This is a fan fiction of personally the most under-appreciated and best musical groups of all-time…in Sweden.
Per Gessle was signing for one of the top bands in Sweden, while Marie Fredriksson was a struggling singer in the Blonde Bar. In the early 1980s, Per saw Marie’s talents and put her in her band as a backup vocalist for Gyllene Tider. After a few attempts at stardom on their own in the mid 80s, the both decided that as a group, they will become a strong musical group. They would call themselves… Roxette.
Roxette had intermediate success with Pearls of Passion in Sweden, their first full-length album. They were the group that succeeds ABBA as the new hot Swedish group and they were on their way. In 1988, Roxette made their breakthrough album, Look Sharp!. All of Sweden got the album and made Roxette country heroes…but that was the start. Dean Cushman, an American exchange student in Sweden, grab Sweden’s treasure and gave it to a Minneapolis radio station and told them to play Roxette over the airwaves. When Roxette hit the airwaves, all of Minnesota were dancing, and then all of the United States was dancing to “The Look”. Roxette became international stars. Roxette traveled the world from 1988-1990 to play for their new fans outside of Sweden. When Roxette came back home, they saw something unexpected: despair.
In the early 90s, Sweden was in the middle of an country-wide financial crash and there was little to no hope. Roxette release Joyride to uplift the Swedes, but it had modest success in Sweden because of the economy and did not carry internationally with the rise of rap, grunge, and alternative music. Roxette was losing their voice and would be overthrown.
Roxette’s fellow Swedish musicians, Ace of Base, debut in 1993 with a rousing start and what you expect. Roxette were on the downswing, while Ace of Base were the rising stars. Roxette decided they wanted to create an album for Sweden.
In 1994, Roxette went back to the studio and released Crash! Boom! Bang! The album correspond to the end of the Sweden financial crisis and a start of new hope in Sweden. At first, sales were slow because people still view Roxette as over the top, but when they heard the music and message, people drove to the stores to buy the album. Crash! Boom! Bang! signified two things: Roxette return as Swedish heroes and sparked the beginning of Sweden’s financial recovery. It was the last time they reach platinum status.
After Crash! Boom! Bang!, Roxette made many compilation albums and side projects. In 2002, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Swedish media were so in the story, that someone put a rumor that Marie had a second tumor. The doctors held a press conference stating that Marie didn’t have a second tumor. A few months later, Marie was tumor free, and sue the Express. Roxette were still popular, but were heading to paparazzi puppets, so the group took a long break.
In 2006, Per and Marie reunited for the 20th Anniversary of their first album, Pearls of Passion. It was another collection of their greatest hits setup by their record company, but it had one new song, “One Wish”. The song was not as popular, but that one song had a feeling that Per and Marie really missed each other. For months, Per and Marie discuss and chat about a comeback album and other things.
In 2008, the global economic crisis hit and talks of a Roxette reuniting started to heat up. In April 2009, Per had a conversation with the BBC stating Roxette would be coming back if Marie wants to be in. In May 6th, 2009, Per was on his Night of the Proms tour and played solo. After several songs, Per said on stage (translated in English), “Ladies and Gentleman, for this next song, let me introduce a friend I met and want her to come on stage.” It was Marie. The duo played a few songs and everyone took notice…Roxette is back.
Currently, Roxette is in studio for their comeback album with Marie having losing her sight a bit from the brain tumor several years ago and the world has change with mp3s, social media, and a diverse music talent pool battling for audiences. However, the world called on Roxette because the economy is tanking. Roxette had this challenge in 1994 with their own country’s crisis. When Roxette came back in the Summer of 2009, the economy is starting to recover worldwide. Everyone is thankful Roxette reunited and Per and Marie are thankful to have been together to help the economy. The second Joyride has begun.
Trevlig Helg Roxette!