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You Don’t Understand Me

“You Don’t Understand Me” is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in 1995, it was the first new single from their Greatest Hits album Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! – Roxette’s Greatest Hits.

“You Don’t Understand Me” was written by Per Gessle and Desmond Child and this was the first time Gessle had co-written a song with an international songwriter.

Roxette recorded acoustic versions of the songs, “The Look”, “Listen to Your Heart”, “You Don’t Understand Me” and “Help!”, at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, England. “Help!”, a cover of the “Lennon–McCartney” song originally recorded by The Beatles, was released originally in the “Don’t Bore Us – Get to the Chorus! (Roxette’s European Promo Tour)” bootleg album (only 4 audio tracks)[1] and then on the Roxette compilation The Rox Box/Roxette 86-06, whereas the other three songs were included on the UK release of this single and “You Don’t Understand Me” was also included on the single “Anyone”, released in 1999.

The song was a hit in several European countries, reaching the top 10 in Sweden and Finland, and the top 20 in Italy and The Netherlands.

Wish I Could Fly

“Wish I Could Fly” is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in February 1999, it was the first single from their sixth studio album Have a Nice Day.

In the UK, the single peaked at #11, which was Roxette’s highest position for a single since their 1993 hit “Almost Unreal” (#7). The single also made the Top 10 in Sweden and Finland, Top 20 in Austria, Switzerland and Norway, Top 30 in Germany and the Top 40 in the Netherlands.

While the album Have a Nice Day wasn’t released in the U.S. Roxette signed a distribution deal with Edel Music, enabling “Wish I Could Fly” to peak at #27 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Chart in 2000.

The song was also a considerable radio hit, becoming the most played song in Europe in 1999.[citation needed]. A Spanish-language version of the song, “Quisiera Volar”, was included on the South American release of the album.

Vulnerable (song)

“Vulnerable” is a song by Roxette, released as the fifth single from their album Crash! Boom! Bang!. The song is also featured on the duo’s 1995 compilation album, Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!.
The single peaked at #12 in Sweden and was a minor hit in several other European countries. It peaked at #44 in the UK Singles Chart, ending their five years of top 40 hits.

The Look

“The Look” is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette, released as the second single in early 1989 from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). The song became Roxette’s international “breakthrough” single, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of the duo’s native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. It topped the U.S. singles chart in 1989 becoming their first U.S. #1 success and scored #7 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also topped the charts in 24 other countries. This song is also known as “She’s Got the Look.” [1]

The Centre of the Heart

“The Centre of the Heart” is a song by Swedish duo Roxette’s 2001 album Room Service. The single was only released commercially in Europe, except in the UK. It was the group’s third number 1 in Sweden where it remained on the top spot for 4 weeks. However, its success was limited elsewhere, not managing to reach higher than the top 30 or top 40 in most European countries.

The song was originally considered as the first single and the 10th track from the group’s Have a Nice Day album in 1999 but ultimately became an outtake.

This song is also known as “The Centre of My Heart” or “The Centre of the Heart [Is the Suburb to the Brain]”.

On 23 February 2001, Roxette performed “The Centre of the Heart” at the break during the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2001.

A remix CD was released to promote the single.

The Stonebridge ClubMix of this song was featured in Dance Dance Revolution 6th Mix: Max in 2001[1]

The Big L.

“The Big L.”, written by Per Gessle, was the third single released from Swedish pop rock duo Roxette’s 1991 album Joyride. The song became a top ten hit in Japan, Ireland and Sweden as well as a Top 20 hit in the rest of Europe.

