Some bands can play together for years and years and not produce a single second of joy (I'm looking at you, U2) and others can be a constant source of delight. Eggstone are the latter. Formed in 1986 by three old school friends from just outside Malmö - Per Sunding, Patrik Bartosch and Maurits Carlsson - Eggstone have been making quality music ever since! Alright, they haven't released an album of new material since 1997, but that's beside the point. Eggstone cite The Smiths as an influence and there's a hint of Morrissey about Per Sunding's voice.
From their debut album Eggstone In San Diego (1992), here's a song which will always make it onto any summer mixtape I put together and also contains one of my most memorable misheard lyrics - "She is perfect but her ass is not blue, she is perfect but she smells so strange".
Eggstone - She's Perfect mp3 (available for 7 days)
The band set up their own recording studio, Tambourine Studios, and Per Sunding produced The Cardigans' Long Gone Before Daylight. Other clients include Cloudberry Jam, Emiliana Torrini, Envelopes, Leslies, Magnus Carlson, Ray Wonder and Saint Etienne. Not a bad roll call! Eggstone opened for The Cardigans for a couple of UK gigs in 1996 (Popsicle were also on the bill) and they were last seen on these shores in 1997. Apparently the band is still together so I've not completely lost hope for a new album! Keep your eyes on their nearly official website for any news.
Eggstone - Against The Sun mp3 (available for 7 days)
Eggstone CDs aren't easy to get your hands on but you can listen to a couple of songs on this non-official myspace. As soon as I find somewhere which has some left, I'll update here.
Returning: Stage & Screen - Arts program Stage & Screen returns next month, but with a change to its line-up.
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