Joakim Thåström‘s music has always been played in the background through my whole life. He was the singer of the two bands Imperiet and Ebba Grön during the 80s. Both of the band were very successful in Sweden, most people know about the bands, escpecially Ebba Grön. In my younger years, my parents played Ebba Grön’s music every now and then, and I liked it. They also played some songs from Imperiet, but I can’t recall them ever playing anything from his solo-music. I discovered that music just a couple of years ago. I’ve almost always known his name and that he was the singer of Imperiet and Ebba Grön, but that was about all.
The lyrics are often critical about the society and religion. For example, Die Mauer is a critical song about the Berlin wall in Germany. I separated familys and friends.
The song Mamma pappa barn on the other hand, is about the relations in a family, especially between a man and his parents. They say “In the house where I live, noone knows eachother. In the house where I live, it’s quiet as in a grave”.
During the later years, people have said that he is very boring live. But I can say that he didn’t make me disappointed at all!! He is not the youngest man in the buisness, but he still got the spark! And one of the funniest things is that his voice almost haven’t changed a bit!
When I “researched” (I checked his birthyear and such, even though I didn’t used it) I found out about a band he had in the 90s. They were called Peace, Love and Pitbulls. Appearently, they played Industrial Rock, quite different from Thåström’s earlier and current work. This band did not get any big response in Sweden, but they made a name in France and some other European countries. Marilyn Manson have said that PLP had a part in inspiering his music. That something I didn’t know before!
Here are some music from Thåström’s career!
Thåström – Alla vill till himmelen
Thåström playing the Ebba Grön song Häng Gud(Hang God) in a church.
Imperiet – Du ska va’ president