Teddybears performing in Stockholm on 16 November 2006
|Also known as||Skull, Teddybears STHLM|
|Genres||Hardcore punk (early), rock, electronic rock, indie pop, indie rock, hip-hop, trip-hop, ambient pop, electro, bitpop, experimental|
|Labels||BMG, Atlantic Records|
|Associated acts||Caesars, Les Big Byrd, Kleerup, Robyn, Thomas Rusiak|
|Past members||Erik Olsson
Teddybears (formerly Teddybears STHLM) is a Swedish band formed in 1991, known for mixing pop, rock, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, punk and many other genres.
Teddybears began as a grindcore group called Skull. As for the name Teddybears, Joakim Åhlund says, "If you're familiar with the Swedish or Norwegian black metal scene, you know back then every band was called things like 'Corpse Grinder From Hell'. So we called ourselves the Teddybears as an 'anti' thing. We were the hardest rocking [band] in Sweden and we're calling ourselves the Teddybears." The band members started to wear large bear masks in album art and promotional photographs sometime after 2006, before that they appeared in concert and on photos without disguises.  The band initially consisted of Patrik Arve and brothers Joakim and Klas Åhlund, before drummer Olsson joined them. They released their debut album You Are Teddybears in 1993 and their second album, titled I Can't Believe It's Teddybears STHLM followed in 1996. Their third album Rock 'n' Roll Highschool came out in 2000 and consisted of electronic elements, which were a departure from the band's previous hardcore sound. A fourth album, Fresh, was released in 2005 and included the singles "Cobrastyle" and "Hey Boy".
Joakim Åhlund is also the lead guitarist and songwriter for the band Caesars, who are best known for their hit single "Jerk It Out". Klas Åhlund has produced most of the Caesars' albums and also produced Robyn's 2005 self-titled album. The two brothers also direct television adverts and music videos.
Their song "Cobrastyle" is featured on the soundtrack of the FIFA 06 and Forza Motorsport 2 video games. It was also used in the ending credits of the film Employee of the Month and WWE's Summerslam 2006 as the official theme song for the event. It was featured prominently in the pilot episode of NBC's 2007 comedy show Chuck as well. A part from their song "Move Over", from the album Rock 'n' Roll Highschool, was used in the 2004 video game Driv3r as the main menu music. In a recent commercial, Intel had used a sample of the band's song "Different Sound", to promote their new Intel Core 2 Duo processor. In 2009, Telus used the track "Ahead of My Time" in their 'Downtime' TV advertisement. Their song "Devil's Music" was featured in the 2010 video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Their song "Next to You" an early version of the song, "Get Fresh With You" without vocalist Laza Morgan was featured on the soundtrack for NBA Live 09.
Their song "Different Sound" was featured on the soundtrack album for the Hugh Grant film Music and Lyrics, as well as on Numb3rs' Season 3 Episode 4, "The Mole". They also made a remix of "Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees which was featured on the 2007 album, Bee Gees Greatest (Special Edition).
The group has a global music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing. They have signed to Atlantic Records and Big Beat/Atlantic Records released their first North American album, Soft Machine on 12 September 2006, under the shortened moniker Teddybears. The album includes appearances from Iggy Pop, Annie, Ebbot Lundberg of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Mad Cobra, Elephant Man, and Neneh Cherry.
In an interview with Scandinavian news agency TT Spectra, Joakim Åhlund states that he is working on a new Teddybears album. Two tracks are already recorded with rapper Slick Rick and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.
In an August 2009 interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen Joakim Åhlund states that the new album will be released during the fall and that it will feature a song with Swingfly and Coco Sumner, the daughter of Sting. He explains that the album will be a party album but one track will be more political and criticize the American religious right.
On 16 May 2014, the band exclusively regrouped for Vans's sponsor party in the upcoming neighborhood of Kungsholmen in Stockholm. The band played "Ahead of my Time" and "Punkrocker" while distributing Vans shoes and socks to the audience.
- Patrik Arve – Synthesizers, vocals, vocoder, bass, programming, percussion, keyboards
- Joakim Åhlund – Bass guitar, bass, programming, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar
- Klas Åhlund – Guitars, bass, programming, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
- Erik Olsson – Drums, vibraphone
- Glenn Sundell – Drums
|1993||You Are Teddybears||Teddybears STHLM|
|1996||I Can't Believe It's Teddybears STHLM|
|2000||Rock 'n' Roll Highschool|
- Women in Pain (1991)
- Extra Pleasure (1993)
- Step on It (We Are The Best!) (German release only) (1994)
- No More Michael Jackson (2011)
- "Purple Rain" (1995)
- "Magic Finger" (1996)
- "Kanzi" (1996)
- "Ahead of My Time" featuring Daddy Boastin' (1999)
- "Yours to Keep" featuring Paola (2000)
- "Automatic Lover" (2000)
- "Hiphopper" featuring Thomas Rusiak (2000)
- "Rock 'n' Roll Highschool" featuring Thomas Rusiak (2000)
- "Cobrastyle" featuring Mad Cobra (2004, US release: 2006)
- "Hey Boy" featuring Swing-Fly (2004)
- "Little Stereo" featuring Daddy Boastin' (2005)
- "Punkrocker" featuring Iggy Pop (2006)
- "Yours to Keep" featuring Neneh Cherry (2006)
- "Get Mama A House" featuring B.o.B. (2009)
- "Rocket Scientist" featuring Eve (2010)
- "No More Michael Jackson" (2011)
- "Sunshine" featuring Malte Holmberg & Natalie Storm (2014)
- Thomas Rusiak – Magic Villa (2000), appears on "Hiphopper" & "STHLM's Finest"
- Daddy Boastin' – Efterlyst (2002), co-writers & producers of 4 tracks
- Robyn – The Rakamonie EP (2006), co-writers & producers of "Cobrastyle"
- Robyn – Robyn (2007, international edition), co-writers & producers of "Cobrastyle"
- Marilyn Manson - The High End of Low (2009), remixed "Arma-Goddamn-Motherfuckin-Geddon"
- "Different Sound (feat. Malte)" has been used in the following places:
- On episode 14 "Starlet Fever" of CBS' Shark
- On an Intel Core Duo TV advertisement
- In the 2007 romantic comedy Music and Lyrics
- On episode 41 "The Mole" of Numb3rs
- On episode 4.11 ("Everything In Its Right Place") of One Tree Hill
- In the 2007 movie Mad Money starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes
- "Move Over" has been used in:
- "Ahead Of My Time (feat. Daddy Boastin')" has been used:
- Axe Dandruff commercial has "Hey Boy" playing in the club
- "Rocket Scientist" has been used:
- "Cobrastyle" has been used in:
- "Devil's Music" in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- "Get Fresh" in the second episode of the fourth season of 90210
- Lee, Chris (6 August 2006). "Teddybears try baring some teeth". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
- "Cool Stuff: Advertising". Telus Mobility.
- "Bee Gees Greatest (Special Edition)". Rhino Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-06-28.
- "A&R Newsletter Vol. CXX". A&R Worldwide. 21 August 2006.
- "Musiklusten är tillbaka för Caesars". SvD (in Swedish). 28 February 2008.
- "Teddybears gillar att skapa kaos". NÖJE (in Swedish). Expressen. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- "Get mama a house" (in Swedish). Fastighetsbyrån. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- Official website
- Teddybears on Myspace
- PUNKCAST#1121 live @ Studio B, Brooklyn, Mar 2 2007. (RealPlayer, mp4)