Ace of Base is a Swedish pop band that was formed in 1989 when two members of a former band that struggled, left the three siblings, Jonas “Joker” Berggren, Malin “Linn” Berggren and Jenny Berggren. That is when Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg joined and they named themselves Ace of Base.
The band continued to flounder because they preferred heavy metal over techno. Their first demo, “Wheel of Fortune” did modestly well, but didn’t make them the prominent name they are today. After hearing another Swedish artists song, “Another Mother” by Kayo, Ace of Base decided that was the sound that they wanted.
They then created a song called “All That She Wants“, which was a fusion of dub-reggae and pop, that became the bands signature sound. It instantly became number one on the Danish charts, which prompted them to come out with an album. The album was called Happy Nation and their brand was getting more recognition, with “All That She Wants” eventually climbing to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. By the end of 1994, they were an international success.
Their second album was called The Bridge and its lead single was “Lucky Love“. Their third was entitled Flowers but in this album, the lead singer changed from Linn to Jenny, which stirred some controversy. Their fourth album, Da Capo wasn’t even released in the United States and the core four was basically kaput by 2003, but that doesn’t take away from what a sensation they were in the 90s.
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