The Spotnicks: Live In Paris (SWE, 1961/63)

If remembered at all today, it is probably thanks to their silly astronaut costumes, but in the '60s the Spotnicks were one of the most successful instrumental rock groups, alongside the Shadows and the Ventures. Their very specific sound had more in common with the Shadows, being clean and intentionally gentle. It originated from their first primitive demo recordings, but the record company liked it and, being plastic and twangy, it was promoted as a space sound. Already in the late '60s it was outdated, but that didn't stop the group from having big successes throughout the decade. In the '70s the sound was definitely antiquated, but like the Ventures, the Spotnicks found reliable audiences in Japan and Germany, as well as a cult and nostalgia following around the world. The Spotnicks have sold over 20 million albums, making them among the most successful Swedish groups ever, surpassed perhaps only by ABBA and Roxette. By the late '90s they had released 39 studio albums, recorded roughly 700 songs, and had more than 100 members in the different constellations of the band.

"Hava Nagila" became a hit in England in 1963, and the same year Johansson left and was replaced by Derek Skinner. The rest of the '60s led to increasing success in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, and the band even managed to compete with itself on the Japanese charts when the Spotnicks' song "Karelia" took the first position from the Feenades' "Ajomies." The song was the same, just recorded under different titles. The Feenades were a Finland-based side project to the Spotnicks, built upon Winberg and Peter Winsnes, who had joined the Spotnicks in 1965. Winberg also released less successful recordings under the name the Shy Ones. Compared to the following decades, the '60s were a relative stable period for the Spotnicks in terms of the group's lineup. Some new members were recruited, though, like drummer Jimmy Nicol, bassist Magnus Hellsberg, and drummer Tommy Tausis, who had earlier played with Tages.



Pablo "Pochola" Cazorla said...


jeanbernardfrance said...

Thanks for the 3 last posts;I think those instumental groups and surf music was a natural transition between rock'n'roll and garage-psyche-pop music.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS to Pablo and friends of Garage Music.

Leonardo said...

Very good music blog!

Excellent posts!

Anonymous said...

Very cool! Never heard of them, and I was surprised at how many records they had sold.

Great work!

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of music from the Spotnicks.This one is unfamiliar for me.Thanks

Sixtie Lover

Anonymous said...

Live in Paris is just the Spotnicks in Paris.With a number of alternate Tracks.Nice because I have the common versions.Thanks

Sixtie Lover