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Mando Diao is a garage rock band from Borlängemarker, Swedenmarker. The band got their breakthrough with the release of the album Hurricane Bar. The song "God Knows" was featured in FIFA 06. Their main fan base is in Swedenmarker, Germanymarker, and Japanmarker although their influence has recently spread to Western Europe, most notably the UKmarker.


Past Members


The roots of Mando Diao date back to 1995 when Björn Dixgård and the former Mando Diao member Daniel Haglund played in a band called Butler. With band members changing over the following four years, the current line-up decided to take the project more seriously. Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén locked themselves up in a summer house and spent 14 months writing songs. They claim the Beatles as their original source of inspiration. Allegedly, Gustaf joined the band after he and Björn had talked all night about this band. The two renamed their band Mando Diao which, according to the band has no particular meaning, appearing to Björn Dixgård in a dream, when a man came up to him and shouted "Mando Diao!".


The now-renamed band made their first public performances in the clubs of their hometown Borlängemarker in 1999. A local writer described them in an article as the best unsigned band he had ever seen. This was soon followed by a record deal with EMI Sweden. In 2002 their first album Bring 'Em In was released in Sweden. It contains early demo versions of their songs, partly recorded in the basement of keyboardist Daniel Haglund who left the band later in 2003. In 2003 the album was released internationally by MUTE label, along with their debut single "Sheepdog". As of 2004, the band is hailed enthusiastically by the music press as one of the most sanguine newcomer bands of the year. The album Hurricane Bar was released in 2004. Their third album Ode to Ochrasy was released in 2006. By the end of 2006 the band released a DVD called "Down in the Past". Ode to Ochrasy was released in the UK through the Nettwerk label on 2 April 2007 in a previously unreleased format including 4 bonus tracks. In October 2007 the band released their latest album, Never Seen The Light Of Day. They have announced to release a new album on February 20 2009. The new album's title is Give Me Fire and the first single, titled "Dance With Somebody", was released January 16 2009.As usual Björn and Gustaf wrote lyrics and music and the album is produced by Mando Diao and The Salazar Brothers (Salla and Masse).The new album is a rocky soundtrack with lots of melancholy, soul, heart and blood. It debutes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland at #1 and Sweden #2 as well as #39 in Greece.


Mando Diao have been touring all over the world, though their biggest following is in Germany, Japan and their homeland Sweden. The band supported The Bravery on their tour in 2005, along with Los Angelesmarker band The Colour. On their 2006 European tour, they were supported by Razorlight and Johnossi, and for the British leg of the tour were a joint support act for the Dirty Pretty Things along with Larrikin Love.

At the end of January 2007, Mando Diao was widely exposed in Swedish media because of an incident at their live concert on 27 January, 2007. They were performing at the Amplified festival at Norrlands Opera House in Umeåmarker, when a part of the floor the audience was standing on collapsed, leaving at least 25 fans hurt - five people were taken to the hospital with injuries such as broken arms and legs. According to the management of Norrlandsoperan, the hall had been checked, but they had never thought the floor, which was made up by several moveable parts on concrete girders over a three meter deep hole, wouldn't hold the 170 people in the room, not least since the fire department had given them approval for 800 people. After this unfortunate event, Mando Diao stayed around in Umeå in case they could do anything to help the injured fans. They visited the hospitalized fans personally. Mando Diao is planning to hold another concert to make up for what was lost that evening in January 2007.

Mando Diao appeared April 29, 2007 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivalmarker[78300] and on 7 July 2007 they performed at the German leg of Live Earth[78301] in Hamburgmarker. Since summer of 2007 Mando Diao has had support from a horn section consiting of renown Swedish jazzmusicians Nils Janson and Nils Berg.

Mando Diao singer Björn Dixgård toured Europe solo during the end of 2007.

On November 3, 2008, the band played one US date for the "Give Me Fire" tour with the Capshuns and We Barbarians at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.



Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)





2002 Bring 'Em In
  • Released: October 2002
  • Label: EMI/Majesty/Mute
  • JPN: Gold
  • SWE: Gold
2004 Hurricane Bar
  • Released: September 22, 2004
  • Label: Majesty/Mute
6 25 26 18
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Gold
2006 Ode to Ochrasy
  • Released: August 25, 2006
  • Label: Majesty/Mute
7 2 5 3
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Gold
2007 Never Seen the Light of Day
  • Released: October 22, 2007
  • Label: EMI
9 10 10 9
2009 Give Me Fire
  • Released: February 13, 2009
  • Label: Universal
2 1 1 1 38
  • AUT: Gold
  • GER: Gold
2009 The Malevolence Of Mando Diao
  • Released: October 12, 2009
  • Label: EMI
30 67 58

Singles and EPs

Year Single Peak chart positions Album







2002 "Motown Blood EP" 37 Bring 'Em In
"Mr. Moon" 33
"The Band" 52
2003 "Sheepdog"
2004 "Paralyzed EP" 140
"Clean Town" 29 Hurricane Bar
"Down in the Past" 87 238
2005 "You Can't Steal My Love" 73
"God Knows" 90 64
2006 "Long Before Rock 'N' Roll" 16 53 69 53 Ode to Ochrasy
"Good Morning, Herr Horst"
2007 "TV & Me"
"The Wildfire "
"If I Don't Live Today,
I Might Be Here Tomorrow
15 Never Seen the Light of Day
"Never Seen the Light of Day" 34
2008 "Train on Fire"
2009 "Dance with Somebody" 4 1 3 13 2 4 9 Give Me Fire
"Gloria" 12 32 49 33 77
"Mean Street EP" 89
"The Quarry" The Malevolence of Mando Diao


  • "God Knows" was featured on FIFA 06 by EA Sports.
  • "Down in the Past" was featured on 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany by EA Sports, and NHL 06 by EA Sports
  • "The Wildfire (If It Was True) was featured on NHL 08 by EA Sports.
  • "Sheepdog" was featured in UK teen drama Skins.
  • "Sweet Ride" was featured in the 2005 film The Ringer
  • "Long Before Rock and Roll" featured in E4 Scrubs advert Autumn 2007
  • "God Knows" was also the backing track for a Tommy Hilfiger denim ad in 2007.
  • "Dance With Somebody" was featured in Portugal in the 2009 NOW 20 cd.


  • Down in the Past (2006)


Year Title Director Album
2002 "Mr. Moon" Magnus Härdner

(Produced by Christoffer Sahlgren)
Bring 'Em In
"The Band" Håkan Schüler
2003 "Sheepdog" Pontus Andersson
"Paralyzed" Håkan Schüler
2004 "Clean Town" Amir Chamdin Hurricane Bar
"God Knows" Johan Torell & John Nordqvist
"Down in the Past" Kristoffer Diös
2005 "You Can't Steal My Love" Mauricio Molinari
2006 "Long Before Rock 'N' Roll" Daniel Eskils Ode to Ochrasy
"Good Morning, Herr Horst" Lovisa Inserra
"TV & Me" Kalle Haglund
2007 "The Wildfire (If It Was True)" Gilly Barnes
"Ochrasy" Lovisa Inserra
"If I Don't Live Today,

I Might Be Here Tomorrow"
Andreas Nilsson Never Seen the Light of Day
"Never Seen the Light of Day" Marcus Engstrand
2008 "Train On Fire" Björn Fävremark & John Boisen/Stark
"Dance With Somebody" Matt Wignall & Vern Moen Give Me Fire
2009 "Gloria"
"Mean Street" Matt Wignall
On November 3, 2008, the band played one US date for the "Give Me Fire" tour with the Capshuns and We Barbarians at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.


  3. Floor Collapse At Sweden’s Amplified Festival

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