1986 – 1988
Alien was formed in Gothenburg during the fall of 1986 by guitarist Tony Borg.
After a few rehearsal sessions in ‘Fryshuset’, Gothenburg, Sweden – two songs (‘Headstrong’ and ‘I’ll Survive’) were recorded in Studio Bohus during Lucia, producer Dille.
The demo was sent to Virgin Scandinavia and they instantly liked what they heard. An interesting fact is that Virgin was so pleased with what they heard that after a remix the demo recordings were actually used on the finished products.
Virgin Scandinavia played the songs at the head office in London and Virgin Records signed the band for a worldwide deal. The band received a heavy contract in their letterbox!
Show rehearsal in Tynnered, Gothenburg. Here they also got a chance to try out their specially built stage with a moving ramp. I actually helped out in the beginning, running the stage hydraulics and smoke machine from an off stage position.
After the summer tour Alien entered Studio Bohus again to start recording a demo for the full length album.
Recorded 3 songs with Mark Dearnley in Polar Studios, Stockholm for the upcoming album.
Recorded album in L.A. spring 1988 with Chris Minto as the producer.
Tour 1988. -> September ’88. Alien played all over Sweden.
20 June ’88, Alien received gold award for ‘Only one woman’ on stage at Liseberg in the hometown of Göteborg, Sweden.
The b-side of ‘Only one woman’, ‘Somewhere out there’ ended up above Gary Moore on ‘Instrumental-toppen’ (a Swedish chart for instrumental music).
July ’88, Alien spent 2 weeks in London. Photo session for the international release of the album, single ‘Tears don’t put out the fire’ and had time do an interview with Darek Oliver for Kerrang Magazine.
About this time Alien are introduced to veteran Steve Barnette, who becomes Alien’s manager.
Fall of ’88. Jim decides to leave the band to spend more time with his family. Alien as we knew it dissolves…
Fall of 2009. Alien decides to get together to play the songs from the first album. All 5 original bandmembers joins in.
December 2009. Alien records a new single, ‘Ready To Fly’, to be released early 2010.
January 2010. Alien’s first gig is booked for the 2010 tour – in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Spring/summer. Alien performs live and gets a very warm welcome back from both the audiences and critics.
Alien booked at Firefest 2011 (sunday Oct 23rd) www.thefirefest.com
Alien played in Madrid, Spain.
Alien is invited to play the 10 year anniversary at Firefest 2013!
25 Year Anniversary edition of the original album is released.
Alien does an unique anniversary show at ‘Sticky Fingers’, Göteborg, Sweden playing the self titled album in it’s entirety!