City Göteborg - Interview vom
Thanks to the Acer Najs for the transcript of the interview!
Good morning, good morning! How are you there you
sit? This is Jenny Berggren speaking via this radio machine. Eehm, I am
guest here this morning and it is early, early, early and it will be much
more later and I hope you will have a good journey with me this morning.
Eehm, I will tell you a little about my strenghts, and above all my weak
and maybe conform some things that you have also pondered about.
Is that normal.. to sing that wild and loud infornt of your steering wheel..
.when people see you... and it is redlight.
You see, I was rather young when this happend. I was, I think I was around
sev.. eigth years maybe.
My favourite things in life was cellar smell, soft silk things, unread comic
magazine and melon. So I thought that these four items I have to mix. Ehm,
I sat down in the cella, onthe cellar floor with my grandfathers kimono.
He had an.. he had.. He was a seaman on the 7 seas and he had collect it
from somewhere and.. It was my favourite material and my favourite smell,
and I had in addition bought an melon and a magazine. And I sat there with
all these good things, which of course became a complete disaster and I
learn something from that. I learned that it does not work to mix too much
things. For example, the poor melon was full of seeds that fell down in my
magazine, I could not hold the magazine at the same time as I held the
melon, cause I had found out then, that I only had 2 hands. Ehm, and my
comfortable silk gown was not good at all for the cold that the creepy
cellar floor offered me. And the cellar smell completley whiped out the
melon smell, or vice versa. So don't mix too much today, but do one thing
at the time. Do as I do, one thing at the time.
I have a side that I am not proud over, I am very difficult.. when it
comes to remember birthdays.
Yes, it is really difficult, since I know how fun it is to have birthday
yourself. Ehhm, And it is so painful to feel that you somewhere actually
have lost those poor dearly friends between the chink of time, and it is..
horrible! And furthermore it leads to catastrophic birthday greetings, one
month to ealry, one month to late, one week to early, two days too early
or in the worst case too late and besides that I send a bouquet that say "Gongratualtions
on same year that you already are and that you cannot have turned more".
It is a strange little...little.. ehhm... I am dumb that way. I don't mean
it, I wanna say that to you all that I have missed. I don't mean it, it's
just that I do not remember! Always, a lot... But I can can balance it up
with when I come to your party. I have a party trick. A party trick is
sometheing you must have, it's a must!
If you have for example, eehhm, if you, if you.. eh I can cross my fingers,
I can make 8 cross woth my fingers and I can also do it inversely. I wont
try to explain how it work on radio. You have to come and watch me and ask
me sometime to do it. I don't know right and left, eeh, so it will be
impossible to explain it.
And beside that, I have naother party trick, ehm, that I have practise a
lot on. I can talk with a whistle sound. This come frmo when I had stomach,
when I was really food and stomach ill (=suffering from a stomach disorder)
in England. It is hard to be sick-listed at my job. I laid there in a "heaven-bed"
and 39C fever and I could not get up from bed. Ehm, they sent a strange
doctor and I got totally wrong prescribtion and I got even worse.
//and here it is hard to translate// -She says she laid there in her bed
watching english commercials. It was "Nanion" on the tv and the charaters
on that thing she saw talked with a cute whistle sound.
(back to Jenny)
They whistle so nice when they talked, so that you can practise on. It is
good to to whistle talk like this (she is talking with a whistle sound
here) This you can have as party trick, you get this at suggestion from me.
Learn a party trick, if you don't have one, take mine, learn how to
There are both positive and negative side with being durable against pain.
Positive is that you don't feel much pain and sometime I say some things
that is rather obvious (what on earth is she talking about there?) but
to be durable against pain is rather smart. There are things though that
is not so good about it. For exampe, I was at a eehh mm, yes a ganster
party, it is true! It was poolbathing after some dinner and other stuff,
and of course the fuse went off! Imagine being squeezed in a sauna with
400 people were we not, but we were very many and then the light goes off
and you stand there and take a step back and right at the sauna-aggregate.
A loud scream came from my throat and I bound right into the 3 C pool and
sat there with my bottom in the water and tried to somehow chill my body.
That was a part of the story, the other side of the pain threshold that is
not so good is that I walk.. travel around with these 2 huge (blämmor)
wounds back on my thighs. Eeh, and when I drive around in my car, which is
rather sporty, I sit and rub on exactly those points. I drive around in
Majorna (a part of Gbg) and start to feel that I am ready to drop and
then I understand that my pain thresold is when I am on my way to faint.
I have seen on my hair that it is not too smart to have a very high pain
thresold. They have asked my on everysingle language "Are you håröm (when
you brush your hair you can be sensetive to pain)" I actually don't know
what it is in english but of you do, feel free to write or tell me what it
is. Håröm in english, we need that word, we artist that travel around the
world around. Eeh, Every monring you go to the person and say "I am hair
öm, take it easy with my hair" Eehm, otherwise they will tear your hair
apart. The first years I traveld around I never metnioned it since I have
a very high pain threshold. So I said "Go a head, this is great, you can
pull and tear as much as you want" and I looked like a cactus after about
a year, and that was not good.
So say that you are hair ömma (have sensetive hair) if you are going to
Yes, I am a singer, I have artistry as proffesion and we artist rarely
gather and have conference in that way but it is our companies that gather
us. Ourself usually find eehh our exchange of how it work at the job
either in media or in our private friends.
