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The Heartland Café

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The Heartland Café

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12″ Vinyl in Sleeve

  • Record Label: EMI
  • Catalog Number: 1361371
  • Manufactured in: Sweden
  • Distributed in: Sweden
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Compact Cassette in Case

  • Record Label: EMI
  • Catalog Number: 1361374
  • Manufactured in: Sweden
  • Distributed in: Sweden
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12″ Vinyl in Sleeve

  • as Roxette
  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Catalog Number: MLP-15018
  • GTIN: 077771501814
  • Date: Thursday, 19 July 1984
  • Manufactured in: United States of America
  • Distributed in: United States of America
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5″ CD in Jewel Case

  • Record Label: EMI
  • Catalog Number: 7942222
  • GTIN: 077779422227
  • Date: Thursday, 28 March 1991
  • Manufactured in: Sweden
  • Distributed in: Sweden

Chart Performance

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Articles

Press Release
Sunday, 1 July 1984
Capitol Records, Inc.

The furor began in Scandinavia in 1980 when Roxette, then known as Gyllene Tider, released their first single entitled "Flickorna på TV2" (in their native language), which immediately shot to the top of the charts. The eponymous debut LP which followed rested in the No. Two position for a lengthy spell until it overtook Pink Floyd's highly successful Wall LP. Generating a following in their homeland, the likes of which were unwitnessed since the days of fellow countrymen ABBA, Roxette became known for breaking many a house record and security measures became of highest priority when fans grew routinely overzealous.

Roxette's popularity continued to escalate in Scandinavia with the release of their second and third LPs, with advance orders for each doubling that of ABBA's Super Trouper LP. Both LPs entered the charts at No. One and Modern Times, the second LP, was eventually certified triple platinum in Sweden alone.

Heartland Café is Roxette's fourth LP and represents their first lyrical forage into the English language. According to Per Gessle, the lead singer and creative force of the group, "We have become so successful in Sweden in such a short time. Now, if we are to progress, we must shoot for the international market, and this means recording in English!" Both Per (pronounced 'pear') and Mats Persson, who co-write all of Roxette's material, have an innate pop sensibility that, from the beginning, was destined to attract wide acclaim. Citing such influences as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Byrds, Roxette rely heavily on simple, contagious melodic lines with arrangements that are clever and playful. Gessle's lyrics are simultaneously poetic and humorous.

Heartland Café consists of six state-of-the-art pop songs, all written by Gessle and released in both Sweden and the rest of the world in English. "Teaser Japanese," the premier single off the EP, begins with an intriguing oriental motif undercut by a strong, pulsating dance beat followed by a woman's voice whispering in a mysterious foreign language and is accompanied by an equally intriguing video. "Break Another Heart" is a beautifully crafted uptempo ballad highlighted by Roxette's simple, clean arrangements and Gessle's whimsical vocal delivery. Highlighted as well is the haunting tune "Dreaming," a steamy cut with an unforgettable hook and driving beat.

Recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm by Bjorn Bostrom, Heartland Cafe is an exceptional U.S. debut EP by band whose international recognition can no longer be delayed.