders Tengner (Okej, Poster, Rocket) as he had just started writing in Poster when he first heard about them through an acquaintance. He had mixed Heavy Load's record and told Tengner about this new hard rock band. "I thought it was exciting because I had never heard of a Swedish hard rock band with the international sound. It turned out to be two brothers, Styrbjörn and Ragne Wahlqvist. Foreground figures in the band from Östermalm. Hard rockers who never drink or smoke and are nice and well-behaved no matter what. They were very musically driven and after the concert they went to the hotel and slept. I got to know them pretty well and we became good friends. They had no roadies and I was seventeen years old and offered to go with them on tour. Then they needed someone who worked externally for the band and I did some of the things a manager does".
Kjell Lövbom later known as Kee Marcello (Europe, Easy Action) and his daft cousin: Sven, seriously people, not a fake-name, fronted the Pop-act, D'Accord, as they release their debut 7 single 'Ge Mig Mer' (Give Me More). [KEE-ometer: 2]. CLOWN, a bunch of highly acclaimed studio musicians are now signed to EMI. The A&R rep. expect great things from the female fronted act. The band on the other hand could not hoot even once like any kind of bozo any more than fly like a bat. GLORY BELLS BAND is formed by singer Göran 'Glory North' Nord (RIP) and Franco Santuione (Electric Boys). This would eventually lead to the acts: Glory Bells, Glory North, and Glory.
OVERDRIVE was formed by guitar hero and author/journo Janne Stark. The same goes for TRILOGY feat. drummer Ian Haugland (Europe) and Leif Edling (Candlemass) on lead vocals. The original Doom-Metal band from Sweden is however MERCY as guitarist Andrija Veljaca (RIP) start up the band this year. HIGHBROW, and the killer line-up of vocalist Michael Uppman (Critical Mass, Yngwie Malmsteen), guitarist Chris Steel (Talisman, Power), bassist Eero Koivisto (Red Baron), and drummer Mats Dahlberg (Dalton, Treat) release their second and final 7-vinyl, 'Love Light'. Singer on the first single was Eddy Malm (Heavy Load) and the last line-up before they split feat. bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman, Yngwie), Patrik Appelgren (Treat) and none other than God himself aka Yngwie Malmsteen.
WIZZ from Eskilstuna are young veterans and consist of Tom who plays drums, Micke Gillstedt, guitarist, and singer and bassist George King. They started playing hard rock as early as 1976. They recorded a stunning demo this year and were offered record contracts in both Sweden and Japan. They turned down the offer though as they couldn't be bothered really? They have written a song for all Eskilstuna residents though. They accuse them of being boring, harmless, and of destroying the inspiration for Wizz. Geez? It's also the birth year of The Boogie Liqour Band, that changed into Double Trouble in 83' and in 86' they became Bai Bang!
 Inspired by the success of Jerusalem, LEVITICUS was formed in Skövde by the record store owner and guitarist: Björn Stigsson. No longer merely selling Jerusalem records at his store, the two Christian acts would now share the same stage and audience. I asked Björn if Leviticus experience any harsh words from local churches or parish halls in the 80's? Hardrock was after all considered as the devil's music. "Yes! We received lots of harsh words from many churches and christians at that time. They were sending back our concert posters and we received letters where they told us that we were serving the devil! And in the christians newspapers they wrote that hardrock music was satanic music, even if you were a christian and the lyrics told you all about Jesus and the kingdom of God". By the way. Did you know that Jerusalem had their very own Record Club (based in Storvreta) which you could join to receive all of their albums? as well as the 81' release, Warrior (Krigsman).
Why the gap between "Full Speed at High Level"(1979) and the 1981 MLP "Metal Conquest" by HEAVY LOAD? Drummer Styrbjörn Wahlqvist told the press, "The record company went bust and merely collapsed. After that, our bassist and our guitarist dropped out. His name was Leif Liljegren and he is weak and treacherous. Nowadays he plays in a Pop band, THE BOYS (which later became TREAT), they have Swedish lyrics and are more connected to Noice and such. He dropped out just before a tour, he thought it was too hard to play in Heavy Load. We had to borrow money from people who believed in us, in other words, a bank. We showed the record to the bank director and he said "national romantic cover, this looks good." Then when we wanted to release the record abroad, we were talking to the Chamber of Commerce. We talked about having the record manufactured under license, and they said; 'No, no, you should absolutely not do that, it should be pushed from here and exported'.
