Secret Service

Secret Service
Release date
01 January 1970
Secret Service
01 January 1970 |

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Secret Service is a legendary Swedish pop/new wave band, originally formed 1979. Ola Hakansson, former vocalist
of Ola & The Janglers and then a publishing manager at Sonet Music, teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg
to write a few songs that they submitted to the European Song Contest. They did not win but decided to continue
working together and changed their band’s name from Ola+3 to Secret Service. Besides Ola Hakansson (vocals),
Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg (keyboards), the original lineup included Tonny Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass)
and Leif Johansson (drums).

Tim Norell however, who along with lyric writer Bjorn Hakanson, penned most songs of the band, did not appear
with the band on stage or on the album covers. Secret Service’s first single “Oh Susie” became a hit in Sweden and
several other countries of Europe and South America. “Oh Susie” was no 1 in 29 countries.

The same titled album included another hit, “Ten O’clock Postman” Other successes followed, with their
synthesizer based number “Flash in the Night” hitting the charts all over continental Europe, the duet with ex-
ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog, “The Way You Are“, also to be mentioned.

In 1987, Håkansson, Norell, and Wahlberg released “Aux Deux Magots”, their sixth album as Secret Service. The
other members of the band had quit by then and were replaced by multi-instrumentalist Anders Hansson and
bassist Mats Lindberg. Björn Håkanson had at that time left the group as lyricist and Ola had taken over that part
together with Alexander Bard. (Army Of Lovers)

1988, Håkansson, Norell, and Wahlberg decided to go separate ways. Håkansson continued as Norell’s partner
together with Anders Hansson and became known as the Megatrio, a Swedish equivalent to Stock-Aitken-
Wateman. In 1992, Håkansson and his associates established Stockholm Records as a joint venture with Polygram.
They produced such artists as Army Of Lovers and The Cardigans, among others.

Wahlberg continued working as a producer, songwriter and had great success with both local and international
artist. He started his own company XTC Productions in 1989 and successfully launches Swedish artists abroad. He
also started up his own professional recording studio – XTC Studios.

1999 Ola, Ulf and Tim got together to compile a new compilation with Secret Service songs, Top Secret –Greatest
Hits. The work took place in XTC Studios and it all led to the recording of four new tracks for the album.

Secret Service had many admirers in the Soviet Union and other countries of Eastern Europe during the Cold War.
Faced with a 1980-century gala in Moscow in December 2006, Ulf and Tim re-assembled the band, however, with a
new lineup. Because of family and business reasons Ola decided to not join the band at live performances and
tours. So together with Mats Lindberg (bass) from the 2:nd lineup they invited Mikael Erlandsson (vocals and
guitar) and Jaime Borger (drums) to join the new live version of the band. Since then the band has successfully
toured all over Russia and other territories with this lineup.

2012 was the time for a world-wide release of ”The Lost Box”. An album consisting of more or less forgotten and
never completed songs from the years behind. Never the less an album of great songs that was very well achieved
by the audience. So, as you can see, the story of Secret Service continues even today with a lot of activities all over
the world.


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