Peak UK Chart Position: #31 in February 1992.

Typically, the kind of thing that the British market has never quite ‘got’ – which generally explains why there is a certain amount ridicule aimed at Eurovision year after year. Army Of Lovers were founded in 1987 by Alexander Bard, Jean-Pierre Barda, and Camilla Henemark (aka La Camilla), all hailing from Sweden. Poland-born Dominika Peczynski, joined in 1992, and has been virtually ever-present since (with Henemark most recently leaving the group in 2013). “Crucified” was their first success across Europe, topping the charts in Belgium in 1991, and making the top ten in many countries – with follow-up “Obsession” faring equally well, but missing the top forty altogether in the UK. The group had a three-year hiatus from 2009, but reformed to enter Melodifestivalen 2013 (the Swedish variation of ‘A Song For Europe’). “Crucified” was also remixed with a brand new video that year.

Quick facts:

  • “Crucified” debuted on the UK charts at number 40 on this day in 1992, climbing to and peaking at number 31 seven days later.
  • The group has had one other member in its time – Michaela Dornonville de la Cour – between 1991 and 1995.
  • Kurt Cobain of the hugely successful alternative rock group Nirvana praised the band in his posthumously published journals, but specifically the song “Crucified”.
  • As well as being a philosopher, songwriter, record producer, TV personality (hailed as the Scandinavian Simon Cowell on Sweden’s  version of ‘Pop Idol’) and religious and political activist, Bard has also seen success with the group BWO (Bodies Without Organs) across Europe between 2003 and 2010.
  • “Crucified 2013” was chosen as the official anthem for Copenhagen Pride 2013.

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