EF BAND (from Gothenburg) managed to score the UK manager in Andy Goodwyn and UK drummer Dave Dufort (Mike Oldfield, Angelwitch, etc) joined the band in 1980. This leading to inclusion on the Metal For Muthas album, the Vertigo contract, and the 1981 album was produced by Derek Lawrence (Deep Purple, Legs Diamond, Wishbone Ash). Club tours in the UK followed and they left at least a tiny mark or dent on the big scene. The Heavy Metal Heaven Festival take place in Stockholm and its organizer, Anders Tengner, the most reliable? journalist of the eighties (Okej, Poster, Rocket). Stitch, Fire&Ice, Heavy Load, Red Baron, Heavy Metal Heaven Allstars are the bands and it's the first All-Metal festival in Sweden.
YNGWIE Malmsteen's Rising Force record the unreleased single for CBS feat. the line-up of Michael Uppman & Peter Udd (Glory Bells Band) and John Levén (Force). The latter replacing bassist Marcel Jacob as he briefly joined Force (pre-Europe) and co-wrote the song 'Scream Of Anger' together with Joey Tempest. The two bassist traded bands once again and order and calm ruled the land of vikings. The Whiskey on the rocks incident did however not involve Yngwie as a Soviet submarine S-363, a Soviet Navy Whiskey-class submarine of the Baltic Fleet, ran aground on 27 October 1981 on the south coast of Sweden, approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from Karlskrona, one of the larger Swedish naval bases. The submarine was in fact nuclear armed and it's just another mad 'cold war' happening.
Female hard rock singer makes her debut in a brave attempt to promote herself among her male colleagues. Susanne Christensen is the name of the lady in question, and the name of the band? CRYSTAL PRIDE. Line-up also feat. guitarists Michael Lundberg and Krister Taimi, Peter Quick on bass and Fredrik 'Bongo' Lindström on drums. In addition to singing, Susanne also handles keyboards live on stage. Susanne and drummer 'Bongo' founded the band Woodoo in Eskilstuna, November 1980. However, the band was short-lived and they disbanded fairly soon. At the beginning of 1981, Woodoo became Crystal Pride and their debut single 'Sharon' saw the light of the day in 81'. "Bongo" Lindström became one of the most popular and famous TV host/film producer/comedians in Sweden. Susanne on the other hand married guitarist Chris J. First from TORCH, also from Eskilstuna, also founded in 81'. The first TORCH gig took place in Eskilstuna Folkets Hus and the guitarist proudly proclaimed: "It was a carnival when we played. The other hard rock bands on stage looked like they were at their funeral, we had a proper show", Ouch! Poor Suzy.
Kjell Lövbom aka KEE MARCELLO (Europe, Easy Action) can be found waving his axe at 'Kee & The Kick' as they release their debut Pop/AOR single, Blowin' Cold. 'Kee' is however their female singer and not the guitarist as he stole her stage name a couple of years later [KEE-ometer: 5]. CAROLA Häggkvist (Eurovision Song Contest winner) a massive headbanger this year as she'll record the self-titled hard rock album with Standby (not released until 83). Vocalist Joakim Larsson (FORCE) decided to take an artist name. If the band would ever become famous abroad, he would need a proper artist name.: "I was in the USA when I was 12 years old and they couldn't pronounce Joakim properly, so they called me Joe. I was at a library and noticed a book with the title 'The Tempest' on the cover. So I decided to put those two names together, and thought it sounded cool." 'The Tempest' is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. "I haven't read it, but I saw a movie based on it on TV once," Thank You Joakim-Joey.
