Hardcore Superstar

Hardcore Superstar
STYLE: , ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1997LABEL: Gain/Sony Music, Nuclear Blast, JVC
  • Jocke Berg - vocals
  • Vic Zino - guitar
  • Martin Sandvik - bass
  • Adde Andreasson - drums

Hardcore Superstar is a hard rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1997 and continue on today. Hardcore Superstar have had several #1 hit singles, and Grammy wins in Sweden.

Early years (1997-2005)

Hardcore Superstar formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1997. They released their first album, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, on Gain Records in October 1998. Out of the 11 tracks on the album (including the hidden track, Fly Away], 7 songs were re-recorded for their first worldwide release, Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada. Released in 2000, Bad Sneakers contained 7 of the tracks from their debut, along with 6 new tracks. The Japan release for the album featured a bonus track, “Don’t You Ever Leave Me”, a cover of a Hanoi Rocks song. The album spawned three singles, all being #1 hits on the Sweden music charts; “Someone Special”, “Liberation” and “Have You Been Around”, respectively.

The band toured Europe and Japan in support of the album, and a promotional video for the single “Liberation” was released. The video was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. In 2001, Hardcore Superstar released their third album called “Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)“. The album had a more laid back feel than its predecessor and spawned two singles; “Shame” and “Mother’s Love/Significant Other”.

In August, 2003, the band released their final album with Music For Nations, entitled “No Regrets“. This was also released in Japan as a “Limited Edition” album, featuring a completely different cover, and a bonus track, entitled “Who”, a cover of a song by The Who. Two singles were released for the album, “Honey Tongue”, which reached #3 on the Swedish charts, and “Still I’m Glad”. Hardcore Superstar toured Europe and the United States in support of the album the following year.

Mainstream success (2005-2008)

In 2005, Hardcore Superstar re-signed with Gain Records, the label with whom they released their debut with in 1998. The band returned rejuvenated, with a hard rock sound more comparable to their earlier works. They released a self-titled album Hardcore Superstar in 2005, which featured the Swedish hit singles; “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays“, “Wild Boys“, “My Good Reputation” and “Bag On Your Head“. The Japan release of this album contained a bonus track, entitled “GTO”, which stood for “Girls Together Outrageously”. This saw them nominated for a Swedish Grammy, as well as being on major national TV and radio shows in Sweden. They also toured Japan, along with the Swedish band, Babylon Bombs.

In November, 2007, the band released the album Dreamin’ in a Casket. This was the last album to feature founding guitarist, Thomas Silver. Originally, it was meant to include the single “Bastards,” but due to the success it achieved in the singles charts, it was shelved, although the Japan version of the album contained the song as a bonus track. The album was praised in the Swedish newspapers and was titled by many as “Album of the Year.” Dreamin’ in a Casket contains a more heavy guitar riff-based sound and includes more noticeable drumming. The album was also released as part of a CD/DVD combination, featuring the “Inside The Casket” documentary, which showed how the band recorded the album. The band toured around Europe and Japan, and ended their “Mentally Damaged Tour” in their home country of Sweden.

Departure of Silver and Label change (2008-2011)

In late January 2008, it was announced on the band’s official website that guitarist Thomas Silver, would be leaving the band as he had “lost his fire and inspiration”. Vic Zino, from Crazy Lixx, replaced him temporarily during the World Tour, but was later confirmed to be a permanent member of the band.

In March, 2009, the world’s biggest Heavy Metal label, Nuclear Blast announced the signing of Hardcore Superstar. The seventh album by Hardcore Superstar, entitled Beg for It was released worldwide in June, 2009. It was released in Japan, and USA, with different bonus tracks. The Japan edition featured the bonus track “Silence for the Peacefully [Live]”, a song released on the previous album, Dreamin’ in a Casket. The USA release contained two demo songs, one being “Welcome to Your Own Death”, and the other “When I Glow”, a demo version of Need No Company, again, from the album Dreamin’ in a Casket.

Shortly after the Beg For It tour of the UK in 2010, Hardcore Superstar announced that they were planning to release a new album, as the tour had proved to trigger their creative minds, and as a result, new material was being recorded. On April 12, 2010, they announced four potential song titles from their upcoming album, being Last Call, Sick as a Dog, Won’t Be Bullied and Sadistic Girls. On May 19, 2010, the band released the titles of four more potential songs from their upcoming album, being Lowlife, Beat On the Bully, Party Ain’t Over ´til I Say So and Here Comes That Sick Bitch Again. Last Call, and presumably, judging by the chorus of the song, Party Ain’t Over ’til I Say so, were changed to Last Call for Alcohol, Won’t Be Bullied, and again, presumably, Beat on the Bully, were changed to Bully, and Sick as a Dog and Lowlife were left off the release. On August 9, 2010, Split Your Lip was announced as the title of the album, as well as a tentative release date, set for January 2011.

