Tuesday, July 08, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Cardigans

Artist:The Cardigans
Album:Best Of

The Swedish group The Cardigans are best known in North America for Lovefool from the 1996 film Romeo + Juliet. They are a much bigger deal in Europe. The Cardigans were formed in Jonkoping, Sweden in 1992. Guitarist Peter Svensson and bassist Magnus Sveningsson were tired of heavy metal music and decided to form a pop group with singer Nina Persson, keyboard player Lars-Olof Johansson and drummer Bengt Lagenberg. After their first two CDs were successful in Europe, The Cardigans signed a US record deal with Mercury Records for the 1996 CD First Band on the Moon. Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann asked The Cardigans to write a song for the film. He didn't like the first song they sent. He said it was too dark. Nina wrote the words for Lovefool while sitting in an airport waiting room. Lovefool was a big hit internationally and it was certified Gold. They continued to have success in Europe with the 1998 CD Gran Turismo. But Lovefool was their only big hit in North America. This comp is a good intro to their music. The Cardigans went on hiatus in 1999 and returned with the 2003 CD Long Gone Before Daylight. They split up again after the 2005 CD Super Extra Gravity. That is their most recent CD. The Cardigans have toured Europe recently but have no plans to record new music. Nina Persson released her debut solo CD in Feb. 2014 and has recorded with A Camp, Sparklehorse and The Cake Sale. Peter Svensson is mainly a producer these days and he formed Brothers Of End with Lagerberg. They have released two CDs and have a new one coming out this year. Here's the US video for Lovefool by The Cardigans. There is a UK video but I like this one better.

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