Lou Stonebridge, English musician and producer, was in Helsingborg with the power trio SKY HIGH and rehearsed some songs that became a demo tape at Nacksving in Gothenburg.Stonebridge /McGuiness is a name combination that people have seen and heard in many contexts. Once upon a time as a producer couple for McGuiness Flint, recently they have produced The Blues Band and solo guitarist Dave Kelly's first album. Sky High is an excellent live band, says Lou. But their first LP was weak and unfocused, they did not really know what they wanted to do. On stage, the musicians show a completely different weight and energy. So I want to present them on record! In England, there is a steady interest in this kind of blues/hard rock music. Trends come and go. But there is always a market for this style. So I expect the Swedes to get a record contract in England'.
 Rock-SM. The Swedish Rock Championship. The first competition was arranged by Thomas Erdtman. The first prize was a record contract with his record company Hot Records, and more than 4000 bands competed. EUROPE (ex-Force) from Upplands-Väsby/Stockholm won "Rock-SM" held on Sunday, December 12, 1982 at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. The final with 8 bands left to compete for the title was shown live on National TV. EUROPE played two songs: "In the Future to Come" and "The King Will Return". and the barking mad manager (Erdtman) took control of the band, at first he suggested they should cut their hair, do Pop music and start singing in Swedish. Vocalist Joey Tempest considered it, but guitarist John Norum said no, and after that Norum never really liked Erdtman. This must have been especially weird considering that the manager would date Norum's mother. Known as the crazy pyromaniac from Upplands-Väsby, Norum torched the Rungbyskogen (the U-V forest) as a semi-criminal teenager and managed to set himself on fire with burning gasolin/petrol. The result? third degree burns on both legs and affect deeper tissues. They result in white or blackened, charred skin that went numb. The leg nerves were burned to crisp. Conclusion? Never leave this man alone with a box of matches.
Erdtman also approached the band EUROCK from Malmö (feat. Anders Theo Theander/ Roasting House) in order to buy the moniker (band name) as well as the song "Heloise". Eurock refused and the cheeky monkey-manager and band decided to continued as 'Europe'. Poor Eurock. They brought in lawyers to sue the crap out of Tempest and co. but there was no case in the end. What's worse, Eurock was later accused in Swedish media for taking advantage of their namesake? Oh, for Odin's sake!
220 VOLT release the debut single 'Prisoner Of War/Sauron' with original singer: Christer Åsell (Empire). TORCH record their debut EP 'Fireraiser' and despite the violent impression you may get of the band, they detest Black Metal in the true sense of the word. The record company Music for Nations (from England) had shown great interest in Torch, the only requirement they made to give the boys a contract was that they should have a bloodier record cover? The reply? Never in your life, why should you jump on an insane trend that will soon disappear? Black Metal is just s**t, the guys in Torch grined and get ready to go on stage.
TREAT or "THE TREAT" as they called themselves at first was formed by Robert Ernlund (Vocals) , Anders "Gary" Wikstrom (Guitar) and Leif "Lillen" Liljegren (Guitar) in Stockholm /Sweden in 1982, but they had all been playing together since early 1981 in "The Boys", a more straight ahead Rock band who sang in Swedish only and recorded one album. Not to mention that Styrbjörn absolutely loved them! No?
(to be continued...)
Contribution, liner-notes, information by the actual songwriters as well as band members of: ALIEN, AXIA, BAD HABIT, CHARIZMA, CLOWN, DALTON, EASY ACTION, ELECTRIC BOYS, GEISHA, GLORIOUS BANKROBBERS, HEAVY LOAD, JERUSALEM, KING PIN, LEVITICUS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MADISON, MINDLESS SINNER, NORDEN LIGHT, 1 WAY STREET, OVERDRIVE, PARASITE, SACRIFICE, SHOTGUN MESSIAH, SILVER MOUNTAIN, SPELLBOUND, STEELWINGS, STILLBORN, SWEDISH EROTICA, TALK OF THE TOWN, TORCH, TREAT, 220 VOLT, UNIVERSE.
