Johansson have been in a lot of groups and he´s one of the fathers of punk
in Sweden. He answered my questions immediately and think if everyone would
do this way. Read a really nice interview which was done 19/3-2007.
It was a long time since you came out with a record now? Anyway under your
own name? When does the next one comes?
-I started to record one some years ago but it isn´t ready yet. The reasons
to why I am so slow with my own is many. I think it comes too much music
nowadays, people almost drowns in music. And I´m still satisfied with my
latest album (”Johan Johansson…och hans lilla svarta värld”) which have made
it impossible to top this. And then I´m not the most egooriented person in
the world which can be a handicap right now. Another reason is that, believe
it or not, I have bad self conscious when we´re talking about my own music.
I don´t think anything is OK – but I know that I can put out songs which is
as good as any other peoples in this country. And I have been priviligied to
work with many talent artists and it have been so fun that my own music have
became in the shadows. And this is this with time. And in the latest I have
toured with Kjell Höglund and Diamond Dogs and I have written the book ”I
stället för vykort”.
Now I have started to write music again. So I don´t hope it is too long time
and then we see a new soloalbum. Do you have abstinence til then you can
always read my book. There you get a liverecord with many new songs.
Which was the latest record you were on?
-It becomes a lot of recordings, so it´s not so easy to say. I´m often on
Stefan Sundströms records. So it must be Stefans new record which he
recorded together with Fjodor from Ebba Grön but it haven´t came out yet
Are you still producing records?
-Now and then it comes something good. I feel that I can do anything really
good as a producer if it is something I really like really much. Don´t I
like it the artists can choose another producer. Today I will go down and
mix a recording as I have done with Stina Berge from Pink Champagne which is
backed by Kenny Håkansson and a lot of other progressive phantoms. The
latest thing otherwise must be Kjell Höglunds ”Pandoras Ask”. A very strong
record I think.
It was almost so that I shall produce Fröken Underbars coming album. I was
asked anyway and would really wanted to do that, I like that band. But it
fell on the time and that we couldn´t sync it together..
Which is the biggest you have been produced and then I don´t mean in
heaviness more the record which have sold the most?
-I did a record some years ago with the icelandic guy Bjartmar Gudlaugsson
which sold a fourdouble platina on Iceland. Everey tenth Icelandic bought it
– but there isn´t so many living there. But it must have been some of the
records I recorded with Winnerbäck. .
the time when you were out and toured with a band?
-Both yes and no. It was very fun to travel around with a band but it´s so
much more work in the same time. And it would be it more now when I do
everything myself. So as it is now I wouldn´t have the time or money to have
it – but those things can change.
Do you play much out nowadays or how is it? Is it only acoustic or is it
with a band too?
-On my won concerts it´s only me and the bassist Rickard Donatello.
Sometimes when I tour with Kjell Höglund we have a eight-man-strong band and
it´s a lot of administration for me so that is enough for me. And then I
think that my songs holds really good to be played alone and in a simple
way. It was lonely with a guitar they was done and you come so much closer
the songs if they´re done that way too on stage.
Josef och Maria is one of my favouritesongs with you….how did you came up
with the idea to that song?
-It was done just before my first concert which I did on my own, it was a
mix of 75- year old ladies in a library in Sandviken. It was a song which I
did really fast, it came out of itself. I´m not a believer but I think that
Jesus is a good idol to have anyway. The idea that he came to us again but
in the wrong place amused me. That I still can think about and I don´t think
that Jesus want to have so much to do with Runar if he decided himself for a
Which of your own songs is your favourite?
-”Lat man sleaze twist” from ”…svarta värld”-record I´m very satsisfied
with. I think that is one of my better songs and lyrics. That song come very
fast too – it was recorded and ready in a time of five hours from the time
that I started to write.
Many of the songs which have been with me for a long time have taken very
short time to write .Both ”Polsk Zchlager” and ”Världens bästa dåliga
exempel” was done during a concentrated half hour. Sometimes it can takes
month to do a song but the ones that comes fast- they comes fast. .
