The Swedish band Alcazar has taken the world by storm
with their happy and uplifting Disco-House music.
This is the history of the 3 members who set the ball rolling,
their songs and music, and how they turned into 4.
Welcome to the Casa del Alcazar
The Swedish band Alcazar [means Castle or Fortress in Spanish and is also the name of a Fortress in Seville] was
formed in 1999 by the bands male front figure Andreas Lundstedt, when he had decided to take a new step in his
successful solo career... A career through which he had come second in the Swedish finals for the Eurovision Song Contest
and have had many successful singles and radio hits.
Andreas had earlier been in the group Stage Four together with Peter Jöback, Lisa Nilsson and
Lizette Pålsson and now when he would leave his native Swedish to start singing in English, along with this switch
in language - the idea came up to form a band with 2 of his closest friends - the lovely ladies Annikafiore and
The girls loved the idea and just weeks later they got a deal with BMG Sweden - and Alcazar was born...
Except for being the name of a Fortress, the band means that their name stands for Friendship which allows them to be at
the 'Casa Del Alcazar' whenever and wherever they meet.
As they tell me [Discoguy] themselves; "Alcazar is home, Casa del Alcazar, the things
that we all love to do, and maybe... we can live in the castle one day."
- Andreas was born May 20th 1972 in the small town Ostuna in Sweden, to compensate his smalltown upbringing he lived
in New York for 2 years in the mid 90's and he's actually the youngster in the group...
- Annikafiore was born May 18th 1971 in Bjarnum, Sweden. She began singing in a female group called the Dreamettes
and was playing the role of Frida in an ABBA musical, when she was offered a place in the new group. The Frida role
would later become very useful in August of 2002 [see below].
- Tess was born in Nykoping, Sweden in April 18th 1970. Tess had worked as a backup singer and dancer for many different
Swedish acts and she was working as a director of a music theatre when she was asked to join the band.
Besides the band members, the Swedish writers/producers Alexander Bard and Anders Hansson, who has been
working with artists like Cher, Amon Amarth and Rednex, have played an important role in the creation
of the band and their music.
Alexander Bard was also known as the Swedish transvestite Diva - Barbie, with hits like "Prostitution twist",
back in the mid 80's. He later formed the band Army of Lovers and this glamorous group got much success worldwide
and were known for their lyrics and extravagant videos - something he has now brought on to Alcazar.
I can see many similarities between Alcazar and Army of Lovers - like the glamour, energy, spectacular videos and the great
music. Also the way of doing this for fun, to make people happy. Alexander has always played with words and the Army of
Lovers fan club was called, Lovers of Army. I know they once before a gig gave out roses to the audience to have them throw
the roses at them on stage during the gig.
Andreas admits that the band always have loved the work of Army of Lovers and that Alcazar consider Bard like a Guru and
says he's also the one who molded Alcazar, the sound and their songs.
After the formation of Alcazar the work with the groups music started right away and their first single was the track
"Shine on" which reached #2 in the Swedish dance charts. It worked great in the clubs and in May of 2000 they
followed up with their second single - "Crying at the Discoteque".
The track didn't create much fuzz outside Sweden until it was re-released in 2001, and as Andreas says himself; "Actually
we had already released the single twice in Sweden, and still nothing happened. But Napster spread the song all over the
web and suddenly we had a DJ favorite on our hands. The song began to play at discos all over Europe and that's how it
started. Thank you, Napster!"
As he says, the European DJ's picked up the song and "Crying..." became a huge hit on the dancefloors all over Europe
during the Summer of 2001. The European success spread the word all over the world and the success was a fact.
In "Crying at the Discoteque", Alcazar sampled the classic Sheila B. Devotion hit "Spacer" [written by Nile
Rodgers & Bernard Edwards of Chic fame] in a great way.
"Crying at the Discoteque" was also feature on the soundtrack for the British Gay TV series - Queer as Folk, which
further pushed the song towards the world wide hit it became.
As an open Gay man Andreas once commented the TV series like this; "I watched some episodes, but then I got tired of it
because of the stereotype angle of gay people - "sex and drugs"...".
Andreas was actually living together with his partner Magnus Carlsson, who used to be the front figure of the extremely
successful "Swedish Dance Band" - Barbados. But since December of 2002 he's a fulltime member of Alcazar.
Alcazar released their third Swedish single including the songs "Ritmo del amor" and "Tears of a clone". It
didn't become the same success as "Crying...", but they followed up with sampling another Chic classic - "My forbidden
lover" - in their early 2002 hit, "Sexual guarantee". This was another great song which I'm sure made all of us
wanna dance and... But the band wouldn't stop there...
During spring 2002 their album Casino was released all over Europe and Australia, and it has sold gold and platinum
in many European countries as well as in Australia. Along with the album release was the releases of the fifth single from
the album, a great cover of the Human League's classic 1981 hit - "Don't you want me". The band really managed
to give this classic an up-to-date sound without killing any of the magic of the original [which unfortunately seems to be
the case with most covers].
