Sweden, the country of furniture, dynamite, and Muppet cuisine, is also the home of singers extraordinaire Eilert Pilarm and Anna-Lisa Ingemansson. (Scroll down until you see a picture of a woman and a poodle, accompanied by some biographical info and an MP3.)
Eilert is an Elvis "impersonator", well-known to listeners of Irwin's Incorrect Music Show. If you listen to his Elvis medley (MP3, All Shook Up/Long Tall Sally/Jailhouse Rock/Heartbreak Hotel/Blue Suede Shoes/Love Me Tender), you could think that the King is alive. However, you would be dead wrong, and probably stoned out of your mind.
Anna-Lisa covered folk songs, show tunes, and anything else that struck her and her poodle's fancy. Here are the definitive Swedish versions of Far Away Places (MP3), Kalinka (MP3), and Oh What A Beautiful Morning (MP3). As a bonus, here is her take on a Swedish tango, Fragrancia (MP3), written by Evert Taube.
The rest of the world has finally noticed what Sweden is doing to its music, and has started to
retaliate reciprocate. Here is Wing with her version of ABBA's classic Mama Mia (MP3). And that is only one song from her magnificent album of ABBA covers. Booy it! Bork Bork Bork!