Magnus Uggla

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Magnus Uggla
Magnus Uggla Molleplatsen 02.jpg
Magnus Uggla on Mölleplatsen in Malmö
Background information
Birth name Per Allan Magnus Claësson Uggla
Born (1954-06-18) 18 June 1954 (age 60)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Rock, Pop, Punk rock, Glam rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–present
Website magnusuggla.nu

Per Allan Magnus Claësson Uggla (pronounced [pæːr ˈalːan ˈmaŋnɵs ˈklɑːsɔn ˈɵɡː.ˈla]; born June 18, 1954 in Stockholm) is a Swedish artist, composer, actor, and occasional radio host known for his satirical lyrics.

Uggla was the lead singer of the hard rock band JUSO (later renamed Alexander Lucas) before going solo in the early 70's. Their influences were Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs and Alice Cooper among others. Uggla's first two glam- and art rock-inspired albums Om Bobbo Viking and Livets teater didn't sell well, the first only about 500 copies in Sweden and Livets teater even less. But his departure from glam rock with the punk and hard rock inspired Va ska man ta livet av sig för när man ändå inte får höra snacket efteråt gained him much popularity and the album sold about 150 000 copies. In the 1970s, several music magazines gave Magnus the name "The Swedish Ian Hunter". In 1979, he was one of the members in Magnus Uggla Band.

Povel Ramel awarded him the Karamelodiktstipendiet in 1991.

Uggla's solo influences includes Karl Gerhard, David Bowie, The Clash, Marc Bolan, Wendy Carlos and Mott the Hoople. In an interview with Aftonbladet, he cited The Clash as the greatest band in the world.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Magnus Uggla participated to the fourth semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2007 with the song "För kung och fosterland", competing for the opportunity to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. On February 24, 2007 Magnus Uggla performed his song, and advanced to the Second Chance round the following Saturday, where he lost to Sonja Aldén in the last round of voting. Earlier that week, he had received complaints about the lyrics of the song which contains a line that could be interpreted as degrading to Polish people, but the Swedish Chancellor of Justice decided not to try this as a violation of the hate speech act.[1]
  • Plastic Bertrand has recorded a French version of Magnus Uggla's song "Vittring". It's called "Rock'n'Roll je te hais" and is found on Bertrand's LP L'Album.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Collections
Live albums
Maxi EP

International singles[edit]

Singles released in France, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany.

  • 1979: Everything You Do/Concrete Kid
  • 1981: Ain't About To Go Back/Scandal Beauties
  • 1981: Body Love/The Other Side (also released in Sweden)

International covers[edit]

Magnus Uggla has recorded several covers. These are the international ones, for which Uggla wrote new Swedish lyrics:

Recorded with original lyrics:

Swedish covers[edit]

Uggla has covered the following Swedish songs by other artists on officially released studio records (the artists mentioned are those who first recorded the songs, not the songwriters/composers):

Others
  • "Jag och min far" (from EP Så mycket bättre (Säsong 3 - Olles dag - Program 2))
  • "Har hört om en tjej (I Heard of a Girl)" (from EP Säsong 3 - Miss Lis dag - Program 3)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jag hade en gång en blogg (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Swedish) "Uggla's shady Pole not criminal". Svenska Dagbladet. March 8, 2007. 

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