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“I said to the students (with Puffy in mind) “Imagine this as a pop song for two Japanese girls” and I started to sing this little composition in a furious tempo with a high-pitched voice.” – David Myhr
If you’re a fan of Puffy AmiYumi, Fujifabric or Yuko Yamaguchi then you’ve probably already heard the music of the songwriting duo Anders Hellgren and David Myhr of The Merrymakers. When Tokyo needs someone to make that Boom Boom Beat, The Merrymakers studio in Stockholm, Sweden often gets the call. And yes the rumors are true: they really do play in an ABBA tribute band called Super Trouper.
So come learn about the duo behind such Puffy songs as The Story, Oedo Nagareboshi IV and Otomemoriaru and learn what Andy Sturmer (the American musician who coined Puffy’s name) thought about the band’s decision to translate the Swedish word “festprisse” into the name “merrymakers.”
On August 3, 2009 Anders Hellgren and David Myhr of The Merrymakers were kind enough to give an updated interview to J-Pop World. The Merrymakers Interview.