The Cardigans

The Cardigans
Release date
01 January 1970
The Cardigans
01 January 1970 |

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The five-piece met as teenagers in Jonkoping, a small Swedish town in which the only distinguishing feature is its
fifty-two churches. In October 1992, bonded by their mutual love of hard rock music, guitarist Peter Svensson and
bassist Magnus Sveningsson conceived The Cardigans. As their hometown was hardly a Mecca of musical
enterprise, the group packed up and moved to the somewhat more central fishing port of Malmo, Sweden’s third
largest city, to seek their fortune. With Peter writing most of the music and the band as a whole composing the
lyrics, the quintet set out to find a deal.

After an early recording of “Rise & Shine” appeared on a local independent label in 1994, The Cardigans were
swiftly signed to Stockholm Records. The same year the band made their debut for the label with Emmerdale and
later won the accolade of “Best Album of 1994” from Slitz, at the time Sweden’s leading music magazine. The rise of
The Cardigans has since been gradual, allowing them the time to develop naturally as their sales and positive
exposure grew with each release. Their second long-player, Life, which followed in 1995, featured the hit singles
Carnival” and the re-recorded “Rise & Shine”, and witnessed the band’s first international chart success. Prior to
the First Band On The Moon album in September 1996, The Cardigans released “Lovefool“. Although the first
response to the single was very positive and landed them in the Top 40, it achieved nowhere near the impact that
awaited it the following Spring.

It was in 1997 that The Cardigans were first catapulted towards international superstardom. “Lovefool’s” inclusion
on the blockbuster Romeo & Juliet film soundtrack that Spring pushed them past the boiling point. The single not
only reached No. 1 in both the UK and US airplay charts but also debuted at No. 2 in the UK national chart, where it
remained top five for five weeks. All in all, the album reached more than 2.5 million sales worldwide, achieving
Platinum status in the US and Japan and Gold in the UK. The promotional activities supporting the worldwide
success of “Lovefool” and First Band On The Moon were never ending. The band not only performed a yearlong
world tour complete with endless radio sessions and press and television interviews, but even ended up making
guest appearances on Beverley Hills 90210 and the David Letterman Show.

It was because of the sheer exhaustion resulting from such a schedule, that The Cardigans since took some well
deserved time off at home in Malmo to recuperate their artistic juices and write new material. During their time
off, however, the band was by no means dormant. In the beginning of 1999 they contributed a new track, “War”, to
the A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack, a live recording of “Been It” to the Lilith Fair compilation and “Deuce”,
featured on the new album, to the X-Files soundtrack. Their break also included experimentation with various solo

In June 1998, the group, who are very loyal to their roots, once again joined long-time producer Tore Johansson at
his studio, Country Hell, located beside the picturesque Svaneholm Castle in Malmo and recorded the album,
Gran Turismo“.

The first single, “My Favourite Game” was a major hit in many territories. The video for “My Favourite Game” was
directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The second single “Erase/Rewind” was released in January 1999, and this single also
turned out to be a major hit around the world.

“Gran Turismo” reached more than 2.5 million sales worldwide.

The album “Long Gone Before Daylight” was released in February 2003 and from the album the singles “For What
It’s Worth” and “You’re The Storm” were taken. The album received great reviews and the band spent most of 2003
touring Europe and North America.


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