Special Thanks to the following musicians. A-Z: Magnus Axx (Swedish Erotica), Pete Blakk (Geisha, Mercyful Fate, Totem), Conny Bloom (Electric Boys, Roadrats), Ulf Christiansson (Jerusalem), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah, Kingpin, Tom Waits), Håkan Frisk (1 Way Street), Christ First (Torch, Crystal Pride), Hasse Fröberg (Spellbound, The Flower Kings), Marianne Flynner (Clown), Ian Greg (Torch), Gert-Inge Gustavsson (Steelwings), Christer Göransson (Mindless Sinner), Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), Ingemar Scott Henning (Stillborn), Kari Hokkanen (Stillborn, Dobermanns), Anders Holmström (Parasite), Morgan Lefay Jensen (Swedish Erotica), Jim Jidhed (Alien), Mats Karlsson (220 Volt), Sonny Larsson (Motherlode, XT), Bosse Lindmark (Dalton, RAW), Joakim Lundholm (220 Volt), Eddy Malm (Heavy Load, Highbrow), Hal Marabel (Bad Habit), Kee Marcello (Easy Action, Europe), Christer Mentzer (Norden Light, Silver Mountain, Mentzer), Michael Moon Myllie (Madison, King Diamond), Bosse Nikolausson (Charizma), Göran Nikolausson (Charizma), Peo Pettersson (Axia, Leviticus, Peo), Jonas Petersson (Glorious Bankrobbers, Mental Hippie Blood), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall, Von Rosen, Geisha, Billionaires Boys Club), Ken Sandin (Alien, Swedish Erotica), Tim Sköld (Shotgun Messiah, Marilyn Manson), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Eyes), Janne Stark (Overdrive, Locomotive Breath), Björn Stigsson (Leviticus, XT), Anders String Strengberg (Sacrifice, Mercy, Crier), Peo Thyren (Easy Action, Sha-Boom, Noise), Thomas Vikström (Talk Of The Town, Therion, Candlemass), Ragne Wahlqvist (Heavy Load), Anders Wikström (Treat), Zinny J Zan (Shotgun Messiah, Easy Action, Kingpin, Zan Clan).
Disclaimer: This is a list by: Urban 'Wally' Wallstrom [email: urban 'at' rockunited.com /replace at with @] about The 100 Greatest 80's Hard Rock and Metal Songs from SWEDEN and that's including all? the different sub-genres and styles. We are merely talking about actual and official record label releases with Swedish bands/artists between the years of 1980 to 1989. In other words, demos, covers, private, self-releases, are NOT included. The same goes for music recorded in the 80s, but not released during the decade. Not enough of Thrash/Speed, Death? Most of the acts were still underground, unsigned and did not see the light of day until the early 90s. It came from the 80s! The horror story? We love the 80s! The decadance decade of divine hairspray, massive hairdos, spandex, and various dodgy outfits. Some of the acts only recorded the single or three before vanishing from the scene. So what? The songs are always great though.
As the old saying goes: A good song is a good song is a good song, no matter style or genre. You'll find everything from AOR to Doom, Heavy Metal, Sleaze, Melodic Hard Rock, NWOBHM, Black, Thrash, etc. Not to forget F.V.A.S.H.M (Första Vågen Av Svensk Heavy Metal) which translates to First Wave of Swedish Heavy Metal. (F.W.O.S.H.M.) as the logo appeared on various Metal fanzines to the more professional 'Rocket'. The biggest problem with including a lot of different genres and styles? I had to leave out plenty of songs to come up with my Top-100 of the 80's. It's a mixed bag and not to everybody's liking. Why not have a go at your own list or email the suggestion? Have I been listening to ALL of the eighties stuff? Probably not, since that's simply not possible? It could most definitely change if or rather when I discover the hidden gem. It's not written in stone. I'm typing this on my ancient old PC keyboard as I ran out of runestones and my hammer's gone missing.
