The Soundtrack of Our Lives
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|The Soundtrack of Our Lives|
Singer Ebbot Lundberg (right) in the crowd with two fans at the Meredith Music Festival, December 2006
|Labels||Telegram Records (Europe)
Universal Music (USA)
In-Fidelity Recordings (Aus) Haldern Pop Recordings (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)
|Members||Fredrik Sandsten (Drums)
Martin Hederos (Keyboards)
Ebbot Lundberg (Vocals)
Mattias Bärjed (Guitar, vocals)
Åke Karl Kalle Gustafsson (Bass, violin, vocals)
Ian Person (Guitar, percussion, vocals)
|Past members||Björn Olsson|
The Soundtrack of Our Lives, often abbreviated T.S.O.O.L., was a Swedish rock band that was formed in Gothenburg in 1995 and disbanded in 2012. All lyrics are sung in English. The band's style draws heavily on sixties and seventies punk and rock, such as Rolling Stones and Iggy and the Stooges. Psychedelic rock forms another strong influence, and psychedelic and mystical references are also prominent in the band's lyrics and aesthetics. The abbreviation 'OEOC', which features on all their albums, refers to the phrase "as above, so below" from Hermeticism.
The Soundtrack of Our Lives was originally formed by Torbjörn "Ebbot" Lundberg, Björn Olsson, Ian Person, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Fredrik Sandsten and Martin Hederos. Several members, including vocalist Ebbot Lundberg, had previously played in the punk rock band Union Carbide Productions. Olsson, who as guitar player had helped craft the band's sound, left T.S.O.O.L. after its first release, Welcome to the Infant Freebase - which found wide acclaim in Sweden - to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by Mattias Bärjed, who, like other members, has also engaged in solo and spinoff projects.
Tours and releases
The band found critical success in the United States in 2002, with their third album Behind the Music, released the previous year in Sweden. It was nominated for the Best Alternative Album award at the 2003 Grammy Awards. They toured the US in 2002 with Oasis in support of their album Behind the Music.
Their double album Communion was released in November 2008. After a tour of the US the band announced that they were working on their next record Throw It Into the Universe. In October 2010, the band announced it would be releasing their first 'Best Of' compilation entitled Golden Greats no. 1. According to a statement on the their website: "The band has spent much of the summer of 2010 in Svenska Grammofonstudion [sic] where they remastered the original recordings and in part picked up nuances that somehow went missing. With the carefully restored and remastered versions we are invited to TSOOL classics in a way we never heard them before."
In early 2012, the band announced on their website that their latest album, Throw It to the Universe, was complete. The album was released on 18 April 2012.
Lead singer Ebbot Lundberg stated in a recent interview with Intro Magazine that Throw It to the Universe would be the band's final album, stating that he felt it completed the band's journey. The band performed its last show on 12 December 2012 in Stockholm.
Songs featured in popular culture
Their track "Instant Repeater 99" is played during the closing credits of the 2002 film Spun
Their track "Bigtime" featured as the theme of WrestleMania 21 and on the soundtrack of the PAL version of Gran Turismo 4. Their track "Mother One Track Mind", was also featured on the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack. T.S.O.O.L. songs "Sister Surround" and "Ten Years Ahead" both appear on the In Good Company soundtrack as well.
|Year||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1996||Welcome to the Infant Freebase
|1998||Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of Western Civilization
|2001||Behind the Music
|2004||Origin Vol. 1
|2012||Throw It to the Universe
|Year||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2005||A Present from the Past
|2010||Golden Greats no. 1
|2014||Rest in Piece 1994 - 2012
|1996||Homo Habilis Blues|
|2010||The Immaculate Convergence
|Live At Lime
|2012||Shine On (There's Another Day After Tomorrow)
|1996||"Instant Repeater '99"||—||—||Welcome to the Infant Freebase|
|1997||"Blow My Cool"||—||—|
|"Black Star"||—||—||Extended Revelation...|
|"Firmament Vacation"||—||119||Welcome to the Infant Freebase|
|"Instant Repeater '99" (remix)||—||156|
|1999||"Avenger Hill Street Blues"||—||—|
|2001||"Still Aging"||—||—||Behind the Music|
|"21st Century Rip Off"||—||114|
|2004||"Bigtime"||1||78||Origin Vol. 1|
|"Believe I've Found"||—||—|
|2005||"Heading for a Breakdown"||—||70|
|"Babel On" (radio edit)||—||—|
|"The Ego Delusion" (radio edit)||—||—|
|2010||"Demophon"||—||—||non-album download only single|
|"Earthmover"||—||—||non-album download only single|
|"You Better Run"||—||—||non-album download only single|
|2012||"Try Again"||—||—||non-album download only single|
|"What's Your Story?"||—||—||Throw It to the Universe|
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- Official site
- VH1 artist site
- MTV artist site
- June 2009 Interview with L.A. Record
- The Soundtrack of Our Lives collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- The Soundtrack of Our Lives at IMDB