Power Pop #15: The Merrymakers

I’m not sure has anyone missed these power pop entries, but now there’s definitely time for another episode. Ex-Merrymakers David Myhr will play at Flavour of the Month (Pikku-Torre, Turku) on this friday 2nd of march. Before writing one last reminder about the upcoming show and focusing on his new excellent solo material, it’s time to celebrate the past and post a couple of songs by The Merrymakers. This Swedish pop group created two stunning albums in the 90s. No Sleep ’til Famous and Bubblegun are both amazing. Bubblegun is actually one of my all-time favourite power pop albums and Popsicle, The Wannadies and The Merrymakers will probably always the most influential Swedish bands to me. Here are Saltwater Drinks and April’s Fool from Bubblegun. Plus a promo clip for Bubblegun.




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Small introduction to Swedish Powerpop

The Genuine Fakes from Sweden will play at Flavour Of The Month club here in Turku on 3.9.2011 (unfortunately the Helsinki show did not work out) like you may have noticed. Therefore I’ve been also listening to some older swedish powerpop favourites of mine. There are plenty of them, because 90’s Swedish power pop is extremely important to me. Popsicle has always been my biggest Swedish love affair, but all of these are huge favourites of mine. I’m sure you will hear some of these at the next Flavour Of The Month also, because I’m one of the DJs.

Popsicle: Sunkissed


The Wannadies: Might Be Stars


The Merrymakers: I’m In… Love!


Blissful: Factory Girl


Tommy 16: Baby’s Got


and some newer stuff:

Mellowmen: Sunshine Shell


The Swedish Polarbears: Norman Blake (<- These guys really capture the TFC sound perfectly) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LML8_RT4ed8] and obviously the wonderful The Genuine Fakes who will play at Flavour Of The Month (Pikku-Torre, Turku on 3rd of september) The Genuine Fakes: I Don’t Want It


The Genuine Fakes: When Reality Hits You


And obviously this was just a start. There’s so much more. Like Atomic Swing, This Perfect Day, Eggstone, The Drowners, Bear Quartet, Happydeadmen, Beagle, Hardy Nilsson

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Video of the Day #64: David Myhr

Swedish David Myhr from The Merrymakers is going solo. That sounds pretty exciting to me, because both The Merrymakers albums are heralded as power pop classics in this household (and probably in almost every household where 90’s power/guitar pop is a big deal). I’m still a little ashamed that I failed to post David’s debut single Got You Where He Wanted that came out in march, but let’s make amends by posting this second single Looking For A Life that came out about a week ago. Such a marvelous pop song. The lyrics to this beauty were written by the Swedish pop guru Andreas Mattsson (ex-Popsicle who released a great solo album earlier in 2011). Check out the song below. You can download it for free, if you become his fan at Facebook. The solo album should be out sometime in the fall.


David Myhr Website
David Myhr at Facebook

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