The "Music Police" might as well turn around and walk away asap. Could not care less about which songs you're "supposed" to like and/or not. No person should ever pay that much attention to other peoples' opinion. Make your own mind up and remember to bend/break the rules. Do not follow them just because some old geezer told you so in the past. After all, this is the era of 'do-it-yourself', and not having to wait to read about it in magazines such as Kerrang or Metal Hammer. Back in the days, a couple of magazines could definitely make or kill your music career. They are no longer in control of artists/bands' future and success tho'. I can't find this or that band, or my favourite song, you say? Not quite the Top-100 track in my personal and very humble opinion and thus why they're not included in the list. I'm not the Almighty Swedish Metal Guru. Make sure to voice your own opinion on the web and show respect to the 80s musician. No matter if they were destroying the ozone layer with all that hairspray. People. Bands/artists are always welcome to give feedback or send in more information about the songs. Contact info: Urban Wally Wallstrom [email: urban 'at' rockunited.com /replace at with @ or simply search my name at facebook/messenger].
Let the countdown begin...
100. JOHN NORUM - Love Is Meant To Last Forever (1987)
99. 1 WAY STREET - Place In Your Heart (1988)
Håkan Frisk: We wrote the song (myself, Urhlander, Frimodig) when the youth organization 'Unga Örnar' (Urban's note: Unga Örnar /Young Eagles - an non profit organization for children and youth, within the Swedish Labor Movement) asked if we could do it and there was also a video made in Leksand if I remember correctly. It's basically about vulnerable people who in one way or another have been damaged or hurt. Can probably imagine that Europe and Magnum were quite big influences at that time at least for me. Yeah, the music style was well characterized by power hard rock with grandiose pompous melodies etc. Do not really remember the process behind the song but I probably arranged the lyrics together with Frimodigs and melody in consultation with Urhlander. An absolutely fantastic time very fun memories! We have actually talked about the reunion for the first time in many years so we will see.
98. SHA-BOOM - Don't Steal My Heart Away (1988)
97. RETRACE - Love Will Rise (1988)
96. VON ROSEN - Someone Like You (1987)
Magnus Rosén: It was a song that we did a long long time ago with Von Rosen band. I think Mats Olausson wrote this particular song, I can't remember, and it must be Pete Sandberg who wrote the lyrics. We also did a very nice song called 'Like a dream' a total of two singles with Von Rosen. Those years I think we were excited to grew up and all life had to offer, so I think it was all about that. It was more the 30 years ago, so its hard to remember everything, smile. It does not really capture our typical songwriting style, this was more pop rock and we played more rock music. But when we did this single we thought it was right to record this song. I think it was a modern sound at this time. Its hard to say about influences, but it was well produced and the new sound was going on. Def Leppard took this well produced rock music to the sky, so I think we was not alone with our sound. Yeah. Maybe the recording company helped us to make the choice of what songs we would record. I think it was like that. Long time ago, smile. Von Rosen was basically a duo: Magnus Rosén - bass and Pete Sandberg - voice, but we had a band when we did our concerts. One time we were the support to Samantha Fox, it was an experience, we also did concerts with Madison. It's nice memories I must say. Keep your dream alive!
95. MANINNYA BLADE - Live Life At Speed (1986)
94. GEISHA - Gangland Sector 21 (1987)
Pete Blakk: It's nothing special really just a riff that I came up with at the time. I wrote all the music and the title in Yenz lyrics came about when I was telling him about where I lived during my childhood (Råslätt). Yenz was inspired by all the stories I told about growing up.... and put that in a perspective of the Rock n' roll rebelling youth. There's probably some Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Randy Rhoades (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot) influences in there. It was a cool time in my music life, we moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to break the band and hung out with the Mercyful Fate guys witch then lead to forming of King Diamond. Me and Mikkey Dee were offered the spots in King Diamond. I said no at the time Mikkey joined and the rest is history.
93. SIX FEET UNDER - Candle in the Dark (1984)
92. SKY HIGH - I Ain't Beggin' (1985)
91. ELECTRIC BOYS - Psychedelic Eyes (1989)
90. GOTHAM CITY - Swords and Chains (1984)
89. AXIA - On My Way (1988)
Peo Pettersson: When you are young, texts can often be very pathetic, but most of the time they are very honest and self-experienced. This text is just about a young man who dreams of moving forward in his life. The text is about a love relationship that never worked. Despite many many attempts. A bittersweet memory. During this time we worked with 24 channel tape and recorded live in the studio. We recorded most of the material within a week and we had to do as much as possible live! There were not the same editing possibilities as today. I had 2 wonderful Neumann U-47 Microphones that we used most of the time. I worked with these mics for almost 30 years but sold them in 2002. I cry when I think about it. I could have paid my house if I had sold them today!