In an interview with Gregg Shapiro of Florida's Gay mag - the Express - Andreas explains why the song was selected; "It
was actually one of our producers, Alexander Bard, who got the idea for us to sing the song and record it. When he asked us,
"What do you feel about doing a cover of 'Don't You Want Me'?", we immediately got all of these memories from the '80s. It's
kind of the same with the '70s music as well. We were kind of too young to be out clubbing. The song is so kind of funny,
fun lyrics. They're very desperate, 'Don't you want me?' and we love desperate lyrics...'Crying at the Discoteque', 'Don't
You Want Me', 'Sexual Guarantee'. Maybe that goes hand in hand with the gay thing, the queer thing, like 'I will Survive'
[Gloria Gaynor], 'Disco Inferno' [Trammps], everything is kind of desperate. We
like that. Desperate lyrics are always welcome for Alcazar. Also it's kind of funny that Human League are one guy and two
girls, so we thought that it fit pretty well with our line-up.".
Other tracks in this really excellent album include future hits like "Transmetropolis", "Paris in the rain",
"Almost famous", "Ritmo del amor" and the track "Paradise" in which they sample S.O.S Band's
"Take your time (do it right)" in a really clever way.
Casino was released in the US in August 20th 2002, by E-Magine Entertainment. The US and European releases are
different in many ways, both are brilliant in it's own right, but the US version include some dance/club remixes of the hits,
"Crying at the Discoteque", "Don't you want me" and "Sexual guarantee", which are not in the European release. The US
release is the more "club" version of the album, while the European release include more songs from the group and also the
"hidden" bonus track "Blues in G minor".
In the US "Don't you want me" was selected as the bands first single and in early December of 2002 "Don't you want me" is
the #4 Breakout Dance Single in USA. The second single release in the US was some new extremely HOT remixes of "DYWM"
made by no other than - Junior Vasquez. His remixes made great success on the US dance floors and reached the top
of the US dance charts.
With the release of Casino, people started to try to label their music. Some people have called their music a hybrid between
Disco and Pop, but I would personally describe their sound as Disco-House,
which I feel is a perfect word for their music. Disco music using today's techniques and Dance [House] beats.
But I got to ask them myself - All of your songs are more or less "Discorized", but how would you describe
or label you music? Disco, Dance, Pop... "It's a fusion of the three... We can't put a label on our music, it's just happy!! :-)"
Andreas has once said the following when getting the question on why there's such a Disco feel to their music; "The three
of us loves the disco groove - it's as simple as that!".
And when getting the question if they have got any favorite period in music he says; "It's hard to decide, because I love
them all. I must say for me, the '70s crossing over to the '80s disco music I kind of like the most, because when it was
really hip in the '70s with disco and everything, I was too young to go out clubbing. I never got to go out dancing to that
music. I did it in my living room. Now that I'm older, I can kind of take it back, do it real, full out, and record it and
When asked about the direction he think the dance/club music is heading, Andreas replies; "I think it's heading for more
feelgood disco and maybe some less techno." Sounds like Alcazar are Right on Track...
Andreas doesn't try to hide nor make a big deal about the fact that he's gay. And the fact that their music seems to appeal
especially to the gay audience, he explains like "Gays have a good taste, don't they? It is a big compliment.". He
also feels that they understand exactly what Alcazar is all about: kitsch, camp and fun. It is like
Studio 54 all over again!
To support the gay community and liberation, the band have headlined Sydney's gay Mardi Gras in March 2002, and also performed
at several pride events in Europe.
One of the strangest comments Andreas has ever got was one about his sexuality, it was an old woman telling him "I think
you're really good - EVEN though you're gay." Else he doesn't usually get comments about his sexuality and he feels people
in Europe are totally cool about this fact and that people see him most of all as a performer.
Some people would like to compare Andreas with the classic female Disco Diva's and would like to call him a male Diva, but
he doesn't see himself as any Diva, but he wouldn't mind if people do. But the parallels people draw is also to other
openly gay men [male Diva's] singing Disco/Dance music, people like Sylvester, Jimmy Sommerville and Pet
Shop Boys. But Andreas doesn't think his sexuality comes across in their music and he says "Maybe it's because I like
disco and maybe that's very queer music. Other than that, I'm just a singer like other singers, straight or bi, or gay. I
don't see it as a big thing, maybe other people do, or as a good thing or whatever. I think there's more gay singers, but
they just aren't saying they are."
You can't mention Alcazar without mentioning their videos. They are very personal, glittery and glamorous. In the video of
"Crying at the Discoteque" you will see Andreas in silver-glittery male hot pants and the girls are also dressed up in
silver outfits and they also wear silvery helmets, a little like roman gladiators. There are also some strange dancing
animals in the background and you'll also get to see Alexander Bard for his talking part of the song.
The idea behind the video were supposed to be a B-movie gone wrong. Andreas says "And it did, behind the camera. My
silverpants broke in the back and some lights fell and broke. So I can really say that it was a B-movie gone wrong!"
But the result sure is entertaining.
The band first saw the completed video on tour in Finland and they found it unreal to see themselves on TV, but Andreas
adds; "It was a big kick, but I'm not too keen on seeing myself on the screen. I'm always finding faults and details.
And on top of that I'm so vain! Hahaha!" [laughs]
In the video of "Sexual guarantee" it's a little classic "Dallas" [the TV series] feel and in the same kind of manor
the video is presented as "Casa del Alcazar" starring Andreas, Annikafiore and Tess. The band has kind of Texas style
outfits in the beginning when having meetings in different '70s style offices, in between there's dancing scenes and the
video end up with the band dancing in a disco in lovely glittery outfits.
