Four Mandarines – Silver son Johnnie/Ease my pain 7″

OK, I don’t think this is the greatest record ever released, but it’s THE FIRST SWEDISH PUNK RECORD so I thought it might as well be worth a post no matter what. In my opinion it’s a bit too much rock n’ roll, but so were most of the records released in 76 and 77 as well so maybe a kid like me should shut up? The funniest thing about them is that the guitar player, Janne Andersson is the brother of Mona Sahlin, the bad girl of Swedish politics who’s been caught shop lifting and didn’t pay her television license! Naughty, naughty, very naughty! Janne played in The pain as well, who were Sweden’s punk bad boys together with DT & The Stoodes, so maybe it runs in the family.

The 7″ was recorded in 1,5 hours on a Sunday morning which is very impressive, and my guess is that the lads wanted to go back to bed as soon as possible. They did an E.P. under the name Mandarines in 1978, and by then they had even longer hair, and yes, that one will be posted here as well.

Country: Sweden
Year: 1977
Label: Mandarine
Format: 7″
Silver son Johnnie.mp3
Ease my pain.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Four Mandarines – Silver son Johnnie/Ease my pain 7″

  1. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I think this record is very good! Not too much rock n roll at all.

  2. Weird when you compare this first swedish punk record with the first swiss punk record, nasal boys (a trillion times better than this). strange that the swiss scene was so small yet produced such great records at such an early time, and then disappeared almost completly, whereas in sweden, an explosion of records followed.

  3. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I like to think of Kriminella Gitarrers – Vardad kladsel 7″ as the first swedish punk record. And when you compare that to Nasal Boys they´re equally great. But sure it´s strange that the quality was so high in the swizz punk scene.

  4. Kriminella Gitarrer is definitely comparable – KILLER shit!

  5. Jay Thurston says:

    I thought the Hives were the first Swedish punk band??? Shame on me.

  6. Very cool, I actually like these rockish bands that sounded like they were instinctively punk as opposed to bands that sounded like they formed after seeing the Pistols on TV (which can also be very cool, albeit in a different way).

    The first song sounds kind of Australian or American, except for the accents, while the second one sounds more like early french punk in my opinion. There’s a bit of a Gizmos vibe to this single, but with a better guitar sound.
    Loved it.

  7. Martin says:

    Kriminella Gitarrer did the first Swedish punk record SUNG in Swedish, and yes, of course it’s way better than this one. Four Mandarines was one of the bands on that famous first punk show in Malmo thou… Second release is great thou.

  8. Hairy Palm says:

    This is quite good, like a Creedence Clearwater Revival punk.

  9. discoscheissser says:

    This is better than the 4 track EP in my humble opinion…
    – low on spite maybe , but it rocks more.. an early classic – thanks !

  10. Levi Johnston says:

    I was glad to hear this record, but I think they wanted to go to bed early because they were dutiful Christian boys. The a-side is OK but that “halleluja” business is hard to take. I always liked Scandinavians because of their Odinism and, more so, because of their onanism.

  11. Urrke T says:

    Anyone who can provide me with the lyrics to “Silver son Johnny”?
    Or put me in contact with Mr Mandarine/Andersson for the same thing?
    We wanna do this song on our next Midlife Crisis EP.

  12. Nathan G says:

    Is Swedish is good!

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