Swedish oldies and rockabilly revival pioneers, the Boppers celebrate 45 years with the release of their rowdy new album, White Lightning. Guests include Nicke Andersson (Hellacopters), Dennis Quintero (TT Grace), and Chris Spedding.
The story about the Boppers started out as a fairytale about some teenagers from Stockholm who were at the right place at the wrong time. Forming the band in 1977 when punk-rock exploded around the world their take on '50s doo-wop and rock 'n' roll couldn’t be more out of style but they refused to fit in and turned it in to a success. Their debut album, Number One, which contained mostly covers of their '50s favorites from the likes of Roy Orbison and Dion & Belmonts sold more than 450,000 copies in Sweden alone. There was no doubt about it, the Boppers was the next big thing!
Their unique talent of singing harmonies and playing rock 'n' roll with the same swagger and beat as their predecessors made them an amazing live act with 300 gigs per year. The success kept them on top for a couple of years and the following albums Keep On Boppin and Fan Pix secured their stardom and took them to around Scandinavia, the rest of Europe, and Japan.
In the mid '80s when new winds were blowing in the music business, the band stuck to their art and kept touring. They had a short break before coming back with new hit singles in the early '90s that once again put them on top of the list. Since then, they’ve become an institution in Swedish rock 'n' roll history with their albums selling worldwide. Always true to their roots they’ve kept on digging where they stand.
On White Lightning they kind of find themselves back at the start again even if it also means opening new doors. They’ve collaborated closely with Sulo (singer and front man of Diamond Dogs), musical friend Eva Eastwood (Swedish rockabilly/country star) on the songwriting and let legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg (The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies) set the sound. It kicks off with a riotous cover of Chris Speddings 1975 gem “Motorbikin’,” and that sets the bar high for the rest. White Lightning is an album that shows a band spreading their 45 years of duty and musical knowledge. Chris Spedding returns the favor by joining them on a Gene Vincent twangy guitar on “Teddyboy’s Are Back.” The Boppers pay their tribute to punk by turning the Generation X cover “King Rocker” into a jungle hop, while Nicke Andersson from the Hellacopters puts his mark on the '60s colored “Callous Rain” and “Motorbikin'.
White Lightning is an album where the Boppers prove that they still are a band that matters. It’s an album for old fans as much as for beginners. Forty-five years down the road and they sound hungrier and more furious than ever. They keep carrying the torch of original rock n roll with pride and it shines as bright as ever before.