The Cardigans About

One of the most pleasing pop groups of the ‘90s, the Cardigans specialized in sugary confections that would grow annoying very quickly if they weren’t backed by solid musicianship and clever arrangements. The band’s 1995 breakout album, Life, reflected the Cardigans at their most saccharine – the sunny disposition of vocalist Nina Persson being the major argument in favor – and critics inserted the group into the space age pop revivalist camp. the Cardigans later proved that they were more difficult to pigeonhole, however.
Even the band’s origins showed that their later appearance was quite misleading; two heavy metal fanatics formed the group in October 1992 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Guitarist Peter Svensson met bassist Magnus Sveningsson in a hardcore group, though he had previously trained in music theory and jazz arranging. The two later grew tired of metal and decided to form a pop band with vocalist Nina Persson – an art-school friend who had never sung professionally – plus keyboard player Lars-Olof Johansson and drummer Bengt Lagerberg.

All five Cardigans moved into a small apartment in 1993 and began recording a demo tape that entered the hands of producer Tore Johansson later that year. He liked what he heard and invited the group to record at his Malmö studio. Signed to the dance-oriented Stockholm label, the Cardigans released Emmerdale in May 1994. The single “Rise & Shine” became a hit on Swedish radio soon after the release of the LP, and a readers poll in Sweden’s Slitz magazine voted Emmerdale the best album of 1994.
The Cardigans spent the last half of 1994 touring Europe and recording their second album. A satirical response to their moody debut, Life showed the band at their most upbeat, including an angelic picture of Persson in an ice-skating outfit for the cover. Released in March 1995 – with several re-recordings of songs from Emmerdale – the album eventually sold one and a half million copies worldwide and became especially popular in Japan, where it achieved platinum status.

A deal with Minty Fresh gave the Cardigans an American release of Life in spring 1996, and the group played eight sold-out shows in the U.S. that summer. The American major labels began to notice the attention, and Mercury signed them soon after. First Band on the Moon, released in September 1996, de-emphasized the pure pop in favor of abstract arrangements and some rather violent themes. Nevertheless, the infectious single “Lovefool” became a radio hit by early 1997, and First Band on the Moon eventually reached gold status in America, as well as platinum certification in Japan (just three weeks after its release).
Gran Turismo followed in 1998, though it lacked an obvious hit and led to a long hiatus for the band. Finally, the Cardigans returned in 2003 with Long Gone Before Daylight, marking a clear transition with confessional material closer to the singer/songwriter tradition. Super Extra Gravity followed in 2005.

The Cardigans Albums

Best Of Best Of The Cardigans Released 2008 7 43
Super Extra Gravity Super Extra Gravity The Cardigans Released October 14, 2005 4 52

The Cardigans Lyricsby Popularity

1 Erase/Rewind The Cardigans 121 2 Communication The Cardigans 79 3 Your New Cuckoo The Cardigans 77 4 Live and Learn The Cardigans 63 5 Hold Me The Cardigans 61 6 Carnival The Cardigans 60 7 Hanging Around The Cardigans 59 8 And Then You Kissed Me II The Cardigans 59 9 Starter The Cardigans 59 10 Lovefool (Live) The Cardigans 57 11 Emmerdale The Cardigans 56 12 Explode The Cardigans 56 13 Nil The Cardigans 56 14 Communication The Cardigans 55 15 Hanging Around The Cardigans 55 16 You're The Storm (First Demo) The Cardigans 54 17 Erase/Rewind (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 54 18 Been It The Cardigans 54 19 Carnival (Puck Version) The Cardigans 53 20 Deuce The Cardigans 53 21 For The Boys The Cardigans 53 22 After All... The Cardigans 53 23 Higher (Live in Kiev) The Cardigans 53 24 My Favourite Game (BBC Radio 2 Session) The Cardigans 53 25 For What It's Worth (Polar Session '01) The Cardigans 53 26 Do You Believe The Cardigans 53 27 Losing A Friend The Cardigans 52 28 Give Me Your Eyes The Cardigans 52 29 Hanging Around The Cardigans 52 30 Slow The Cardigans 51 31 Higher The Cardigans 51 32 Losers (First Try) The Cardigans 51 33 Pooh Song The Cardigans 50 34 Lovefool (Puck Version) The Cardigans 50 35 The Road The Cardigans 50 36 Been It The Cardigans 50 37 Drip Drop Teardrop The Cardigans 50 38 Higher (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 50 39 Marvel Hill The Cardigans 50 40 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 49 41 You're The Storm (Sandkvie Session) The Cardigans 49 42 My Favourite Game The Cardigans 49 43 Your New Cuckoo (Hyper Disco Mix) The Cardigans 48 44 Drip Drop Teardrop The Cardigans 48 45 Erase/Rewind (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 48 46 Higher The Cardigans 47 47 For The Boys The Cardigans 47 48 Losing A Friend The Cardigans 47 49 Changes (BBC Radio 2 Session) The Cardigans 47 50 I Figured Out (Demo ’93) The Cardigans 46 51 Little Black Cloud The Cardigans 46 52 Hanging Around (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 46 53 Hanging Around (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 46 54 I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer The Cardigans 45 55 I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer The Cardigans 44 56 Explode (Live in Kiev) The Cardigans 44 57 Blah Blah Blah The Cardigans 43 58 Slowdown Town The Cardigans 43 59 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 43 60 My Favourite Game (Wubbledub Mix) The Cardigans 43 61 Hanging Around (Jasmine St. Claire Mix) The Cardigans 42 62 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 41