A happy guy, a rogue,
prankster and a funny guy who babbles with Adam Alsing
and who always has something to do.
Or as he self says, a big
It is the most famous side
of Micke "Syd" Andersson.
But there is other and
bigger. The calm, spiritual minded and searcher Micke
-But it isnt showed
and it is my thing. But I also need it to manage and to
be the happy big mouthed person.
Therefore begins Micke for
two years ahead study Chineseology just a week after that
Återtåget (Truiph Train) has reached it final station.
A form of therapy in alternative medicine where the
western countries meets the orient.
-I felt I wanted to learn
some more and this thing with building a studio or begin
to work on a record company isnt my kind of thing.
-So it is all in the line
what I am doing.
Besides I think that it is
something that will increase with all the cut down in the
health care and through more people realise that the body
and soul is one.
Now it isnt that
Micke Syd has begin to be tired of the drums and the work
as an musician.
-No, the opposite, it
feels good to look back and see how you have lived and to
think about what was the most fun.
-And of course I wilI
continue with the music. But there will not be as much
touring in the future. I dont want to be away so
much when Dennis starts school.
Himself thinks he is a
good father. In spite of he is gone long periods away
from his wife Madde and the children Dennis and Eddie.
-But in the long run I
think I am home more compared to if you have regular
work. And then I think it is important to help Madde at
home so she will get a chance to live her life. So I can
actually sometimes think it is nice to go home and clean.
-And children - they are
unconscious. What power they have. Think if you could
have kept that in old age without the blunt feelings -
what human beings we should have become.
The drums were an early
-When Sivan and Ingemar
(mum and dad) had a party I used to sit upstairs and drum
with knitting-needles against an ashtray so the needles
finally became oblique.
-But the first drumset was
ten coffee tins in a row screwed together with a carpet
border around them as I sat on the bed and drummed on
because they wouldnt go away.
Therefore the first drum
set, a red Sparkling Premier, became a big event in young
-I learned to play from
the TV but it became totally wrong since I am
left-handed. But besides the course me and Anders went
for with Bert Möller, he and I learnt most of it all by
-Then I jammed with my
neighbour sometimes. The problem was he was a trumpet
musician and could only play marches. So that combination
wasnt so good.
Eventually Micke improved.
-I remember I invited all
my friends down to the cellar and began to play bad so
they later should be impressed when I start to play for
Otherwise his childhood in
Harplinge was calm.
-You can call me pretty
soft. I went school and never fought. Well actually, with
my little brother (Thomas). There was some shop-lifting
in school but I was always afraid to get caught. And then
the first booze. Then it didnt happened much more
than a single bought of drunkenness.
Alcohol has never been
Micke Syd's interest. Even though the temptation is
bigger in the branch he is working in.
-I have never felt any
urge for that and the pleasure is gone right away because
I dont think it is good. I remember when Anders and
I went to the parties and I was sober and got the most
-And it feels good that no
one has tried to force me, hell Micke of course you
should have a drink. Instead I have been shown
respect for not drinking.
-OK, it maybe causes me
become a little bit unsociable and stay behind. And I
dont get many invitations to go out to the pub.
But on the contrary I love
to work in the bar and then I get the social part in that
-Besides I am glad I
didnt have the alcohol to run to three years ago.
It was then Micke and
Madde separated without divorce. To later reunion.
-It was like when Gyllene
quit in 1985. Everything disappeared and all the security
was gone. I had to find who I was. And now I have a whole
new ground to stand on.
-Besides plays I much
better drums since the separation. It is life that paints
you and if you can carry that along will you also become
a better musician.
Micke is constantly
returning to yin and yang, that there are two sides of
everything. And the balance between body and soul.
-I believe in God in my
own way. But I dont think everything is predestined
but that we ourselves can be a part and affect.
-So sure there is a
divine. In us. Exactly as Eva Dahlgren sings.
He has played with many,
many through the years. And perhaps the choice of the
drums wasnt a coincidence.
-I have always been the
one who takes care, has been behind and supported.
Exactly as a drummer also does in a way.
Micke is no longer 20
years. But 35. And if you then have children it is easier
to come back to ordinary life.
In spite of the incredible
triumph through Sweden.
-I dont think I have
gathered all the memories and expressions yet. But I am
moved that we five has done all this. At the same time as
I can be furious when the media does not respect that
there are five in the band. Not one.
-So what I will miss the
most is above everything is the community. But otherwise
it is no problem. I easily change the rhythm of the day
so when the tour is over I will get up eight oclock
"Syd" Andersson, 35.
Family: Wife Madde, Dennis, 7 and Eddie,
Earlier Jobs: Truck driver, bar tender,
Model F. "It has to be fate that I should
have it. The plate is CYD and I bought it before
I got my nickname".
Hobbies: My work, family, outer and inner
Last film: Dead Man Walking.
book: The tenth insight. "But right
now Im reading four others. At the same
to for now: Everything that is good.
(to practice): body building, floor ball
Sport (to watch): Anything, except horses.
Favourite Team: HBK and Drott.
Favourite food: Depends on the
mood. But not so much vegetables.
Good Sides: Kind, loving.
sides: Stubborn, a little bit late - but
far away from the Gessle-standard.
manage the tour life: By being a part of
myself. And to read.
Micke on MP: A thinker, smart man. A typical
fish. Thats enough.
© Photos &
Layout: 1996 Hallandsposten
© Translation to
English: 1997 Fredrik Sundqvist & Paul Rands