Livegne Tures Orkester (1981 - 1982): The Story
If I remember it correctly Livegne Tures Orkester (LTO) — in English this would roughly be something like “Ture the Serf’s Orchestra” — was a rather odd phenomenon in the musical youth culture of Umeå, a city located in northern Sweden whose claim to world fame is firmly connected to modern hard core punk bands such as Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy.
Today, more than thirty years have come and gone since we were active and recorded our music. We came into being right bang in the middle of the city’s thriving early 80s punk rock scen, the esthetics of which was angry and rebellious in a great number of different ways.
Among the multitude of very good punk bands in Umeå at that time, were bands like Anders Ångest, The Sämst/Dagen-D and Caligulas Barn, bands whose lyrical expression contantly took a stand against what was bad and crap, hopeless and belittling, against the adult world’s dissing of the young of the early 80s. Basically against!
Against everything which quite justly was seen as petrified and narrow-minded, old fashioned and admonitory, these punk bands wrote and performed angry songs, songs about young people’s real reality. Just listen to Anders Ångest’s EP, to “Beyazsommar” (probably the best song written by any band from Umeå to date) by The Sämst/Dagen-D’s and last but not least the inexplicably forgotted gem “Bröderna Ond” by Caligulas Barn.
In this culture climate of taking socio-political stands, LTO emerged with a genuinely out-dated romantic attitude to life, writing short pop, ska and reggae songs whose recurring themes were love, broken hearts, unattainable love and the feeling of being predestinate losers in precisly this respect, love and the matters of the heart. A quick glance at the titles of our songs is all it takes to make the middle-aged face, marked from 30+ years of life, take on a slightly redder colour than normal. And it gets even redder if one actually reads the lyrics. We were never angry, rebellious or in opposition. At our best we were just romatically sad or perhaps despairing seekers of happiness. We only wrote and sang songs about ourselves and our own concerns and affairs. No wonder then that we never managed — as far as I know, anyway — to gather any substantial crowds of loyal and devoted followers.
We had, however, a good time, a really good time!
Johan Nordlander, vocals and rythm guitar; Kim Munter, vocals and organ; Mikael (Lug) Lundgren, bass and backing vocals; Patrik (Putte) Berglund, lead and rythm guitar; Hasse Sundberg, alto saxophone; Hasse Lidgren, lead and rythm guitar.