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 ROXETTE (Pop-Rock)

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MesajSubiect: ROXETTE (Pop-Rock)   Sam Mai 31, 2008 11:51 am



Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, partly rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.

Roxette is among the top bands in worldwide sales and fame, brandishing a simple, effective blend of pop with a slight edge and occasional hints of dance. The group claims such influences as The Beatles, Blondie, new-wave music, Joni Mitchell, and Aretha Franklin.

In 1991, Roxette performances could fill an arena with tens of thousands of fans in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Montevideo, Paris, Rome, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Stockholm, and Sydney. The 1992 release Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places, with a recording of audience members singing along to the tune of the group's biggest hit, "It Must Have Been Love", exemplifies Roxette's temporary but impressive hold.

Roxette have worldwide sales of 75 million copies of its albums and singles.

Roxette had four US No. 1 singles, two No. 2 singles and a few other Top 40 peaks until falling out of sight of the Hot 100 in 1994. Even so, by that token, Roxette can be considered a highly successful singles act. 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."

In Sweden the group has had 17 Top 10 hits, and Roxette has developed a large following throughout South America, South Africa and Europe.

Roxette's music is best summed up by the title of its 1995 greatest-hits album: Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Mostly written by Gessle and produced by Clarence Öfwerman, the songs were melodic pop, what Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor of the All Music Guide, called 'extremely catchy and simple hooks and melodies that are sweet but not saccharine.' Jon Pareles of The New York Times, however, thought that 'Roxette's music is a matter of efficiency and control, not fun... and won't be accused of too much originality'. Single releases tend to oscillate between lead vocals by Gessle - whose light, almost sunshiny voice fronts hits such as 'The Look' and 'Joyride' - and Fredriksson whose grainy, throatier delivery can be heard on 'Fading Like a Flower, 'It Must Have Been Love', and 'Listen to Your Heart', among others.

Though they've claimed the original aim of Roxette was to apply Gessle's pop compositions to Fredriksson's vocals, they also claim the spontaneously written and recorded 'The Look', the group's worldwide breakthrough hit, came as a surprise with Gessle taking lead. Perhaps the claim can be questioned in light of the fact the first single Gessle and Fredriksson released in Sweden in late 1985, 'Neverending Love', was a full on duet (similar to 'Dangerous') as were several other single releases before the group's reach expanded beyond their home country.

Discography

Studio albums:
* The Heartland Café (1984, credited to Gyllene Tider, though a six-track EP was released in the United States by Capitol Records and credited to Roxette)
* Pearls of Passion (1986, the first album with only Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson appearing as the band Roxette — reissued in 1997 with bonus tracks)
* Look Sharp! (1988) #4 UK, #23 US
* Joyride (1991) #2 UK, #12 US
* Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotelrooms & Other Strange Places (1992) #2 UK, #117 US
* Crash! Boom! Bang! (1994) #3 UK
* Have a Nice Day (1999) #28 UK, #62 AUS
* Room Service (2001)

Compilations:

* Dance Passion (1987, vinyl-only re-mix album of Roxette's first album, Pearls of Passion.)
* Rarities (1995, released in Japan and South America)
* Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxette's Greatest Hits (1995) #5 UK
* Baladas En Espańol (1996)
* Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxette's Greatest Hits (2000, revised version released under Edel Records in the United States)
* The Ballad Hits (2002) #11 UK
* The Pop Hits (2003)
* "A Collection of Roxette Hits - Their 20 Greatest Songs!" (2006) #22 UK
* "The Rox Box / Roxette 86-06 (4 cds and DVD compilation) (2006)

Videos:

* Roxette - Sweden Live! (1989, LaserDisc & VHS Japan, VHS South Africa)
* Look Sharp Live! '88 (1989, VHS)
* The Videos (1991, LD & VHS)
* Live-Ism (1992, LD & VHS)
* Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! - Roxette's Greatest Video Hits (1995, LD & VHS)
* Crash! Boom! Live! - The Johannesburg Concert (1996, LD & VHS Japan, VHS ROW)
* All Videos Ever Made & More (2001, DVD, PAL only)
* Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection (2003, DVD)
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