The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979

From Psychedelic Experiments to Political Propaganda

Tobias Petterson



Hälsingland personality Stefan Daagarsson published his first novel in 1968 and also has several art expeditions to his name. In 1976 he rounded up Stig Nyman (guitar), Thomas Fläckman (guitar), Gösta Rundquist (keyboards), Håkan Levin (saxophone), Anders Lindblom (flute), Gun Eriksson (violin), Peter Ahlbom (violin), Bosse Andersson (bass) and Erik Gunnarsson (drums) to record this bluesy folk-rock album. The Swedish lyrics are similar to those of Kjell Höglund and Blå Tåget, but the music is more accomplished. Daagarsson also released records using the alias Rotebergs-Raggarn, including the 1984 cult classic "Dä ä rock som gäller".

1976Strömkarl i elransoneringstiderForsljud FOL LP3★★★3


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Per Odeltorp was the leader of Östersund 60's band God's Sideburn's and later became a close associate to Träd, Gräs Och Stenar. As Per Gud, he recorded and released two of their albums on his own Tall label. He joined Peps Persson in Pelleperssons Kapell in 1976 and then formed the solo project Dag Vag & Svagsinta. From now on, Odeltorp became known as Stig Vig. The first single was very experimental and featured Blå Tåget's Mats G Bengtsson on keyboards using the alias "Bengt Padda". The project then became a proper band and shortened the name to Dag Vag with all members hiding behind punk-style aliases. They recorded one more self-distributed single before signing a record deal with Silence. Stig Vig paid tribute to his mentors Träd, Gräs Och Stenar by covering "Sanningens silverflod" as the first track on the their eponymous first album. Playing rock music with a touch of reggae and Swedish-language vocals, the group described its music as "transcontinental rock reggae". Many prominent Movement musicians were hiding behind the stage names, including Kenny Håkansson (Kebnekajse), Per Tjernberg (Archimedes Badkar), Ola Backström (Stockholm Norra), Brynn Settels and briefly Rolf Alm, who both played with Peps Blodsband. Dag Vag soon found themselves one of the biggest bands in Sweden and made four more albums in the 80's. They still perform regularly and in 2006 released Kackerlacka on their re-activated Ball label.

1978Dimma / När vården slår till * (S)Ball Format 78★★2
1978Sånt är livet / Flyger (S)Ball Format 2S★★2
1979Dag VagSilence SBS 4656★★★3
1979ScenbuddismSilence SRS 4660★★2
Titles up to 1979



This Stockholm-based outfit recorded one album Sommarregn at Europa Film studios. It is sung in English and Swedish and features both songs of a serious nature as well as the not-so-serious - especially "Peter With The Purple", a song about the colour of a man's penis. The album was only pressed in 200 copies and distributed privately.

1972SommarregnIMAS Records TAA2001★★★★★★6



This band recorded an album of high-class instrumental jazz-rock compositions by Stefan Nilsson one day in the early summer of 1978. Guitar ace Jojje Wadenius (of Made In Sweden and Blood Sweat & Tears fame) actually played the bass. Coste Apetrea had been a member of Samla Mammas Manna while Stefan Nilsson came from Kornet. All three also played on Apetrea's solo album. Apetrea and Nilsson later formed Vänspel while Sundell joined Egba.

1978Spelar NilssonSvenska Love Records SLLP01★★★★4



According to radio journalist Olle Hägg, who wrote the swedish language lyrics, composer David Oliver was a pseudonym for an Hungarian keyboard player. The single was recorded in Acke & Gurra's studio. It features up-front flanger-guitars and a prominent moog on the A-side.

1976Den 30:e februari / Harley Davidson (S)Ljudspår EFG 101 2130★★★3


This symphonic rock band was formed in 1973 and Hans Edler's Marilla label released the band's only album. It was an accomplished debut with many inventive compositions and much technical prowess. An omnipresent organ interacts with the guitar and bass to create a dense, yet lush, atmosphere that characterizes the music. The album was released on CD in Japan in 1989 and was subsequently followed by two more Japanese releases featuring vintage demo and live material. After the band broke up, Leif Larsson and Per Andersson joined Pugh and Kaipa, respectively, while Örjan Strandberg became one of Sweden's leading jingle composers.

1978DiceMarilla MALP-1033★★★★★★★7


This Stockholm group played Irish folk music and later evolved into Låt & Trail. Marie Selander was previously lead singer with Nursery Rhymes, the leading Swedish female 60's band. Selander, Lidén and Moberg also sang with Freedom Singers, while Moberg had been in the Hår musical. Diddlers became a quintet with the addition of Guilder Hägg duo Urban Yman and Kjell Westling, who both had guested on the album along with jazz bassist Sture Nordin. Slim Lidén went on to join Arbetets Söner & Döttrar and Opponer.

1969Diddlers Is Good For YouSonet SLP-2500★★2
1970Hur ska det gå...? / Bergetsdagg (S)Sonet T-7796★1
1970Mountain Dew (EP)Juke Box JSEP 5596★1
1970Kilgarry Mountain (EP)Juke Box JSEP 5601★★★3



This symphonic rock band's claim to fame is that their keyboard player Staffan Hellstrand went on to make a career for himself in the 90's as a chart-climbing singer/songwriter. Dimmornas Bro came together in Nyköping in 1975, with the name taken from the Swedish translation of the 1940 movie "Waterloo Bridge". The keyboard-dominated music is somewhat inspired by Genesis. The band split up in 1981 and Hellstrand formed the band SH before going solo.

1977Dimmornas broSilence SRS 4643★★★3
1979MålSilence SRS 4653★★2
Titles up to 1979



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This Gothenburg band arrived in 1977 with one foot in the Movement and the other in the punk camp. They had been going since 1970 and appeared at the first Gärdet Festival. With several line-up changes along the way the band earned a reputation for their eccentric and often hilarious stage show. Music journalist Bert Gren used the alias Gunnar Ekström on their first album and single. His father, by the way, was the legendary footballer Gunnar Gren, who actually contributed mandolin to their second album.

1977För din nakenhets skull / Visa i molom (S)MNW 48S★1
1977Vårdsjuk blågul fanbluesMNW 77P★★2
1979Hinderloppsång / Lucille (S)Nacksving 45-02★1
1979Hotel CancerNacksving 031-19★★2
Titles up to 1979


Doris Svensson first recorded in 1962 as vocalist with Gothenburg group The Strangers. The following year she shared the stage with The Beatles in the legendary TV show "Drop In". In 1965 she formed the band Plums as a singing bass player and went solo in 1969, initially as a schlager artist. Her merit for inclusion here is the much sought after second album, Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby and especially the psychedelic track, "You Never Come Closer", which was very popular on the UK acid jazz scene of the 90's. On the album Doris is backed by Heta Linjen, which included keyboardist Berndt Egerbladh, drummer Janne Carlsson (Hansson & Karlsson) and guitarist Bengan Karlsson, who had previously played with Doris in the Strangers and also in her most recent backing group, Dandys. The album was re-issued on CD in 1996 with her best 60's material included as bonus tracks.

1970Did You Give The World Some Love Today, BabyOdeon 4E 062-34193★★★★★★★★8
1970Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby / Don't (S)Odeon 4E 006-34194★★★★★5
Discopraphy begins with her 8th single.



Dunder was formed in Hallstahammar in 1976. Their album consists of well-played Swedish-language progressive rock with a heavy touch. Two songs from the album was re-recorded in English for an intended single but only got as far as the test-pressing stage.

1978DunderMercury 6363014★★2