The video of "Shine on" is located in a theatre, and gives an atmosphere which suites the sound of the song perfectly.
And as always - it's a very classy Alcazar production.
Else all the members of Alcazar prefer live performances - to be in the moment. One of their biggest and best moments
where in Verona, Italy when 30 000 people were singing along in "Crying at the Discoteque" with them.
One of the worst must have been when they performed in a techno club for only 3 people in the audience.
In Billboard Magazine of October 19, 2002 you could read the following review of their live performance: "The summit's
closing-night party at the Discotheque club featured eight acts and five DJs. Sweden's Alcazar delivered the evening's most
spectacular and professional show. The trio's tight set spotlighted a few tracks, including "Crying at the Discotheque" and
a cover of the Human League's "Don't You Want Me", from its E-Magine Entertainment full-length, Casino."
Actually even Pop Star Britney Spears once saw the band perform in a New York City Club.
Despite all their success the group members are cool and down to earth, they explain why; "Because we're Swedish, typical
Swedish people, we don't take anything for granted..."
As all bands originating from Sweden, Alcazar is also always being compared to other successful Swedish acts like ABBA,
Ace of Base, Army of Lovers and Roxette. The band doesn't feel they could be compared to any of these
groups, but they admit they take it as a BIG compliment to be compared with ABBA. Even though they feel no one can be
compared with ABBA - since they are still unique and one of a kind!
But actually they added themselves to the comparing to ABBA when they in August of 2002 participated in the "ABBA - the
Tribute" show, held at the Stockholm Globe arena.
In this show different Swedish acts paid their tribute to ABBA by performing their favorite ABBA song.
Among the Swedish acts performing was Jessica Folcker, Eldkvarn [a group that was really anti-ABBA back in
the days], Afro-Dite and DiLeva. The show was headlined by Dionne Warwick singing first "S.O.S"
and the final anthem "Thank you for the music".
But of course our band - Alcazar - was also performing. For the show the girls and Andreas had brought in Andreas' boyfriend,
Magnus, and together they gave one of the best performances of the night when they got on stage singing "As good as
This song is one of ABBA's lesser known ones, but it was really a highlight to hear Alcazar with Magnus perform this song.
At that time - They really WERE ABBA!!!
I later asked them about it... I had the pleasure being in the Globe arena to see you live in the ABBA Tribute. I have to say that your
performance was really one of the true highlights of the whole show. You were ABBA !!! But how come you choose "As good
as new"? It's not one of ABBA's most well-known songs, but it sure is a great song and you really made the Globe rock when
performing it. "Thank you! We choose the song because we wanted to perform a 'not so well-known' ABBA song from the Voulez-Vous era."
It had been known for a long time that Magnus was leaving his band Barbados and after this excellent performance everyone
started speculating if Magnus would be joining Alcazar. Then the group would have the same setting as ABBA - two girls and
This rumor became true and as of December of 2002, Magnus is a member of Alcazar.
To add some more gossip... It was originally planned that Alcazar should have sung the terrific uptempo Disco-House song
"Never let it go", which won the Swedish finals and ended up as the song competing in the 2002 Eurovision Song
Unfortunately the group was too busy with their international career that they had to turn it down and instead the female
trio Afro-Dite got the chance, they did very well and ended up somewhere in the top 10 in the finals in Estonia.
It became official in mid December 2002 that Alcazar was to be performing the song "Not a sinner nor a saint"
in one of the pre-qualifying elections of the Swedish song for the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest. The band was performing
this song in the elections in Gothenburg in February 22'nd of 2003.
Alcazar didn't make it in the first round - they ended up as number 3 in this election, where the number 1 & 2 was
automatically in the finals in the Globe arena in March 15. This was very strange, 'cause their song was the best in that
election - but when the viewers can call in voting, I guess things like this can happen... But every # 3 & 4 from the four
pre-elections got a second chance to reach the finals and... Alcazar made it! Alcazar is in the Swedish finals of song to
send to the Eurovision Song Contest 2003.
In the Swedish finals in Saturday March 15, 2003 - Alcazar ended up as # 3 - but the group was the clear favorite of the
audience in the Globe arena, with most of the audience standing up and clapping hands through out the song. They did a
great performance and were (of course) my top choice...
The single is out with 4 versions of the song! The single entered the Swedish charts directly at #2 and fast made its way
to the # 1!!!
During Winter of 2003 Alcazar was back in the studio recording their second album, filled with more stylish disco-house
from this classy, colorful disco act.
The band also squeezed in live performances all over Europe and the US.
In May 12, 2003 their second album - Alcazarized hit the stores in Sweden. It's a great album with 16 songs - 14 official
tracks and two hidden tracks. Alcazarized is a complete package of happiness, you can't sit still when listening to this
album and you get happy of all uplifting tracks. The lyrics are, as in 'Casino' - clever and funny.
The album includes the first Swedish single - "Not a sinner nor a saint" and the track decided to become the first
internationally release "Ménage à trois". The later with some French accents and partly inspired by the classic
"Ain't no stoppin' us now" [McFadden & Whitehead]. This single will do great - for sure!
