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Prepare to Have Your Face Melted: Roxette Reunites

Roxette I was only in elementary school when 80s duo Roxette were at the pinnacle of their fame, but that in no way diminishes the scope of their awesomeness. Or the serious edge of their hair. God bless the Swedes.

Now I get to live my youth all over again: Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson's management says that the duo will play together for the first time since a 2001 concert in Belgium, after which Fredriksson stopped performing due to a brain tumor. The pair will tour with the Night of the Proms festival and play hits like "Must Have Been Love," "Dangerous," "Listen to Your Heart," "Joyride," and  "She's Got the Look," on dates throughout the Netherlands and Germany.

I am, to put it mildly, seriously pumped.

I liked Roxette for several reasons: I play guitar (poorly) and thus have a thing for female guitarists, a sonic fetish which began with Nancy Wilson; I like artists who use women as more than tambourine BGV tokens; I appreciated their artful employment of harmonies and guitar tonality; they sounded just as amazing unplugged; and their music was about female strength. Kickass!

In honor of this awesome reunion, allow me to transport you back to the era of scrunchies, Guns-n-Roses posters in girls' lockers, Aqua Net, and tightly-rolled pants:





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Peggasus

Back in the day when they were hot, and about the same time we did routines to their songs in aerobics class, my friend Laura won a radio contest to take a three day Caribbean cruise with them! Wow, I haven't thought about that in ages, I bet she hasn't either.

Again about the same time, another friend of ours won a day cruise on Lake Michigan with Extreme (is that the name?) of 'More than Words' 'fame.' He got to invite some friends along, my husband being one of them. I still tease him about it. But hey, they got free booze and a lunch out of it. Oh yeah, there are pictures.

BaltimoreGal

How on earth could Roxette be unplugged?

cindy w

The only thing I can ever think of when I hear Roxette? When we were kids, my brother did his own spoof of them - "Listen to Your Heart" became "Listen to Your Butt." I think he was about 10 years old when he created that little gem. And it's still pretty funny, 20 years later.

Accidental Housewife

Holy shit. Is it possible that Pete Wentz is said Roxette dude's love-child, cuz... that's scary, the resemblance, I mean. It's not just me, is it??? Though I'm sort of hoping it is just me...




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