Jay-Jay Johanson

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Jay-Jay Johanson
Johanson performing at Moby Dick Club in Madrid on 22 November 2007
Johanson performing at Moby Dick Club in Madrid on 22 November 2007
Background information
Birth nameJäje Johansson
Born (1969-10-11) 11 October 1969 (age 51)
Trollhättan, Västra Götaland, Sweden
GenresTrip hop, synthpop, electroclash
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, saxophone, clarinet
Years active1996–present
LabelsRCA, BMG, Art, EMI, Virgin, Universal

Jäje Johansson (born 11 October 1969), better known by his stage name Jay-Jay Johanson, is a Swedish singer-songwriter, known for his melancholic vocals. His music has integrated the trip hop genre until he switched his sound to a more electroclash-oriented direction with his 2002 album Antenna, which featured "On the Radio". After this album, he came back to his characteristic sound after he released The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known in 2007.


Jay-Jay Johanson was born Jäje Johansson on 11 October 1969 in Trollhättan, Västra Götaland. His debut album, Whiskey, was released in August 1996. Recorded at Break My Heart Studios in the Stockholm archipelago, the album was characterized by its jazzy vocals over trippy, film noir arrangements.

In 1998, Johanson released Tattoo, taking a step into a more richly textured, poetic ambience. Johansson's third album, Poison, was released in April 2000 and went straight into the French charts at number four. The album featured contributions from Cocteau Twins founder and guitarist Robin Guthrie. The same year Johanson also composed the soundtrack to French director Ilan Duran Cohen's film La Confusion des Genres, and in 2001, Johanson emerged with "Cosmodrome", a sound-and-image installation first exhibited in the French city of Dijon. This art-piece has travelled around the world and was last shown at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Antenna was released in 2002, recorded with assistance from German experimental electronic group Funkstörung. 2004 marked the release of the compilation Prologue, meant for the American market. It was followed by Rush in 2005, an album partly produced by French producer Jean-Pierre Ensuque.

Johanson co-wrote and contributed vocals to The Knife's 2006 song "Marble House".[1] In the spring of 2006, he called together the musicians he had worked with on the three first albums, and January 2007 saw the release of their collaborative effort The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known. A tour in promotion of the album kicked off in China and continued to more than thirty cities around the world.

Johanson's eighth studio album Spellbound was released on 2 May 2011.[2] "Dilemma" was released as the album's lead single on 11 March 2011.[3]

On 3 March 2017, "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone" was released via iTunes as the first single from Johanson's upcoming album Bury The Hatchet, due 15 September 2017 on 29 Music. [4]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: 1996
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: RCA
  • Released: 2 September 2002
  • Label: RCA
37 53
  • Released: 19 September 2005
  • Label: Virgin, EMI Sweden
52 116
The Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known
  • Released: 21 January 2007
  • Label: Virgin, EMI Sweden
36 84
  • Released: 13 October 2008
  • Label: Art, Virgin, EMI Sweden
Spellbound 117
  • Released: 23 September 2013
  • Label: Universal
  • Released: 16 June 2015
  • Label: Kwaidan Records, Le Plan
Bury the Hatchet
  • Released: 15 September 2017
  • Label: 29 Music
Kings Cross
  • Released: 19 April 2019
  • Label: 29 Music
Rorschach Test
  • Released: 19 March 2021
  • Label: 29 Music

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Prologue: Best of the Early Years 1996–2002 (2004)
  • 3 Original Album Classics (2009)
  • Best Of 1996 - 2013 (2013)

Soundtrack albums[edit]


Title Year Album
"It Hurts Me So" 1996 Whiskey
"So Tell the Girls..."
"Mana Mana Mana Mana" 1997
"She's Mine But I'm Not Hers" 1998 Tattoo
"Milan. Madrid. Chicago. Paris"
"Keep It a Secret" 2000 Poison
"Believe in Us"
"Automatic Lover" 2002 Antenna
"On the Radio" (SWE #57)
"So Tell the Girls... 2004" 2004 Prologue
"100 000 Years" 2005 Rush
"Because of You"
"She Doesn't Live Here Anymore" 2006 Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known
"Rocks in Pockets" 2007
"Wonder Wonders" 2008 Self-Portrait
"On The Other Side" 2011 Spellbound
"Dry Bones EP" 2013 Cockroach
"Mr Fredrikson EP"
"You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone" 2017 Bury The Hatchet


  • Jay Jay Johanson by Michel Viotte (1999)


  1. ^ "The Knife – Marble House". Contactmusic.com. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Jay-Jay Johanson – Spellbound" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. Retrieved 31 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Jay-Jay Johanson – Dilemma" (in Swedish). Universal Music Sweden. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ {{cite web|url=http://jayjayjohanson.tumblr.com/post/162941314395/new-album-bury-the-hatchet-out-september-15
  5. ^ "Discography Jay-Jay Johanson". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 31 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Discographie Jay-Jay Johanson". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 31 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 17, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 30 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]

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