The founder and leader of the legendary Swedish band Secret Service Tim Norell in an exclusive interview for Sputnik.by with the Pavel Marozau told how the band gained popularity in the far 80s and shared their opinion about the performance of the duet NaviBand at Eurovision 2017.
PM: Hello Tim! Secret Service has a lot of songs that have become popular in the world. But which track, in your opinion, played a decisive role in the band's fame?
TN: Well, it’s difficult to say…Of course our first hit “Oh Susie” was the song that made us famous. But also songs like “Ten O?clock Postman”, that went to be so huge in for example Germany and Japan, and our biggest hit “Flash In The Night”, that made people look at us as a “synth-band” were important for us.
PM: From the first "star" structure in Secret Service there were only two people: you and Ulf Wahlberg. Do you meet in life with other members of the 80's group?
TN: Our bass player Mats “Limpan” Lindberg is actually a member of the group since 1985, so I think he belongs together with me and Ulf to what you call “star structure”.
I often talk with Ola, the original singer and together with me and Ulf the founder of the group, on telephone. He’s a real friend of mine and still a member of the group, even if he’s now a days too busy to join us at concerts.
PM: Tim, you have a Russian wife, Elena Efron, who is known to have played a very important role in your life. How did your first meeting happen? 🙂
TN: That will be told in my Secret Service musical “Ten O’clock Postman”, until then it’s a “secret”! It’s a story about me and my wife Lena when she was young in Leningrad, how we two met and about Secret Service. Most is the truth and some maybe not…..? Of cource with all my unforgettable Secret Service songs, most of them in Russian. It,s a funny and very romantic musical, I promise.
PM: Now a lot of attention is given to the Eurovision Song Contest. As you know, it was this contest that brought the popularity of ABBA. What do you think about the last contest, which took place in May in Kiev? Who did you like?
TN: I think the level of advanced technic on stage has increased a lot the last years and at the same time the quality of the songs has been worse and worse. I’m waiting for a new “ABBA hit”.
PM: This year, for the first time in its history, Belarus presented to the Eurovision duet Naviband with a song in the Belarusian language. What do you say about the number? Your impression?
TN: The Naviband song was one of a few that I liked. Good artists and a positive energy. But even if I like your language, I am sure it would have had better chance to win if at least the refrain should have been sung in English.
Many thanks, Tim, that you took the time to answer a few questions for your Belarusian fans who are very happy to hear the legendary Swedish band Secret Service for the first time in Minsk.
And I wish you successful concert tour!
Pavel Marozau for Sputnik Information Agency.