I was rejected by Polar...

Published March 27, 2018

Music has been a lifelong passion of mine, and in the early 1980s I played the synthesizer in a band with some high school friends. In 1982, when I was 17, we recorded a decent-sounding demo tape featuring a few of our songs and sent it to a number of record companies.

That much I remember, and I remember one of the rejection letters we got, but the other day one of my pals in the band produced the attached letter. I burst out laughing. Yes folks, it turns out we were rejected by ABBA's record company, Polar Music International (for those of you who don't read Swedish, it was pretty much a standard "not what we're looking for at the moment but good luck in the future" type letter). I have a pretty good memory of events from my youth, sometimes remembering details from my friends' lives better than they do, but I have absolutely no memory of sending our tape to Polar, much less getting this rejection letter.

Considering how many ABBA projects I've been involved in over the past 25 years, I thought this was pretty funny. I scanned the letter and sent it to the man who'd signed it, Polar Music label manager Hans "Berka" Bergkvist, whom I know a bit. He replied that he hoped we could be still friends. But of course, Berka.