Finally got my own copy of the 80s most overlooked underrated and forgotten record! 🙏
You see in the second half of the 1980s swedish post-punk act Imperiet had created a huge hype in scandinavia after frontman Joakim Thåström had received 3 separate awards for best swedish album and best male artist. Imperiet previously only released material sung in swedish and due to the commercial success they decided to release an album consisting completely of songs sung in english.
In 1987 they re-recorded a mix of songs previously released on EPs singles and swedish albums with new english lyrics and a brand new sound closer to Glam Rock and AOR in attempt to appeal to a global market. The Scandinavian fans despised this idea and the band was breaking up while still recording the album keyboardist Per Hägglund is not featured on the cover even though hes playing on all songs. Due to the internal fights in Imperiet and an upcoming break-up the album was ill-advertised by the record label. The album therefore undersold all the previous Imperiet releases.
Even though the rest of Imperiets discography has been re-printed and remastered as well as been featured on several "best of"-albums and "rare/b-sides"-compilations neither of Imperiets english material has ever been printed or released again. When I ask foreign people if theyve heard of Imperiet they say no when I ask Scandinavian people about Imperiets english album they say that they havent heard it or that they didnt like it.
So if youre looking for the best 80s rock band that you never heard then you should definitely head over to Youtube and search for "Imperiet engelska" or head over to eBay or your second hand vinyl store with 30 - 40$ because this gem is solid as fuck 👌
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