Gyllene Tider’s anniversary single Flickorna på TV2 (Remix ’89), heavily remixed by Anders Herrlin, is finally out digitally. It wasn’t even released on CD back in 1989 and the 12″, released in September, was very limited.
The story of Gyllene Tider becomes a motion picture.
Nordic drama production company Nevis Productions has secured a deal with Sweden’s national treasure, Gyllene Tider to make a theatrical movie and a TV-series based on the band’s incredible rise to fame and success.
In 1978, Per Gessle and Mats Persson formed Gyllene Tider with Micke Andersson, Anders Herrlin and Göran Fritzon. Having conquered Sweden, Gyllene Tider broke up in 1984. Frontman Per Gessle went on to form Roxette with singer Marie Fredriksson and took on the world.
The warm, feel-good movie – which is being developed in full collaboration with the band – will tell the inspiring story of how five teenagers captured the heart of the Swedish nation. Acclaimed Swedish scriptwriter Pernilla Oljelund (“Miss Friman’s War”, “Wallander”, “The Restaurant”) will pen Nevis’ first feature film which will start shooting in 2022. Nevis principals Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Moa Westeson and Cindy Hanson will produce.
The biopic charts the story of Per, a small-town, ambitious misfit who dreams of pop stardom and finds a brotherhood through music with MP, Micke, Anders and Göran. Defying ridicule and rejection, the band works hard and relentlessly to achieve success. The band quickly shot to fame with its power pop, catchy choruses and lyrics about life in a small, southern town. Gyllene Tider is a story about dreaming big and making it bigger, and then the highs and lows of experiencing the impossible: overnight stardom and fan hysteria, which neither the teenagers nor their families are prepared for.
In this coming-of-age story, success brings joy and fun, but also pressure, conflicts and tragic events that challenge the band and force them to grow up in the spotlight. Ultimately, it is their friendship and music that carries them through, up to the incredible last chapter, when the group not only survives but becomes bigger than ever.
In the following years, a number of Gyllene Tider reunions and tours took place. When Gyllene Tider celebrated its 25th anniversary with its first new album in 20 years, their GT25 tour in 2004 became the biggest tour in Scandinavia ever and the third largest in Europe. More records and tours followed, and by retaining their popularity for over 40 years, Gyllene Tider has earned legendary status in Sweden.
Per Gessle says: “The story of the guys in Gyllene Tider could be the story of any young small town person. The shaky possibilities after finishing school, the uncertain prospects of the future. However, inspired by the new wave and power pop scene of the era, bonding in our tiny rehearsal shack, we found a very unusual way to grow up. The early and crazy Gyllene Tider years changed our lives forever. And it seems we might have changed some other people’s lives as well along the way. The lads and I are all excited to be part of this production.”
Moa Westeson at Nevis adds: “We have long dreamed of dramatising the exceptional, inspirational story behind legendary Swedish pop band Gyllene Tider and are excited to bring the audience along on this fun, uplifting whirlwind celebration of music, friendship and coming of age that captures the zeitgeist of a bygone era.”
The words are Per Gessle’s and the time he talks about is 40 years ago, more precisely 1981. Gyllene Tider has broken through with thunder and lightning a year earlier and the shy boys from Halmstad do not really know how to behave in the media, what clothes they should wear or how to behave on the big stages … yet they are the biggest.
The difficult sophomore album is on the doorstep – the one that so many fall on. But not Gyllene Tider – it will be a success far beyond all expectations.
Now, 40 years later, the record is being hailed with this 3 vinyl box set containing the original vinyl, a vinyl with all the songs that were released around the album but which were not included on any album. As well as a vinyl with all the songs from the original album but in their original format, recorded live in the rehearsal studio in Harplinge.
Take part in a piece of Swedish pop history.