I am a rather ordinary girl with rather ordinary friends and they are from
everywhere and all over the place and sometimes they have to stand it that
I am, get, how am I gonna say it? Well, I use the word, I will do it "blunt
the intellect/make stupid". Eeh, you can think that it is not easy to not
be any other way. The first year I traveled around I had to write my name
on a piece of paper, that was something I learnt when I was around 4 years
old but then I had 4 flags on the e in Jenny and the e in Jenny went the
Eehm, with this as a 20-21 years old being forced to leave out that you
think it is pretty fun to write things and do things and all in sudden the
only thing you do is to write you name on a piece of paper. Eeh, that is
hard. You get, you get, you land a bit backwards, you don't end up in
the front of the line. You don't feel very proud when You write an A4 page
full with text and you get cramp in your hand.
Eehh, a horrible discover which I set right to when I started to write
diary, but that year if any of my friends got a letter it would say
"Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, Jenny, Jenny in different ways, probably.
Ehm, another thing that is a bit stupid is I hear, is that when you have a
success which we had with our first album, then you hear in America, when
you are there at work you hear the word "fantastic", perhaps 600 times a
day, "great" 400 times etc.
And then you have to express yourself at a native tounge, or that is to
say the native tounge that everybody else around you has grown up with and
know all the jokes in. And myself sit there and is really funny in swedish
but cannot do a word in english. On the other hand I say the wrong words
and it get totally wrong instead.
Moreover on a accent, presumably in english or in american which you have
picked up because you were there the week before, and it always wrong to
speak english (the accent) if you are in U.S.A and american (the accent)
when you are in England. I have a irish bodyguard so everything with irish
accent and since I gladly have my vacation in Australia which give me a
g'day feeling on everything, so it is not easy.
So if an artist would sit in the media and sound strange so is it actually
our coffee breaks and we say things that we wanna share, just as you sit
somewhere else and have coffee with your own colleagues. There is an
variant on it of course, and it is to call them.
We were in Mariestad (a city in swe) and we were all about 20 years old
and we were there with a coupke of boys where everyone called eachother by
their lastname, lastname and lastname and it was all Andersson and Ander..
ehm they had different lastnames and then there was the girls (listen to
her voice here 11:51), there was Linda, Frida and Annika and Louis and
then it was Berggren. For some reason I riddle (don't know if u can use
this word) over to the men real quick and got the name Berggren, all the
ladies had their first name, excpet for poor Jenny BERGGREN. She had to
have the lastname as name, just like a man. And I have thought about this
and, Am I a man?? Because sometime I almost think so when I travel around
among all these old men, men, guys and and boys and eehh another gender
that I am, another kind.
Eehm, I listen on a conversation about the new car that has come out...
And the worst thing of all when they start..., and I have actually made
it clear in my group and to my managment "don't talk to me in mobilephones
anymore" . I travelled arond on a tour and I was not with my sister then
so I was the only girl and I listened to mobilephones for 5 weeks, that is
more than my ears can handle. What has become a problem is that when I get
home, and sit with my friends it get a bit strange. And with this I know
everything about cars and mobilephones and they talk about curtains, they
talk about curtains and this is dangerous cause I don't know anything
about curtains. They talk about flowers and how you make things, and I
can't flowers but I can mobilephones so I go and sit with the lad's and
become BERGGREN and talk about cars and the mobilephones and other small
I want to be seen as a flexible person, don't we all want that? If you
think about it, are we not all that?
I think I am rather flexible, and beside that I make a catastrophic first
intelligent impression on people, which is not always very successful. Eeh,
I mess things up for myself and for others of course aswell since "we
trust her, we lay it in her hands cause she seem to have control of
everyhting" and then it get to a big heaps of..eeh mistakes, so to speak.
Eehm, What I think, I think it is funny to do things, and I make things
I will never forget that day when I got a telephone call from Christina,
my managment and she called me and said “Listen, we don’t have
a video and we have 3 days to make one, I have booked a studio in
Göteborg. Shall we write some stuff and see what we can gather together?
So we sat at Sheraton (exlusive hotel). From an idea to finishing the
recording took 72 hours of which I slept 4, your feet hurt much then.
Eehm, at that time it was a lot of “papphammar (don’t have
transl. for this) around me. You know papphammar, the guy who tumble, drop
and get stuck, and somehow he become very funny when he do these things.
And since I mess things up for myself, since I am quite/rather lazy. I don’t
want to go twice so I take everything with me at once if I am going from
one place to another. I.e, if I am going from my car to the office I have
keys on my finger, I have my car keys and I have my handbag, I have my
computer bag- my laptop, and I have my exercise clothes, I have the papers
which is topical for the currect meeting and I have always different bags
with me and I look like a christmas tree. And it tinkle from all the keys,
and I drop and I drop. And I have to park with a little card, and you have
that in your mouth. And you look like a crooked, puffing, christmas tree,
stressed little woman that bounds out from the car, and then you have to
find the keys to the car, and they hang somewhere on my fingers behind all
the.. well you know how it can look like. In any case, this person that I
am, that is flexible and have a first intelligent impression become a
disaster. Eehm, it become a disaster more for myself maybe than the
project that it has to do with.
Eehm I have a memeory from this video recording when we were, not only me
but Christina was this puffing, stressed christmas tree and things, when
we ran around and did lots of things. Ehm I have a little memory from this
time and that is that I make a call and in somewhat businessman-like,
pondus-like way trying to presuade a farmer to Hiya there kiddo, this is
Jenny Berggren from Ace of base calling and I would like to borrow your
malasian hog?(Hängbuks svin) Can we that?
to be continued ...