Roxette celebrate 30 years of ‘Joyride’ – Music News

On Sunday March 28, Swedish group Roxette celebrate the 30th anniversary of their third album “Joyride” – the much anticipated follow-up to the band’s spectacular 1989 global break-through “Look Sharp!”.`

To celebrate, this autumn ”Joyride” will be released as a 4-album vinyl and a 3-CD box, containing the original release as well as previously unreleased or hard-to-get material that paints a fuller picture of a ride that still puts a smile on peoples faces.

The albums three US #1 singles “The Look”, “Listen To Your Heart” and “It Must Have Been Love” and other big hits like “Dressed For Success” and “Dangerous” had almost overnight transformed the dynamic duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle into a world-wide hit phenomenon that would soon pave the way for other Swedish pop acts during the 90’s.

Unsurprisingly, “Joyride” therefore carried a heavy weight on its shoulders; the album was supposed to cement Roxette’s new-found status as a global hit phenomenon, proving that the chart successes of 1989 and 1990 was no fluke. Some artists would have found this pressure hard to handle. But Roxette delivered. Or as Per Gessle remembers:

“Björn Ulveaus once told me how he felt when ABBA recorded “Mamma Mia”. It was like the whole pop world revolved around them. Their sound was spot-on, they had produced a string of hits, and everybody was waiting for the next one. But despite that pressure, they never thought it was difficult to deliver. And that’s exactly how I felt about ‘Joyride’. I had read an interview with Paul McCartney, where he said that ‘writing songs with John Lennon was just a long joyride’. The song came very easily, and I instantly knew it was a hit: it would provide the album with a great title, ‘hello, you fool I love you’ was a cool hook. Everything was there. With ‘Joyride’ the whole album was in the can.”

The world, however, was hardly on a joyride when the album was released. Releasing an album called “Joyride” and flying around the world for interviews and promotion when the US Army had just launched Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait, can hardly be called optimal timing.

But in the spring of 1991, most things seemed to go Roxette’s way. The cheery title track zoomed up the charts, giving the group their fourth #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the USA – setting a record that still holds for Scandinavian acts – while future singles like “Fading Like A Flower”, “Spending My Time” and “Church Of Your Heart” was waiting in the wings. Soon the album had passed the 11-million mark.

“Marie’s superb vocals is one of the main reasons that Roxette – and not least our biggest album ‘Joyride’ – was such a huge success. Around this time, she was at the absolute top of her game, effortlessly creating lasting wonders with my songs. Beside the big hits, ‘Joyride’ also contains ‘Perfect Day’, ‘Hotblooded’, ‘(Do You Get) Excited?’ and not least ’Watercolours In The Rain’, a song that Marie had written wonderful music to, and I happened to have a fitting lyric in the drawer”, Per says.

You can view the original article HERE.

George Clooney Turned Down $35 Million for One Day’s Work
Critics Choice Awards Celebration of Black Cinema & Television to Honor Will Smith, Ruth Negga and More on December 6th | Festivals & Awards
A Magnificent Remake of the Classic Musical
House of Gucci Could Get Hit With Legal Action From Gucci Heirs
BTS’ ‘Permission To Dance On Stage’ gigs among best-selling of all time
Hans Zimmer: ‘I started to make a soundtrack in my own head, as a 13 year old’ – Music News
Krayzie Bone Exposes The Music Industry's SECRET Hip Hop Meeting & The Agenda That Came From It!
Carlos Santana cancels Vegas residency following health scare
The Big Leap’s Quiet Brilliance and Why It Deserved Your Attention & Viewership
Peacemaker Trailer Asks Us to Give Peace a Flippin’ Chance
Godzilla (1978 TV Series) // The Firebird Part 2 of 3
A Christmas Dance Reunion Review: Coleman & Bleu Bring the Nostalgia, Charm, & Sizzling Chemistry!
The High Stake Sports Betting In Canada
LeBron says testing process ‘handled very poorly’
New Seahawk Peterson playing for ‘love of game’
Most Popular Sports In Hungary
The Gifting Event of the Season Is Here
Dr. Oz Ripped by Senate Race Opponent, I Will ‘Demolish’ Him
Dream Doll Reveals An Important Day For Her
Miss Kentucky Elle Smith has been crowned the winner of Miss USA 2021
Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert’s Family Models For SKIMS
Daily Gift Guide: Divine Jewelry Options Under $500
Celine’s Spring Summer ’22 Collection Sparkles & Shines In Nice
The Best Clothes to Wear During the Holiday Season