Swedish bands of the 1970s.

Only Abba could pull off this coordinated look.

And even they couldn’t pull it off.

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21 thoughts on “Sweded

    1. Brother Barnabas

      and a bit more in the case of the short, hand-on-hip fellow from the Martys

      look closely and you can make out his vas deferens

  1. myownself

    I think there was a tax exemption for stage/performance clothes in Sweden at the time, but the clothes had to be very obviously not everyday wear, resulting in the groups above as well as Abba’s crazy costumes.

      1. Frilly Keane

        don’t knock ’em
        still going afaik

        they made a great living doing the Irish Clubs up and down the UK
        and were serious grafters too

        one of my time capsule entries is Gina singing the Banks on an Up-For-Match gig in the RDS with the lad from Highways and Byways. Before RTE took it over and shagged it up

        btw Tweed were actually a very good band, not really Showband at all

        1. Daisy Chainsaw

          The graft of the Showbands and the Country’n’Irish performers has my utmost respect. They work damn hard and they entertain people and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not my preferred style of music.

          1. Otis Blue

            That website is really fascinating and is clearly a labour of love. It does well to capture a different time in Ireland; one many have forgotten or perhaps never knew existed.

      2. SOQ

        Show band = Cover band, that hadn’t an original song between them. This is where Louis Walsh’s love of tacky karaoke came from of course.

    1. rotide

      Jaysus, could you imagine the shenanigans if Zulu were still at it today.

      The outrage from the broadsheet thread alone would power Mullingar for a year.

      1. Otis Blue

        Funny you should mention Mullingar. A couple of years back I was in a pub in a neighbouring village. It had a Golliwog on display.

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