UPDATED – Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me Baby”
UPDATED – Robbie Williams’ “Tripping”
There have been some official Saab musical connections, especially recently.
There’s been a number of other Saab musical releases, probably given to customers in their new cars if I were to venture a guess. Saab France did one earlier this year for the 60th Anniversary of the company. I haven’t heard it or any of the previous ones either, but as no-one’s written to me saying “wow, you should hear this!” I’ll assume that they were not much to write home about.
I also read recently that many years ago, Saab underwrote the first ever performances of Chess, written by BJorn and Benny from Abba.
This whole funk-train of musical thought started when Jesse B sent me a link to a band that’s invoked their own Saab connection. All the efforts I mentioned above were Saab-initiated but Jesse’s email started me looking for musicians with Saab links.
Jesse’s musical tip alerted me to a band from the US, appropriately called The Jet Age, whose latest album has the following cover art:
They’re a 3-piece indie-rock outfit from Washington DC. Not exactly my cup of tea, but their mellow stuff’s got some character to it.
Jesse also alerted me to a Saab 900 CD cover by another band I’ve never heard of called Slint. Interestingly, their website doesn’t have any link to music whatsoever, though they’ll sell you a T-shirt and thank you for attending a concert.
You may not be able to make it out in this image, but “Saab” on the center-bar of the grille has been replaced with “Slint” and the turbo badge on the grille has got “Tweez” inserted – the name of the album.
Thinking about it quickly, I came up with two Australian bands with some Saab content.
One is a band from Canberra who many of you might have come across when searching for Saab on the internet. The band is called 78 Saab and they’re quite good. I dn’t know the story behind the name, but one could assume that there’s been a connection there in the past.
Here’s some of their work. The first single off their upcoming album. The song’s called One of These Days.
And finally, Aussie band Powderfinger had a Saab in one of their film clips. Thankfully, it’s also one of my favourite songs, so I’ve got no qualms about posting it here.
The song’s called My Happiness and the Saab appears near the end.
Mark in Belfast has chipped in with this new wave contribution from Human League. A nice early
900 in black 99 in black! Where is that car right now???!!!
Drew B has reminded me of Robbie Williams’ song “Tripping”, which features a Saab 95 quite prominently.
So – do you know of any other Saab appearances or connections with music?
There’s a bunch of lists out there with Saabs that have appeared in movies, but not much to do with music. If you’ve got anything to add, either in terms of songs, film clips or cover art, then slip it into comments. If it’s a clip on Youtube then I’ll add it to the post.