Roxette was a pop rock
duo from Sweden. The duo consisted of Per Gessle
on vocals and guitar, and Marie Fredriksson on vocals.
The duo first performed together as members of a Swedish
band called Gyllene Tider. Gyllene Tider released
an English album in the early 80's, and at the behest of
Capitol Records, they changed their name to Roxette just
for the US release, which did not do well. After
Gyllene Tider broke up, Gessle and Fredriksson began
again as Roxette after a recommendation by EMI Records.
After Roxette met with some success as a
duo with the Swedish hit "Neverending Love", the album
Pearls of Passion
was released in 1986. Although this album did very
well in Sweden, again international success continued to
be elusive. It was Roxette's 1988 release,
Look Sharp!, when the tide began to change.
The album was a huge international success, and featured
the hit songs "The Look", "Dressed for Success", "Listen
to Your Heart", and "Dangerous". Many of you will
also remember the songs "It Must Have Been Love" from
soundtrack as well.
Roxette's international success continued
well into the 1990's, the most notable being the album
Joyride (1991), which featured the title track
and "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)",
"Spending My Time", and "Church of Your Heart".
Roxette continued touring and producing well into the
2010's. The Roxette Discography is as follows:1986: Pearls of Passion
1987: Dance Passion
1988: Look Sharp!
1992: Tourism 1
1994: Crash! Boom! Bang!
1995: Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!
1996: Baladas En Espaņol
1999: Have a Nice Day
2001: Room Service
2002: The Ballad Hits
2003: The Pop Hits
2006: A Collection of Roxette Hits: Their 20 Greatest Songs!
2006: The Rox Box/Roxette 86-06
2008: The Pop Hits & Ballad Hits & The Complete Video Collection
2011: Greatest Hits
2011: Charm School