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The Cardigans

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. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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To 'desireevara g a s ' . . . . u n d e r r a t e d means to not be recognized for your talent or accomplishme n t s .
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Omg The first band on the moon grate album and I loved them and this song called Lovefool good memories ;)
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It's been so long since I have heard them. Yes... I still love them.
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love love love them in da 90's....
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sjenkins1062
Love me love me
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eduardocerva n t e s 3 9 4
90s the last great decade.
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Not as bad as they really are
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desireevarga s 5 6
ANYONE?????? ? ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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desireevarga s 5 6
What does underrated mean?!?!
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dan77l
BEST SONG EVER IN THE WORLD
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benefiend72
ORIGINAL SOUND = GOOD MUSIC
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louizelnicol e 3
Damn!!
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pooh_bear333
Lovefool
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marioriojas
Ghxyvkvn
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But I do...i will, an I do I do
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Primer orgtwvjovibt o j t g i t t g f b m t i m f d o r o e b
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The idea that Gran Turismo wasn't successful is ridiculous. It will go down in history as a cult classic along the lines of The Big Lebowski.
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great band, and gran turismo is like a pop-version of pink Floyd. great stuff!
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pooh_bear333
Say that you Love me.
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It's unfortunate that The Cardigans were so underrated. What great musicianship and talent.
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Totally underrated, sadly
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Good stuff, indeed.
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This band is very very cool ; ) # lorde.
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ninjagandalf
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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Everyone thinks of the Cardigans as light, cheery, upbeat pop. That's not true at all. They are a very dark and disturbing band in the best possible way. Even in songs like Lovefool the hooks and delivery barely hide dark, depressing, thought-prov o k i n g lyrics. I can see how heavy metal musicians masterminded this band. I am a lifelong metal fan, and I absolutely love everything I have ever heard by the Cardigans.
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why is this in my janis joplin station?
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Nope this is crap
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The Cardigans are an extremely underrated group. Lovefool only hinted at what their library of great hooky songs.
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thepullmanat l
ont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on atleast 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
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LOVE ME LOVE ME. but how about I WANT TO TOUCH MY BODY
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good song
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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I saw the Cardigans at a concert on Mars once
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Ohhhh I love this song so much.
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Love me Love me!! Say that you
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Lovefool! Brings SO much memories. Can't believe I forgot this song! o(^^o)
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this to at least three songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
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jkscott14
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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For the longest I thought it was No Doubt or Gwen Stefani
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razberry_1
Her eyes are the bluest I've seen and she looked so cute pregnant in the video too. Brings me right back to 1998, high school days!
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tdjackson6
How are there no comments on Erase/Rewind ? ! # @ $ This song rules.
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Super Extra Gravity is one of the best albums of all time. I almost wish the Cardigans had released it under a different band name, because I think it was weighed down by the history and expectations of songs like Lovefool and Erase-Rewind . Their maturity as a band in that album is completely off the charts, and the album has an expansive range of emotional expression on par with the very best.
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I want the outfit on the cover of this album!
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jrhervey
LGBD was their best album. Don't anyone be getting stupid. A Camp's second album is probably nina's best work as well. Second half of their career has seen better and more interesting work than their original stuff. Shame it gets glossed over.
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go on and fool me
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Justin friggen Bieber Stole the chorus from Lovefool ://
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wow love fool is the best song ever
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Honestly, Gran Turismo is my favorite album, I'm surprised to find out it was one of their least favored.
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why everyone hate people from the music then i tell my dad'mom and sister
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