Magnus Uggla

Per Allan Magnus Claesson Uggla (born , 1954 in Stockholm) is a Swedish noble, artist and composer known for his satirical lyrics. He is a member of the Swedish nobility and a descendant of several European rulers, among which John III of Sweden and Gustav Vasa. Through his mother, he also has Jewish ancestors. Povel Ramel awarded him the Karamelodiktstipendiet in 1991. In 1979, he was one of the members in Magnus Uggla Band. In the 1970s, several music magazines gave Magnus the name "The Swedish Ian Hunter".


Uggla's first two glam- and art rock-inspired albums Om Bobbo Viking and Livets teater didn't sell well, the first only about 500 copies in Sweden and Livets teater even less. But his departure from glam rock with the punk and hard rock inspired Va ska man ta livet av sig f?śr n?¤r man ?¤nd?? inte f??r h?śra snacket efter??t gained him much popularity and the album sold about 150 000 copies.


Magnus Uggla participated to the fourth semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2007 with the song "F?śr kung och fosterland", competing for the opportunity to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. On , 2007 Magnus Uggla performed his song, and received enough votes to get a chance to compete again in the Second Chance round the following Saturday, where he lost to Sonja Alden in the last voting. Earlier that same week, he had received complaints about the lyrics of the song, which contains a line that could be interpreted as degrading to Polish people, but the Swedish Chancellor of Justice decided not to try this as a violation of the hate speech act.


Uggla was also the lead singer of the hard rock band JUSO (later renamed Alexander Lucas) before going solo in the early 70's. Their influences were Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs and Alice Cooper among others.


Uggla's solo influences includes David Bowie, The Clash, Marc Bolan, Wendy Carlos and Mott the Hoople.


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