Year : 1989 (Virgin Scandinavia Remastered Edition 2007)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 144 mb
Swedish Erotica was a Swedish rock band founded in 1985 and disbanded in 1996. The same members also played in the 90's in the cover band Double Trouble. Former members of Swedish Erotica have played with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT, Vinnie Vincent, Treat, Black Ingvars, Shotgun Messiah, John Norum, Talisman and King Diamond.The band was started in 1986 under the name "Swedish Beauty" by the members Magnus Axx (Axelsson, guitar), Ken "Ulf" Sandin (bass), Dag Ingebrigtsen, a former vocalist of the Norwegian band TNT, Dan Stomberg a former guitarist in Madison, and drummer Magnus Nybratt. This line-up recorded a song that ended up on a Norwegian compilation album before Nybratt and Stomberg left the band. They were replaced by Anders Allhage on guitar, best known as Andy La Rocque, guitarist of King Diamond since 1985 and who also played briefly with Death and Megadeth, and Jamie Borger from Treat on drums. This line-up was not able to secure a record deal but Magnus Axx did not give up, changed the band name and hired new musicians.
Formation and early career:
Swedish Erotica formed in 1987 with members Magnus Axx and Morgan Le Fay (Morgan Jensen) on guitar together with bassist Johnny D'Fox (Jonas Tångström) and drummer BC Strike (Bjarne Johansson). First singer was Goran Edman, a former member of Madison who sang on two of their albums, and for a brief period in 1985 Edman fronted Vinnie Vincent Invasion between Robert Fleischmann and Mark Slaughter. Edman soon left the band to sing in former Europe guitarist John Norum's solo project, where he sang on the album Total Control (1987). Later,Edman sang for Yngwie Malmsteen and on the early demos with former Malmsteen bassist Marcel Jacob's band Talisman. Edman was replaced by an old friend of BC Strike, Tony Niva from the bands Vanessa and Traci Goes Crazy.
Record deal and debut album:
After living in Los Angeles in 1988, where they hung out with among others Kee Marcello and Stevie Nicks and met with several record companies Swedish Erotica were signed to Virgin. Towards the end of the year the band recorded demos in Tuff Studios with several different singers, including Mats Levén. In early 1989 the band recorded a demo in Norway with producer Ole Evenrude. Levén contributed background vocals, and was asked by Evenrude about why he was not the lead singer of the band. Levén told me that he had declined the offer last year but was now actually interested in fronting the band. Swedish Erotica released their first single Downtown with Niva the same year. Cooperation with Niva did not work out, and soon he was replaced by Levén. The debut album "Swedish Erotica" came out in 1989 and former frontman Tony Niva featured on background vocals. Videos for the album's first two singles "R'n'R City" and "Young Wild & Free" were filmed and the videos played on MTV. Thanks to this the band got more attention than many other artists signed by Virgin Scandinavia. Second single, "Wild Young & Free," reached high on the charts but the album was delayed when the distribution company, Elektra went bankrupt, so that all copies of the debut album stayed in a warehouse for a month. The album was not distributed to the stores when demand existed, which led to reduced sales and lack of success for the band. After numerous gigs in and around their hometown, among other the clubs Alexis and White Corner and Frölunda Culture House a UK tour followed, which included a gig at the Astoria in London for 700-800 people, even before the album was released in the UK. After touring for their debut album, the band returned to the studio in the spring of 1990 to record some demos for a second studio album. Virgin evaluated the material but found it lacking material similar to the first two singles, which were written by the album´s producer Ole Evenrude.
