Over the past year, numerous bands from Sweden — including the Hives, Division of Laura Lee, Soundtrack of Our Lives and Sahara Hotnights — have been creating a roar on these shores. Some have even toured together, solidifying the idea of a Swedish invasion.
As fond as they are of their compatriots, Sahara Hotnights don't want to be lumped into a regional scene. That may explain why they tapped into the crass, distinctly American world of "Jackass" for their first U.S. video, "Alright, Alright (Here's My Fist, Where's the Fight)," and why they recently recorded a song with English dance remixer William Orbit.
The video, shot in a Los Angeles club on November 7, was directed by Jackass auteur Jeff Tremaine, and co-stars the misfits' biggest ass, Steve-O. It will include scenes from "Jackass: The Movie," but also features an original storyline about a guy plagued by bad luck who desperately tries to make it to a Sahara Hotnights show.
"He gets beaten up and messed up [in the process], said singer Maria Andersson. "[At one point,] he tries to steal a balloon from a little girl and she kicks him."
Sahara Hotnights, who appear on the "Jackass" soundtrack, weren't present for the scenes shot outside the club, so they missed out on any staple gun interaction or shopping cart collisions (see "Steve-O Suffers For His Art, And It May Land Him In Jail"
"), but they're looking forward to seeing the entire clip. And they're big "Jackass" fans.
"I actually think it's hilarious," Andersson said. "It's fun to watch and it's just stupid. I'm never going to understand it. I'm just amazed people actually do such things."
In addition to involving themselves with "Jackass," Sahara Hotnights recently recorded with William Orbit. The resulting electro-tinged rock song, "Run," will appear on Orbit's latest album, scheduled for release next year.
"It's good to do some things that are not just Sweden, Sweden, Sweden," Andersson said. "There are lots of good bands from there, but there's so much hype. I just hope it's not going to ruin anything for these bands after the hype dies."
For more on the Swedish rock revolution, check out the feature "Swede Devotion: Life After The Hives."