1. Vänta på mej!
2. Tuff tuff tuff (som ett lokomotiv)
3. På jakt efter liv
4. När vi två blir en
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. Du spelar svår att nå
7. Kom intill mej
1. (Kom så ska vi) leva livet
2. Min tjej och jag
3. Povel Ramel, Paul McCartney och jag
4. Chrissie, hur mår du?
5. Kärleken är inte blind (men ganska närsynt)
6. När alla vännerna gått hem
1. Gyllene tider för rock’n roll – 2.57
2. Vill ha ett svar! – 2.15
3. Och jorden den är rund. – 1.58
4. Ge mej inte det där – 2.13
5. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta – 3.49
6. Teena – 6.04
1. För dina bruna ögons skull – 3.37
2. Vem tycker om dej? – 4.29
3. Leka med elden – 4.50
4. Beating Heart – 3.04
5. To Play With Fire – 4.50
1. Vänta på mej! (Live replokalen 10 feb 1980) – 2.54
2. Tuff tuff tuff (som ett lokomotiv) (Live replokalen 1 jan 1981) – 3.02
3. När vi två blir en (Live replokalen 12 aug 1980) – 3.09
4. Det hjärta som brinner (Live replokalen 12 aug 1980) – 3.05
5. Du spelar svår att nå (Live replokalen 20 jan 1980) – 2.41
6. Kom intill mej (Live replokalen 9 jan 1980) – 2.59
7. Henry, dansa inte disco! (Live replokalen 20 jan 1980) – 5.03
1. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet (Live replokalen 20 jan 1980) – 3.22
2. Povel Ramel, Paul McCartney och jag (Live replokalen 19 jan 1980) – 3.48
3. Chrissie, hur mår du? (Live replokalen 20 jan 1980) – 3.51
4. Kärleken är inte blind (men ganska närsynt) (Live replokalen 18 juni 1980) – 3
5. Vill ha ett svar! (Live replokalen 7 jan 1981) – 2.17
6. S.O.S. (Live replokalen 18 juni 1980) – 3.34
”Roxette – The Book”, ”Gyllene Tider” (the first biography) and ”GT – en sista refräng” have been released as audiobooks. They are published by Vibery Audiobooks and can be bought on Bokon and Storytel, among others.
And the last GT book, split into two parts:
Micke Syd Andersson – born in Harplinge, today in 1961! The prankster of Gyllene Tider has finally matured. (Or has he?)
He started playing the bass at an early age, with his bestest friend Anders Herrlin, also from Harplinge. They played together in the band Yggdrasil for instance. They both played the bass and the drums, so they raffled who got to play what. According to Micke Anders got the bass due to having “bigger thumbs.” Then Micke, “Keef,” was drafted into Gyllene Tider by a common friend who’d heard a new band needed a drummer. Anders joined later.
In 1981 there was a plan to release a Ringo Starr-inspired Gyllene Tider single – the drummer sings. So the single was to be “Min tjej och jag” with the early version of “Tylö sun” as the B-side. Micke sings that one too. The plans were quickly scrapped and Micke was banned from singing for 35 years. In 2019 he was let back into the togetherness again, and sang “Låt denna trumslagarpojke sjunga!”
Micke has played with Gyllene Tider, Per Gessle and Roxette, but also with Marie Fredriksson and many many others. He ran his own coverband for several years, Syd & Ekman. Of course he has released his own stuff as well – singles such as “In the Summertime” and “Du & jag & Glenn Hysén”!
He also loves Star Wars and HBK, has meddled with Mindfulness, kinesiology and tapping, he’s a blood donor, he can do a thousand burpees (maybe), he lost a ton of weight because he was tired of being overweight, he was a penpal with many Gyllene-fans during the day just because it was the nice thing to do… it would be easier to write things he’s not been involved with! Micke’s also the guy who says what he feels like, good or bad.
Micke proposed to his darling wife Helena on stage in front of 27,000 people during GT25! in Halmstad! Of course she accepted…
All this is fun and (some) rather unimportant trivia – all the best from us Micke!
We truly love you, Happy Birthday!
Yikes, what happened? I remember succumbing to the album, hating it from the beginning, but Sweden’s only radio station P3, and Sweden’s only TV channel played the album literally back to back all day long so what could you do?
