Nanne Grönvall is in London, and she’s invited me to join her for a quick coffee. We’re sitting in a rather grand hotel in Knightsbridge, just around the corner from Harrods, and she’s dressed ready for a dinner engagement later on.
You can’t have coffee before dinner, of course, so it quickly turns into a glass of red wine each.
Inget konstigt alls.
For Schlagerfiasko readers, Nanne needs no introduction, of course. Eight appearances at Melodifestivalen. Eurovision. Sound Of Music. Peter’s Pop Squad. One More Time (especially One More Time). And, erm, the UK’s Song For Europe (we were never worthy of Men).
And now Nanne is back, after a busy summer, with a new album. Called My Rock Favourites, I decide to start by asking Nanne what the concept of the record is.
Because I’m an idiot.
“It’s rock.” she replies, patiently. “And it’s rock in English. This is actually my ﬁrst English-language album for ages, and I’ve never done one solo before – it’s a collection of my favourite rock songs.
“But it’s not just covers,” adds Nanne. “We’ve made the songs into my own sound. It’s important that it’s still me singing it with my style, and not simply a cover. It has to be Nanne, and Nanne is guitars and synths. My records are everything from rock to pop, and I love mixing up those styles. This album is all rock, with a pop sound. If you know Avundsjuk or Jag sträcker mig mot himlen, you’ll get it. I’ve been working from early in the morning until late at night on this, so it’s really exciting.”
Nanne tackles a number of classics on the album, including The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Sham 69’s Kids Are United, and Joan Jett’s Nag, with support from Mikkey Dee of Motörhead and Clawfinger. We’re a long way from schlager, for sure. But it’s not only rock that Nanne’s been embracing lately.