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The Cardigans (1992)

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The Cardigans are a Swedish rock band formed in the town of Jönköping in October 1992.

Their debut album Emmerdale gave them a solid base in their home country and enjoyed some success abroad, especially in Japan. It was not until their second album Life that an international reputation was secured. Their popularity rose when their single "Lovefool", from the album First Band on the Moon , was included in the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Other hit singles include "Erase/Rewind" and "My Favourite Game" from the album Gran Turismo .


 First years: 1992–1995
Peter Svensson and Magnus Sveningsson, both heavy metal musicians, formed the group on 31 October 1992 in Jönköping, Sweden, with drummer Bengt Lagerberg, keyboardist Lars-Olof Johansson and lead singer Nina Persson. Living together in a small apartment, The Cardigans recorded a demo tape with Persson providing lead vocals on only one of the songs towards the end of the tracklist. A&R man Ola Hermanson heard the demo and signed the band to his Trampolene imprint. In 1994, they released their debut album Emmerdale in Sweden and Japan; it was re-released internationally in 1997. The album included the Swedish radio hit "Rise & Shine", which was later voted the best of 1994 in a poll in Slitz magazine.

The remainder of 1994 was spent touring Europe and recording Life, which was released worldwide in 1995. Life became an international success, selling more than a million copies and achieving platinum status in Japan. In 1996, Life was released under the label Minty Fresh in the US, but this release was essentially a compilation of tracks from Emmerdale and Life.

 Commercial success: 1996–1999
After their success with Life, The Cardigans signed to Mercury Records, under which they released First Band on the Moon worldwide in 1996. "Lovefool" was a hit worldwide, particularly in the US and Japan, where the album reached platinum status in three weeks. The album also achieved gold sales status in the US. "Lovefool" was shown on MTV in the late 1990s as a music video with clips from the 1996 hit film Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It also featured in the film Cruel Intentions .

In 1997, the band played themselves on the graduation episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.

1998's Gran Turismo was followed by a long hiatus during which the band members pursued solo side projects. The same year they also released a compilation album of rare B-sides, The Other Side of the Moon as a Japan-only release. The video of the song "My Favourite Game" was censored by MTV for showing reckless driving. Despite this, it went on to become their second global hit song. "My Favourite Game" was featured on the soundtrack of the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo 2 in the intro movie on CD1. That year also saw their song "Deuce" appearing on The X-Files: The Album.

In 1999 the Cardigans recorded a duet cover of Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" with Tom Jones for his album Reload.

 On a break: 2000-2002
After working non stop for 6 years the band decided to take a break. During this break Nina Persson released an album as A Camp, and Peter Svensson and Bengt Lagerberg worked on the project Paus with help from Joakim Berg from Kent, and Magnus Sveningsson recorded as Righteous Boy. A Camp's eponymous titled debut album, was originally recorded with Niclas Frisk of Atomic Swing, before Persson teamed up with Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse to re-record it. In doing so he also contributed some new songs to the album.

Nina had been a long-time fan of Sparklehorse and has referred to them as "the best I've ever heard". After a gig in Lund, Sweden, Persson gave Linkous a cassette of all the demo A Camp songs. When they met again during the recording of his most recent album, Persson mustered the courage to invite him to produce her project. Linkous listened, liked the songs, and agreed.

The debut album released the singles "I Can Buy You" and "Song for the Leftovers". These country-inspired selections later seemed to have inspired The Cardigans' following album, Long Gone Before Daylight, which was released in the UK summer 2003, and the USA in May 2004. In 2004, "Charlie Charlie" (the "I Can Buy You" single B-side) was covered by the Polish singer Ania and released as a single from her debut album Samotność po zmierzchu.

 Renewed activity: 2003–2006
The Cardigans returned in 2003 with Long Gone Before Daylight, a collection of songs mainly written by Persson and Svensson. Long Gone Before Daylight became one of the best selling albums in Sweden in 2003. After a long hiatus from their last album in 1998 , it was finally released in Japan on March 19, 2003 and in Europe on March 24, 2003. Later it was also released in Canada and the United States .

The album differs from the band's earlier works. Their familiar "happy" pop sound takes on a change to pop songs with more of an American country music influence. It is relatively a much darker album than their previous works, and more quiet than the noisier Gran Turismo. Indeed, even lead singer Nina Persson dyed her once light blonde hair to jet black, reflecting the band's change of mood.

Criticism was generally mixed to positive. Some found the change of direction welcome, and felt the band had matured, making songs that were even better than other experienced country-pop styled artists. Others missed the old pop sound, and accused the band of possibly being ashamed of their former "happy" pop sound. The first single of the album, "For What It's Worth" was released on February 17, 2003. The second single was "You're the Storm" released on June 2, 2003. The third and final single was "Live and Learn" released on December 3, 2003. In the summer of 2004, The Cardigans toured with Liz Phair, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin on the Chicks With Attitude tour.