The whole album [like Casino] breathe DISCO, titles like "Last days of Disco", "Dancefloor Docusoap" and "I
love the DJ" would give you an idea of the fact that this is a wonderful Disco-Dance album.
In "I love the DJ" (which is a little harder, drumbeat driven, uptempo dance track and which will work great in clubs) the
group is even counting classic discotheques like Studio 54, Xanadu,
Paradise Garage, Roxy, Limelight...
Of course Alexander Bard & Anders Hansson have been involved in the song writing for this album as well. They have written
the tracks "Dancefloor Docusoap", "I go shopping" and "Singing to heaven". In both "Dancefloor Docusoap"
and "I go shopping" they have had additional help of Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards since they're (again)
sampling some Chic classics - "I want your love" and "What about me".
Just as in Casino the samples just match perfectly into their new tracks.
The track "Singing to heaven" is a wonderful tribute to Barry Manilow's classic - "Could it be magic",
which also Donna Summer and Take That later scored hits with. "Funky feet" is a funky little ABBA track, with wonderful ABBA piano chords. Maybe that isn't very strange since it
was penned by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulveaus [yes - the ABBA guys] in 1976, but ABBA never released
it on record - the track was given to Swedish act Svenne & Lotta, since the guys thought it sounded too similar to
For the album Alcazar has also been given a song by Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys
fame. Their song is called "Love life" and is a nice modern, uptempo dance track in Pet Shop Boys style,
but "Alcazarized". "Celebrate the night" is a nice faster dance track and this track, together with, the syn-drum filled "Chemistry"
are written by famous writers Anders Wollbeck & Mattias Lindblom, who have written hits for numerous of acts.
Famous Swedish artists/writers Orup and Johan Kinde has teamed up writing "Last days of disco", which is a
fabulous DISCO track along with the French inspired harmonica sounds in "Wonderland" and the official last track,
the cheerful "Someday".
Don't miss out on the albums only ballad - the beautiful "Here I am" and the hidden track... "Save my Pride",
which is to be found 8:52 into the last (14th) track. This track is a shame to miss - since it's an awesome dance track in
the "Transmetropolis" kind of style.
AND... don't miss the track "Dance with the DJ", which is actually located prior to the first track of the CD. So
you'll have to search backwards while on track one!
Make sure to get "Alcazarized" = Don't miss this album!!!
Click to buy from US release Sexual guarantee
Crying at the discotheque
Don't leave me alone
Paris in the rain
Don't you want me
Ritmo del amor
Crying at... (Illicit rmx)
Crying at... (Ivan's X mix)
Don't you... (Project Eden rmx)
Don't you... (Almighty Club mix)
Sexual... (Fu-Tourist rmx)
Sexual... (Johan S Vocal Club mix)
European release Sexual guarantee
Crying at the discotheque
Don't leave me alone
Stars come out at night
Paris in the rain
Baby come back
Don't you want me
Ritmo del amor
Tears of a clone
Bells of Alcazar
Blues in G minor
Click to buy from I Love the DJ
Celebrate the Night
Ménage À Trois
Not a Sinner nor a Saint
I Go Shopping
Last Days of Disco
Singing to Heaven
Here I Am
Save my pride
Click to buy from Disc 1: We Keep On Rockin'
Stay the Night
From Brazil With Love
Jump Straight Into the Fire
My My Me and Mine
Put the Top Down
Stay the Night (Club Mix) Disc 2: This Is the World We Live In
Crying At the Discoteque
Menage a Trois
Don't You Want Me
Start the Fire
Not a Sinner Nor a Saint
Ritmo Del Amor
In July 8, 2003 the group performed in the popular Swedish TV show - "Allsang pa Skansen" and the live show reached its all
time high with over 36'000 in the audience, compared to some 20-25'000 normally, and some 2 million viewers in front of the
Alcazar did a wonderful performance singing "Funky feet", it was a great number and the whole band seemed to enjoy
every minute and they were perfectly coordinated. It was great seeing them giving it all and see Tess keeping it up even
though she's eight months pregnant.
After the cameras was turned off, the band did a second performance singing "Not a sinner, Nor a saint".
Also in the beginning of July 2003, the second Swedish single from the Alcazarized album was released - The track was
"Menage a trois", this was also the single set to be the first one released internationally.
Except for the original version, the CD maxi comes in 5 different mixes to make sure everyone will find his or hers favorite
version - no matter of which type of dance music you normally like.
Just some two weeks after the release of "Menage...", the next Swedish Alcazar single hits the stores. That's the single
"Someday", which is the official song of the 'Stockholm Pride Festival' - held in Stockholm during July 30 to August
8 of 2003.
During Pride Alcazar was the main music act, but you could also see other acts like A-Teens and Samantha Fox
on the festival scene.
For every single sold, 2 Swedish kronor go to the International solidarity work performed by the Stockholm Pride Organization
This single came in 2 mixes - the original version and also a Studio 54 revival remix.
It's also time to welcome the latest addition to the Alcazar family... In September 5 of 2003, Tess gave birth to a baby boy.
Tess has already decided that her best friend since 12 years - Andreas - will be the baby's god father.
