The legendary band Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks turns 30 and Fanfar! is marking the occasion by releasing an elaborate collection of the band’s own favourites.
Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks was formed in Solna in November 1992 by the band’s eternal frontman Robert Johnson. Right from the start they put the pedal to the metal and the band’s signature style was equal parts Link Wray, Ennio Morricone, and rascally attitude.
Soon enough, they were a respected name in unabashed instrumental rock, both at home in Sweden and internationally. The breakthrough came with the album Fried on the Altar of Good Taste (2000) and the following year they were commissioned to score Fredrik Lindström’s comedy Känd från TV.
But soon enough – and typically for the band – they went against expectations and challenged their own audience by reincarnating as a synth duo. Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks have always gone their own way and they have done things with high quality after their own heart. 2017 saw the release of their latest original album – the acclaimed soundtrack (to a film that never made it to cinemas) Morte di Seeburg (also on Fanfar!).
Just in time for the 30th anniversary, we release Solna, Texas 1992-2022 – a limited edition vinyl compilation album. The lavish effort features Conny Nimmersjö of bob hund and KC BABY as executive producer. Conny has dug up the best master tapes possible from the archives and made sure the songs were remastered in the best possible way. A high quality product that we are very proud of.
The album release date is December 9, 2022.
In 2020, we released Cantona Gut Systems’ debut album Yoko: The Best Beatle. The Swedish music magazine Mono Magasin has named it the best album of 2020.
The LP Yoko: The Best Beatle is unique in Swedish music. Now, it’s only natural that we who are behind the record label Fanfar! thinks so, but regardless of opinion, one can probably state that Cantona Gut System debuts with something very unusual – an album that looks both backwards and forwards, which lifts up and which destroys with the same sharp hand.
This type of music usually faces some resistance, at least initially. Not least because of that, it’s incredibly fun that the magazine Mono Magasin has just named Yoko: The Best Beatle number one on its list of 2020’s best albums. As a bonus, we are really happy that The Mommyheads‘ latest album, New Kings of Pop, is also on the same list!
The best thing you can do is invest in these LP’s while they are still in stock.
This is how the magazine’s reviewer Peter Sjöblom describes Yoko: The Best Beatle in his review:
The album with the wonderfully provocative title Yoko: The Best Beatle (assuming you are easily provoked) is Cantona Gut Systems’ first, but the duo is not as unknown as it may seem. Both Robert Johnson and Johan Skugge come from relatively recently disbanded Robert Johnson & Punchdrunks, and this new project can be seen as the natural development of what the acclaimed instrumental band did, especially towards the end. Soundtracks to old Italian horror movies that never went to the cinema are of course a given reference, but Cantona Gut System adds even more dystopian shades. The horror no longer has Dario Argento’s strong colors but goes in blue-black, almost monochrome difficult-to-differentiate shades. This is so close to a Swedish version of Suicide’s debut album and Chrome around the time of Red Exposure. Dissolving a band as celebrated as Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks and then coming back with something even stronger, even more ruthless, even more visionary is both brave and praiseworthy. That it is the best I have heard from Robert Johnson in general only makes the achievement even greater.Peter Sjöblom, Mono Magasin