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First Band on the Moon


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First Band on the Moon is the third studio album by the Cardigans. It features the international single “Lovefool“. It was first released on 12 August 1996 and internationally on 9 September 1996.

1996 studio album by the Cardigans
First Band on the Moon
Studio album by

Released 17 September 1996 (1996-09-17)
Recorded September 1995 – June 1996
Length 39:01
Label Stockholm·Mercury
Producer Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
First Band on the Moon
The Other Side of the Moon
Singles from First Band on the Moon
  1. Lovefool
    Released: 14 September 1996
  2. Been It
    Released: November 1996
  3. Your New Cuckoo
    Released: August 1997

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
The Guardian [3]
Los Angeles Times [4]
Music Week [5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[7]
Q [8]
Rolling Stone [9]
Spin 7/10[10]
The Village Voice B+[11]

The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both in their native Sweden and internationally. It is their best-selling album in the United States, having sold around 664,000 copies there as of September 2010.[12]

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No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Your New Cuckoo Nina Persson, Peter Svensson 3:57
2. Been It Persson, Svensson 4:06
3. “Heartbreaker” Persson, Svensson 3:42
4. “Happy Meal II” Lynette Koyana, Persson, Magnus Sveningsson, Svensson 2:37
5. “Never Recover” Sveningsson, Svensson 3:21
6. “Step on Me” Sveningsson, Svensson 3:48
7. Lovefool Persson, Svensson 3:21
8. “Losers” Persson, Svensson 3:06
9. Iron Man(Black Sabbath cover from Paranoid) Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward 4:20
10. “Great Divide” Sveningsson, Svensson 3:17
11. “Choke” Sveningsson, Svensson 3:26
Total length: 39:01

“Happy Meal II” is a re-recording of “Happy Meal”, a song that was originally a bonus track on the US edition of Life, with some minor lyric changes.

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