Just a little more than a month after giving birth, Tess was performing again in October 11'th in the Swedish TV show Fame
Factory. In the show Alcazar performed their upcoming single - "Love life".
In mid October 2003 Alcazar released their fourth single from their 'Alcazarized' album, the Tennant & Lowe [Pet Shop Boys]
penned "Love life".
A wonderful Pet Shop Boys track in Alcazar style, still with the now classic Alcazar type of lyrics.
The song is found in 3 versions - the 'Original version', an 'Extended version' and also the more clubby version called 'FL
Rebirth Club mix' - all great in their own rights.
In November 9, 2003 - the Swedish Hit Music Awards were held in Stockholm. The Awards are given in many different
categories like Best Swedish Song, Best Foreign Artist and others... Alcazar was given the award for Best Swedish Artist!
Unfortunately we not got to see them perform live during the Awards - but acts like Atomic Kitten, Enrique Inglesias,
the Rasmus, Offspring, Black Eyed Peas and others all did nice performances.
In early 2004 I got a chance to ask the band a couple of questions and I've chosen to put some of them together here as it
was too hard get them fit into the text above... I think you're the ultimate Disco band of the 21st century... Do you think there's something special that
have made Alcazar such a popular act? "The retro sound and the new beats, Alcazar music makes you happy, disco music is here to stay!" How come each of you started with music ? Is that something you always have wanted to do, or did it just
"happen"? "All four of us have musical backgrounds and have been working in the business for about 10 years. Alcazar is something
we all have wished for, but we didn't know it..." In both your albums you thank Golden Hits, a restaurant in Stockholm where the waiters are also performing.
Was there where you (3 original members) met? "It's our favorite restaurant, where we meet and have a lot nice dinners and watch the shows." Alexander Bard have been involved in both your albums and he has been involved in many acts before like;
Barbie, Vaccum and Army of Lovers. How has he influenced you as a group? What I mean is that I can see similarities between
Alcazar and Army of Lovers - like the glamour, energy, spectacular videos, wonderful lyrics and great music. Do you see any
similarities? "Alexander Bard has written and produced songs for Alcazar and he wrote 'Crying...', so we have him to thank for a lot.
He has been a huge inspiration with his creativity and 'know-how'. His lyrics are great!" Yes, his lyrics are great, does he write all your lyrics or who writes your wonderful lyrics? I really
love them, like in "I go shopping" - "You broke my heart and I go shopping shopping... I got your name on my credit card...".
It's just brilliant... "Alexander writes some lyrics, but every songwriter writes the lyrics for each song." Who came up with all the clever samplings in 'Casino' ("Sexual...", "Crying...", "Paradise" and "Paris in...")
and in Alcazarized ("Dancefloor..." & "I go shopping")? Those really fit into your songs in an excellent way. "Alexander Bard." Do you specially like the Chic sound - since you have been sampling them 4 times already? "We just love Chic !!"
Actually, just weeks after this comment, the latest Alcazar single was sent out to the radio stations. A song called
"This is the world we live in", where they sample another Nile & Bernard penned track - Diana Ross' "Upside
down" along with Genesis' "Land of confusion". It's a killer track and has been well received all over Europe.
It will be released commercially in June 14th. When talking sampling - what do you think about that? What if someone would sample Alcazar? "It would be an honor !"
You have covered "Don't you want me" and sampled disco tracks and you also have many influences like in
"Singing to heaven" which is clearly influenced by Barry Manilow's "Could it be magic". How come, Is it the love for
Disco music? "It's love for the Disco music !" So, Have you got some own favorite Disco tracks? "Yes, we sure do: Andreas - 'Stayin' alive' [Bee Gees] Fiore - 'Disco inferno' [Trammps Magnus - 'Upside down' [Diana Ross] Tess - 'Don't leave me this way' [Thelma Houston]" If you could choose any Disco song to cover in your next album - which would it be? "We have an upcoming surprise for you....... Wait and see..." In Casino you've hidden an extra track "Blues in G minor" and the same in Alcazariezed? Who's idea was
that to "hide" tracks and WHY? What's the correct names of the tracks on Alcazarized? "We had so many good tracks and we didn't want to delete any of them. The names are 'Dance with the DJ' and 'Save my
pride'." Have you got any favorite Alcazar track? Andreas - "Not a sinner nor a saint" Fiore - "I go shopping" Magnus - "I love the DJ" Tess - "Love life" What kind of music do you prefer to listen to yourselves? Do you listen to Disco? Andreas - Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé Fiore - George Michael, Robbie Williams Magnus - ABBA Tess - Audioslave and other Rock'n'Roll music. Where are you most popular, outside of Sweden? "Germany, Italy, Australia and USA." What's your best Alcazar memory, so far? "When we had the pleasure of getting to know our idols - Pet Shop Boys." Anything else you wanna tell me about or share with the readers of this page? "Look out for a new Alcazar album !! You will get 'Alcazarized'..."
In the beginning of June 2004 a new single was released - "This is the world we live in". Once again they included a
Nile & Bernard sample using their Diana Ross hit "Upside down" along with Genesis' "Land of confusion".
