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The Cardigans

One of the most pleasing pop groups of the '90s, the Cardigans specialized in sugary confections that would grow annoying very quickly if they weren't backed by solid musicianship and clever arrangements. The band's 1995 breakout album, Life, reflected the Cardigans at their most saccharine -- the sunny disposition of vocalist Nina Persson being the major argument in favor -- and critics inserted the group into the space age pop revivalist camp. The Cardigans later proved that they were more difficult to pigeonhole, however.

Even the band's origins showed that their later appearance was quite misleading; two heavy metal fanatics formed the group in October 1992 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Guitarist Peter Svensson met bassist Magnus Sveningsson in a hardcore group, though he had previously trained in music theory and jazz arranging. The two later grew tired of metal and decided to form a pop band with vocalist Nina Persson -- an art-school friend who had never sung professionally -- plus keyboard player Lars-Olof Johansson and drummer Bengt Lagerberg.

All five Cardigans moved into a small apartment in 1993 and began recording a demo tape that entered the hands of producer Tore Johansson later that year. He liked what he heard and invited the group to record at his Malmö studio. Signed to the dance-oriented Stockholm label, the Cardigans released Emmerdale in May 1994. The single "Rise & Shine" became a hit on Swedish radio soon after the release of the LP, and a readers poll in Sweden's Slitz magazine voted Emmerdale the best album of 1994.

The Cardigans spent the last half of 1994 touring Europe and recording their second album. A satirical response to their moody debut, Life showed the band at their most upbeat, including an angelic picture of Persson in an ice-skating outfit for the cover. Released in March 1995 -- with several re-recordings of songs from Emmerdale -- the album eventually sold one and a half million copies worldwide and became especially popular in Japan, where it achieved platinum status.

A deal with Minty Fresh gave the Cardigans an American release of Life in spring 1996, and the group played eight sold-out shows in the U.S. that summer. The American major labels began to notice the attention, and Mercury signed them soon after. First Band on the Moon, released in September 1996, de-emphasized the pure pop in favor of abstract arrangements and some rather violent themes. Nevertheless, the infectious single "Lovefool" became a radio hit by early 1997, and First Band on the Moon eventually reached gold status in America, as well as platinum certification in Japan (just three weeks after its release).

Gran Turismo followed in 1998, though it lacked an obvious hit and led to a long hiatus for the band. Finally, the Cardigans returned in 2003 with Long Gone Before Daylight, marking a clear transition with confessional material closer to the singer/songwriter tradition. Super Extra Gravity followed in 2005. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Super Extra Gravity

1. Losing A Friend

2. Godspell

3. Drip Drop Teardrop

4. Overload

5. I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer

6. Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)

7. Little Black Cloud

8. In The Round

9. Holy Love

10. Good Morning Joan

11. And Then You Kissed Me II

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Track List: Long Gone Before Daylight

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Track List: Gran Turismo

1. Paralyzed

2. Erase/Rewind

3. Explode

4. Starter

5. Hanging Around

6. Higher

7. Marvel Hill

8. My Favorite Game

9. Do You Believe

10. Junk Of The Hearts

11. Nil

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Track List: First Band On The Moon

1. Your New Cuckoo

2. Been It (Live)

3. Heartbreaker

4. Happy Meal II

5. Never Recover

6. Step On Me

7. Lovefool

8. Losers

9. Iron Man

10. Great Divide

11. Choke

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Track List: Life

1. Carnival

2. Daddy's Car

3. Fine

4. Rise And Shine

5. Our Space

6. Celia Inside

7. Over The Water

8. Tomorrow

9. Sick And Tired

10. Beautiful One

11. Gordon's Gardenparty

12. Hey! Get Out Of My Way

13. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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Track List: Emmerdale

1. Sick & Tired

2. Black Letter Day

3. In The Afternoon

4. Over The Water

5. After All...

6. Cloudy Sky

7. Our Space

8. Rise & Shine

9. Celia Inside

10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

11. Seems Hard

12. Last Song

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Must be fooled
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Lovefool
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love swedish singers
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This song is prevalent to my childhood. The best time of my life.
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Godspell.... . . . . . . I t ' s not murder, it's an act of faith
And as the world moves faster
Whip lashing us round and round
It's quite a slow disaster
But people keep on falling down

Sooo meaningful!
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❤️
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I love the cardigans songs
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cmoncada82
Love me love me, say that you love me…
Lovefool is such a wonderful song.

Charlie the Unicorn ^•^
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Charlie the Unicorn ^•^
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WAIT I WILL BE KISSED BY MY CRUSH cool B-)
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now you've started reading this.Don't stop Reading this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it it will get bad luck.put this on 15 songs in 143 min.when you're done the press The and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so
creepy because it actually works
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Godspell.... . . . . . w h a t a great song ! Nina's singing is full of feeling and passion!
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mmhmm
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Fave band
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What a wonderful song to listen to.
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Love Fool is what I am right now. But he is wonderful so I can't let him go.
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Me fascina the cardigans the cranberries no doubt
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Nina Persson.... mmm
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pbsd76
Mmmm cardigans... . :))
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Haha and I thought it was the cranberries! !
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Wow, all this time I thought this was a No Doubt song...
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ampknob11
Sorry to be too rocking of the boat there Gardeniastar r , but perhaps Pandora is trying to clue you in to what grand of scale a waste of time and vinyl Janis was and remains.
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Love me love me,say that you need me
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subi062307
Always reminds me of the Movie the 13th floor!!
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Omg I'm old,stop reminding me Pandora!
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Great song!
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asbiphone
High school ,high school.
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I love this song so much that I love the cardigans too much now it came from the movie Romero and Juliet
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flyers3939
Good...Good. . . s o n g ! ! ! I would listen to music such as this as I drive my G37X SPEEDING IN DE ON HIGHWAY!! HAHAHA...NO CARE IN THE WORLD!
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LOVE FOOL
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To 'desireevara g a s ' . . . . u n d e r r a t e d means to not be recognized for your talent or accomplishme n t s .
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Omg The first band on the moon grate album and I loved them and this song called Lovefool good memories ;)
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It's been so long since I have heard them. Yes... I still love them.
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love love love them in da 90's....
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Love me love me
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90s the last great decade.
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Not as bad as they really are
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ANYONE?????? ? ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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What does underrated mean?!?!
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BEST SONG EVER IN THE WORLD
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ORIGINAL SOUND = GOOD MUSIC
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Damn!!
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Lovefool
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But I do...i will, an I do I do
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The idea that Gran Turismo wasn't successful is ridiculous. It will go down in history as a cult classic along the lines of The Big Lebowski.
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great band, and gran turismo is like a pop-version of pink Floyd. great stuff!
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Say that you Love me.
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It's unfortunate that The Cardigans were so underrated. What great musicianship and talent.
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Totally underrated, sadly
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