There was nothing special about the songwriting itself, but I remember that I had gotten my first real apartment and experienced a great feeling of freedom. We knew we wanted to make an album and we tried to include all the elements. Some really heavy songs and some more uptempo. But also a ballad. Quite common for its time. We listened to about the same music in the band and I think our material was just a great mix of everything we liked and were impressed by. We never shared any opinions with any label. We wrote and played the music we liked. Completely uncompromising. From what I remember, we rarely had any arguments about songs we just played and rehearsed. We did quite a lot of live gigs during this period as well. A spectacular memory is when we had sold out the first edition of the album. We ordered 1000 new ones and they arrived after a few weeks. When I opened the box I thought I was drunk? The album had 2 A sides the vinyl press had done something seriously wrong ha ha!
88. TROUBLE - Warrior (1985)
87. OVERDRIVE - Living In Sin (1984)
Janne Stark: "Living In Sin" was featured on our second Overdrive album "Swords And Axes". All the songs on that album were written between the first and second album (during 1983). "Living In Sin" was one of the few songs where the music was written by our drummer Kenta. Now, Kenta doesn't play any instruments besides drums and harmonica (he plays a mean blues harmonica), so when he has a song idea he hums it and I try to capture what he tries to convey on guitar.
Kenta Svensson: Whenever I come up with a song idea, I usually hum it in to a tape recorder, even sometimes when I would wake up in the middle of the night. This one, I remember I didn't record, but I had the idea in my head and hummed it to Janne and he tried to play on the guitar what I hummed. Musically I was at the time listening to bands like Priest and Maiden, but also Y&T and more odd bands like Goddo. I wanted it to be a bit heavier and I did intentionally write it for me to do all the cool drum stuff in the verses as well. I also had an idea about the lyrical theme which I explained to Janne. This was actually a bit different from our other material. Sure, we did have heavier songs like "Burn In Hell", but "Living In Sin" was both heavy and groovy.
Janne: So, once we had gotten the basic musical idea down, we I wanted to incorporate some harmony guitars (Thin Lizzy have always been a big influence) and I came up with the solo section, where I remember Kenta also came up with the stops in the solo. The kind of tri-tone things I'm playing in the solo came straight from the song "Crazy" by Stray Dog, which was one of my big influences together with bands like Montrose, Thin Lizzy and also contemporary bands at the time such as Angel Witch, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Y&T, Witchfynde etc. Then I tried to come up with the lyrics that would go with the mood of the song and what Kenta had in mind. So, why not a song about the son of a witch? Back then I wrote more or less all the lyrics for the band (despite not being a singer) and the subjects all came from movies, the news etc. On this album I think there was a lot of horror movies considering I also wrote lyrics such as "Burn In Hell", "Mission of destruction" and "Black Revenge" for this album. We have also played this song live now and then through the years. We were supposed to play our 40th anniversary shows last year, but Covid put a stop to that, so we'll regroup and either play the shows this fall, or possibly next year depending on how things evolve. Also, Regain Records are currently planning a CD re-issue of "Metal Attack" and "Swords And Axes" for later this year. Check out: www.overdrive.se
86. MOTHERLODE - Line of Thought (1986)
85. AXEWITCH - Heading For A Storm (1984)
84. GLORY - Feel The Fire (1989)
83. GLORIOUS BANKROBBERS - Dynamite Sex Dose (1989)
Jonas Petersson: It's basically a party song about some chick our singer had a crush on. Aerosmith was a big influence at the time. I wrote the music and our singer (Olle Hillborg) wrote the lyrics, but the song was later stolen by both Warrant ( Cherry pie) and the 'Norwegians' of Sons of Angels (Cowgirl). I still like it though and we wanted to file a lawsuit against Warrant and Sons of Angels, but our record company did not have the guts.
