The Spotnicks – Highway Boogie (1985)

FrontCover1The Spotnicks were formed in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1957, by guitarist and undisputed bandleader Bo Winberg. The other members were guitarist and singer Bob Lander, drummer Ove Johansson, and bassist Björn Thelin, several of whom had already played together in local rock & roll bands like the Blue Caps, Rock Teddy, and the Rebels. The first year they performed under the name the Frazers, but soon changed it to the Spotnicks. In 1961 they were signed by Karusell and released their first singles containing mostly instrumental covers of famous songs. The selection of songs was as varied as the performances were homogenous, including titles like “Hava Nagila” and “Johnny Guitar.” Later the same year, the Spotnicks toured Germany, France, and Spain, and in 1962 they released their debut album, The Spotnicks in London, recorded on their first trip to England. Featured on this tour were the space suits that the band would wear on-stage until 1969.


In 1969 the Spotnicks disbanded, but Winberg continued to record using the name until the group reunited in 1972 upon the request of a Japanese record company. The same year, “If You Could Read My Mind” from the album Something Like Country became a big hit in Germany. The Spotnicks would retain their popularity there for a long time, even as it faded elsewhere. Only the Japanese audience proved more faithful and, accordingly, the Spotnicks devoted most of their touring during the ’70s to these two countries. After the release of 1972’s Something Like Country (the Spotnicks’ best album according to many fans), they had practically ended being a band, consisting mainly of Winberg and various session musicians.

If the Spotnicks had started out as rock & roll, in the ’70s they turned more toward easy listening, or even exotica, although perhaps not by changing their own sound as much as by stubbornly keeping it while trends changed. By the ’80s they had essentially become a curiosity at home, but kept up their popularity in Germany and Japan. During the ’90s Winberg still toured using the name the Spotnicks, but to little attention. And even in their hometown of Göteborg, the Spotnicks were mainly forgotten, except for an occasional article in the local paper reminding readers of some guys with silly helmets who were once international stars. (by wikipedia)


And this is a real nice album from the 80´s period … tunes like “Lost Property” or “Memories Are Made Of This” invites you to dream …

Dreams from another period of our life … when many things seems to be much easier than today.


Alternate frontcovers

Bob Lander (guitar, vocals)
Ove Lindell (guitar, vocals)
Arne Österlindh (pedal steel guitar)
Tommy Tausis (drums)
Björn Thelin (bass)
Bo Winberg (leadguitar)


01. Highway Boogie (Winberg) 2.58
02. Lost Property (unknown) 3.57
03. Could It Be Love (Robbins/Pruett) 2.33
04. Mighty Bump (Winberg/Österlindh) 2.50
05. Love Is A Symphony (Kazuo/Mano) 3.15
06. Truck Drivers Dream (Winberg/Siden) 3.32
07. Just Another Boy (Winberg/Kincade) 3.48
08. Dolly H (Winberg) 3.51
09. Delightful Morning (Winberg/Österlindh) 3.43
10. Let It Roll, Roll, Roll (Lander/Wendin) 2.27
11. Besame Mucho (Velasques) 5.26
12. Memories Are Made Of This (unknown) 3.24
13. De postkoets (unknown) 3.29
14. 3 O’Clock Click (unknown) 2.54
15. Nas Onih (Winberg) 3.28



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