Magnus Uggla

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Magnus Uggla
Magnus Uggla in 2015.
Magnus Uggla in 2015.
Background information
Birth namePer Allan Magnus Claësson Uggla
Born (1954-06-18) 18 June 1954 (age 69)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresRock, pop, punk rock, glam rock
Years active1975–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Per Allan Magnus Claësson Uggla (pronounced [pæːr ˈǎlːan ˈmǎŋːnɵs ˈklɑ̌ːsɔn ˈɵ̂ɡːla]; born 18 June 1954) is a Swedish artist, composer, actor, and occasional radio host. He is known for his satirical lyrics.

Uggla was born in Stockholm. He was the lead singer of the hard rock band JUSO (later renamed Alexander Lucas) before going solo in the early 1970s. Their influences were Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs and Alice Cooper, among others. Uggla's first two glam- and art rock-inspired albums Om Bobbo Viking and Livets teaterˈ did not sell well, the first only about 500 copies in Sweden and Livets teater even less. But his departure from glam rock with the punk and hard rock inspired Va ska man ta livet av sig för när man ändå inte får höra snacket efteråt gained him much popularity and the album sold about 150,000 copies. In the 1970s, several music magazines gave Magnus the name "The Swedish Ian Hunter". In 1979, he was one of the members in Magnus Uggla Band. Povel Ramel awarded him the Karamelodiktstipendiet in 1991.

Uggla's solo influences includes Karl Gerhard, David Bowie, The Clash, Marc Bolan, Wendy Carlos and Mott the Hoople. In an interview with Aftonbladet, Uggla said that the Clash "was a really good band" and also created the song "Du ska va' glad" after he saw them perform at Gröna Lund.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Uggla is married to Louise Uggla since 1990, with whom he has one son and a daughter. He also has a daughter from an earlier relationship.

Uggla is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).[2] He decided to do a psychiatric assessment for ADHD as an adult after one of his children had been diagnosed.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Uggla participated in the fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2007 with the song "För kung och fosterland", competing for the opportunity to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. On February 24, 2007, Uggla performed his song, and advanced to the Second Chance round the following Saturday, where he lost to Sonja Aldén in the last round of voting. Earlier that week, he had received complaints about the lyrics of the song which contain a line that could be interpreted as degrading to Polish people, but the Swedish Chancellor of Justice decided not to try this as a violation of the hate speech act.[3]
  • Plastic Bertrand has recorded a French version of Uggla's song "Vittring". It's called "Rock'n'Roll je te hais" and is found on Bertrand's LP L'Album.


Studio albums
Live albums
Maxi EP

International singles[edit]

Singles released in France, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany.

  • 1979: Everything You Do/Concrete Kid
  • 1981: Ain't About To Go Back/Scandal Beauties
  • 1981: Body Love/The Other Side (also released in Sweden)

International covers[edit]

Magnus Uggla has recorded several covers. These are the international ones, for which Uggla wrote new Swedish lyrics:

Recorded with original lyrics:

Swedish covers[edit]

Uggla has covered the following Swedish songs by other artists on officially released studio records (the artists mentioned are those who first recorded the songs, not the songwriters/composers):

  • "Jag och min far" (from EP Så mycket bättre (Säsong 3 – Olles dag – Program 2))
  • "Har hört om en tjej (I Heard of a Girl)" (from EP Säsong 3 – Miss Lis dag – Program 3)


  • Jag hade en gång en blogg (2008) with Jonathex Dan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fjällborg, Karolina (5 July 2002). "Ugglas favoriter". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 28 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Åkesson, Lovisa (2018-09-19). "Uggla avslöjar nu hemliga diagnosen – för första gången". Expressen (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. ^ "Uggla's shady Pole not criminal" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. March 8, 2007. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007.

External links[edit]

Media related to Magnus Uggla at Wikimedia Commons