Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Roxette . . . a Swedish pop double act . . . Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle . . . their music is best summed up as extremely catchy, simple hooks and melodies, a blend of pop with a hint of dance features Gessle's pop compositions to Fredriksson's vocals.
The group has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with two platinum albums - 1988's Look Sharp! (released in the U.S. in 1989) and 1991's Joyride - and two gold singles - "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love."
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Roxette stood among the top bands in worldwide sales and fame and could command an arena filled with tens of thousands of fans in places as diverse as Stockholm, Mexico City, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Rome and Sydney.
SIGNIFICANT RECORDINGS HIGHLIGHTS:
LOOK SHARP! . . . released October 1988 won Gessle his first Swedish Grammis award in the category Best Composer. Roxette received two Rockbjörnen Awards: for Best Swedish Album and Best Swedish Group while Fredriksson won her third consecutive Rockbjörnen for Best Swedish Female Artist. . . .
"The Look" . . . a song about a woman "walking like a man, hitting like a hammer." . . . their first single release in the US reached No. 1 on the April 8, 1989, Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for one week. At the end of the year, Billboard named "The Look" one of the 20 biggest Hot 100 singles of the year.
"Dressed for Success" . . . their second single release in the US peaked at Number 14 on the Hot 100.
"Listen to Your Heart" spent a week at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 4, 1989.
"Dangerous" spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February 1990.
IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE . . . The Single . . .
Touchstone Pictures approached EMI and Roxette about contributing a song to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Gessle has claimed that "It Must Have Been Love", by then a 2-year-old recording, was chosen because Roxette didn't have time to compose and record a new song while touring through Australia and New Zealand.
The soundtrack went on to be certified three times platinum by the RIAA. Though not the first single released from the soundtrack, "It Must Have Been Love" would prove to be the most successful, spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 beginning in the June 16, 1990, edition, while topping the charts in more than 20 other countries around the world.
The song had staying power on the chart, spending two additional weeks at No. 2 after falling from the top, a total of nine weeks in the Top 10, and then 17 weeks in the Top 40. Billboard named "It Must Have Been Love" the No. 2 Hot 100 single of the year.
The song would prove to be Roxette's most successful single release, peaking at the top of the singles charts in many countries and No. 3 in the United Kingdom, the group's highest chart position there.
Joyride ~ Video
Spending My Time ~ Video
Crash! Boom! Bang! ~ Video
Sleeping in My Car ~ Video
Milk, Toast and Honey ~ Video
Almost Unreal ~ Video
One Wish ~ Video
Stars ~ Video
Roxette's Official Website
MTV was well established and the music world revolved around videos to promote new releases. The way of doing business in the music industry had undergone a drastic change and music lovers everywhere rejoiced.
Being the obsessed music lover that I am, I made tapes of all my favorite videos, cataloged them in a data base and printed the catalog in a book. I still have them although I haven't watched them in years.
The music of Roxette takes me back to the happy and exciting times of the late 1980's and early 1990's . . . we were financially secure enough for me to gamble and embark on a career change . . . and so it began in these times. They were good times although I never worked so hard in my life as I worked my regular job and also worked my new career at the same time. . . . seemed like I was working 24/7 . . . and I loved every minute of it.