Backyard Babies

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Backyard Babies
Backyard Babies in 2015
Backyard Babies in 2015
Background information
OriginNässjö, Sweden
GenresHard rock, punk rock, glam punk[1]
Years active1987 (1987)–1989 (1989) (as Tyrant)
1989 (1989)–present (as Backyard Babies)
LabelsBillion Dollar Babies/Versity Rights, BMG, Liquor & Poker, MVG, RCA, Smooch Pooch
MembersNicke Borg
Johan Blomqvist
Peder Carlsson

Backyard Babies are a Swedish rock band originally from Nässjö and currently based in Stockholm. The band was formed in 1989 and over the years they have released eight studio albums and won two Swedish Grammy Awards.

They are largely attributed with popularizing sleaze rock in Scandinavia and Sweden. Their single "Minus Celsius" appears as a playable bonus track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and "Degenerated" is available as a downloadable song for Guitar Hero World Tour.


Lead singer and guitarist Nicke Borg
Guitarist Dregen

Formed in 1987, Backyard Babies originally consisted of singer/bassist Tobbe (Tobias Fischer), guitarist Dregen, guitarist Johan Blomqvist, and drummer Peder Carlsson. They were then called Tyrant and played several live shows in their local area and recorded a rough demo. Tobbe was soon replaced by frontman Nicke Borg on vocals and guitar, and Blomqvist switched to bass. Fischer went on to be a professional photographer and web designer in Stockholm, continuing to work occasionally with his old bandmates.

In 1989, the band changed their name to Backyard Babies and recorded two more demos and did a national tour of Sweden. The band self-released a debut EP titled Something to Swallow. This got them signed in 1993 by Swedish label Megarock Records.

Backyard Babies released their debut album Diesel & Power in 1994. The music on it took influences from rock, punk and blues. In addition to the album the band also released the single "Electric Suzy" with a cover of "Taxi Driver" by Hanoi Rocks as the B-side. After touring with former Hanoi Rocks members in Demolition 23 and doing a short headline tour in late 1995, premiering new songs that remain unreleased, the band was put on hiatus, as guitarist Dregen formed the garage rock band The Hellacopters. Dregen appeared on two albums with the Hellacopters" Supershitty to the Max! (1996) and Payin' the Dues (1997).

The Backyard Babies reunited in 1997, with a new record contract with MVG Records. They recorded their most-critically acclaimed album, Total 13. Critics compared the album favorably to the New York Dolls, Ramones and The Damned.[1] They toured the United Kingdom with good response. A single was released from the album, "Bombed (Out of My Mind)", with the B-side "Rocker" featuring a duet with Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe. Their next single was the self-released "Is It Still Alright to Smile?". The B-side of the single was a cover of the Faster Pussycat track "Babylon" featuring guest appearances from Ginger of the Wildhearts and Nicke Andersson who had played with Dregen in the Hellacopters. In 1998 the band toured the United Kingdom once more, this time in support of Alice Cooper.

After the collaboration on the song "Babylon", Dregen, Ginger, and Nicke Andersson formed the side project Supershit 666, which released a six-track EP in 1999. Dregen returned to the Backyard Babies soon after as the band took off for another tour of the United Kingdom, this time in support of AC/DC.

The Babies recorded a follow-up to Total 13, titled Making Enemies is Good which has been described by some critics as a more "controlled chaos" approach than their previous effort.[2] Two of the singles from it were hits "The Clash" and "Brand New Hate", the latter of which was co-written with Ginger. They toured in support of the album with Motörhead.

On 15 October 2002, Backyard Babies guitarist Dregen was on the front pages of Swedish national newspapers. After returning home from a club where he was DJing, he and his friend were assaulted, robbed, and knocked unconscious. Dregen suffered a broken jaw but the band continued recording their next album; Stockholm Syndrome. The album, released in 2003, was viewed by some fans as a return towards a more energetic and raw sound. The album won them a Swedish Grammy. The album spawned three singles, "Minus Celsius", "A Song for the Outcast" and "Friends".

During 2005, the band toured the United States (with openers The Chelsea Smiles & Crash Kelly) and Europe alongside Social Distortion. The album People Like People Like People Like Us, produced by Nicke Andersson of The Hellacopters, was released in 2006. It spawned two singles: "The Mess Age (How Could I Be So Wrong)" and "Dysfunctional Professional". A self-titled album was released in August 2008. The first single was "Fuck Off and Die". The second single "Degenerated" is supported by an animated video clip. Their self-titled 2008 album reached number 1 on the Swedish albums chart.[3]

The compilation album Them XX was released in 2009 to honor the band's 20th anniversary. The accompanying tour was rumored to be their last. After a hiatus, the band reconvened with an announcement in May 2014. Their 2015 album Four by Four reached number 2 on the Swedish albums chart.[4] In September 2018 they played at the Hard Rock Hell Sleaze festival in Sheffield, England.[5]

The band released their eighth studio album,Sliver & Gold, in 2019.[6]

In 2022, in an interview with The Sound Lab, Dregen confirmed Backyard Babies were on hiatus due to commitments with The Hellacopters but there were plans to create more music in the future.


Backyard Babies in the Vainstream Festival 2006 in Germany
Current members
  • Nicke Borg – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1989–present)
  • Dregen – lead guitar, backing vocals (1987–present)
  • Johan Blomqvist – bass (1989–present), rhythm guitar (1987–1989)
  • Peder Carlsson – drums, percussion (1987–present)
Past members
  • Tobias Fischer – lead vocals, bass (1987–1989)



Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification
1994 Diesel & Power
(Re-released 2006)
1998 Total 13 12
2001 Making Enemies Is Good 1 13
2003 Stockholm Syndrome 2
2006 People Like People Like People Like Us 3 22
2008 Backyard Babies 1 31
2015 Four by Four 2 17
2019 Sliver & Gold 5

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
2005 Live Live in Paris 19

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album
2001 Independent Days
2002 From Demos to Demons: 1989–1992
2005 Tinnitus
2009 Them XX


Date Demo album title Notes
1989 Tyrant
1990 Backyard Babies Not to be confused with similarly titled consequent 2008 album Backyard Babies
1991 Bite & Chew
1992 Diesel & Power Not to be confused with similarly titled consequent 1994 album Diesel & Power


Year Album Peak positions
1991 Something to Swallow
1997 Knockouts EP 54
1998 Total 05
Safety Pin & Leopard Skin



  • "Electric Suzy" (1994)
  • "Look at You" (1997)
  • "Highlights" (1998)
  • "Babylon" (live) (1999)
  • "Brand New Hate" (2001)
  • "The Clash" (2001)
  • "Minus Celsius" (2003)
  • "A Song for the Outcast" (2003)
  • "Dysfunctional Professional" (2006)
  • "Roads" (2006)
  • "The Mess Age" (2006)
  • "Fuck Off and Die" (2008)
  • "Nomadic"
  • "Abandon"
  • "Gods Favourite"


  • Live (from LiveZone) (2005)
  • Jetlag: The Movie (2005)


  1. ^ a b "Backyard Babies | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Making Enemies Is Good". 28 May 2001. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Backyard Babies (album)". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Four by Four (album)". Archived from the original on 30 November 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  5. ^ "HRH Sleaze - Line up". Archived from the original on 25 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Backyard Babies write a new page in the history books of Rock & Roll with 'Sliver & Gold'". March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Backyard Babies discography". Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Backyard Babies discography". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 8 March 2019. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  10. ^ "Suomen Virallinen Lista". Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Backyard Babies – full Official Chart History – Official Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 October 2019.

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