As mentioned earlier - it's a killer track which was originally only intended for the new European version of their Alcazarized
album. But as it was leaked to the Swedish DJ's and radio stations and became a major hit not only in Sweden but in lots of
countries all over the world the band has decided to give their Swedish fans a special treat. A double album called Dancefloor
Deluxe - the same name as their Swedish summer tour had.
The first CD, titled Deluxe, is like a Greatest Hits - but with 3 new songs... First track is the latest single along with
"Physical" and "Start the fire". "Physical" is said to probably be the bands next single and it includes a sample
of the 1990 hit "I've been thinking about you" by London Beat. AND - it's not a cover of the Olivia Newton-John
classic, which rumors said prior to the release.
"Start the fire" sample the Delegation classic "Heartache No. 9" as well as Billy Joel's "We didn't start
the fire". All three tracks are well in line with the bands now world famous Disco-House music.
Then there are many of the bands biggest hits, most in their original mix but some in unreleased or remixed versions.
The second CD, named Dancefloor Deluxe, is a 50 minutes megamix of all their hits. Here's the track listing of the Dancefloor
Disc One - DELUXE "This is the world we live in " "Physical" "Start the fire" "Love life" "Someday" (Unreleased Single Mix) "Ménage a trois" "Not a sinner nor a saint" "Don't you want me" (Almighty Radio Edit) "Sexual garantee" "Ritmo del amor" (Radio Edit) "Crying at the discoteque" "Shine on"
Disc Two - DANCEFLOOR DELUXE "Intro - Dancefloor deluxe" "This is the world we live in (SoundFactory Club Anthem)" "Start the fire (Original Version)" "Sexual garantee (Almighty Remix)" "Paradise (FL's Re-invention Club Mix)" "Someday (Studio 54 Revival Remix)" "Menage a trois (J. Pipe Smooth Club Edit)" "Shine on (Suezia Remix Radio Edit)" "Don't you want me (Wild Cowboys Blonde Radio Mix)" "Physical (Original Version)" "Not a sinner nor a saint (Disco Club Mix)" "Save my pride (Original Edit)" "Dance with the DJ (Original Edit)" "Love life (FL's Rebirth Club Mix)" "Crying at the discoteque (Special Extended Show Version)"
The European version of Alcazarised does also include 2 of the new songs ("This is the world we live in" and "Physical") along
with the following tracks from the previously released version of the album; "I love the DJ", "Love life",
"Not a sinner nor a saint", "Funky feet", "I go shopping", "Last days of disco", "Celebrate the
night", "Singing to heaven" and "Someday". "Crying at the discoteque" is on the CD as a bonus track
and "Here I am" is the album's hidden track.
In October 15th the band performed "Physical" in Grynets MegaShow in Swedish National TV.
Two days later they performed in Swedish National TV again when the show TV-Huset was celebrating 50 years of
Rock'n'Roll. In this show they performed a great cover of Queen's "I want it all".
In December 2004 the maxi-single "Here I am" was released. The CD maxi includes 10 versions of the track, including
versions in both Spanish and French as well as various nice club and dancefloor remixes.
"Here I am" was also the track they opened up with in their little medley they performed to a very enthusiastic crowd at the
Swedish Gay Awards in late January 2005.
In January 2005 it was announced that Alcazar would be singing the song "Mr. DJ", which is one of the contributing songs
to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 - for the UK !!!
BUT - In January 18, 2005 it's announced that Alcazar will be one of four Jokers' in the Swedish Eurovision elections. They
will perform the song "Alcastar" in the first (of four) election in Gothenburg in February 12th.
This means they will not be participating in the UK elections...
No matter what - we keep our fingers cross to see them in the big European final in May!
Unfortunately Alcazar ended up in third place in the first Swedish election. The first two acts were directly qualified to the
finals and the two runner ups (third and forth place) are going to the "second round" and will get another chance... This
starts to look just like last time Alcazar entered the competition...
Anyhow - "Alcastar" was first song out in the elections. It's a great track and the band did a great performance in their kind
of futuristic space inspired clothes and I'm pretty sure the song will end up in the finals and it will do great there !
AND YES !!! Alcazar just did it again. They won the Second Chance and made their way to the Finals in Globen in March 12, 2005 !
Let's keep out fingers crossed for them there !!!
After a great show and new outfits in the finals, Alcazar ended up as # 3. Great done!
No matter what - "Alcastar" is already a HIT !
After the success with "Alcastar", the band will do some heavy touring during spring and summer. For their summer tour
they will do some close to 50 gigs in 60 days... Unfortunately they will have to do the tour without Annikafiore as she
broke her foot in July 4th when shooting the video for the bands single - "Start the fire". In the video she was
supposed to slide down a fireman pole and after a few takes she had the accident, with the foot all put in plaster she is
reported to be of good spirit but sad to miss the tour.
Regarding the single itself it's a treat for all Alcazar fans as both the CD single and the CD maxi include unreleased
songs by the band.
Beside "Start the fire" both include the title track along with "Nothing but the video on".
The CD maxi also includes the extended and acapella versions of "start the fire" as well as the 'Poolbreeze mix' of
"Physical" and the unreleased "Glamourama".
