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The Soundtrack of Our Lives
|Genres||Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia|
|Labels||Telegram Records (Europe)|
Universal Music (USA)
In-Fidelity Recordings (Aus) Haldern Pop Recordings (Germany, Switzerland, Austria)
Åke Karl Kalle Gustafsson
|Past members||Björn Olsson|
The Soundtrack of Our Lives, often abbreviated T.S.O.O.L., was a Swedish rock band that formed in Gothenburg in 1995 and disbanded in 2012. The band's style draws heavily from sixties and seventies rock and punk, such as Rolling Stones and Iggy and the Stooges. Psychedelic rock is another strong influence for the band, and psychedelic and mystical references are also prominent in the band's lyrics and aesthetics. The abbreviation 'OEOC', which features on all their albums, refers to the phrase "as above, so below" from Hermeticism.
The Soundtrack of Our Lives was originally formed by Torbjörn "Ebbot" Lundberg, Björn Olsson, Ian Person, Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm, Fredrik Sandsten and Martin Hederos. Several members, including vocalist Ebbot Lundberg, had previously played in the punk rock band Union Carbide Productions while Jerneholm had previously released an album with Gothenburg grunge rockers Electric Eskimoes. Olsson, who as guitar player had helped craft the band's sound, left T.S.O.O.L. after its first release, Welcome to the Infant Freebase, to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by Mattias Bärjed, who, like other members, has also engaged in solo and spinoff projects.
- Ebbot Lundberg – vocals (1995–2012)
- Ian Person – guitar (1995–2012)
- Martin Hederos – keyboards (1995–2012)
- Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm – bass guitar (1995-2012)
- Fredrik Sandsten – drums (1995–2012)
- Mattias Bärjed – guitar (1997–2012)
Apart from those mentioned instruments, they all played other instruments such as mellotron, dulcimer, cello, piano, sitar, cembalo and others.
Former band member:
- Björn Olsson – guitar (1995–1997)
Tours and releases
The band found critical success in the United States in 2002, with their third album Behind the Music, released the previous year in Sweden and in the rest of Europe. It was nominated for the Best Alternative Album award at the 2003 Grammy Awards. They toured the US in 2002 with Oasis in support of their album Behind the Music.
Their double album Communion was released in November 2008. After a tour of the US the band announced that they were working on their next record Throw It Into the Universe. In October 2010, the band announced it would be releasing their first 'best of' compilation entitled Golden Greats no. 1. According to a statement on their website: "The band has spent much of the summer of 2010 in Svenska Grammofonstudion [sic] where they remastered the original recordings and in part picked up nuances that somehow went missing. With the carefully restored and remastered versions we are invited to TSOOL classics in a way we never heard them before."
In early 2012, the band announced on their website that their latest album, Throw It to the Universe, was complete. The album was released on 18 April 2012.
Lead singer Ebbot Lundberg stated in an interview with Intro Magazine that Throw It to the Universe would be the band's final album, stating that he felt it completed the band's journey. The band performed its last show on 22 December 2012 in Stockholm.
In 2023, the band reunited for a number of festival performances in Sweden, Norway, and Spain. A tour of Sweden is planned for the spring of 2024.
Songs featured in popular culture
Their track "Instant Repeater 99" is played during the closing credits of the 2002 film Spun.
Their track "Sister Surround" was included on the "jukebox" of EA Sports MVP Baseball 2003 while "Karmageddon" is featured on EA Sports' NHL 2005 and FIFA Football 2005' video games. and in the movie Grand Theft Parsons. "Sister Surround" was also featured in an episode of Six Feet Under. Their track "Babel On" was featured in MLB 10: The Show.
Their track "Bigtime" featured as the theme of WrestleMania 21 and on the soundtrack of the PAL version of Gran Turismo 4. Their track "Mother One Track Mind" was also featured on the Gran Turismo 4 soundtrack. T.S.O.O.L. songs "Sister Surround" and "Ten Years Ahead" both appear on the In Good Company soundtrack as well.
|Year||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1996||Welcome to the Infant Freebase
|1998||Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of Western Civilization
|2001||Behind the Music
|2004||Origin Vol. 1
|2012||Throw It to the Universe
|Year||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|2005||A Present from the Past
|2010||Golden Greats No. 1
|2014||Rest in Piece 1994–2012
|1996||Homo Habilis Blues|
|2010||The Immaculate Convergence
|Live at Lime
|2012||Shine On (There's Another Day After Tomorrow)
|1996||"Instant Repeater '99"||—||—||Welcome to the Infant Freebase|
|1997||"Blow My Cool"||—||—|
|"Black Star"||—||—||Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of the Western Civilization|
|"Firmament Vacation (A Soundtrack of Our Lives)"||—||96||Welcome to the Infant Freebase|
|"Instant Repeater '99" (remix)||—||156|
|1999||"Avenger Hill Street Blues"||—||—||Non-album single|
|2001||"Still Aging"||—||—||Behind the Music|
|"21st Century Rip Off"||—||114|
|2004||"Bigtime"||1||78||Origin Vol. 1|
|"Believe I've Found"||—||—|
|2005||"Heading for a Breakdown"||—||70|
|"Babel On" (radio edit)||—||—|
|"The Ego Delusion" (radio edit)||—||—|
|2010||"Demophon"||—||—||non-album download-only singles|
|"You Better Run"||—||—|
|"What's Your Story?"||—||—||Throw It to the Universe|
|"Throw It to the Universe" (radio edit)||—||—|
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