The Roxette Demos! Vol. 4
The last volume?
If you think Vol 4 makes the Archives-series complete you haven’t got a clue! First of all there’s a vol 5 available on vinyl + there are so many more demos lying around in old jeans pockets and smelly drawers, behind bike-magazines on bookshelves from IKEA and in the Tits&Ass magical (but somewhat dusty) vault. Problem is we can’t find everything. And we don’t remember. We created so much. But I’ll keep on searching. Promise.
- Per Gessle
It’s very easy to write a song. The hard thing is to make it stand out in the crowd. There has to be certain elements that makes you wanna hear it again and again. A special voice or a sound, brilliant production-tricks, an extraordinary arrangement, unexpected modulations. Anything’s allowed.
In “It Will Take A Long Long Time” I tried to create an unexpected happening when the chorus kicks in. You don’t really expect that chord, do you? It’s the same idea I used in “Jo-Anna Says”.
Per on ‘It Will Take A Long Long Time’
The lyrical idea came from a friend of mine who went through a divorce and we sat up all night talking about his situation and I wrote this sort of fictive story.
Sometimes you just need something to inspire you, it could be something someone is saying in a movie or something you pick up from a commercial or a taxi-driver.… You have to have your antennas out all the time. I love that.
Per on ‘Listen To Your Heart’
Sometimes a demo says it all
I knew immediately that this was gonna be a great one.
It’s one of those songs that… it sort of wrote itself. As soon as you put down your pen it’s completed, you don’t have to mess around with it too much. It got a little bit more produced and refined in the studio. But then, of course, it was all about Marie’s voice and how she delivered the lyrics. She did a fantastic job.
Per on ‘Crash! Boom! Bang!’
When my Swedish songs got translated into English and became the first Roxette album my original intention was to move them into a more technical direction. But we didn’t do it, we used a classic set-up instead, using live drums, real bass and a real guitar player. The hi-tech Roxette didn’t start until the next album, “Look Sharp!”.
Per on the very electronic style of early demos – Jag älskar (Surrender)
Even a great song can almost be left out
This was a left-over from ‘Have A Nice Day’ but we still liked it a lot and we used it a couple of years later for the ‘Pop Hits’ album. It’s got a great atmosphere to it, it’s beautiful with all this dynamics that’s going on between the verse and the chorus. So for me, it’s a big Roxette song.
Per on ‘Little Miss Sorrow’