Crash! Boom! Bang!

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Crash! Boom! Bang!
Studio album by Roxette
Released 9 April 1994
Recorded February 1993 – January 1994
Genre Pop rock, rock
Length 62:06
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette chronology
Crash! Boom! Bang!
Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang!
Artwork for the US edition
Artwork for the US edition
Singles from Crash! Boom! Bang!
  1. "Sleeping in My Car"
    Released: 7 March 1994
  2. "Crash! Boom! Bang!"
    Released: 9 May 1994
  3. "Fireworks"
    Released: 9 September 1994
  4. "Run to You"
    Released: 14 November 1994
  5. "Vulnerable"
    Released: 17 March 1995

Crash! Boom! Bang! is the fifth studio album by Swedish pop duo Roxette, released on 9 April 1994 by EMI. The album was an immediate commercial success, peaking within the top 10 in over 20 national charts throughout Europe, Australasia and South America, despite this, the full-length album was never released in the United States, where a shortened version of the record titled Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang! was sold for a limited time through outlets of the McDonald's restaurant chain. This edition sold over a million copies there. Japanese editions included "Almost Unreal" as a bonus track.

Five singles were released from the album: lead single "Sleeping in My Car" became the duo's second number one in their home country, and peaked at number seven on Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles. It would become the duo's final track to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 50. This was followed by the release of "Crash! Boom! Bang!", "Fireworks", "Run to You" and "Vulnerable". As of 2001, Crash! Boom! Bang! has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide.

Release and promotion[edit]

Prior to Crash! Boom! Bang!'s international release, a shorter version of the album was released by CEMA for a limited time exclusively through outlets of the McDonald's restaurant chain in the US. Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang! sold over a million copies,[1] the proceeds of which were used to fund Ronald McDonald House Charities programs for the health and well-being of children.[2][3] This CD was sold at below normal wholesale cost, and the promotion angered traditional music retailers, who claimed that it devalued music,[4] this edition of the record was the subject of a 1998 lawsuit filed against an Uppsala-based music production company by Roxette and their Swedish record label. The duo and their label alleged that J.G.S. Skivproduktion illegally imported 40,000 copies of Favorites from Crash! Boom! Bang! into the EU. Rather than seek monetary damages, the duo requested the destruction of all remaining copies.[5]

The record was released globally from 9 April 1994 on CD, cassette and vinyl formats. Japanese editions included "Almost Unreal" as a bonus track—the song had previously been released as a non-album single on the soundtrack of the Super Mario Bros. (1993) motion picture.[6] Despite a tentative "early summer" release date being set for the US,[7] the full-length album was never released there until it was reissued globally with bonus tracks in 2009. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the full-length album sold 46,000 copies in the US as of 2005, as an import-release,[8] the band toured extensively to promote the record, the "Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour" saw them perform to over a million people. Roxette became the first western act since Wham! in 1985 to stage a concert in communist China, performing to over 15,000 people at the Workers Indoor Arena. The tour concluded on 1 May 1995 in Moscow, with Roxette becoming the first act since 1917 to hold a concert on that date—a public holiday in Russia,[9] as of 2001, the album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.[1]

Five singles were released from the album. "Sleeping in My Car" served as its lead single, and was an immediate commercial success throughout Europe. The song debuted at number one in Sweden, and peaked within the top 20 of national charts in numerous territories: namely Austria, Benelux, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, Spain and the UK.[7] It went on to peak at number seven on European Hot 100 Singles,[10] the song was serviced to US radio stations from 2 June,[7] and would be the duo's final track to appear on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 50.[11] "Crash! Boom! Bang!", "Fireworks" and "Run to You" were released as subsequent singles, each with varying degrees of success. "Vulnerable" concomitantly served as both Crash! Boom! Bang!'s fifth and final single and lead single from the band's 1995 compilation Rarities. The album was released exclusively in South America and Asia, and compiled previously unreleased demos and remixes, as well as songs from the band's 1993 MTV Unplugged set.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[13]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[14]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[15]

The album received mixed reviews from the American music press. A writer for Entertainment Weekly was critical of the album's ballads and mid-tempo songs, and complained that "If only Per Gissle (sic) had let the charged-up Marie Fredriksson sing lead vocals on all 15 songs, Crash! might've qualified as an unqualified guilty pleasure."[14] People expressed a similar sentiment: complimenting the scope and diversity of material found on the record, but said that "As with the duo's previous work, Crash! Boom! Bang! hits its best notes when Fredriksson is at the mike", and said that her vocals were "more subtle and graceful than [ever]".[16] Although a review for AllMusic complimented the duo's vocals and songwriting, they lamented the album as being "too pop for rock listeners and too rock for mid-'90s pop fans."[13] Conversely, Jean Rosenbluth of the Los Angeles Times praised the album's inclusion of harder rock influences, complimenting the "deliciously overwrought ballads, bubblegum and great almost-grunge."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Per Gessle; all music composed by Gessle, except "Lies" by Gessle and Mats MP Persson and "Go to Sleep" and "See Me" by Marie Fredriksson.

Crash! Boom! Bang! – Original release
1."Harleys & Indians (Riders in the Sky)"3:45
2."Crash! Boom! Bang!"5:02
4."Run to You"3:39
5."Sleeping in My Car"3:47
7."The First Girl on the Moon"3:11
8."Place Your Love"3:09
9."I Love the Sound of Crashing Guitars"4:49
10."What's She Like?"4:16
11."Do You Wanna Go the Whole Way?"4:11
13."I'm Sorry"3:10
14."Love Is All (Shine Your Light on Me)"6:41
15."Go to Sleep"3:58
Total length:62:06


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Crash! Boom! Bang!.[17]





Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[42] Platinum 50,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[43] Platinum 40,406[43]
Germany (BVMI)[44] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[45] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[46] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[47] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[32] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[48] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[49] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Gold 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[51] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide 5,000,000[1]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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