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Genres  Pop rock
Labels  Capitol
Origin  Stockholm, Sweden (1973)
Years active  1973–1975
Genre  Pop rock
Record label  Capitol Records
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Past members  Michael Areklew Anders Berglund Tommy Berglund Hinke Ekestubbe Jan Guldback Bosse Liljedahl Björn Skifs
Albums  Hooked On A Feeling - 40th Anniversary Collection
Members  Björn Skifs, Anders Berglund, Tommy Berglund, Hinke Ekestubbe, Michael Areklew, Jan Guldback, Bosse Liljedahl
Similar  Redbone, Norman Greenbaum, Raspberries, Rupert Holmes, Elvin Bishop

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Blue Swede was a Swedish rock band fronted by Björn Skifs which was active 1973–1975. Blue Swede released two albums of cover versions, including a rendition of "Hooked on a Feeling", which brought them international chart success. The band consisted of Anders Berglund (piano), Björn Skifs (lead vocals), Bosse Liljedahl (bass), Hinke Ekestubbe (saxophone), Jan Guldbäck (drums), Michael Areklew (guitar) and Tommy Berglund (trumpet). They disbanded after Skifs decided to embark on his solo career.


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Blue Swede was first formed in 1973, when Björn Skifs, a top vocalist in Sweden, was looking for a band to accompany him during his concerts. The band was originally called "Blåblus" (Swedish for "blue blouse" or "blue jeans", a pun on the word "blues") and featured Skifs singing the lead vocals. The band got their international breakthrough in 1974 with their cover of the 1968 B. J. Thomas song "Hooked on a Feeling." Blue Swede recorded Thomas' song in 1973, but based its rendition of the song on a 1971 version released by British pop eccentric Jonathan King, which created the "ooga-chaka" introduction. Blue Swede released "Hooked on a Feeling" in Sweden in May 1973 and in the United States in February 1974. The song reached number one in the U.S. for one week in April 1974 and stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 18 weeks. The track also topped charts in Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands, where it reached a peak chart position of 26. To capitalize on the success of the song, Blue Swede released an album of the same name that same year.

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Throughout the rest of 1974, two follow-up singles from the same album were released: "Silly Milly", which peaked at position 71 in the U.S., and a cover of The Association's "Never My Love", which made the Top Ten by peaking at position 7. From the band's 1975 follow-up album, Out of the Blue, they recorded a medley of "Hush" by Deep Purple and "I'm Alive" by Tommy James and the Shondells (not The Hollies' song of the same name), peaking at position 61 in the U.S, and achieving its greatest chart success in Scandinavia.

In popular culture

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In 2014, the band's single "Hooked on a Feeling" featured prominently in the film Guardians of the Galaxy. Prior to the film's release, the song's appearance in a trailer resulted in a significant spike in sales.

In 2016, their cover of "Hooked on a Feeling" was featured in the documentary Holy Hell. The documentary is about the '80s West Hollywood cult Buddhafield and its manipulative and abusive leader. The song plays at the beginning as footage of members of the cult are shown outdoors reaching for the Sun in a euphoric and trance like state as the song's refrain "I'm hooked on a feeling, I'm high on believing" plays on.

The song first regained popularity in 1992, being featured in Quentin Tarantino's breakout hit movie Reservoir Dogs.

Studio albums

  • Hooked on a Feeling (1974)
  • Out of the Blue (1975)
  • Singles

  • "Hooked on a Feeling" (1974) U.S. #1
  • "Silly Milly" (1974) U.S. #71
  • "Never My Love" (1974) U.S. #7
  • "Hush/I'm Alive" (1975) U.S. #61

  • Blue Swede


    Hooked on A FeelingHooked on a Feeling · 1974
    Never My LoveHooked on a Feeling · 1974
    Hush / I'm Alive1998


    Blue Swede Wikipedia

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