Freddie Wadling

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Freddie Wadling
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Freddie Wadling performing at Bryggarsalen in Stockholm, Sweden, April 2011
Background information
Born (1951-08-02) August 2, 1951 (age 63)
Gothenburg, Sweden)
Genres Rock, punk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1970s – present
Associated acts Liket Lever, Cortex, Straitjacket), Leather Nun, Blue for Two

Freddie Wadling (born August 2, 1951 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish singer, actor and opera writer, whose over 30-year musical career spans from punk to classical ballads.

In various bands[edit]

He played bass in a number of bands during the 1970s and early 1980s. One notable band was Liket Lever (which roughly translates to The Corpse Lives).

In the early 1980s, he joined the cult band Cortex. During this period Cortex released the album Spinal Injuries in 1981. The song "The Freaks" sung by Freddie Wadling became a signature song for him and was used in the soundtrack of Tjenare Kungen.

Wadling also played in Straitjacket and the controversial Leather Nun, but his importance for the Swedish punk scene has been small - in contrast to his influence in the alternative/experimental rock scene.

In Blue for Two[edit]

Main article: Blue for Two

In the 1980s and 1990s, he was vocalist of the Swedish alternative pop/rock duo Blue for Two. The duo started in Gothenburg in 1984 with him on vocals and Henryk Lipp as songwriter and synthesizers. They had a string of albums including Blue for Two (1986), Songs from a Pale and Bitter Moon (1988), Search & Enjoy (1992), Earbound (1994) and Moments (1997). The band became very popular and one of the main bands in the Swedish alternative scene in the 1980s. For their live performances, they were often accompanied by Sator guitarist Chips Kiesbye.

Solo career[edit]

After Two for Blue stopped performing by the end of the 1990s, Freddie Wadling developed a prosperous solo career, releasing a great number of albums, and very notably the highly acclaimed En skiva till kaffet (1999) and Jag är monstret (2005)

He also got attention with being part of the Fleshquartet for which he was awarded the Cornelis Vreeswijk Prize in 2005. The latter also contains collaborations with Thomas Öberg, Per Gessle and Tomas Andersson Wij. Waldling was also featured in band Mikrotone. He also joined Timbersound, formed in 1994 with Magne Furuholmen and Kjetil Bjerkestrand.

2010s saw a comeback by Freddie Wadling at two levels. He released his solo album With a Licence to Kill in 2011 that reached #12 on the Swedish Albums Chart and as Blue for Two he released with Henryk Lipp the album Tune the Piano and Hand Me a Razor that reached #18 on the Swedish Albums Chart.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

In Cortex
  • 1981: Spinal Injuries
In Blue for Two
  • 1986: Blue for Two
  • 1988: Songs from a Pale and Bitter Moon
  • 1992: Search & Enjoy
  • 1994: Earbound
  • 1997: Moments
  • 2012: Tune the Piano and Hand Me a Razor
With music project Mother
  • 2008: LP (with music project Mother)
Solo albums
  • 1989: Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • 1991: Picnic on a Frozen River
  • 1991: The Dice Man (Collection album)
  • 1997: A Soft-Hearted Killer Collection (Collection album)
  • 1999: En skiva till kaffet
  • 2000: Skillingtryck och mordballader
  • 2005: Jag är monstret
  • 2009: Den mörka blomman / The dark flower
  • 2011: With a Licence to Kill (Reached #12 on the Swedish Albums Chart)
Featured in
  • 2012: Dark Passages - Nocturnal Incidents (Kingdom of Evol feat. Freddie Wadling)

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