The band released the album Split Your Lip on November 26, 2010, two months early than they planned. The album spawned one single, “Moonshine”, a double A-side, featuring both “Moonshine” and “Guestlist”, with a bonus track entitled “Lovin’ the Dead”. The single was released only through Sweden Rock magazine.

When the band performed a free show in their hometown Gothenburg on 11 August 2010, they played the songs “Here Comes That Sick Bitch Again”, “Last Call for Alcohol” and “Sadistic Girls”. It was the first time they played any material from the album.

Recent events (2011-present)

On August 30, 2011, the band announced that they would be releasing a Best Of album, with a release date of October 26. The album was to include songs from all releases, with a brand new song entitled “We Don’t Need a Cure”. The song premiered on Bandit Rock Radio on August 31, 2011.

On October 30, 2012, it was announced by both Gain and Vic Zino, the band’s guitarist, that the new album would be called C’mon Take on Me. The debut single from the album, “One More Minute”, was officially released on January 17, 2013. The album was released on February 27, 2013.

On January 24, 2015, after ten years of not being on American soil, the band performed a full headline set to a sold-out crowd at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The night before, they also played a six-song opening set for Steel Panther at the 2015 NAMM Jam in Anaheim, California. They released a new album in North America in April, 2015, entitled HCSS.

Following the release of 2015’s HCSS, the band embarked on a co-headlining UK and US tour with Michael Monroe in 2016.


You Can't Kill My Rock 'n Roll / 2018

Hardcore Superstar - You Can't Kill My Rock 'n Roll
  • Album Info
  • 2018
  • Gain Music Entertaiment

1. AD/HD
2. Electric Rider
3. My Sanctuary
4. Hit Me Where It Hurts
5. You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll
6. The Others
7. Have Mercy On Me
8. Never Cared For Snobbery
9. Baboon
10. Bring The House Down
11. Medicine Man
12. Goodbye

“You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘n Roll” is the eleventh studio album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released on 21 September 2018 through Gain Music Entertaiment.

HCSS / 2015

Hardcore Superstar - HCSS
  • Album Info
  • 2015
  • Gain Music Entertaiment

1. Don’t Mean Shit
2. Party ‘Til I’m Gone
3. The Cemetery
4. Off With Their Heads
5. Fly
6. The Ocean
7. Touch the Sky
8. Growing Old
9. Glue
10. Messed up for Sure

“HCSS” is the 10th studio album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released on April 22, 2015 on Gain Records (Victor in Japan, and Sony Music in Finland). It is the first HARDCORE SUPERSTAR album to feature a guest performer (Swedish reggae singer Etzia on the song “Touch the Sky”), and she has performed the song live a few times with the band. As with their previous album, all pre-orders of the album were signed by all four band members. Following the release of “HCSS” the band embarked on their first North American tour in over 10 years co-headlining with Michael Monroe.

C'mon Take on Me / 2013

Hardcore Superstar - C'mon Take on Me
  • Album Info
  • 2013
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Cutting The Slack
2. C’mon Take On Me
3. One More Minute
4. Above The Law
5. Are You Gonna Cry Now
6. Stranger Of Mine
7. Won’t Take The Blame pt. 1
8. Won’t Take The Blame pt. 2
9. Dead Man’s Shoes
10. Because Of You
11. Too Much Business
12. Long Time No See

“C’mon Take on Me” is the ninth studio album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released on February 27, 2013. The album was announced on October 30, 2012. The debut single “One More Minute” was officially released on November 30, 2012. The second single, “Above The Law”, was officially released on January 22, 2013.

Split Your Lip / 2010

Hardcore Superstar - Split Your Lip
  • Album Info
  • 2010
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Sadistic Girls
2. Guestlist
3. Last Call For Alcohol
4. Split Your Lip
5. Moonshine
6. Here Comes That Sick Bitch
7. What Did I Do
8. Bully
9. Won’t Go To Heaven
10. Honeymoon
11. Run To Your Mama

“Split Your Lip” is the eighth studio album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. The album was released in Sweden on 26 November 2010, and in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2010.