On 28 April 2005 the band's iTunes Originals album was released through iTunes. On 19 October 2005 the band released their sixth album Super Extra Gravity to generally favorable reviews. Super Extra Gravity went straight to the #1 spot on the Swedish album chart and was certified gold .

 Another break: 2007-present
The band are having another break from recording and touring. A Best of compilation album was released in January 2008.

In the band's break of 2007, Persson recorded the second A Camp album Colonia, which was released in early 2009. Following the release of A Camp's self-titled debut album in 2001 and the subsequent tours, Persson returned to her position as front-woman with The Cardigans for the release of Long Gone Before Daylight and Super Extra Gravity . When the band ceased all promotional activities following a South American festival tour in September 2006, Persson decided to revisit the A Camp project with the view of releasing a new studio album by 2008. The initial demo sessions were met with frustration, however, when Persson struggled to find the right framework to produce a new A Camp record. " was like my perfect country record. I didn't want the new album to sound anything like it, because that would have cheapened it. And I didn't want it to sound like a Cardigans album. So it took a long time to figure out what songs should be suitable." A Camp supported the US release of Colonia with a tour, which began in New York on 26 May and completed on 15 June in Los Angeles.

In November 2011, Sveningsson hinted that new Cardigans developments were on the horizon.

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Name Duration Released
Drip Drop Teardrop 03:15 14/10/2005
Bonus Tracks 00:22 14/10/2005
Godspell 03:29 14/10/2005
Good Morning Joan 03:37 14/10/2005
Losing a Friend 03:44 14/10/2005
Holy Love 04:07 14/10/2005
In the Round 04:17 14/10/2005
Little Black Cloud 03:26 14/10/2005
Don't Blame Your Daughter 03:37 14/10/2005
I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer 03:33 14/10/2005
Slow 04:03 14/10/2005
Overload 03:18 14/10/2005
Give Me Your Eyes 03:23 14/10/2005
Communication 04:28 19/03/2003
Live and Learn 04:16 19/03/2003
Lead Me into The Night 04:32 19/03/2003
For What It's Worth 04:16 19/03/2003
Please Sister 04:37 19/03/2003
For The Boys 03:37 19/03/2003
Couldn't Care Less 05:32 19/03/2003
If There Is A Chance 04:15 19/03/2003
And Then You Kissed Me 06:03 19/03/2003
Hold Me 01:18 19/03/2003
A Good Horse 03:17 19/03/2003
No Sleep 03:45 19/03/2003
You're The Storm 03:53 19/03/2003
Feathers and Down 04:30 19/03/2003
Das Model 02:53 2003
Pooh Song 03:15 05/01/1999
Laika 01:20 05/01/1999
Cocktail Party Bloody Cocktail Party 15:47 05/01/1999
Plain Parade 03:31 05/01/1999
Country Hell 02:47 05/01/1999
I Figured Out 02:05 05/01/1999
Blah Blah Blah 03:00 05/01/1999
Nasty Sunny Beam 02:54 05/01/1999
The Boys Are Back in Town 04:04 05/01/1999
Emmerdale 02:25 05/01/1999
Mr. Crowley 02:35 05/01/1999
War 04:07 05/10/1998
Hanging Around 03:40 01/01/1998
Starter 03:49 01/01/1998
Kiss Me 03:19 01/01/1998
Explode 04:04 01/01/1998
Nil 02:18 01/01/1998
Erase/Rewind 03:35 01/01/1998
Junk of the Hearts 04:07 01/01/1998
Paralyzed 04:54 01/01/1998
Do You Believe 03:19 01/01/1998
My Favourite Game 03:36 01/01/1998
Marvel Hill 04:16 01/01/1998
Higher 04:32 01/01/1998
Been It 04:06 12/08/1996
Great Divide 03:17 12/08/1996
Your New Cuckoo 03:57 12/08/1996
Iron Man 04:20 12/08/1996
Losers 03:06 12/08/1996
Lovefool 03:21 12/08/1996
Step on Me 03:48 12/08/1996
Never Recover 03:21 12/08/1996
13 03:00 12/08/1996
Happy Meal II 02:37 12/08/1996
12 02:48 12/08/1996
Heartbreaker 03:42 12/08/1996
Choke 03:26 12/08/1996
Gordon's Gardenparty 03:22 01/03/1995
Carnival 03:37 01/03/1995
Hey! Get Out of My Way 03:32 01/03/1995
Fine 03:11 01/03/1995
Travelling with Charley 04:09 01/03/1995
Beautiful One 03:28 01/03/1995
Tomorrow 03:05 01/03/1995
Daddy's Car 03:35 01/03/1995
After All... 02:56 18/02/1994
Over the Water 02:13 18/02/1994
Seems Hard 03:56 18/02/1994
In the Afternoon 04:10 18/02/1994
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 04:32 18/02/1994
Black Letter Day 04:31 18/02/1994
Celia Inside 03:34 18/02/1994
Sick and Tired 03:24 18/02/1994
Rise & Shine 03:28 18/02/1994
Our Space 03:30 18/02/1994
Cloudy Sky 04:07 18/02/1994




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