CD maxi

  1. “The Big L.” – 4:29
  2. “One Is Such a Lonely Number” (demo – September 1987) – 3:33
  3. “The Big L.” (the bigger, the better mix) – 6:16
  4. “The Big L.” (U.S. mix) – 4:18

7″ single

  1. “The Big L.” – 4:29
  2. “One Is Such a Lonely Number” (demo – September 1987) – 3:33

3″ maxi

  1. “The Big L.” – 4:25
  2. “One Is Such a Lonely Number” (demo – September 1987) – 3:33
  3. “The Big L.” (the bigger, the better mix) – 6:16
  4. “It Must Have Been Love” – 4:18

Stars (Roxette song)

“Stars” is the third single from the Have a Nice Day album by the Swedish duo Roxette. The single was released in August 1999.

This song was originally a rock-driven track, but it made a complete change in the studio. “Stars” is an up-tempo song with dance and techno sound, which was a new direction for Roxette. Lead vocals were performed by Marie Fredriksson and in the chorus a children choir can be heard. Many remixes were made, including Almighty Radio Edit, which got airplay in most of radio stations. “Stars” was released as a maxi-CD with the track “Better Off On Her Own” and the demos of “I Was So Lucky” and “7Twenty7”.

In Europe, “Stars” became a hit single, hitting Top 10 in Finland and #13 in Sweden. In Germany it was the highest charting single from the Have A Nice Day album, peaking at #23. It was the last Roxette single to make the UK Top 75, but it charted quite low, at #56. The video, directed by Anton Corbijn, reached #19 on MTV’s European Top 20.

Spending My Time

“Spending My Time” is a song by Swedish duo Roxette, released as the fourth single from their third studio album, Joyride (1991). It was written by Per Gessle and Mats Persson, and produced by Clarence Öfwerman. The single attained moderate success in Europe, reaching the top 10 in Germany and the top 20 in Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland, while peaking at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

A remix was created by MC King Carli and Dr Renault (pseudonyms used by Clarence & Anders) at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 1991, and was included on the single. A Spanish version of the song, titled “Un día sin ti” (“A Day Without You”), was released in 1996 as a single from the duo’s album Baladas en español.

Sleeping in My Car

“Sleeping in My Car”, written by Per Gessle, is a song by Roxette. It is the fifth track on their 1994 album Crash! Boom! Bang! and was released as the lead single from that album. It became the duo’s second #1 in Sweden, where it topped the charts for three weeks. It also achieved considerable success in Canada, reaching #2 in the RPM singles chart there. In the US it did not fare as well, reaching #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

When Roxette performed in the Workers Indoor Arena in Beijing, China in 1995, they were asked to change the suggestive lyrics of the song. “We agreed, but didn’t change them in the end,” says Per Gessle.[1]

She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

“She Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” is a song by Roxette, released as the third single from their Greatest Hits album Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! from 1995. The single was released only in Europe and was a minor hit in Germany.

The song was originally written and recorded for Roxette’s album Crash! Boom! Bang!, but it was decided that the song did not suit that album. The song remained unreleased until it was included on their 1995 greatest hits album.

A remix of Roxette’s song “The Look” is included on this single and it is only available on this CDS and on the UK-only single release of “The Look ’95”

Salvation (Roxette song)

“Salvation”, written by Per Gessle, is the fourth single from the Have a Nice Day album by the Swedish duo Roxette. The single was released in November 1999.

“Salvation” is a ballad with instruments like acoustic guitars, piano, choir and drum machine. It was released around Christmas time, because it has a Christmas sound. The B-sides of “Salvation” single are “See Me” and “Crazy About You” (marked as Crash Boom Bang version not to be confused with the demo version from You Don’t Understand Me single), both outtakes from Crash! Boom! Bang! album. The single includes also the video of “Stars”.

“Salvation” was the third single from Have A Nice Day to enter the Finnish Top 20 (it also got good airplay in Finland). In Germany and Sweden, on the other hand, it charted at quite low positions (#80, #46). “Salvation” also didn’t get as much airplay as the previous singles. The Spanish version “Lo Siento” got some minor airplay in Spanish-speaking countries.

The video for “Salvation” was directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. The shooting took place in Naples and Amalfi (Italy) in October 1999.

