Backyard Babies

Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Sweden' dark side

Although most associate Sweden with the harmless pop of Abba, Ace of Base or the Cardigans, the Scandinavian nation also has a darker side. In July, that darker side will be on display as Swedish raunch rockers Backyard Babies bring their third and latest album, Making Enemies Is Good! to Tokyo.

The Backyard Babies formed in 1987 when singer Nicke Borg hooked up with high school mates Dregen (guitars), Peder Carlsson (drums) and Johan Blomquist (bass). The band toured Sweden from their home base in Nossjo before releasing their debut indie 12-inch single, "Something To Swallow," in 1991.

They signed with Megarock Records for their first album, Diesel and Power, which went on to win praise for the single "Electric Suzy," described in the music press as a lively update of the sleazy glam rock sound of fellow Scandinavians Hanoi Rocks.

Following a period of inactivity during which Dregen and Andersson briefly formed a new band, The Helllacopters, the Backyard Babies returned to the live circuit in 1997, backing a tour by thrash outfit Social Distortion. They then inked a new deal with MVG Records for their second album, Total 13. Appearing in 1998, the album was a hit with unreconstructed headbangers, and included a cameo appearance by ex-Wildhearts singer Ginger on the song "(Is It) Still Alright To Smile?"

The year 2000 saw the Backyard Babies accorded the ultimate honor of being chosen to support veteran Australian hard rockers AC/DC on the band's British tour.

Backyard Babies play Shibuya AX on July 17-18. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana