Imported from Sweden!
"..The $1000 Playboys from Sundsvall make the most
outrageous American rock n roll a Swedish band has ever done. A fantastic
album for those of you who like the Rolling Stones and Gram Parson."
-Aftonbladet (Swedish national daily newspaper)
"The Playboys develop the heritage from Gram Parson,
Flying Burrito Brothers, Byrds and other countryrock artists with honour
- sensitive ballads, passionate rock, strong songs, great choruses, slick
brass in Jesus and powerful pedal steel. Top that with lyrics that are
-Slitz (culture, entertainment and fashion magazine from Sweden)
"The $1000 Playboys album sounds like a lost tape
from 1975, discovered in a safe of a manic publisher in Nashville searching
for the country music of the future."
-Dagens Nyheter (Swedish national daily newspaper)
In the fall of 1996 Lars Bygdén convinced some of his friends to
start a band. The $1000 Playboys played their first gig that December
at Pipeline (in Sundsvall) and totally stunned the audience. And this
was just the beginning. Peter Svensson of the Cardigans saw the band perform
and he realized that this was a band aiming for the stars. Svensson financed
an album recording at Tambourine Studios in the fall 1997. The road to
fame seemed paved and ready. But after 1½ year of fruitless negotiation
with several labels they still had no record deal.
In the winter of 1999, the band signed with independent record label Massproduktion.
A new recording session was planned. Meanwhile, national Swedish radio
P3 broadcast the Playboys live during a PopStad event and this was released
as a track on the promotional CD "The Rope". The $1000 Playboys
were now in rotation on national radio despite the fact that they still
hadn't released an album!
In May the recordings started, now with Linus Larsson as producer. A wide
variety of guests are featured on the album and several of the tracks
were captured live in the studio...only three tracks from the Tambourine
recordings made it to the self titled debut album (released 25 October
The first single "Preacher" was play-listed
for 8 weeks by the National Radio P3. Spring 2000 meant a new video, a
new single and more gigs all over Sweden. The fall tour under the name
"Järnvägar!" was filmed by National TV and resulted
in a documentary that was broadcast late 2000.
Listening-Post Music is pleased to present the first One
Thousand Dollars Playboy CD to the USA.
Also check out The Thousand Dollar
Playboys' cd - Stay!