Tages (band)

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Tages
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
Genrespop
Years active19631968
LabelsParlophone
Associated actsBlond

Tages was a Swedish rock and roll/psychedelic/folk band formed in the early sixties near Gothenburg.

The band released a number of singles and LPs in their native Sweden to considerable success, making the Swedish Top Ten more than a dozen times. Though remembered as one of the finest non-English speaking bands of the 1960s, they failed to ever really break into the US or UK markets. Tages also produced one of the world's first psychedelic albums, named "Extra Extra" in 1966. Their next goal was to create a style of pop music that was totally Swedish. To accomplish this they learned traditional Swedish folk music, and based their pop compositions on that. After this, they produced their fifth and last album, "Studio", in Abbey Road Studio 1967. This album is sometimes referred to as "The Sgt Pepper Of Sweden", not because it sounds like The Beatles but because it is a very original musical experiment. In 1968 the band released the single "Fantasy Island", which was followed up by their last single, "Halcyon Days". Several band members went on to form Blond, a short-lived pop band that released one LP in US before disbanding in 1970.[1]

Band members[edit]

  • Tommy Blom (born Tommy Albert Blom, 3 March 1947, Gothenburg; died 25 May 2014) – vocals, guitar, harmonica (1963–1968)
  • Göran Lagerberg (born Göran Bertil Lagerberg, 20 September 1947, Gothenburg) – vocals, bass guitar (1963–1969)
  • Danne Larsson (born Dan Tage Larsson, 11 January 1948, Gothenburg) – vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, organ, spinet (1963–1969)
  • Anders Töpel (born Per Anders Töpel, 16 January 1947, Gothenburg; died April 2014) – vocals, lead guitar (1963–1969)
  • Freddie Skantze (born Fredrik Howard Skantze, 10 September 1945, Gothenburg) – drums, bongos (1963–1966)
  • Tommy Tausis (born Tommy Roland Tausis, 22 March 1946, Södertälje) – vocals, drums (1966)
  • Lasse Svensson (born Lars Viktor Emanuel Svensson, 12 May 1947, Järvsö) – drums (1967–1969)

Discography[edit]

LPs[edit]

  • Tages
  • Tages 2
  • Extra Extra
  • Contrast
  • Studio

Singles[edit]

  • "Sleep Little Girl" / "Tell Me You're Mine" (first pressing; 10/16/64; Platina PA-102) Peak position: #1
  • "Sleep Little Girl" / "Tell Me You're Mine" (second pressing; 1/65; Platina PA-102)
  • "I Should Be Glad" / "I Cry" (2/65; Platina PA-103) Peak position: #2
  • "Don't Turn Your Back" / "Hound Dog" (5/65; Platina PA-104) Peak position: #2
  • "The One For You" / "I Got My Mojo Working" (8/65; Platina PA-105) Peak position: #2
  • "Hey Mama" flexi-disc (8/65; Platina RM-4066)
  • "Bloodhound" / "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" (11/65; Platina PA-109) Peak position: #6
  • "So Many Girls" / "I'm Mad" (2/66; Platina PA-115) Peak position: #4
  • "I'll Be Doggone" / "Hitch Hike" (5/12/66; Platina PA-121) Peak position: #7
  • "In My Dreams" / "Leaving Here" (7/66; Platina PA-122) Peak position: #1
  • "I'm The Man You'll Be Lookin' For" / "Leaving Here" (8/66; His Master's Voice [Norway] AL-6137)
  • "In My Dreams" / "Dirty Mind" (9/66; His Master's Voice [Norway] AL-6140)
  • "Crazy 'Bout My Baby" / "Go" (10/66; Platina PA-125)
  • "Crazy 'Bout My Baby" / "In My Dreams" (10/7/66; Columbia [UK] DB-8019)
  • "Miss Mac Baren" / "Get Up An' Get Goin'" (11/66; Platina PA-130) Peak position: #4
  • "Secret Room" / "Friday On My Mind" (1/67; Platina PA-131)
  • "Every Raindrop Means A Lot" / "Look What You Get" (2/67; Parlophone SD-6004) Peak position: #2
  • "Gone Too Far" / "Understanding" (4/67; Platina PA-134)
  • "I'm Going Out" / "Fuzzy Patterns" (4/67; Parlophone SD-6005) Peak position: #2
  • "She's Having A Baby Now" / "Sister's Got A Boyfriend" (6/67; Parlophone SD-6009)
  • "One Red, One Yellow, One Blue" / "True Fine Woman" (7/67; Platina PA-139)
  • "Treat Her Like A Lady" / "Wanting" (8/67; Parlophone SD-6011) Peak position: #3
  • "Dancing In The Street" / "Those Rumours" (10/67; Platina PA-141)
  • "House Of Soul Hill" / "Sister's Got A Boyfriend" (12/67; Odeon [Germany] O-23-671)
  • "Mohair Sam" / "Ride Your Pony" (12/67; Platina PA-145)
  • "Fan Club" flexi-disc (12/67; Platina RM-4115)
  • "There's A Blind Man Playin' Fiddle In The Street" / "Like A Woman" (2/68; Parlophone SD-6024) Peak position #10
  • "Doctor Feel-Good" / "Dimples" (5/68; Platina PA-149)
  • "Fantasy Island" / "To Be Free" (5/68; Parlophone SD-6036)
  • "Treat Her Like A Lady" / "Like A Woman" (8/68; Columbia [Germany] C-23-851)
  • "I Read You Like An Open Book" / "Halcyon Days" (10/68; Parlophone SD-6054)

EPs[edit]

  • Tages (6/65; Platina PAEP-2001)
  • In My Dreams (1966; Impact [France] IMP-200-006M)
  • Tages (9/66; Platina PAEP-2002)
  • Hits, Vol. 1 (8/67; Platina PAEP-2005)
  • Hits, Vol. 2 (8/67; Platina PAEP-2006)
  • Hits, Vol. 3 (8/67; Platina PAEP-2007)

Compilations[edit]

  • The Best Of Tages (10/67; Platina PALP-3005)
  • Forget Him (5/28/68; Platina PALP-3007)
  • Good Old Tages! (2/69; EMI/Odeon PMES-577)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Tages – Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

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