The Lonely Boys

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The Lonely Boys
Origin Sweden
Genres Pop
Years active 1995
Labels EMI Parlophone
Associated acts Roxette
Members Per Gessle
Nisse Hellberg

The Lonely Boys (in Swedish, ”De ensamma pojkarna”) is a fiction book by Swedish author Mats Olsson about a young rhythm'n'pop band from the south of Sweden in 1965.

Per Gessle (of Roxette fame) was asked by Mats Olsson to write a soundtrack to follow the book, and so the band "The Lonely Boys" came into existence and the debut album by this 1965 fictitious band was released in December 1995.

The band went to great lengths to make the sound authentic 1960s; from the lyrical content (Why did Adam have to fall in love with Eve) to the authentic instruments and amplifiers used in the recording process. The album is set out as two sides of an LP (although it was available on a promotional LP in Sweden), including crackles of the needle on the turntable and a pause in between the two sides as the record is turned over.

Band members[edit]

The Lonely Boys consists of:

The songs[edit]

There are 14 songs on the album, with the only cover version being "So Much In Love", which was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones (although the Stones never recorded a version, The Inmates did).

Song title Credits Notes (main performers
Side One
"Lonely Boys"
Gessle
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), Per on lead guitar, Nisse on fuzz guitar. String quartet arrangement by Clarence Öfwerman.
"I'm Not Like You"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Nisse (with Per), Per on acoustic guitar.
"Keep the Radio On (This is the Perfect Song)"
Gessle
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), MP on 12-string guitar.
"September Girl"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Nisse.
"Adam & Eve"
Gessle
Lead vocals Nisse (with Per).
"I Wanna Be With You"
Gessle
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), MP on Mellotron, 12-string guitar & lead guitar.
"Fuzzy Puss"
Instrumental (Hellberg)
Nisse on fuzz guitar, MP on drums
Side Two
"So Much In Love"
Jagger-Richards
Lead vocals Nisse (with Per).
"Flowers on the Moon"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), Nisse on acoustic-& 12-string guitar, lead guitar, MP on bongos & Mellotron.
"Let Go of My Heart"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Nisse.
"Apple in the Mud"
Gessle
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), Per on lead guitar, MP on acoustic guitar.
"Pretty Little Devil (With Angel Eyes)"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Nisse.
"Genius Gone Wrong"
Gessle
Lead vocals Per (with Nisse), Per on 12-string solo guitar & piano, MP on guitar and 12-string guitar.
"Days to Come, Days of Gold"
Hellberg
Lead vocals Nisse, Thomas on guitar.

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