I bought it maybe in June 1981, I remember biking down to the record store getting it for 49 SEK. Without the bonus EP of course, because I was stupid even back then. Had I only biked 400 m longer, to Domus, I could have gotten the album with the EP. For the same price. But who needed the four extra tracks??
Moderna Tider was Gyllene Tider’s “sophomore album,” i.e. album #2. Very hard to follow up since the previous album, Gyllene Tider, had been a huge success.
Moderna Tider had advance orders of more than 130.000 copies and is one of Gyllene Tider’s most sold albums ever. The album had sold 304,680 copies by December 31, 1982. This is a major staple in Sweden’s music history, and I dare saying without it there would have been no Roxette.
The original title was Självutlösning (Self Ejaculation/Camera Remote Control,) a strange pun in English, that stayed in line with the camera and selfies on the sleeve. The name was changed in the 11th hour to Moderna Tider (Modern Times) after the Charlie Chaplin movie.
There was some controversy, mainly in the tabloids, around the making of the album. Some of the demos written for the album were discarded by head of A&R Kjell Andersson at EMI Sweden, who worked very closely with the band. “Juvenile” was one of his comments. The songs were “too sexy” with the lyrics being about – sex. Titles such as “Min tjej läser Playgirl” (My Girlfriend Reads Playgirl) and “Gå hem innan du lägger dej” (Go Home Before You Go to Bed) didn’t go well with Kjell. Songs like “Det hjärta som brinner” (This Heart’s on Fire,) “Povel Ramel, Paul McCartney och jag” (Povel Ramel, Paul McCartney and I) and “Vänta på mej!” (Wait for Me!) were written early on and are of course all on the album.
“Cilla 16 (Söt som socker)” (Cilla 16 (Sweet as Sugar)) was cut due to it being too similar to a Nick Lowe song. Per himself didn’t like the lyrics of “Vilken annan tjej som helst” (Any Other Girl), and rewrote it into “Min tjej och jag” (My Girlfriend and I) and put Micke on the vocals. Apart from that, Per, and Mats, wrote around 25-30 songs for the album during more than a year, some of which passed Kjell’s “excellent!” filter while some got caught in the “spam” filter. Just like it normally is in a healthy self-sustaining band. By the way, “Gå hem innan du lägger dej” resurfaced in 1995 as “Keep the Radio on (This is the Perfect Song)!
During late 1981-’82 Gyllene Tider recorded 15 of their songs in English, upon a request (which included specifically the cover songs “California Sun” and “I Go to Pieces”) from EMI USA. The thought was to send out an actual album with a real sleeve as a demo to the EMI companies around the world, to make a better impression rather than just sending out a boring cassette. The album was however never printed. No sleeve exists either, at least not known. Oh yes, since “Gyllene Tider” was a tad complicated to say outside of Sweden, they named themselves “Modern Times.” Of course there was already a band named that, so a few years later they named themselves “Roxette”…
Ten songs made the cut although surprisingly not the requested song “California Sun.” Other songs recorded are “Buddy Holly,” “Beating Heart” (När vi två blir en,) “To Play With Fire” (Leka med elden,) “Summer City” (Sommartider) and of course “California Sun” (Tylö sun.) Apart from the two songs on the “Beating Heart” single, “I Go to Pieces” from “Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång” and “Threnody” on the compilation album Radio Parlophone 2, these songs have never appeared anywhere. Some of the songs are totally re-recorded, while others are remixed overdubs. In 2019 “Beating Heart” and “To Play with Fire” were digitally released on the compilation Tidiga Tider. The first version of “Beating Heart” was a different version though, but that was rectified within days.
The album’s track list was published in the book Att vara Per Gessle. As I said, three of these have been released, plus the previously mentioned “To Play with Fire.”
