This year, iconic Swedish synth-pop stars, Roxette celebrate the 30th anniversary of their chart-topping third album Joyride.
Following the band’s spectacular global breakthrough with Look Sharp! in 1989 – with massive singles The Look and Listen to Your Heart – the duo released Joyride in 1991, cementing their newfound status as a global hit-makers. Upon release, the album’s title track zoomed all the way up to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – setting a record no Scandinavian group or artist has yet been able to break!
Watch Roxette deliver a stunning rendition of Joyride, at the peak of its popularity, live on Top of the Pops in 1991, below.
Roxette | ‘Joyride’ [Top Of The Pops, 1991]
The Joyride (30th Anniversary Box Set) offers two previously unreleased demos of songs originally released by Per’s former group Gyllene Tider, and other unearthed demos from 1990. Other unearthed demos from 1990 are Small Talk, Church Of Your Heart, Physical Fascination, Things Will Never Be The Same, I Remember You and not least the future single B-side The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye – one of the strongest songs that never made it to the album. It would however become a much-loved track by Roxette fans – the “Roxers” – and recorded by many artists, among them American singer Laura Branigan.
Sweet Thing is another one of the many songs written and demoed for the new album, giving the listener a more complete insight into the making of this classic pop album. The Joyride (30th Anniversary Box Set) is out now, get it, here.
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