Run to You (Roxette song)

“Run to You” is an acoustic-electric rock song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in 1994, it was the fourth single taken from their album Crash! Boom! Bang!. The single reached #27 in the UK, and the top 50 in Switzerland and Australia.

The music video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, shows the band while on tour in Europe during the Crash! Boom! Bang! tour. It features shots of the travelling, the fun, the waiting, the soundchecks and later in the video the moment the band enters the stage in the Festhalle in Frankfurt. The video ends like a busy day ends, with the hand of an unknown person hanging a “Do Not Disturb” card outside a hotel door.

One Wish (Roxette song)

“One Wish”, written by Per Gessle and performed by Swedish pop duo Roxette, is the first single released from their 2006 album Roxette Hits, the first release from Roxette since 2003. Per Gessle describes the song as an uptempo duet. The B-Side is “The Rox Medley” which, prior to this release, has been available on the radio and on iTunes.

The video, also directed by Jonas Åkerlund, was a mixture of new and old images, which were taken from different music videos by Roxette over the years.

June Afternoon

“June Afternoon”, written by Per Gessle and released in 1996, is a song by Roxette, released as the second single from their greatest hits album Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! from 1995. It was only released in Europe and Australia. It peaked at number 24 in Sweden and number 52 in the UK.

Recorded with members of the Swedish pop group Gyllene Tider, “June Afternoon” was the planned centrepiece on Per Gessle’s upcoming solo album The World According to Gessle, but plans were changed and this cheerful ode to endless summer was picked as a single off Roxette’s 1995 greatest hit album.

The second song on this single is a demo version of “Seduce Me”, which was later included on the 2006 release of The Rox Box.

I Call Your Name (Roxette song)

“I Call Your Name” was a single taken from Roxette’s first album Pearls of Passion. The single was released on 20 January 1988 and was only released in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands.

Two versions of the song exist. The original album version, which is more of a pop song, while the Frank Mono-Mix (released on the single) is more rock oriented, with extra guitars and heavier drumming. Both versions are available on most remastered CD issues of the album, with the latter mix featuring as one of the bonus tracks.

In 2010 enBanda, an Uruguayan band, recorded their own version of the song and it is available to listen to at http://www.snowfish.com/enBanda

Goodbye to You (Roxette song)

“Goodbye to You,” was the second single taken from Swedish pop duo Roxette’s 1986 album Pearls of Passion. It was only released in Sweden, where it peaked at #9 on the singles chart.[1] The B-Side was “So Far Away” which is also included on the album Pearls of Passion.[2] There is no video for this single.

Room Service (Roxette album)

Look Sharp! is the second studio album by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. It was recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm and at Trident II Studios in London between March and June 1988. The album was released on 21 October 1988, two years after their debut Pearls of Passion (1986). The album became an international hit, reaching #1 in the group’s native Sweden and being certified 6x platinum. In the United States, the album reached #23 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. It spawned the major hit singles “The Look” (U.S. #1), “Listen to Your Heart” (U.S. #1), “Dressed for Success” (U.S. #14), and “Dangerous” (U.S. #2). Because of the worldwide success of the album and its singles, Look Sharp! is considered as Roxette’s breakthrough.

The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Fireworks (Roxette song)

“Fireworks” is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in 1994, it was the third single from their album Crash! Boom! Bang!. It achieved moderate success in various European countries, and peaked at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart.

Strangely, the single was omitted from the career retrospective The Rox Box, which included every international single released by Roxette up to 2006. It has also been left off other hits compilations, leading to speculation that Roxette do not like the song.

In an interview with The Daily Roxette website in 2009, Per Gessle was asked why the song was ignored on the compilations. He answered, “I guess it just wasn’t big enough. There are so many other Rox tracks that kick its ass. And on The Rox Box we decided to use demos and other uplifting stuff instead.”[1]

Dangerous (Roxette song)

“Dangerous” is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. Written by Per Gessle, the song was released as the fifth and final single from their second studio album Look Sharp! (1988). Gessle penned it just before Roxette’s first tour in 1987.[1] Released at the end of 1989, it was the group’s third top 10 showing on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at #2 in February 1990, kept from the #1 spot by Janet Jackson’s Escapade. The music video was performed in the ruins of Borgholm Castle. It was released as a double A-side in the UK, alongside Listen to Your Heart.

