L.F.F.L.- Teenage Excitement, Romance and Mystery! Working For The Man - The Nomads b/w Fireball - The Dahlmanns (Ghost Highway)
That's a helluva title. It's also a limited edition split single featuring Sweden's Nomads and Norwegian power pop wonders The Dahlmanns, put together for the 60th birthday party in Spain of Next Big Thing zine creator and all-round top bloke, Scotsman Lindsay Hutton.
Just 500 were pressed up for the shindig in Madrid and only a handful remain available...
If you don't know, The Dahlmanns are the World's Best Power Pop Band. No arguments, thank you very much. "Fireball" is the theme song of a Gerry and Sylvia Anderson pre-Thunderbirds TV show ("Fireball XL5") and it was the first 45 that a pre-pubescent Lindsay ever bought in the early 1960s.
The song gets along on the power of Line Dahlmann's gorgeous vocal and the band's characteristic nimble pop-rock backing. If you've heard any of the band's back catalogue (mostly singles) you already know that you need this. It's a little cheesy (in a nice way) and maybe there's a lyric or two that Lindsay can relate to.
The Nomads song is a cracking original and has their name written all over it. In other words, it has power and melody to burn. The keys are Hans Ostlund's piercing lead guitar and Nick Valhberg's vocal which are both to the fore. Ex-Dictator Andy Shernoff gives an assist on backing vocals.
Once they started writing their own stuff, these guys became the model for tough but hooky rock and roll and were the bedrock of the Swedish scene. Nothing's changed, except the frequency of their shows.