Nina Persson, the lead singer and lyricist for the Swedish rock band The Cardigans, turned 48 today.
She did not want to be a musician growing up, having an interest in art instead, which resulted in her attending art school. “I never really strived to be a musician; I was just, sort of, recruited into this band. I was bored out of my mind in this small, safe place (JÃ¶nkÃ¶ping, Sweden). I was like, ‘Awesome, I get to hang with fun guys.'”
Outside of the Cardigans, Persson has also worked as a solo artist, releasing two albums as A Camp and under her own name, and has also appeared as a guest artist with several other acts.
She appears on the Manic Street Preachers song “Your Love Alone is Not Enough”. She also features on Sparklehorse/Danger Mouse collaboration, singing “Daddy’s Gone”.
Persson made her acting debut in the film ðð® ðð¶ð¥ ð·ðªðð which was released in 2006.
The video above, “Lovefool”, is co-written by Persson, it was the lead single of the Cardigans’ third studio album, First Band on the Moon (1996). After the track was included in the Baz Luhrmann film Romeo + Juliet, it gained international recognition.
Below, three covers of “Lovefool” that I really like.
Happy birthday and love me love me, pretend that you love me, ms Persson!
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Featured image via listal.