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Encyclopedia > The Look
"The Look"
"The Look" cover
Single by Roxette
from the album Look Sharp!
Released January 12, 1989
Format 7", 12" Maxi, CD
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 03:56
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Peak chart positions
Roxette singles chronology
"Chances"
(1988)
"The Look"
(1988)
"Dressed for Success"
(1989)

"The Look", written by Per Gessle and released as a single in early 1989 from the album Look Sharp!, is considered to be Roxette's international breakthrough, finally exposing the duo to music consumers outside of its native Sweden and Europe after more than one attempt. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989 and reached #7 on the UK singles chart. Image File history File links cover of the 1988 single release of Roxettes The Look This image is of a music album or single cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the music... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that Childrens gramophone records be merged into this article or section. ... 12 single for U2s Beautiful Day The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record came into existence with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Per HÃ¥kan Gessle [IPA: pæːr gÉ›slÉ›] (born January 12, 1959, in Halmstad, Sweden) is the songwriter and male lead singer of the Swedish bands Gyllene Tider and Roxette. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Clarence Öfwerman is best known as the longtime producer of Roxette, having been with the band from Look Sharp! in 1988 through 2001s Room Service, Roxettes most recent full-length album release. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Eurochart Hot 100 is the main European singles popularity chart compiled by Music & Media magazine from March 1984. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ... Chances is a single from the Roxette album Look Sharp!. The video alters between what appears to be concert footage in color, and black and white footage from a casino with Marie Fredriksson as a Black Jack dealer and croupier at a Roulette-table and Per Gessle as a gambler. ... Dressed for Success was the second single from Roxettes 1988 album Look Sharp!. Category: ... Per HÃ¥kan Gessle [IPA: pæːr gÉ›slÉ›] (born January 12, 1959, in Halmstad, Sweden) is the songwriter and male lead singer of the Swedish bands Gyllene Tider and Roxette. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Look Sharp! is Roxettes second album, released on October 19, 1988. ... Roxette is a Swedish pop-music double act, sometimes rock-influenced, whose members are Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. ... The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...


History

Roxette released their second album, "Look Sharp!" and toured Sweden again. The album was a triumph in Sweden, but a flop everywhere else. An American exchange student returned from Sweden and urged radio station KDWB in Minneapolis to play "The Look". From there, "The Look" spread on cassette copies to other radio stations. Suddenly, Roxette had a hit single in the United States, and the record wasn't even released.


The song bears some noticeable resemblance to Prince's U Got The Look, with "You got the look" acting as a lyrical hook in both. However, the Roxette song is considerably more rock oriented and anthemic. Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an iconic American musician. ... U Got The Look is a 1987 song by Prince from his double album Sign O The Times. ... A hook is a musical idea, a passage or phrase, that is believed to be appealing and make the song stand out; it is meant to catch the ear of the listener (Covach 2005, p. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ...


Music video

The Look - 7" Single

Released: January 12, 1989 (by EMI/Parlophone; 1363337) is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ...

  • Side A: The Look (She's Got The Look)
  • Side B: Silver Blue (Demo Version)

More info: Also released on many formats, including 3" CDS, 5" CDS and 12" vinyl. Included on most of those was The Look (Head-Drum Mix). The first edition of the vinyls was in red vinyl. A precious few exist in clear vinyl.

Preceded by
"Eternal Flame" by The Bangles
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
April 8, 1989
Succeeded by
"She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals

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