After the tour the band has decided they will let Alcazar take a break until spring 2006 - when their new album is planned
to be released. For that album, I know they're at least considering a couple of great songs written by disco legend
Mick Jackson, who wrote the disco classic "Blame it on the boogie". Both Mick
himself and Michael Jackson with brothers in the Jackson's were battling the charts in 1978 with this
Besides this, they have been given a new song by the Pet Shop Boys, a song called "Baby" and it's said that Neil and
Chris want Alcazar's original producer and band former, Alexander Bard, to produce the track.
But until then the members will keep themselves busy with other projects...
In September 15, 2005, Andreas will get into the white suit to become Tony Manero, John Travolta's break through character,
in the Disco musical - Saturday Night Fever in the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. The role of DJ Monty is
played by famous Swedish rapper - Markoolio.
I've seen the show and it's really EXCELLENT! Andreas truly IS Tony Manero and plays his part GREAT! Wonderful singing,
acting and dancing. I expected a good performance, but not this great. In the ending 10 minutes music medley the whole
theatre was on their feet dancing and clapping hands. The cast had to get back in 3 times as ovations wouldn't stop.
Magnus will also be in a former John Travolta musical, he will play the role of the 'Teen Angel' in Grease. The role
was played by Frankie Avalon in the movie. Magnus will also be part of a huge Christmas show together with singer
Lotta Engberg, among other things.
Tess will concentrate on being a fulltime mom and Annikafiore has also got some plans.
So, they all will keep themselves busy and they promise to get back together again for the new album and assure us they're
NOT splitting up, just taking a break from Alcazar.
In January 2006 it's final that Magnus will not be part of the band any more, as he said in an interview that he never was
in love with Andreas and that it was a media thing they played. But Andreas told to the papers that he was at least in love
with Magnus back when they were together...
Andreas also said he would get the band back together (but without Magnus) soon... Keep your fingers crossed and ears open
for the return of Alcazar!
Andreas keeps acting in Saturday Night Fever with great success. He will also be singing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006
in Greece. He's part of the group Six4One and will be singing for Switzerland (not Sweden)!! Andreas was asked to
join the group because of the huge success Alcazar have had in Switzerland. The song is called "If we all give a little"
and is written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger. The group consists of singers from 6 different countries;
Andreas Lundstedt (Sweden), Liel (Israel), Tinka Milinovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Keith Camilleri
(Malta), Marco Matias (Germany) and Claudia D’Addio (Switzerland).
Six4One is actually first act out in the big Eurovision Song Contest finals held in Athens, May 20th 2006. That date is
actually also Andreas' birthday, so let's hope birthday and starting as number one will take him and the group to #1.
Some news on Magnus as well... He was performing in the Swedish elections for the Eurovision Song Contest. He performed
in Karlstad in Feb. 25 with a song called "Leva livet", written by Anders Glenmark and Niklas Strömstedt.
He made it to the final round, but not all the way.
Magnus also got married in January 29 to his boyfriend - Mats Pelli.
During spring 2006 rumors has been spreading over the Internet that Alcazar would be doing a comeback and that Tinka Milinovic,
whom Andreas has become good friends with, would be joining the band. I have heard no confirmation at all about that. There will
be a Six4One album out after the Eurovision Song Contest and in that album all six artists will sing a few songs together and
also a few songs as solo acts.
During the summer Andreas will be touring with Saturday Night Fever, not as a musical, but of a concert thing.
During fall 2006 he will focus on a solo career and in early May a new danceable single in Alcazar style, "Love gun",
is available. It's a great track, a little 'heavier' than we're used to and it keeps reminding me a little of Rod
Stewart's classic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" mixed up with a small part of KISS' "I was made for loving you".
Second track on the single is also Andreas' version of the Bee Gees' classic "Night fever". A track he knows very
well after all nights of performing in the Saturday Night Fever musical.
Check this single out!
In early June 2007 the London club G-A-Y
announce in their web-site that Alcazar will be re-united for a gig in the club in July 21, together with other brain
childs of Alexander Bard - Army of Lovers and BWO [Bodies Without Organs].
According to people attending this evening - it was a huge success.
First act out was Army of Lovers, also re-united for this evening only. The group was represented by Alexander Bard,
Jean-Pierre Barda and singer Dominika Peczynski [plus a black inflatable doll representing La Camilla,
the first original singer of the band. Nor was AoL's other female singer, Michaela de la Cour, part of the group
this night.] They performed their hit "Crucified" and was followed by... ALCAZAR!
Alcazar included original members - Andreas and Tess - and were joined by Lina Hedlund for this gig. So the group
was back to being a trio again as AnnikaFiore has left the group and Magnus can't see any future for himself as part of
the group any more.
The trio started out with their 2004 hit "This Is the World We Live In", followed by "Start the Fire" and finishing
with their first hit "Crying At the Discotheque".
Third and last act out was BWO, who are Alexander Bard with singers Martin Rolinski and Marina Schiptjenko. They started
out with "Chariots of Fire" followed by "Temple of Love" [which ended up in second place in the Swedish
Melodifestivalen in 2006] to end with their new single "Save My Pride" [which was actually first recorded by
Alcazar as a hidden track of their Alcazarized album].
Then BWO starts "Chariots of Fire" again and all the performing acts join the stage to celebrate Mr. Bard's 20 years
contribution to Swedish Dance music.
