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Sahara Hotnights is a rock band from Robertsfors, Sweden. Their style incorporates elements of garage rock, power pop and punk. While in Australia, Josephine Forsman bet on a horse named Sahara Hotnights and brought the name back to the band.


The band formed sometime around 1991/1992, due to "boredom". Around 1995, they had a won a "battle of the bands" contest and were awarded with a chance to record their songs in studio. Their debut EP, Suits Anyone Fine, was released in 1997 to immediate success and critical acclaim in Europe. Soon afterwards, the band signed with the Swedish label Speech Records, and over the next two years released three further singles, Face Wet, Oh Darling, and Nothing Yet. In 1999 Sahara Hotnights released their debut full-length studio album C'mon Let's Pretend, which earned two Grammis nominations.

The Drive Dead Slow EP appeared in April 2000, released on the BMG label, before the band's second album Jennie Bomb (named for Jennie Asplund) was released in 2001 (2002 in America). The timing of its release coincided with a surge in interest in Swedish rock'n'roll bands, such as The Hives, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Mando Diao and Hellacopters. The songs "On Top Of Your World" and "With Or Without Control" were released as singles. "Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's The Fight?)" is featured in Cheaper by the Dozen, Stormbreaker, New York Minute and on the Jackass: The Movie soundtrack.

Sahara Hotnights opened for The Hives before releasing Kiss & Tell in 2004 on the RCA label. The tour sprouted from a relationship with Maria Andersson and Hives' frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist. "Hot Night Crash" and "Who Do You Dance For?" have been released as singles from that album. The single "Hot Night Crash" appears on the soundtrack of Burnout 3 and of Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. The song "No Big Deal" is played in CKY4.

A new single entitled "Cheek to Cheek" from their fourth studio album What If Leaving Is a Loving Thing on Stand By Your Band Records was released via the bands MySpace site. The album was released on , 2007. When interviewed by the press about the meaning behind lyrics on the album, song-writer Maria Andersson commented that "if you read them you'll understand. The good thing with being able to write lyrics is that you can sit here and shut up about it."

Sahara Hotnights' sound has been claimed to be a mix between Blondie, The Ramones, and Nirvana. Although their latest work has a more pop sound to it, Sahara Hotnights have always been influenced by classic rock and punk bands. When the Kiss & Tell album was released, many accustomed to the unforgiving stance that Jennie Bomb had balked at their attempt to make an album that was dance crafty. However, in an interview with Maria Andersson, Andersson claimed that the Jennie Bomb album had a "slick sound to the rock songs, and on Kiss and Tell it has a more raw sound to the pop songs."

On , 2009, the band officially announced that their fifth full length album, Sparks, will be released on , 2009. The first single, In Private, has already been released.


Maria Andersson (born , 1981, Ume?, Sweden) ? Lead vocals, guitar
Jennie Asplund (born , 1979, Robertsfors, Sweden) ? Backing vocals, guitar
Johanna Asplund (born , 1981, Ume?, Sweden) ? Backing vocals, bass
Josephine Forsman (born , 1981, Ume?, Sweden) ? Drums


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