82. CLOWN - Night On The Town (1981)
Marianne Flynner: It's now been a long time since my band Clown recorded "Night on the town". We we're signed by EMI Records in the beginning of the 80's. The band was initiated by the late bass player Janne Hallberg and he and I co-wrote Night on the town. It's really just a silly little song about partying on a Friday night. In Sweden at the time, there were few Female heavy metal singers and I was often refered to as Sweden's Pat Benatar. Which is kind of funny since my real voice is soft and in more of a singer songwriter style. But when you are young you gotta try everything Other band members were guitarist Staffan Astner and drummer John Donelly. I made three albums as a solo artist in the nineties and I am now active as a song writer.
81. BAM BAM BOYS - Let Me Touch Your Skin (1988)
80. MINDLESS SINNER - Master of Evil (1983)
Christer Göransson: Well thanx for the interest in Mindless Sinner and the Master of evil. Hey, no not really. We were just happy to be able to record in a studio and the the only inspiration that we had was all of the bands we were listening to such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, Saxon, etc. etc. The lyrics was original from another song called "Too Many Women and Too Many Nights" but that song didn't do anything for us. In the spring of 1983 our second guitarist Jerker Edman joined the band and he had the riff for 'Master of Evil'. We took the lyrics and added the chorus and there we had it. Master of evil. I guess the songwriting changed a bit from being a 4 piece band adding a fifth member and becoming a 5 piece band. So the 4 tracks on Master of Evil was a little different from our previous written songs. We were influenced by so many bands so I guess it's a mix of everything from Priest to Sabbath and all of the nwobhm. The record label didn't have any input in the songwriting but of course every member of the band had their own input to the song. 'Master of evil' was one of the songs that we wrote together as a band.
79. TONE NORUM - Stranded (1986)
78. SILVER MOUNTAIN - Universe (1985)
77. STEELWINGS - Bad Boys (1988)
Gert-Inge Gustafsson: Hello Urban at RockUnited and thanks for having STEELWINGS and the song Bad Boys (On the Run) on this list. It's an honor. The main part of Bad Boys was written by Micheal Lindman in the mid eighties. He also wrote the lyrics. During this time STEELWINGS was rehearsing a lot and writing new songs all the time. In that time when writing songs, the whole band was involved. As I remember it, Michael had this great main riff and the chorus and than we took it from there and together completed the song. At this time Hard Rock / Heavy Metal was rather commercial and selling a lot of records and of course we wanted to be a part of that. Bad Boys was/is a great mid tempo song with a fantastic hook and chorus that we thought could do the job.
There is no deeper meaning behind the lyrics. Kind of typical rock'n roll lyrics. Some young boys on wheels having a great time that got a bit out of control. STEELWINGS have always played straightforward hard rock'n roll in the style of AC/DC, Krokus, Judas Priest etc. When I listen back to Bad Boys I can hear quite a bit of Krokus in it. Bad Boys was released 1988 as promo single together with the song I Wanna Hear You Screaming. This has a mix that was done in London and is different (better I think) then the mix that ended up on the record STEELWINGS released 1989. You can find this version and some nice information about the band on Youtube. Once again. Thanks for writing about STEELWINGS and doing this great work. Best Rockin' Regards, Gert-Inge Gustafsson.
76. NORDEN LIGHT - No Escape (1987)
Christer Mentzer: The song you're talking about is actually a true story. A Swedish nurse who was in Italy and was badly hurt and affected. Happened around 1981? So 'No Escape' is not a typical Norden song. We were heavier and kept us mostly around mid-tempo. If it was something really important, we poured in at a pace and uptempo mode. The whole group was involved in putting songs together into one whole. But Herlogsson (Urban's note: guitarist, Jonas) and I stood for the main ideas ourselves. All song/vocals arrangements I made as well as lyrics. Sometimes Herlog had to help when I got stuck, but our music was a reflection of what happened and what will happen. We had free rein. Italian Horror master Dario Argento called one day and had heard it. Was caught by it. It fit precisely into the scene he had for the horror film 'Opera'. An honest rawness. Unfortunately, I was not there to meet him. Boss Forsberg (Urban's note: The father of Quarthon /Bathory) took care of it as I was away working with Silver Mountain during that time.