Guitar - Norbert
Vocals - Dobba
Scandinavian Homesick Blues was inspired by the Fingolstones tour of Torquay in 1988. Towards the end of the week they discovered a quaint little boozer called The Rainbow. Well actually it wasn't quaint at all but it was full of Scandinavian totty. Swedes, Norwegians and Danes. All very friendly and all into English lads in a big way. They were all from the local English Language School studying over here for the summer and had brought with them their liberated Scandinavian ways.
One particularly memorable Norwegian sat on Dobbas lap and said "do you want to sleep with me, I don't have AIDS you know". Dobba bottled it big time though.
Dobbas moment was to come with a young Danish girl called Pernila Roddemier (or similar). In their few short hours together a love blossomed between them that finally culminated in an act of filth in the ladies public toilet.
Dobba returned to the hotel at nearly 5am dewy eyed and quoting Shakespeare’s love sonnets. Alas it was not to be as she returned home the following day and he a day later. Addresses were exchanged and a couple of letters too but it faded as a lot of young love does.
The song therefore was a tribute to young love and the unusual ways and places in which it can blossom. It also featured a rare outing for Norbert on guitar. It starts with a gentle melody and builds to a crescendo before ending suddenly, almost a metaphor for the art of lovemaking. Interestingly although the incident happened during the making of the first album "Buddies" the song itself was not written until much later and thus appeared on Captain Whistle making it somewhat of a chronological anomaly in the Fingolstones world.
Some of the Scandinavian fan club pose with their heroes Dobba and Booga. This bunch are from Sweden. The one on the middle being Corinne from Malmo, a "special" friend of Norberts.
Dobba in particular caused a bit of a stir as "Dobba" is or was at the time at least, a top Swedish fashion label. Swedish fashion being what it is Dobbas ropey schmutter fitted right in.