The Cardigans

A long way from "Love Fool"

With their saccharine-sweet hit "Love Fool," Swedish pop band the Cardigans were poised to rise above the mid-'90s glut of female-fronted bands like Republica, Chumbawamba, Sneaker Pimps, and Garbage. But although they found success, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide, they suffered from the curse of the one-hit wonder in the United States.

The Cardigans: Hitting the road with their first album in six years.
The Cardigans: Hitting the road with their first album in six years.

Now the Cardigans are trying again with Long Gone Before Daylight, which possesses more of an acoustic flavor than its electronic-heavy predecessors. Singer Nina Persson explained that for now, the Cardigans go unrecognized as they play U.S. tourists, seeking Laundromats, rib joints and shops to buy socks. "Mostly it's a European, a Swede thing" if the Cardigans are recognized, she says. "But I think also because `Love Fool' was such a hit a while ago, we look different. People probably have forgotten us. It's been quite a while."

 
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