The Roxette Demos! Vol. 2
About volume 2
The second volume contains demos of some of Roxette’s biggest hits. This is a chance for you to find out how they actually sounded from Day One. In most cases this is the only time I’ve sung them.
'Rocket' or 'Knockin' on Every Door'? -Part 2/2
Sven Lindström: You manage by this trick to fly under his (Clarence’s) radar?
Per Gessle: Yea (laughter), something like that. I think lots of things happened to this song, the beat changed and also when Jonas Isaksson came in and played the guitar riff… loads of things changed with this song as well so… I guess he was kind of pleased in the end.
Per & Sven on how ‘Rocket’ turned into ‘Knockin’ on Every Door’ convinced Clarence Öfwerman (the producer) it was a great track.
I wanted to write more danceable songs at the time so the whole idea of having Mats playing some sort of funk-guitar was a way of making things a little bit more groovy.
For me ‘Sleeping Single’ and ‘Paint’ are just as important on ‘Look Sharp!’ as ‘The Look’, ‘Dressed For Success’, ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Listen To Your Heart’.
Per on ‘Sleeping Single’
Going to Hollywood
I remembered we had this ballad, this Christmas song, and I said ‘Yes, we have a great ballad, you can have that one and I can re-write the lyrics, we can change ‘Christmas Day’ to ‘Winter’s Day’ and stuff like that’, so we did.
Time went by and eventually this ‘Pretty Woman’ movie became a super-smash, out of the blue we just had this super-hit all over the world.
Per on when he was asked for a song to upcoming low-budget movie ‘Pretty Woman’
Hej din tok, jag älskar dig
The idea for the song came from a little note my wife had left me, saying “Hej din tok, jag älskar dig” (in Swedish), which means “Hello you fool, I love you”. So that was like… I have to write a song.
Per on the “birth” of ‘Joyride’
Success coming up…
My aim at the time was to write material that I knew Marie wanted to sing and ‘Dressed For Success’ was very much written for her.
It’s definitely Marie’s track and she just makes it unbelievably good and while recording it immediately felt like we had the first single.
Per on ‘Dressed for Success’
Stuck with an idea
This is 1998 and I was kind of lost in my demos in those days, basically I thought – if the demo is good, if I really really liked the demo – I wanted it to stay like that.
I remember having long discussions with Clarence Öfwerman…he wanted to do a totally new drum pattern, a whole new backing track with a different sort of drum loop. But I wanted to keep the drums from the demo recording… which was a mistake on my side. Sometimes you do stupid things like that, you’re stuck with the vision you had in the demo, it becomes the way you want it to stay.
I still think it’s a great song, I think it’s the best ballad on that album.
Per on ‘Salvation’