Archive for March, 2009

Freak accident

March 23, 2009

oysterAt the end of 1985 Donatello and Asp found themselves broke, depressed and homeless, but after a late night of partying out they were heard saying -Screw this, the world is an oyster and the show must go on!.

And so they went into the studio with their new gained spirits to record an atempt to a sell-out hit single called “The Oyster”, which somehow managed to show up in the Swedish popchart (called Tracks) for one whole week – but both in 1st and 2nd place. With the same song!

Emrick from the funkster maverick band The Stonefunkers remembers this well: “How is that even possible?! to have two chart positions with the same song?” he says on the phone. “It must have been some kind of freak accident!”

One theory was that Jackpot a short while had a manager called Per-Olof Bengtsson who was a well-off bourguise owner of fishing boats in Goteborg and who had plans to get the talented Jackpot on buisnessmongrel Bert Karlsson’s ugly record label Mariann Grammofon. Mariann had one nice release though, the beautiful spacedisco single “A little bit of jazz” from The Nick Straker Band. But “The Oyster” is believed to have been released on Mariann secretly without even Jackpot knowing this, while themselves released the same song on Wall Street Records (which supposedly sold less and came on 2nd). Perhaps this is how this strange and rare case could have happened. An event that is still totally unheard of since and a bit of a joke in the Swedish record industry.

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