Beg for It / 2009

Hardcore Superstar - Beg for It
  • Album Info
  • 2009
  • Nuclear Blast

1. This Worm’s for Ennio
2. Beg for It
3. Into Debauchery
4. Shades of Grey
5. Nervous Breakdown
6. Hope for a Normal Life
7. Don’t Care ‘Bout Your Bad Behavior
8. Remove My Brain
9. Spit It Out
10. Illegal Fun
11. Take ‘Em All Out
12. Innocent Boy

“Beg for It” is the seventh studio album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. The album was released in Sweden on 3 June 2009, and in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2009. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR released the album for streaming on their MySpace website on 27 May 2009. The first single to be released from the album was “Beg for It”, which has already gained Gold status in Sweden.

Dreamin' in a Casket / 2007

Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' in a Casket
  • Album Info
  • 2007
  • Gain Music Entertaiment

1. Need No Company
2. Medicate Me
3. Dreamin’ In A Casket
4. Silence For The Peacefully
5. Sophisticated Ladies
6. Wake Up Dead In A Garbagecan
7. Spreadin’ The News
8. This Is For The Mentally Damaged
9. Sensitive To The Light
10. Lesson In Violence
11. Sorry For The Shape I’m In
12. No Resistance

“Dreamin’ in a Casket” is the sixth full-length album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. It is the band’s last release with guitarist Thomas Silver, and their last on Gain Records before switching to Nuclear Blast.

Hardcore Superstar / 2005

Hardcore Superstar - Hardcore Superstar
  • Album Info
  • 2005
  • Gain Music Entertaiment

1. Kick on the Upperclass
2. Bag on Your Head
3. Last Forever
4. She’s Offbeat
5. We Don’t Celebrate Sundays
6. Hateful
7. Wild Boys
8. My Good Reputation
9. Cry Your Eyes Out
10. Simple Man
11. Blood on Me
12. Standin’ on the Verge

“Hardcore Superstar” is the fifth studio album released in November 2005 by Swedish hard rock band
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR on the record label Gain. It placed #12 on the Swedish album chart.

No Regrets / 2003

Hardcore Superstar - No Regrets
  • Album Info
  • 2003
  • Music For Nations

1. Wall of Complaint
2. No Regrets
3. Breakout
4. Soul of Sweetness
5. Honey Tongue
6. Still I’m Glad
7. Bring Me Back
8. Pathetic Way of Life
9. It’s So True
10. Why Can’t You Love Me Like Before
11. Last Great Day
12. I Can’t Change
13. You Know Where We All Belong

“No Regrets” is the fourth full-length album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released by the Music for Nations record label.

Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves) / 2001

Hardcore Superstar - Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)
  • Album Info
  • 2001
  • Music For Nations

1. That’s My Life
2. Not Dancing, Wanna Know Why?
3. Shame
4. Just Another Score
5. Summer Season’s Gone
6. Wimpy Sister
7. Do Me That Favour
8. Significant Other
9. Dear Old Fame
10. Smoke ‘Em
11. Riding With The King
12. They Are Not Even A New Bang Tango
13. Mother’s Love

“Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves)” is the third full-length album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released by the Music for Nations record label.

Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada / 2000

Hardcore Superstar - Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Music For Nations

1. Hello/Goodbye
2. You Will Never Know
3. Liberation
4. Have You Been Around
5. Punk Rock Song
6. Beat You Down
7. Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
8. Someone Special
9. Slide Song
10. Hey Now!!
11. Strapped
12. Bubblecum Ride
13. So Deep Inside

“Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada” is the second full-length album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, released by the Music for Nations record label. It was the first album to be released internationally and usually considered the first full-length album in general. The title was lifted from the jazz-rock band Steely Dan‘s song “Bad Sneakers”.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll / 1998

Hardcore Superstar - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
  • Album Info
  • 1998
  • Gain Music Entertaiment

1. Hello/Goodbye
2. Baby Come Along
3. Send Myself To Hell
4. Bubblecum Ride
5. Rock ‘N’ Roll
6. Someone Special
7. Dig a Hole
8. Punk Rock Song
9. Right Here, Right Now
10. So Deep Inside/Fly Away

“It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the first full-length album by Swedish hard rock band HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. It was released only in Sweden. Many songs were re-recorded in the following album, “Bad Sneakers and a Piña Colada”.

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