Mikael Wiehe

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As frontman in Hoola Bandoola Band, Mikael Wiehe became one of the most important musicians of the Swedish progressive movement. When the band broke up, as did the entire movement in the late '70s, Wiehe started a very successful solo career. Being part of the progressive movement in Sweden meant that you were expected to deliver a socialist message. Hoola Bandoola Band was at times accused of not being political enough, but in the '80s, when political music died, Wiehe and Björn Afzelius kept up the tradition, seemingly alone but to big success.

They only recorded two albums together, but toured once in a while and were often regarded as an informal duo. Despite the rock and pop of Hoola Bandoola Band and some of the electric experiments in the '80s, Wiehe was mainly a singer/songwriter heavily inspired by early Bob Dylan. In his later career, he showed more influence from a traditional domestic tradition, and though his audience aged considerably during the '80s and early '90s, the late '90s saw revived respect for political songs and brought a new audience.

Wiehe was born in Stockholm in 1946, but his family soon moved to Copenhagen. After a divorce, Wiehe's mother moved with her son across Öresund to the Swedish town of Malmö, a place that Wiehe was to be associated with throughout his entire career. In his teens, he learned to play saxophone and played with a number of jazz bands, among them Bluncks Lucky Seven. When this group disbanded, Wiehe and his brother, Thomas Wiehe, went to Paris to form the pop band Moccers. They were heavily influenced by the Beatles and with the scene abundant with Beatles copies, even Moccers had some success in Sweden. The band only lasted for two years though, after which Mikael Wiehe took a short break from the music scene to study. After a year, he was contacted by the developing band Spridda Skurar to help in their creative process. Spridda skurar bandmember Björn Afzelius and Wiehe soon took the project to a completely new direction with Wiehe writing songs and singing lead vocals. The band was renamed Hoola Bandoola Band and mixing pop qualities rarely seen among alternative bands in the '70s with a social message, it was to become the most popular band of the Swedish progressive movement.

In 1975, Hoola Bandoola Band broke up and most of the members went on to pursue solo careers. Wiehe formed Kabaréorkestern, a mellow and jazzy constellation including former Hoola Bandoola Band members Arne Frank and Ove Kellgren. The first album was titled Sjömansvisor (sailor songs) and was released in 1978. The most well-known song from this album was "Titanic," probably Wiehe's most famous song ever. Known for his commitment to Latin America, he then toured Cuba with Afzelius and Ulf Dageby in 1979 before releasing the second and last album with Kabaréorkestern, Elden är Lös, on his own label Amalthea. This was followed by the more direct Kråksånger in 1981, containing the hit "Flickan Och Kråkan" and widely considered Wiehe's best solo album, followed by De Ensligas Allé, containing synth versions of Dylan songs. The album was well-received by the critics, if not by the audience, and Wiehe released a few more albums in this style, mainly singer/songwriter but with strong influences from new wave. After Hemmingwayland, Wiehe returned to a more traditional track. In the mid-'80s, he got together with his old companion Afzelius and released the album Björn Afzelius & Mikael Wiehe, which marked the peak of both their solo careers. They participated in a number of solidarity festivals, supporting liberation organizations like ANC, and toured throughout Sweden to massive success, as well as in the rest of Scandinavia and Latin America. At a time when the solidarity from the '70s was supposed to have died and when most progressive bands had quit, Wiehe and Afzelius became the best-selling Swedish artists despite, or maybe because of, an explicit socialist message.

After the mid-'80s tours, Wiehe's popularity started to decline. While not lacking in fame and touring extensively with backing, solo, or together with Afzelius, his albums didn't sell as much. A number of semi-successful releases were followed by Det Ligger Döda Kameler i Min Swimmingpool by Mikael Wiehe & the Sun Kings, the least successful album in his career. But by the late '90s, he saw revived interest for the '70s and while regaining some of his ageing fans, Wiehe also managed to attract a younger audience, both as a solo artist and together with Hoola Bandoola Band, which reunited in 1996. The albums from the late '90s show a slight return to a more down to Earth sound and in 2000, Wiehe released En Sång Till Modet (a song about courage). This was his most political album in years and was better received by the critics than any of his albums from the '90s.