How do see on the fact that KSMB did a reunion? You don´t wanted to be in
-That was the time around my record ”Flum” and I didn´t had the time and I
didn´t want to live in the past. It was many things which was happen then. I
both produced and toured with Stefan Sundström, I was doing De Lyckliga
Kompisarnas Hockeyfrilla-record. When so many inspiring things happens i the
time you live in so can I don´t have so much time over for nostalgia.
Noone in KSMB was playing in a group then but I had much to do with a lot of
other stuff. But I didn´t have anything against the things they did even if
many people said so. I was asked to be in the group but I said No Thanks!
But I was there and saw them live some times. They did it as good as it
could be when you kicking life in an old dinosaur. But shortly I must say
that I´m not the nostalgic type and I have never felt any longing to put
together KSMB again. Every thing have it´s time and I have always a lot to
do with the time which is now.
Is it many people who ask about a reunion?
-Yeah, really often actually. But mostly it´s me who get the questions and
the other ones don´t have a clue about what I have said no to through the
How do you see on bands which is doing these reunions?
-Are they doing it good it can be really fun but often it depends on empty
pockets and agendas. But I have also old idols I want to see. I will not to
any price miss the reunion with Only Ones this summer – one of my absolute
Asta Kask did it really good?
-Oh yes, they really do. But the Asta-guys have been living in the places
where they´re born, met each other and have been together through the
years(have they really???)and have a lot in common before they started to
play again. We hadn´t that in KSMB. I know Asta Kask really good and I
think the stuff they´re doing they´re doing really good. And then they have
started a musicstyle which have had followers in the whole world., so they
have the right to go around and get all the thanks.
You have been growing up with punk? How do you see on it today? Is there any
-I don´t really agree with this. I´m grown up with 60´s pop and the
musicmovement. When the punk came I already have get my musical preferences.
Then I can agree that I was in the frontline of doing the Swedish mall
musically for what we call the Swedish punk..
I have difficulties to answer this question because it´s so hypothetic and
it depends on what punk means to every man. For me it´s an attitude and not
a musicstyle. In my world so is Laleh, Marcus Birro and Tingsnotariens
bloggs punk. As musicstyle it´s punk really conservative in my eyes. A style
with too many puritans and I have always have difficulties with that. Of
course there´s a living punkmovement and that´s nice – nut there is people
who knows better about this than me. .
And then I´m think it´s fun to have been part of a thing like this which
have put it´s traces here and there and it´s flattering to get all these
thanksmail for things I have done before. Those things are good but they
should think that I am an old man from the past.
How have the punk influenced your life?
-My attitude have definitely been influenced. I would surely lived another
life today if it haven´t been so that I have been in the punkmovement for so
long time and during an important time in my life. I have been stucked to my
ideals and personal principles and I´m happy and proud for that.
Isn´t it hard for todays youth that much have so much harder to chock their
parents than we had? In that time it was enough to cut your hair and have a
Pistos-badge on the jacket to chock? What shall they do today to chock?
-Yeah, absolute right there. It wasn´t much you had to do before to chock.
The last ones who managed to succeeded was Ultima Thule and those white
power bands – but people would ignore them today too. Marilyn Manson must be
happy to come from USA, and there´s enough people who still is conservative.
Here it isn´t many they manages to chock. In my book there´s a whole chapter
about this thing.
What was/is the best and the worst
-The best was the DIY-spirit and that you mustn’t be so fucking good
technically. That it make people to see the difference of being really good
and to be good. The worst is that it have become such a conservative style
with a lot of small popes which decides how punk should be or not. I think
that styles must be destroyed and must be mixed together. I think that
therefore I have become put in a style called singer/songwriter-style. In
that is a little bit wider. Do you like punk I think you must let it get
freedom and go further. Otherwise you get the same destiny as the Swedish
traditional folkmusic have done. A style which is dictated by puritans and
which is only living one time a year on Skansen and other folkmusicoparades.
Which is your swedish and foreign favouritepunksong?
-Dr Zekes ”Jag ska aldrig dö” and Only Ones ”Another girl another planet. I
don´t think they are any typical punksongs but it isn´t me who decides the
Five favouriterecords right now?
