The Roxette Demos! Vol. 1
The very first volume of The Roxette Demos!
Roxette is almost 30 years old by now. There have been so many songs recorded, so many ideas cherished or thrown away. This first volume of demos contains songs that made it to our albums and a few that we screwed up in the studio along the way. Or maybe they weren’t good enough. Sometimes it’s hard to know when you’re in the center of things.
- Per Gessle
Working hard with the demos
Ever since we started making demos at the Tits&Ass Studio things were pretty advanced. I wanted to work with modern technology, computers and stuff.
Most of the demos had full-scale productions and arrangements. Sometimes we even kept our original ideas and sounds and used them in the later Roxette-recordings.
- Per Gessle
There’s a guitar riff in this song that’s inspired by Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin. The reason for that is that both Clarence and me were reading ”Hammer Of The Gods”, the Led Zeppelin biography and listened a lot to LZ in the studio. So I tried to write a typical Zep-riff and put into the ’(Do You Get) Excited?’. Details like that, things that happen in your daily life, takes songs in different directions. I love when that happens.
- Per on ’(Do You Get) Excited’
Pick and choose
We wanted ’Room Service’ to be a short and efficient album with a big production so all those acoustic songs like ’The Weight Of The World’ and ’Every Day’ and a few others were left off. For ’Travelling’ it was the opposite, we needed acoustic tracks.
Per on songs not getting on ‘Room Service’ but picked up on ‘Travelling’
How about a Roxette favorite..?
I always considered ‘Opportunity Nox’ to be one of the best Roxette songs – it took me almost a lifetime to be able to write a song like that, it’s such a simple little thing, it’s got that chorus that… it just kicks ass.
Per on ‘Opportunity Nox’
'Rocket' or 'Knockin' on Every Door'? -Part 1/2
Actually, I thought this was one of the coolest songs I wrote for ’Look Sharp!’ but Clarence Öfwerman, who produced us, didn’t like it at all! He thought it was too much bubblegum-pop! So we scrapped it and I kept it in the drawer for a couple of years, re-wrote it and changed the beat into some sort of shuffle and suddenly it had become ’Knockin’ On Every Door’ instead. So it’s the same song with basically the same chords but with a different beat. And it became one of the highlights on the ’Joyride’-album instead.
- Per on ‘Rocket’