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Mikael Wiehe, Nyberg, Franck & Fjellis - single

Mikael Wiehe, Nyberg, Franck & Fjellis - single

1982

Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are A-Changin')
Min älskade stod inför rätten idag (Percy's Song)

Mikael Wiehe och Kabaréorkestern - Sjömansvisor

Mikael Wiehe och Kabaréorkestern - Sjömansvisor

1978

Mikael Wiehes 116:de dagdröm (Bob Dylan's 115th Dream)
Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue)
Spanska stövlar (Boots Of Spanish Leather)

Mikael Wiehe, Nyberg, Franck & Fjellis - Kråksånger

Mikael Wiehe, Nyberg, Franck & Fjellis - Kråksånger

1981

Längst upp i högsta tornet (All Along The Watchtower)

Mikael Wiehe i Sverige

Mikael Wiehe i Sverige

1984 - Live

Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue)
Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are A-Changin')

1989

1989

1989 - Live

Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue)

1977- 85

1977- 85

1986 Compilation with earlier published studio tracks

Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue) (1978)
Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are A-Changin') (1982)

30 sånger

30 sånger

1993 Compilation with earlier published studio tracks

Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue) (1978)
Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are A-Changin') (1982)

Porträtt

Porträtt

1995 - CD compilation

Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue) (1978)

Kärlek & Politik

Kärlek & Politik

2004

Jag har tänkt på dig (Mama, You Been On My Mind)

Hoola Bandoola Band - Skånes Rock Historia 1957-1977

Hoola Bandoola Band - Skånes Rock Historia 1957-1977

1989 - v/a LP compilation

Mikael Wiehes 116:de dagdröm (Bob Dylan's 115th Dream)

Hoola Bandoola Band - Ingenting förändras av sig själv

Hoola Bandoola Band - Ingenting förändras av sig själv

1996 - 5xCD box compilation

Mikael Wiehes 116:de dagdröm (Bob Dylan's 115th Dream)

Bra Dagar - En Skiva Till Totta

Bra Dagar - En Skiva Till Totta

2006

Jag är en fattig stackare (Text & musik: Bob Dylan, I Am a Lonesome Hobo. Sv. Text: Mikael Wiehe) Mikael Wiehe

Mikael Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg - I Vinden Finns Ditt Svar

Mikael Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg - I Vinden Finns Ditt Svar

2006

I Vinden Finns Ditt Svar (Blowin' In The Wind)

Protestsånger

Protestsånger

2014

Bara en Hemlös (Only A Hobo)

Ta Det Tilbaka!

Ta Det Tilbaka!

2010

Ni Som Tjänar På Krig (Masters Of War)

Mikael Wiehe recorded four Dylan Cover Albums

Mikael Wiehe, Nyberg, Franck & Fjellis - De Ensligas Allé

  • Wiehe, Mikael - De Ensligas Allé

    Wiehe, Mikael - De Ensligas Allé

    1. Tattardrottningen (Episod i juninatt) (Spanish Harlem Incident)
    2. Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are a-Changin')
    3. Allt det handlar om för mej (All I Really Want to Do)
    4. Jag ömkar emigranterna (I Pity the Poor Immigrant)
    5. Min älskade stod inför rätten idag (Percy's Song)
    6. Det sorgliga sändebudet (The Wicked Messenger)
    7. Maggans bar (Maggie's Farm)
    8. Dom ensligas allé (Desolation Row)

Mikael Wiehe & Totta Naslund - Dylan

  • Totta & Wiehe - Dylan

    Totta & Wiehe - Dylan

    1. Längesen (Things Have Changed)
    2. Du får hålla dej här (You Ain't Goin' Nowhere)
    3. Den blindes pojk' (Minstrel Boy)
    4. Vad var det du ville (What Was it you Wanted)
    5. Jag ska bli fri (I Shall Be Released)
    6. Där anar jag din hand (Every Grain of Sand)
    7. Ni som tjänar på krig (Masters of War)
    8. Flykten (Drifter's Escape)
    9. Dagen är kommen (Down Along the Cove)
    10. När natten faller som sten (When the Night Comes Fallin' From the Sky)
    11. Blinde Will McTell (Blind Willie McTell)
    12. När vårt skepp slår till (When the Ship Comes in)
    13. Inte natt än (Not Dark Yet)
    14. Adjö, Angelina (Farewell Angelina)

Mikael Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg - Dylan på Svenska.

  • Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg, Mikael - Dylan Pa Svenska

    Wiehe & Ebba Forsberg, Mikael - Dylan Pa Svenska

    1. Spanska stövlar (Boots of Spanish Leather)
    2. Jag ska va med dej inatt (I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight)
    3. När mitt mästerverk blir klart (When I Paint My Masterpiece)
    4. För att jag älskar dej (Make You Feel My Love)
    5. Jag har tänkt på dej (Mama You Been On My Mind)
    6. Ödets sista bud (Simple Twist of Fate)
    7. Utan tvekan min Marie (Absolutely Sweet Marie)
    8. Där anar jag din hand (Every Grain Of Sand)
    9. Allra minst en morgon (One Too Many Mornings.)
    10. Blinde Will McTell (Blind Willie McTell)
    11. Adjö, Angelina (Farewell, Angelina)
    12. Ni som tjänar på krig (Masters of War)
    13. Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue)
    14. Bara om min älskade väntar (Tomorrow Is A Long Time)
    15. Jag ska bli fri (I Shall Be Released)

Mikael Wiehe, Totta Naslund, Ebba Forsberg - En Dubbel Dylan Pa Svenska

  • Wiehe with Totta Naslund, Ebba Forsberg, Mikael - En Dubbel Dylan Pa Svenska

    Wiehe with Totta Naslund, Ebba Forsberg, Mikael - En Dubbel Dylan Pa Svenska

    1. I vinden finns ditt svar (Blowin' In The Wind)
    2. Du får hålla dej här (You Ain't Going Nowhere)
    3. Den blindes pojk’ (Minstrel Boy)
    4. Jag är en fattig stackare (I Am A Lonesome Hobo)
    5. Längesen (Things Have Changed)
    6. Tattardrottningen (Spanish Harlem Incident)
    7. Spanska stövlar (Boots of Sapnish Leather)
    8. När natten faller som en sten (When the Night Comes Fallin' From the Sky)
    9. Det sorgliga sändebudet (The Wicked Messenger)
    10. Vad var det du ville (What Was It You Wanted)
    11. Bittra dagar (Tears of Rage)
    12. Ödets sista bud (Simple Twist of Fate)
    13. Adjö, Angelina (Farewell, Angelina)
    14. Sakta lägger båten ut från land (It's All Over Now, Baby Blue)
    15. Dom ensligas allé (Desolation Row)
    1. Ni som tjänar på krig (Masters of War)
    2. Vi låter oss inte besegras (The Times They Are A-Changin')
    3. När vårt skepp slår till (When The Ship Comes In)
    4. Bara en hemlös (Only A Hobo)
    5. Där anar jag din hand (Every Grain of Sand)
    6. När mitt mästerverk blir klart (When I Paint My Masterpiece)
    7. Jag ska bli fri (I Shall Be Released)
    8. Flykten (Drifter's Escape)
    9. Utan tvekan min Marie (Absolutely Sweet Marie)
    10. Allra minst en morgon (One Too Many Mornings)
    11. Jag har tänkt på dej (Mama You Been On My Mind)
    12. Inte natt än (Not Dark Yet)
    13. Blinde Will McTell (Blind Willie McTell)
    14. Min älskade stod inför rätten idag (Percy's Song)
    15. Allt, det handlar om för mej (All I Really Want To Do)
    16. Dagen är kommen (Down Along The Cove)
    17. För att jag älskar dej (Make You Feel My Love)
    18. Jag ska va med dig inatt (I'll Be Your Baby Tonight)
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