1. Fever in the Night (Ljudet av ett annat hjärta)
2. Breaking Up is Hard to Do
3. Girl in a Cole Porter-Song (Flickan i en Cole Porter-sång)
4. I Go to Pieces
6. Excited (Upphetsad)
7. Been Lonely Too Long (På jakt efter liv)
8. Just Another Heartache (Vart tog alla vänner vägen?)
9. This Heart’s on Fire (Det hjärta som brinner)
10. When All the Lights Have Faded Away (När alla vännerna gått hem)
Here’s the ”Beating Heart” press release (verbatim):
For many people abroad, Sweden is ABBA, Volvo and Björn Borg. But a country can’t survive on such small amounts of activity and when it comes to music Sweden has plenty more to offer! For example a bunch of young guys called GYLLENE TIDER.
In 1977 two of these boys, PER GESSLE and MATS PERSSON started writing songs and soon after, they had put the band together with MIKAEL ANDERSSON, ANDERS HERRLIN and GÖRAN FRITZSON helping them out.
At their own expense the boys cut an E.P. which eventually arrived at EMI and the rest is kind of “rags to riches” story here in Sweden.
During the summer of -79 PER and MATS wrote material for GYLLENE TIDER’s first album. Their goal was to make the LP a collection of single material. Ambitious maybe! But obviously they succeeded. More than 140,000 bought the records which in Sweden is a more than satisfying figure.
From the album two singles were chosen. “Flickorna på TV2” and “Ska vi älska så ska vi älska till Buddy Holly” selling 25,000 and 10,000 resp.
This was a lift-off which even impressed the boys in the group but also made them aware of the fact that their next album must be even better. They had seen too many “one-hit-wonders.” So with this in mind, they wrote the material for album No. two, which was called “Moderna Tider” (“Modern Times”).
No-one can doubt the fact they’d done it again…
The album has to date sold 270,000 copies which make them strong competitors even to ABBA on the Scandinavian market. The single drawn from the LP “När vi två blir en” has sold 90,000 copies.
And now EMI have stared considering territory outside Scandinavia. A single has therefore been recorded in English.
On the one side is “Beating Heart” and on the other a ballad called “To Play with Fire.”
Both tracks show the quality and capacity in the group.
As it is absolutely impossible for people outside Scandinavia to pronounce the name GYLLENE TIDER the boys call themselves MODERN TIMES on the sleeve.
But although the name is changed the music isn’t! And there’s plenty more to come…
1. Vänta på mej!
2. Tuff tuff tuff (som ett lokomotiv)
3. På jakt efter liv
4. När vi två blir en
5. Det hjärta som brinner
6. Du spelar svår att nå
7. Kom intill mej
8. (Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
9. Min tjej och jag
10. Povel Ramel, Paul McCartney och jag
11. Chrissie, hur mår du?
12. Kärleken är inte blind (men ganska närsynt)
13. När alla vännerna gått hem
Bonus tracks 1990 & 2004
14. Gyllene Tider för rock’n roll
15. Vill ha ett svar!
16. Och jorden den är rund…
17. Ge mej inte det där
18. Ljudet av ett annat hjärta
20. För dina bruna ögon skull
21. Vem tycker om dej?
22. Leka med elden
När vi två blir en (16 consecutive weeks as #1!)
(Kom så ska vi) Leva livet
Chart peak position
Sweden: #1 March 27, 1981
Norway: #2 March 1981
1981-03-10 // EMI Parlophone / Catalogue 7C 062-35825: 13 track LP and MC, the first edition came with the bonus EP “Swing & Sweet”
1990-07-03 // EMI Parlophone / Catalogue 7942202: 22 track CD in Kompakta Tider
2004-03-24 // EMI Parlophone / Catalogue 5767762: 13 track CD + 9 track bonus CD, digipak
2007-04-11 // EMI Parlophone / Catalogue 3630792: 13 track CD
2019-05-21 // Cosmos Music / Catalogue: 7332334438291 13 track LP in black and turquoise vinyl
There will be an anniversary box. Remember where you saw it first.
Good news! Parkliv is to be released on the streaming service Netflix March 3. According to a screenshot the format will be in HD! So far the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany have been confirmed.
The only available format right now is the DVD released in 2004. Directed by Lasse Hallström, “Parkliv!” opened on October 10 1981.