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Date Formed Nov/1986

Categories: AOR, Melodic Rock


Certainly placed within the upper echelons of Scandinavian melodic Rock, ALIEN left an enviable legacy but failed to maintain a stable career, despite chart success. However, the band's impact on the international AOR scene has been so great that the group often indulges in reformations, despite a revolving cast of players. ALIEN was formed in Gothenburg during fall 1986 by guitarist Tony Borg and with original vocalist Hans Gislasson and seem to have undertaken a revolving door policy when it comes to the subject of band membership. ALIEN's line-up for the debut album, self-titled and issued through Virgin in 1988, comprised Jim Jidhed, who replaced Gislasson, ex-DOLCE VITA, E.F. BAND and VIKI VAKI guitarist Tony Borg, bassist Ken Sandin, keyboard player Jimmy Wandroph and drummer Toby Tarrach.

The ALIEN single 'Only One Woman', a cover of a GRAHAM BONNET penned tune, spent six weeks as the Swedish number 1 in 1988. Jidhed departed for a solo career to be replaced by ex-MADISON and VON ROSEN frontman Peter Sandberg.

The band's line-up for 1990's 'Shiftin' Gear' was Borg, Sandberg, keyboard player Bert Andersson and ex-DON PATROL and SNOWSTORM drummer Imre Duan. However, following the album release Richard André was re-recruited on keyboards alongside new members drummer Stefan Ridderstrale and former MADISON, RIFF RAFF and BIG EASY bassist Conny Payne (a.k.a. Conny Sundqvist). Sandberg departed and in his stead came a temporary replacement in Tommy Persson, subsequently of RED FUN.

During 1991 the band was put on ice as Borg concentrated on a solo album, but re-emerged with the eponymous 1993 release. Sandberg became frontman for SNAKECHARMER and subsequently joined BEWARP in addition to pursuing a solo career that has given the man something of a cult following in AOR circles. ALIEN added ex-SHERE KAHN vocalist Daniel Zangger Borch in 1993. The resulting album, strangely another self-titled effort, lost the band some ground due to weak production. Zangger Borch also featured on 1995's heavier 'Crash' album (issued through Megarock Records) and this release saw former TALK OF THE TOWN man Staffan Scharrin playing drums. The band played a select number of shows in support of the record.

Jim Jidhead would later appear in a guest capacity on guitarist TOMMY DENANDER's mammoth RADIOACTIVE 2001 project album 'Ceremony Of Innocence'. 2001 would also witness the emergance of vintage live recordings dating from 1990 featuring Sandberg on the Japanese release 'Live In Stockholm 1990'. Former ALIEN frontman JIM JEDHED issued a 2002 solo album to be produced by TOMMY DENANDER.

ALIEN's fans received a welcome surprise in early 2004 when it was revealed that Tony Borg and JIM JIDHED had agreed on a full blown reunion. Joining the duo would be bass player Bernt Ek and drummer Jan Lundberg for a set of new tracks completed in June. Lyrical contributions came from such diverse sources as Tatiana Oscarsson, daughter of noted Swedish actor Per Oscarsson, and 'Canadian Idol' competitor Scotty Newlands. Jidhed also subsequently put in studio work with AOR project HEARTBREAK RADIO.

Early 2005 saw the unveiling of MINDSPLIT, a Progressive Metal alliance between Conny Payne, SCUDERIO frontman H.B. Anderson and guitarist Mathias Holm. The trio announced plans for an album billed 'Civil Art Of Time', wrapping up recording in late May.

June of 2005 saw ALIEN announcing an album title of 'Dark Eyes' and a signing to Italian label Frontiers Records.

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