(The "normal" release in Sweden, Germany
The first time I ever saw
The Lonely Boys was at the Bessin Club in Malmö, Sweden.
I was to write a piece about Ola & the Janglers but
got my head full of lonely boys - The Lonely Boys, five
young lads from Malmö no one ever heard of before.
In a very short period of time the Lonely Boys have gone
from copying the Kinks, the Beatles and the Animals to a
sound of their very own - rhythmpop'nblues.
In a very short period of time Richard, Thomas, Roland,
Lasse & Kalle have conquered Skåne, put the very
picky Stockholm on its knees, made themselves a name in
Copenhagen and even in Hamburg, where the Malmö-lads
have an open invitation to come back anytime.
They were the loneliest boys in the world until they met
and found out they were lonely and said that the
loneliness was a strength that would unite them... and
Richard packed his harmonica, Thomas shook his hair,
Roland buffed his guitar pick, Lasse wrestled his bass
guitar and Kalle lifted his drums with one arm...together
they were not lonely, together they were powerful,
together they became THE LONELY BOYS.
In the Lonely Boys' world Sonny Boy Williamson, the
Searchers, the Kinks, Lazy Lester, Lennon &
McCartney, Chuck Berry, Jagger & Richards, Slim Harpo
eat breakfast together with Richard and Thomas.
I have followed the pop music since it started but I've
never seen a band like the Lonely Boys, where Thomas
Nyberg stands up front making the girls scream while
Richard Andersson alternately makes the blue notes of
blues come out of his harmonica or is wildly crawling
around on his knees, it's a rare experience, or as they
say these days, a "freak out".
"That's the psychedelic thing about it",
Richard says, "there are no limits today, we can
play pop, blues and rhythm'n'blues".
"We've listened to all the music there is and when
we write ourselves this is what comes out, it's a mixture
of everything", Thomas says.
Sometimes people talk about where the pop music is
heading, but with the creativity the Lonely Boys show
there's no doubt that the pop music is heading south.
"It's just fair that the people in Stockholm get to
look our way, we've looked at them for so long",
"The guys up there only seem to follow the latest
fad, we're on our own", Thomas says.
This is a work of love. Love of the music, love of rock'n
roll, pop, blues and rhythm & blues and love of all
the girls who have helped the Lonely Boys to bigger and
"What no one else understands, girls do",
I'm proud of that the Lonely Boys asked me to write these
simple lines. I'm also envious of all those that still
haven't put the album on, the ones that still haven't
heard the Lonely Boys.
Put the album on!
HAZZE ROOZ, reporter,
the promo version of "The Lonely Boys")
Translation © by Thomas Evensson 1995