The Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files: Division Of Laura Lee

Jun 27th, 2007 // 7 Comments

divll.jpgTime for another installment of the Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda Files, where we raid our archives in search of a lost gem.

Artist: Division Of Laura Lee
Album: Black City, 2002
What happened: In 2001, U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans signed a trade pact with Sweden, promising a six-month working visa for any musicians that wanted to travel into the country, so long as they sounded somewhat like the Hives (in exchange, we sent them the dog from the Air Bud movies). Division Of Laura Lee was one such band, and yes, they did sound a bit like the Hives, but somewhat darker.
Why it should have been a hit: While DOLL could knock out raging numbers such as “We’ve Been Planning This For Years,” Black City also got slow and spooky at times, which helped the group stand out a bit among the Swedish garage-rockers of the time; plus, they always looked kinda frowny-faced, which made their live shows all the more enjoyable.

Division of Laura Lee – Need To Get Some [MP3, link expired]
Division of Laura Lee – We’ve Been Planning This For Years [MP3, link expired]
Division of Laura Lee – Trapped In [MP3, link expired]
Division Of Laura Lee [MySpace]

  1. The Riffage

    I remember enjoying this when it came out a few years back. Their Swedish accents turned “The Truth is Fucked” to “The Twoo is Fuh”. Good times.

  2. Bazooka Tooth

    Great call. “Need to get some” is one of those random MP3s i somehow downloaded, but don’t remember doing so, but listen to all the time.

  3. rinjonjori

    When this came out It reminded me of the Hives meets Jesus and Mary Chain. Nothing has really changed my mind. Still I wonder if they would put on a better show then the one JAMC are currently trotting aroudn th country

  4. R. Morast

    Loved this band’s first two releases. Great live act. But the group’s curse was that its frontman looked like a really pale version of Frankenstein’s younger brother.

  5. Deadly Tango

    This band’s name always confused me — I was hoping for reissues of Laura Lee, a fantastic 70s soul singer who provided her take on the same stories the guys were telling. Unfortunately, I don’t think these Swedes ever got around to covering “Wedlock Is A Padlock” or “Women’s Love Rights.”

  6. MC

    I dug this record for a while, and “The Truth is Fucked” became my personal soundtrack to the build-up (ie lies) to the Iraq war. Still love that track.

  7. BagDad

    Sigh, what an underrated band. One of a handful of bands (along with Euroboys, Flaming Sideburns, etc.) that are responsible for the current level of excitement that comes over me when I come across unfamiliar Scandinavian rock bands. It’s like a good friend of mine says: life is so dull there that they have nothing better to do than rock.

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