The World According to Gessle

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The World According to Gessle
Studio album by Per Gessle
Released 2 May 1997
14 May 2008
Recorded September 1996 -
January 1997
Atlantis, Polar & EMI Studios
Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Pop rock, power pop
Length 54 mins.
Label Fundamental, EMI
Producer Per Gessle,
Michael Ilbert &
Clarence Öfwerman
Per Gessle chronology
Hjärtats trakt
The World According to Gessle
Hjärtats trakt – en samling
Singles from
The World According to Gessle
  1. "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?"
    Released: 1997 April
  2. "Kix"
    Released: 1997 June
  3. "I Want You to Know"
    Released: 1997 September
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Aftonbladet 4/5 stars[2]
Expressen 1/5 stars[3]

The World According to Gessle is a solo album by Per Gessle, released on 2 May 1997. It was his first solo album in English. The title is a paraphrase of "The World According to Garp" - the novel by John Irving.

"Do You Wanna Be My Baby?", "Kix" and "I Want You to Know" were released as singles. The videos for the singles were all directed by Jonas Åkerlund. At the end of the "Lay Down Your Arms" track, there is a hidden track. The track, an alternate version of "Kix" is called Cha-cha-cha, sung like Elvis Presley. The Japanese release of this album features the ballad "Love doesn't live here",[4] the song was also recorded by Belinda Carlisle, which featured on her album A Woman and a Man.

Gessle used Brainpool and Gyllene Tider as backing musicians for the album.


The World According to Gessle was re-released in 2003 as a low budget edition in a cardboard sleeve, and again re-released in May 2008 as an anniversary edition. This time it was a double CD, with 26 bonus tracks.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original release

All tracks written by Per Gessle, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Stupid" 3:31
2. "Do You Wanna Be My Baby?" 3:47
3. "Saturday" 3:54
4. "Kix" 4:08
5. "I Want You to Know" 3:57
6. "Reporter" 4:17
7. "B-Any-1-U-Wanna-B" (Homage to Brian W.) 3:56
8. "Wish You the Best" 4:51
9. "Elvis in Germany (Let's Celebrate!)" 4:10
10. "T-T-T-Take It!" 3:16
11. "I'll Be Alright" 3:50
12. "There is My Baby" 3:47
13. "Lay Down Your Arms" (incl. ghost track "Kix-cha-cha") 6:50
14. "Love Doesn't Live Here" (Japan bonus track) 4:44

2008 remastered re-release

All tracks written by Gessle, except where noted.


Chart Peak
Swedish Album Chart 1[5]
2008 re-release


  • Per Gessle - Words & Music, Vocals, Electric & Acoustic guitars, Harmonica, Tambourine, Vox Jaguar.
  • Marie Fredriksson - Additional vocals on "I'll Be Alright"
  • Clarence Öfwerman - Piano, Mellotron, Vox jaguar, Organ, Synthesizers, Vocoder, Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals.
  • Mats M.P Persson - Electric & acoustic guitars.
  • Micke "Syd" Andersson - Drums & percussion.
  • Anders Herrlin - Bass guitar.
  • Christoffer Lundquist - Bass guitar, Zither, Flute, Electric guitar, Backing vocals, Minimoog.
  • Jens Jansson - Drums & percussion.
  • David Birde - Electric & acoustic guitars.
  • Michael Ilbert - Programming & percussion.
  • Jonas Isacsson - Electric guitars & E-bow.
  • Christer Jansson - Drums & percussion.
  • Jalle Lorensson - Harmonica.
  • Micke "Nord" Andersson - Acoustic guitars.
  • Pelle Siren - Acoustic guitar.
  • Jackie Öfwerman - Additional vocals on "Elvis in Germany"
  • Erik Hausler - Baritone saxophone.
  • Wojtek Goral - Tenor saxophone.
  • Strings by S.N.Y.K.O - Conducted by Mats Holmquist. Arranged by Gessle, Ilbert & Öfwerman.


  1. ^ Jason Damas. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  2. ^ Hvidfeldt, Anders (1997-05-02). "Välkommen till Puls CD-arkiv". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  3. ^ Anders Nunstedt (2008-05-13). "Expressen review". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Gessle discography". Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Swedish chart positions". 
  6. ^ "Swedish certification" (PDF). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 

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