Säkert! – ”Säkert!”
Florence Valentin - ”Johnny Drama”
Cotton Mather – ”Kontiki”
Zarah Leander – ”Valdemar”
The (International) Noise Conspiracy – ”Armed Love”
...and if you take everything I have been on so is Roger Karlssons “Veckans
Babe” the one which is going on most at my home. A record that people have
The first, last and most expensive record ever bought?
-The first was the Ep ”Ready Steady Who” and The Monkees album
”Headquarters” which I bought in NK in Farsta around 1967. They´re still
The latest one was ”Säkert!”. A brilliant record. I have bought 2 records of
the same. I was forced to give one to Kjell Höglund because he liked it so
The most expensive….I don´t buy any expensive records and I don´t collect
any special records or so. I´m after the music. So the most expensive record
must be a single with Mott The Hoople which I tried to grab from PUB when I
was fourteen years old . I was caught and that record cost me my proudness –
how much that can be worth!
The most embarrassing record in your collection?
-I like embarrassing record so I am the wrong person to talk to. But the
KSMB-single “Feliz Navidad” which was given to the Schlager-readers was
really bad, so it must be that.
Cannot you get together a John Lenin CD, everything you did must could find
their place on one CD?
-Sure, but it is MNW which is sitting on the tapes. Now I managed to get out
a compilation with Strindbergs..
You have been in KSMB, Strindbergs, John Lenin and played solo? What have I
-You mean bands? I was a member in Diamond Dogs for three years and have
shorter and longer things in bands like Stockholms Negrer, Incest Brothers,
Pink Champagne and Gudibrallan and some more things which I don´t remember
myself. I did the record ”Griniga Gamla Gubbar” together with Wille
Crafoord. I still think that it is a really good album – and then can people
say what they want about it.
How do you see on Mp3 and downloading?
-Very fun. A really fine punkthing when we talk about those things. It opens
really new possibilities for music. I wish it could have been around when I
started to play. I have never met an artist which have been negative to mp3.
The most of the negative talking comes from big record labels and artists
like Metallica and fuck what I feel bad about them – isn´t I?
Is it anything you do yourself?
-I have downloaded a lot of music. Is it something I listen to many times I
go and buy it for principle reasons – especially if it´s released by a
smaller label. I would never have heard Säkert! Or Cotton Mather , which is
among my favourites right now, if I haven´t downloaded the music first.
You like Hammarby Hockey too….you don´t care about football or? How
did this season for the hockeytem go?
-I´m a so called antisuppprter. The hockey team is my gang. I maybe see one
football game with men once a year. It´s so much hysteria
around that team. I rather look at women football or handball but the
hockeyteam´s matches I don´t miss. This year they didn´t have to qualify to
be in this serie next year and I think that is good because the team is
young and the budget is a little piece if you compare with what other team
Is it many interview nowadays, is it boring??
-I cannot say that it is too much. It can be boring to
answer the same question again and again but these things are only fun.
The question you never get but you want to have?
-We need you as a dictator, are you in?
-OK then but then it´s going to happen things!
You´re out on My Space too, why?
-To meet new and old friends. A good compliment to the
usual website and easy to do. But I came here because that I wanted to help
my friend and my big idol Ollekarlsson(yeah, it must be written together) to
make his MYSPACE functional. He´s the coolest guy in the world and I would
do anything for him..
Futureplans with the music?
-To continue struggling to get foreward my own and others
music, to get my arse from the wagon and to my next soloalbum and get it
finished, to be fucking with the world once again for a hateful
reviewersquad with the leftrightwing duo Griniga Gamla Gubbar, to do
concerts of my own and together with Kjell Höglund and sometime to one or
For you as a human being?
-To be happy , take care of my friends, make my self living on things I´m
think is fun and then I die without being a healthpackage in some years.
-”Is it Ok is it OK”
Something to add?
-Stop the rightwing, crash the egos and be bad against the people who hits
people already lying. Soldiarity to everyone, And get rid of the
moderates(right wing) as soon as it´s possible!