The version on the single features a different introduction, omitting the instruments in favour of the duo singing the first line of the chorus.

Look Sharp! (Roxette album)

Look Sharp! is the second studio album by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. It was recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm and at Trident II Studios in London between March and June 1988. The album was released on 21 October 1988, two years after their debut Pearls of Passion (1986). The album became an international hit, reaching #1 in the group’s native Sweden and being certified 6x platinum. In the United States, the album reached #23 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum. It spawned the major hit singles “The Look” (U.S. #1), “Listen to Your Heart” (U.S. #1), “Dressed for Success” (U.S. #14), and “Dangerous” (U.S. #2). Because of the worldwide success of the album and its singles, Look Sharp! is considered as Roxette’s breakthrough.

The album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Crash! Boom! Bang! (song)

“Crash! Boom! Bang!” is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in 1994, it was the second single taken from their album of the same name. The single became a moderate hit in many European countries, peaking at #26 on the UK Singles Chart.

The videoclip was directed by Michael Geoghegan and it seems to be inspired by works of Polish visionary director Zbigniew Rybczyński. One of his trademarks, computer-simulated continuous shot achieved by using motion control rig, has been used in a manner established in Rybczynski’s “The Orchestra”.

Church of Your Heart

“Church of Your Heart”, written by Per Gessle, was the fifth single released from Swedish pop rock duo Roxette’s 1991 album Joyride. The single came out in 1992.

The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has worked on other music videos for other popular artists. It was filmed at a church in Sydney, Australia

Chances (Roxette song)

“Chances” is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. It was released in late-1988 as the lead single[citation needed] from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). It was only released in a few countries in Europe.[1]

The video alters between what appears to be concert footage in color, and black-and-white footage from a casino with Marie Fredriksson as a Black Jack dealer and croupier at a Roulette-table and Per Gessle as a gambler.

Anyone (song)

“Anyone” is the second single from Swedish duo Roxette’s Have a Nice Day album. It was released in May 1999.

“Anyone” is like its predecessor ‘Wish I could fly’ a ballad, with instruments including piano, saxophone and strings. “Anyone” was initially planned to be the first single from Have A Nice Day, but the group feared it would sound too “Roxette-ish” for a comeback single[citation needed], and they chose “Wish I Could Fly” instead. After the success of “Wish I Could Fly”, fans believed the next single release would be “Stars” or “Crush On You”[citation needed] (both are dance songs a-typical for Roxette). But in the end, it was “Anyone” that was picked as the second single. The B-sides are the demo of “Anyone”, “Cooper” (a track from Have A Nice Day), and “You Don’t Understand Me (Abbey Road Sessions 1995)”. The maxi-single includes the video of “Wish I Could Fly”. In Japan, a double A-side with “Pay The Price” was released, although there is no video for this song.

Almost Unreal

“Almost Unreal” is a pop song performed by Swedish duo Roxette. The song was released in May 1993 and is featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Super Mario Bros. The song is played in the end credits of the film

“Almost Unreal” became a summer hit especially in Europe, where it hit Top 10 and Top 20 in many countries, including the UK where it reached No. 7, and the video received a heavy rotation on music channels. The song proved to be unsuccessful in US where it peaked at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The song’s inclusion on the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack angered songwriter Per Gessle [1] as it was originally written for the 1993 fantasy horror comedy Halloween-themed film Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, but was never used.

The video clip starring Nick Pickard as a young man playing a video game in which he’s watching parts of the film and the band members who sing the song, while changing characteristics such as the singer’s costume, musical instruments and so on. After ignoring warnings about de-evolution, he becomes a lizard.

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