the Swedes

the Swedes

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Late 70's british rock - the Jam meets Joe Jackson and throw in a mean, laser-like Flash Gordon lead analog synth.

Biography

We love songs that you can hum. Big guitars are nice, as long as there aren't too many of them and they are playing parts and not just banging chords. We love harmony. ELO, Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Big Star are pleasing entities in the musical cosmos. Every instrument is a lead instrument and every instrument is a rhythm instrument - it just depends on what you're playing when. If you're going to play a seven-minute long song, there better be a damn good reason for it to be seven minutes long.

Lyrics

Photolab

Written By: Jon Gray

gimme gimme gimme little favors be an agent for me

in return i'll follow who you want me to though i can't see who it is

you could say you owe me if you wanna and you're probably right

that never lasts that long so catch it while...

hip is on a mission i can feel it getting ready to blast

keeping me in contact with the 21 generation

would i be a fucker if i told you that your glory day's gone

it never lasts that long so catch it and capture it in a photolab

do you remember that guy
he copied every move i made and did it better than i'll ever do it again

gimme gimme gimme just a minute i can figure this out

If Its On

Written By: Jon Gray

started thinking so you put it in a letter bound for maryland

you didn't know that i still keep in touch with maryland, too

really now you should have kept it between us

now you're thinking that you'll get me in an argument i've already won

if i wasn't on the run i'd listen to you girl
last summer was so much fun on our side of the world
you slipped and you changed your mind how could i be sure
if it's on

you can't call me a hassle 'cuz i'm easy to maintain

but you gotta call me something you've been with me for an hour and a half

now is it off cuz if it isn't i won't pretend that i'm crying

if it fizzles i can do without a party cuz i'll have already run

if i wasn't on the run i'd listen to you girl
last summer was so much fun on our side of the world
you slipped and you changed your mind how could i be sure
if it's on

you said your reasons were my own
what a bore

don't try to make it what you've known
make it more

you used to be such a turn-on

Back On My Heels

Written By: Jon Gray

dad your son isn't right
he imploded last night
he's out on his feet again
she asked me to leave again

so i left and dropped out
bought a car so i could
drink it and drive about
looks like she left me out

now I'm back on my heels again
credit to salome
i knew it would happen soon
wish i knew it yesterday
i'm back on my heels again
keeping my hands between me and you

trip to france was a grind
so you called and you asked
if i wanna walk a line
i never changed my mind

letter one was a tease
letter two said to please
meet me on saturday
i guess i will

now i'm back on my heels again
credit to salome
i knew it would happen soon
wish i knew it yesterday
i'm back on my heels again
living in corner stores and
making all my demons go to bed

trying to forget
trying to forget
it was me
that left you in the sand
buried to your neck
what would that suggest

now i'm back on my heels again
credit to salome
i knew it would happen soon
wish i knew it yesterday
i'm back on my heels again
keeping my hands between
you & me look the same
but i never get that clean

Discography

Adventure Songs (EP - 2000)
Claim This Meatball (EP - 2001)
Photolab 9000 (LP - 2004)
Nothing Says 'Rich' Like Golf Clubs (LP - 2007)

Set List

Geronimo Casino
Whoo-hoo
Stars
Fastwalker
Under The Sun
Making Up Words
She Turns On
Julie Walker
Revenge de la Nerds
Patriot
Burning Fever
Big Toe Necklace

45 minutes

We do three covers, Jerkin' Back & Forth by Devo God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, Bed's Too Big by the Police