Member replacement and cover bands:
About the same time Jamie Borger, who had played in the band's first version Swedish Beauty, and now was a member of the far more successful Treat, informed Levén that his band was looking for a new singer. Levén felt that Virgin did not anticipate a successful career for Swedish Erotica, and he also wanted to move to Treats hometown of Stockholm, so he began to consider leaving the band. He discussed with a manager at the Virgin that he wanted to leave the band and was told that the label was more interested in him than the band and he was offered a solo project. But the singer decided to leave the label and join the established Swedish band Treat, where he sang on their self-titled album in 1992, while Swedish Eroticas second album remained unreleased. Bjarne was replaced by Jonas Olsson on drums while Levén was replaced by Anders Moller, who previously had replaced Goran Edman on vocals in Madison and also sang in a cover band Crazy Train. Later Jonas Tångström was replaced on bass, first by Terry Barajas who later became the drummer in Abysmal Dawn and then by Ken Sandin, a former member of bands Alien and Da Vinci, and also the precursor to the band, Swedish Beauty. During this period, the same members played around Gothenburg in the cover band Double Trouble, covering songs by, among others Guns'N Roses, Poison, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Magnus Uggla.1993 Bjarne Johansson played as a guest musician in a new version of Shotgun Messiah with the stage name "BJ", and abandoned thus Swedish Erotica, and was replaced by Jamie Borger, recently Treat but also the very first drummer in Swedish Beauty, the same person who earlier had persuaded Levén to leave the band in favor of Treat.
Second album and split:
1995, with a new contract with a small company Empire Records, Swedish Erotica finally released a second album called Blindman's Justice. After the album was released soldier, Möller had great success with his other band, pop-rockers Black Ingvars, topping the Swedish album charts and touring successfully. This and the general musical climate dominated by grunge and alternative rock led to the Swedish Erotica finally disbanding in 1995.
Recent events - the third album:
The former frontman Mats Levén has participated in several projects and is one of the most established singers in the Swedish metal scene. Following his time in Treat, he was involved in AB / CD, a parody of AC / DC and released the album Cut the Crap! 1995. Later bands include Abstract Algebra, , At Vance, Fatal Force, Therion and many others. 2012 Leven briefly fronted Candlemass after they got rid of former front man Robert Lowe. 2005, the German company MTM Music released a compilation by Swedish Erotica - Too Daze Gone. This disc contains several recordings with Levén that were meant for the second album. The recordings were made before Levén left the band in favor of Treat. There are also old demos recorded at the beginning of the band's career, different sessions from before they were signed. Three of the songs are from the demo that gave them the recording contract with Virgin.
A Swedish melodic hard rock masterpiece, an absolute must-own for any fan of the genre.The album was produced by Ole Evenrude (Evenrude, Return, Wig Wam) who also contributed to the song writing, including the smash hit “Rock’n Roll City”.Following in the footsteps of just about every band to hail from the great nation of Sweden, Swedish Erotica released an outstanding melodic rock album. Debuting in 1989, one really has to wonder why these guys never achieved the success of Europe, or any other major European band.The mighty Mats Leven lending his heavenly vocal chords to some first class riff heavy sleaze metal. You can almost envision the lush harmonies, sing-along-choruses, and great riffs that pepper this release. The songs on this record are all radio ready, and you can easily imagine the vast majority of these songs being hit worthy. The sound on “Swedish Erotica” is undoubtedly late 80’s pop metal, with a distinct Swedish blend. Just about every song on the album is good, but here are my favorites. “We’re Wild Young And Free”, “Love Me Or Leave Me”, “Hollywood Dreams”, “Loaded Gun” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll City”.Album with a sound that reminds one of a cross between Rock/Glam/Sleaze merchants such as Tigertailz/Pretty Boy Floyd/Loud ‘N’ Nasty/Easy Action/Wratchild. Not to be missed!!!
Mats Leven - lead vocals, background vocals, keyboards
Magnus Axx - lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, background vocals
Morgan Le Fay - lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, background vocals
Johnny D'Fox - bass, background vocals
B.C. Strike - drums, background vocals
Ole Evenrude keyboards tracks 1,3,4, background vocals tracks 1,8
Tony Niva backing vocals tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 & 10
John Ballard backing vocals track 7
Siri Dale female voice track 2
01. Rock 'n' Roll City
02. Love On The Line
03. We're Wild, Young and Free
04. Hollywood Dreams
05. Love Hunger
06. Love Me Or Leave Me
08. She Drives Me Crazy
09. Loaded Gun
10. Rip It Off
11. Break The Walls
12. Hollywood Dreams (Acoustic Version)
13. Downtown (Toni Niva Version) (Bonus Track)
14. Rock 'n Roll City (Deep Hannover Mix) (Bonus Track)
15. Loaded Rap (Rap version Of Loaded Gun) (Bonus Track)
+ Video "We're Wild, Young and Free" (Official Video)
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