It all started in Liverpool, right after the second World War. The story of The Beatles, that is. Roxette, however, came out of Sweden in the late ‘80s. Roxette is Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, and their game is pop. With 31 chart-busting pop-singles, we feel assured enough to say that few play it better.
They entered the cosmic consciousness with “The Look” in 1989, followed up with the über-platinum album “Joyride” in 1991, and have been on top of the charts somewhere in the world ever since. The constant flow of hit singles and albums have resulted in staggering record sales (55 million albums and 20 million singles) and world tours too big to mention.
Amazingly, in a time when most ‘80s artists rely on “greatest hits”-repackaging and nostalgia events, Roxette’s seductive mix of tongue-in-cheek pop and sweepingly romantic ballads, sounds as fresh and effective as when they first stormed the airwaves.
Their latest album, “Room Service”, boasts twelve new songs and melodies that will occupy the centre of your suburb or whatever. It’s not a Greatest Hits-collection, it just sounds like one.
Marie and Per met in the laid-back West Coast town Halmstad in the late ‘70s, but individual success prevented them from “doing something together” in the following years. Per’s former power-pop group Gyllene Tider is still one of Sweden’s most loved acts, and Marie’s impressive solo career gave her an equally solid platform. In 1986, they were ready to merge their creative forces. Per had the songs, Marie the voice. Together, they argued, they would be a match made in heaven. Nineteen years later, Roxette is still flying high.