Boring Sweden nostalgia

British punk rock/new wave music group The Stranglers with the song Sweden (all quiet on the Eastern Front), 1978:

”Let me tell you about Sweden
Only country where the clouds are interesting
Big brother says it’s the place to go
Too much time to think, too little to do
Too much time to think, too little to do
Too much time, too little to do
‘Cause it’s all quiet on the Eastern front
Fluctuations at a minimum
Hypochondriac tombstone
Sense of humour’s gone astray somewhere
Too much time to think, too little to do
Too much time to think, too little to do
Too much time, too little to do
‘Cause it’s all quiet on the Eastern front
Cumulus nimbus floats by
Fluctuations at a minimum
Hypochondriac tombstone
Big brother says it’s the place to go
It’s all quiet on the Eastern front
(All quiet on the Eastern front)
It’s all quiet on the Eastern front
(All quiet on the Eastern front)
It’s all quiet on the Eastern front
It’s all
Quiet”
IN PRISON
The lyrics were created when band member Hugh Alan Cornwell did his PhD 1975 in biochemistry at Lund university in southern Sweden, before he was charged with possession of illegal drugs and did time at Pentonville prison.
MORE ON BORING SWEDEN

See also  the American literary theorist Stanley Fish  who wrote a brilliant essay on ”The unbearable ugliness of Volvo”, my overview  of literature on Sweden 1969-2014  and the review “Bleakness is all” by  Christopher Hitchens  of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime fiction Millennium trilogy:

“If a Larsson character wants to show assent, he or she will ‘nod’; if he or she wants to manifest distress, then it will usually be by biting the lower lip. The passionate world of the sagas and the myths is a very long way away”.

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