After this performance Alcazar has promised to evaluate if they might start working on a new album. In fact they already
have some unreleased material, among that material two songs written by the Pet Shop Boys. So, let's keep our fingers
crossed that this was the injection they needed and that it will be a new start for the band and we hope to see (and hear)
more from them again soon...
In October 7, 2007 - Andreas made his premier as a TV-show host at Swedish Kanal 5 in the show 'Ranking the
In the show 10 Swedish female celebrities and stars should rank each other in different categories, like; Who is the
biggest Star and Who is the easiest to seduce. Then 100 men had also rank the ladies and the ladies who have
got their lists to match closest to the men's list earn points and most points at the end, wins the evening's show.
The ladies in the show were Tess Merkel (no introduction needed), Hanna Hedlund (singer and partner of singer
Martin Stenmarck), Magdalena Graf (model, wife of football pro Magnus Hedman), Hannah Widell
(TV-show hostess and writer), Josefin Crafoord (model and artist in Dominizer), Malin Berghagen
(model, actress and more... Daughter of Lill-Babs), Anna Book (singer), Sanna Bråding (actress and
TV-show hostess), Annika Jankell (hostess of both TV and Radio shows), Hannah Graf (model and sister of
The show was filled with Disco music... The signature track was "Got To Be Real" [Cherryl Lynn],
Anita Ward's "Ring My Bell" and Chic's
"Everybody Dance" was also to be heard.
It was a fun show and concept, and Andreas did a great job keeping the ladies happy but yet not let them chatter too much.
Right before Christmas 2007 Andreas went public what the fact that he is HIV positive and is getting treatment and is
actually feeling great. He also confirmed that Alcazar will revive and release new material during s'pring 2008.
And in February 4th, 2008 it was premier in Swedish radio for the new Alcazar single - "We Keep On Rockin'".
Another great Alcazar-Disco hit, with bits of Pet Shop Boys influences and pumping beats. It will be a hit and no Alcazar
fans will be disappointed. It seems like the trio, yes - they're back as a trio again, of Andreas, Tess and Lina Hedlund
have found the Alcazar formula direct and we can't wait to hear more...
In interviews Andreas also explained that he had not met any prejudices or similar since he revealed his illness, he
actually felt it had been the other way around and people had really been supportive and good to him.
In February 7, 2009 - Alcazar enters the stage of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest elections, in Gothenburg
singing "Stay The Night". It's a typical Alcazar uptempo dance hit and elections made it a clear winner of this
elimination round and the group is ready for the Swedish finals which is taking place in Stockholm in March 14th.
Alcazar was the only performing act in Gothenburg who got standing ovations for their performance... Looks promising for the
In the finals Alcazar manages to make an even better performance than in the eliminations. They are clearly the favorite act
of the people watching the event live in the Stockholm Globe Arena, sadly the TV-viewers didn't vote in the same favor and
Alcazar ends up in fifth place. But their song is a huge HIT in radio, Clubs and sales.
Just days before the Melodifestivalen finals, in March 11, the band release their new album - Disco Defenders, and
the same night they had a releaseparty at Hotel Norrtull. The theme of the night was Miami Vice and the music
was from the 80's and the band performed five songs from the album.
The album is actually a double CD. The first disc is all new material and is labeled "Now", while the second disc is a "Best
of..." and labeled "Then".
Lets focus on the new material... First song out is the first single of the current trio, "We Keep On Rockin'", followed by
"Burning" another great dance track leading up to their brilliant Melodifestivalen Club and Dance hit "Stay The Night".
Next track out is "From Brazil With Love" with a bit of carneval feel to it. This track was also co-written Danny
Saucedo who is part of the group EMD who competed (and ended up just before Alcazar in the Melodifestivalen finals).
Fifth track is the little more Pink!'ish disco track "Inhibitions", before the band heads over to New York in
"Harlem Nights" which is a little strange 'Disco-Charlston' kind of tune that gets stronger and stonger by each
Then... Track number 7... "Baby"... The long-awaited song the Pet Shop Boys wrote for the band. It's just as great as
any PSB can be. It's really PSB but Alcazarized. "Jump Straight Into The Fire" gives you the currage to do just that... Excellent Alcazar Disco we're used to hear and
a track that easily would work out any dance floor. Same goes for "My My Me and Mine" with its pumping bass that
builds up perfectly for the groups cover of the Disco classic "Funkytown". They really manage to bring new life into
this classic track, without killing the soul of the original. Well done!
In the 11th track, "Put The Top Down" the tempo slows down just a bit into a Soulful Disco feel where the members
voices clearly show how well they work together. Last track out is "Thank You" which is a lovely little ABBA kind of
piece... OK, there also a bonus track on the CD, that's the Club Mix of "Stay The Night".
The "Best of..." CD include the following tracks (no introductions needed); "This Is The World We Live In", "Crying At The
Discoteque", "Menage A Trois", "Sexual Guarantee", "Don't You Want Me", "Start The Fire", "Shine On", "Not A Sinner Nor A
Saint", "Physical", "Ritmo Del Amor", "Alcastar", "Love Life" and "Someday".
So this album is really a great buy and will make every Alcazar fan, and others, happy!
For more news or other nice downloads and treats, visit the bands official web-site - AlcazarWorld.com.