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 36
Super Extra Gravity Super Extra Gravity The Cardigans Released October 14, 2005 4 38

The Cardigans Lyricsby Popularity

1 Erase/Rewind The Cardigans 76 2 Your New Cuckoo The Cardigans 51 3 Communication The Cardigans 51 4 And Then You Kissed Me II The Cardigans 44 5 Live and Learn The Cardigans 44 6 Hold Me The Cardigans 44 7 Starter The Cardigans 43 8 Emmerdale The Cardigans 41 9 Erase/Rewind (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 41 10 Explode The Cardigans 41 11 Carnival The Cardigans 40 12 Been It The Cardigans 40 13 Communication The Cardigans 39 14 Hanging Around The Cardigans 39 15 Nil The Cardigans 39 16 Hanging Around The Cardigans 38 17 Higher (Live in Kiev) The Cardigans 38 18 Give Me Your Eyes The Cardigans 38 19 You're The Storm (First Demo) The Cardigans 38 20 For What It's Worth (Polar Session '01) The Cardigans 38 21 Hanging Around The Cardigans 38 22 For The Boys The Cardigans 37 23 Losing A Friend The Cardigans 37 24 Higher (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 37 25 Losers (First Try) The Cardigans 37 26 Carnival (Puck Version) The Cardigans 36 27 Slow The Cardigans 36 28 Higher The Cardigans 36 29 Erase/Rewind (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 36 30 Drip Drop Teardrop The Cardigans 35 31 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 35 32 Losing A Friend The Cardigans 35 33 My Favourite Game (BBC Radio 2 Session) The Cardigans 35 34 Do You Believe The Cardigans 35 35 My Favourite Game The Cardigans 35 36 Lovefool (Puck Version) The Cardigans 34 37 Deuce The Cardigans 34 38 After All... The Cardigans 34 39 Higher The Cardigans 34 40 For The Boys The Cardigans 34 41 Hanging Around (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 34 42 Hanging Around (Nåid Remix) The Cardigans 34 43 Lovefool (Live) The Cardigans 34 44 Pooh Song The Cardigans 33 45 The Road The Cardigans 33 46 Been It The Cardigans 33 47 Changes (BBC Radio 2 Session) The Cardigans 33 48 You're The Storm (Sandkvie Session) The Cardigans 33 49 Your New Cuckoo (Hyper Disco Mix) The Cardigans 32 50 Little Black Cloud The Cardigans 31 51 Explode (Live in Kiev) The Cardigans 31 52 Marvel Hill The Cardigans 31 53 I Figured Out (Demo ’93) The Cardigans 30 54 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 30 55 I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer The Cardigans 30 56 Drip Drop Teardrop The Cardigans 30 57 Don’t Blame Your Daughter (Diamonds) The Cardigans 28 58 I Need Some Fine Wine And You, You Need To Be Nicer The Cardigans 28 59 Hanging Around (Jasmine St. Claire Mix) The Cardigans 28 60 My Favourite Game (Wubbledub Mix) The Cardigans 28 61 Blah Blah Blah The Cardigans 27 62 Slowdown Town The Cardigans 26