Johan Renck

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Johan Renck
Johan Renck 2013.jpg
Born (1966-12-05) 5 December 1966 (age 52)
Other namesStakka Bo
OccupationFilm director, music video director, former musician
Years active1991–present[1]

Bo Johan Renck (born 5 December 1966) is a Swedish director of music videos, TV and film. He was an occasional recording artist 1991–2001, using the moniker Stakka Bo.


Renck was born on 5 December 1966 in Uppsala, Sweden.



Stakka Bo had a hit single in 1993/1994 with the song "Here We Go", which peaked at #13 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The song appeared in an episode of the animated television series Beavis and Butt-Head, in the films Prêt-à-porter, Never Been Kissed, Alien Autopsy[3] and in the video game UEFA Euro 2004.[4]

Music videos[edit]

He has directed music videos for a number of artists including Madonna's "Nothing Really Matters" and "Hung Up", Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight", All Saints' "Black Coffee", Robyn's "Handle Me", Robbie Williams's "Tripping" and "She's Madonna", The Libertines' "What Became of the Likely Lads", Suede's "She's in Fashion", New Order's "Crystal" and "Krafty", Beyoncé's "Me, Myself and I", Chris Cornell's "Can't Change Me", The Knife's "Pass This On", Fever Ray's "Seven" and Bat for Lashes' "Daniel".[5] In 2012 he directed the music video "Blue Velvet" for Lana Del Rey which was also used for the commercial campaign by H&M, as well as the music video for "Wild" by Beach House. In 2015 he directed the ten-minute video for David Bowie's "Blackstar",[6] as well as the video for Bowie's "Lazarus" that appeared in January 2016.[7] In 2005, he and his brother Martin directed two videos from Swedish band The Cardigans: "I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer" and "Don't Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds)".

Film and television[edit]

Renck directed three episodes of AMC television drama Breaking Bad, one episode of The Walking Dead[8] and one episode of Halt and Catch Fire. Renck's first film, Downloading Nancy, 2008 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2008 in Park City, Utah.[9] In addition, Renck directed a fashion art film called Decadent Control for Imagine Fashion, which premiered in March 2011. It starred Roberto Cavalli, Eva Herzigová, Kirsty Hume and Brad Kroenig and used fashion from Agent Provocateur and H&M.



  • Supermarket (1993)
  • The Great Blondino (1995)
  • Jr. (2001)


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Alter.
1991 "We Got the Atmosphere" (with E-Type) singles only
1992 "Numania 1" (with E-Type)
1993 "Here We Go" 4 10 23 45 15 6 7 8 13 20 Supermarket
"Down the Drain" 24 27 22 64
"Living It Up" 38
1994 "On Your Knees"
1995 "Great Blondino" 15 The Great Blondino
1996 "Softroom" 54
"We Vie" (with Titiyo, Fleshquartet & Nåid) 10 Jr.
2001 "Mute" 20
"Killer" 34
"Love of a Woman"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ Official website. Johan Renck. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 523. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Videography at
  4. ^ "EURO 2004 Soundtrack". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. ^ " - Johan Renck: Q & A - Feb 27, 2006".
  6. ^ Renck, Johan. "Blackstar". Johan Renck. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  7. ^ Renck, Johan. "Lazarus". Johan Renck. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Another Director Named – Johan Renck Will Tackle The Walking Dead". DreadCentral.
  9. ^ Halbfinger, David M. (29 November 2007). "Coming at Sundance: Personal Explorations and Stories of Survival" – via
  10. ^ "Stakka Bo - German Chart". Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  11. ^ "Official Charts Company: Stakka Bo". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  12. ^ "Stakka Bo - US Alternative Songs". Retrieved 2014-06-15.

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