Secret Service

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

Secret Service is THE Swedish pop/New Wave band, popular in the early 1980s.

In 1979, Ola Hakansson, a former vocalist of Ola & the Janglers and then a publishing manager at Sonet Records, teamed up with Tim Norell and Ulf Wahlberg to write a few songs that they submitted to the Melodifestivalen, a popular Swedish 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 Tony Lindberg (guitars), Leif Paulsen (bass) and Leif Johansson (drums). Norell, who penned along with Hakansson most songs of the band, however, did not appear with them 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. The same titled album that included another hit, Ten O’Clock Postman, went gold in Sweden. Other successes followed, with their synthpop number Flash in the Night (1982, their greatest success) hitting the charts all over continental Europe.

In the mid-’80s Norell and Hakansson also started writing and producing songs for other artists. Ola Hakansson’s duet with ex-ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog, The Way You Are, became a gold single in Sweden. In 1987, Hakansson, Norell, and Wahlberg released Aux Deux Magots, their last 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 A. Lindberg. Hakansson would become Norell’s partner with Army Of Lovers‘ Alexander Bard in what would be known as the Megatrio, a Swedish equivalent to Stock-Aitken-Waterman known as Norell Oson Bard.

In 1992, Hakansson 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. Hakansson still works together with Secret Service but is not performing on stage anymore.

Secret Service still successfully tours the world, especially Russia, Ukraine and Scandinavia.