It gets harder and harder to know
what is real and what is fantasy.
The Lonely Boys have never existed.
Yet Im sitting here with a CD by the Lonely Boys.
A band that never was real, more than in my imagination
is now, demonstrably, real.
Reality beats fiction.
When I started out writing the novel De Ensamma
Pojkarna (The Lonely Boys) I wanted it published
together with a CD. I thought maybe Nisse Hellberg of
Wilmer X could fake a demo as the imaginary band The
Lonely Boys could have done. Nisse suggested that
Id call Kjell Andersson at EMI in order to borrow a
studio, and when I told him about my idea and what the
book would be about Kjell said that this was exactly what
hed been looking for; a project with Per Gessle and
This was not a bad idea.
I think I already back in 1982 wrote a
review in Expressen where I merged an album by Wilmer X
with one by Gyllene Tider and reached a sort of a
conclusion that Nisse and Per, in spite of different
musical expressions in those days (Wilmer X was rhythm
& blues for guys; Gyllene Tider poppy girls
favorites), had lots in common.
What in my mind was a demotape is today Nisse
Hellbergs and Per Gessles version of what
could have been The Lonely Boys first album, a band
that never was, but whose first album you have in your
Like I said; explain that, if you can.
Nisse, Per, Thomas Holst, Mats MP Persson and Micke Syd
Andersson made this CD in like a week. Nisse and Per went
into character so much that they even started calling
each other Richard and Thomas, after their characters in
the novel, well Nisse was even nicknamed
Dick, short for Richard.
- It was incredible, we came from two different bands,
hardly even knew each other and had never played together
and everything just fit together perfectly, Micke Syd
My loose thought was that Nisse would stand for the
Lonely Boys rock and rhythm and blues side while
Per would stand for the Lonely Boys more
pop-influenced side, and largely thats the way it
turned out to be.
But the most beautiful ballad here, Flowers on the
Moon which Per sings, is written by Nisse.
And the best Rolling Stones 1965-66 that Ive ever
heard, Adam & Eve which Nisse sings, is
written by Per.
Nothing is what you believe it is.
- Ive always wanted to do a cover of So Much
In Love, that Stones song that the Stones never
recorded but which appears on the Inmates first
album, is it possible to get that in the book somehow?
- Ive written a song named Lonely Boys
now, is it possible to get that in the book somehow? Per
And when Im sitting here with the CD I still
dont understand much, and when I hear it for the
zillionth time its still as revolving.
If it is fantasy or real, I have no idea..
The only thing Im sure of is that the Lonely Boys
were the kings of Top Ten.
Mats Olsson, author of De Ensamma
Translation © 1995 by Thomas Evensson.