Ebba Gron – S/T 7″

Most of my ranting regarding the importance of Ebba can be found in the post of their second 7″ here. Once again a yawn for the swedes but since my statistics for the blogs shows me that mere 6% is from the best country in the world, Ebba needs to be exposed to other than the arians.

So I went to a three days Punk show from the 1-3 of April here in Stockholm to celebrate the past. Golden oldies like Warheads(good), Bizex-B(terrible, sorry Sluggo), P-Nissarna(second half of the set was good but the singer where terrible), Problem(amazing old men and the only band that I saw that felt genuine and real), Cathy and the Heat(yawn), Stoodes(tried to recreate their show from the past which meant they played one chord for 20 minutes before I left) and Bitch Boys(yawn, too slow and the guitarist tried to show us he knowadays knows how to play solo in every song). I missed Vem bryr sig?, The Imps, Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons(which I know shall be great still), Skams and Ravjunk. The second day they showed some punk documentaries among them “Ebba the Movie” which I’ve sean 10 times already and didn’t plan to see but as soon as it started to roll I was stuck once again. A fantastic documentary portraying the three strong and highly interesting characters making up one of Swedens best punk bands. Then one of our radio channels sent a 2 hour documentary about Ebba which leads me to believe that this was a sign that another Ebba record needs to be posted.

Still to this day singer and guitarist Joakim Thastrom thinks that the a-side Vad ska du bli? is the best song he’ve ever written. I tend to agree. I never get tired of it. I can spin it anytime and it’s just fantastic from a to b. The lyrics of Ebba(and the music too of course) is what separates them from many of their contemporaries. And that the band still gets new fans every year who thinks the lyrics still speaks to them sez something about the quality.

The b-side might be one of their most controversial songs(together with Skjut en snut/Shoot a Cop): Hang Gud(Hang God) immortalized in “Ebba the Movie” when performed in Johannes Kyrkan here in Stockholm complete with church organ. The director of Ebba the movie Johan Donner  was at the show and explained how the scene came to be but I wont tell you :). So vad ska du bli?

Country: Sweden
Year: 1979
Label: Mistlur
Format: 7″
Vad ska du bli?.mp3
Hang Gud.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Ebba Gron – S/T 7″

  1. Erich says:

    Absolutely essential!! Now I want some translation of the lyrics!!!

  2. Erich says:

    PS: Where can I get the movie? Does it have subtitles?

  3. MAFFISH says:

    The only time I’ve ever heard these guys are from this site. This 7″ was so good that I looked around on YouTube to try to find that documentary, but I found tons of videos and sheesh…these guys are great! Thanks a lot…now I have a new band to search out (and probably never find)!

    • The Flakes // Drummer says:

      Their records are everywhere here in Sweden(except the first press of their first 7″) but too bad they don´t show up on eBay that often. Nevertheless don´t try anyone fooling you to pay big money for their stuff.

      Ebba the movie can be found but you have to try the site where the pirates go nudge nudge.

  4. Keith says:

    Wicked record, I’ve heard it a million times this year. I translated the lyrics about 6 months ago, not to a singable English version, just a straightforward translation. Ebba the Movie is great too, I understand more and more of what they say every time I watch it. I enjoyed it even when I had no idea what they were saying though.

  5. Jay Thurston says:


  6. Levi Johnston says:

    I bought a lame book in English called the Cinema of Scandinavia. The writing is bad academic junk, the sort of shit fledgling Swiss grad students are fond of, but there is an essay on Ebba the Movie. This is neither here nor there because I prefer boner-popping stuff like Eva: Den Utstotta. In the old days, I would have come home and smashed up the place. But now I sit quietly at the computer wearing headphones and gesticulating as if I want to destroy ABBA and fight back! The internet has made us all gay, and of course I mean it in the early 80s parlance, not in terms of real fudgepacking. which I am quite fond.

    The Ebba Gron movie is in parts on Youtube–in Swedish.

  7. ian says:

    ..When I do the old ‘save target as’ for these they just time out & never finish…any ideas? Weird cos I have not had problems with other stuff on here…an internet speed thing? Anyhow…also would like to hear yr opinions on the albums – am keen to hear ’em – do they stand up as these much praised 7’s do?

  8. Betty says:

    I see you post a lot of stuff from Sweden but nothing from Finland. Do you like Finnish punk bands or do you disapprove them?

  9. Betty says:

    I’m not talking about the harDCore bands, I’m talking about the 79-80 bands.

  10. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Hi Betty!
    Would love to post more early finnish punk/power pop in case I had more in my record collection.

  11. AngelaM says:

    which song do you want translated? I speak/read/write Swedish and EG was one of my favorites when I lived in Sweden as a teen in the 80’s.
    I also heard the podcast of the radio show – awesome.

    I’m lobbying my husband to play them on his Friday night radio gig. Trying to figure out which one would be good to introduce the college kids to Ebba Grön. Any suggestions? (shameless link to his show below)


  12. Classics. Saw them playing live back in 1980.

  13. Terrible, eh?
    Well, we don’ t care.
    And I think you’ re just jealous.

  14. By the way, who stole the master tapes from that punk festival in Stockholm in April, 2010?

  15. Well, like The Dickies sang…”Give it back”

  16. Jorgen says:

    The singer, Joakim ThÃ¥ström, has never faded in quality or intensity in my opinion. In fact I think his last three releases are among his strongest. I also enjoyed his “Love, peace & pitbulls”-industrial period ALOT.

    He’s done “Vad ska du bli?” more than justice in moderns times aswell… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wv8_6BgQwY

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