Check out the Hives with Benny Andersson from ABBA perform “Blood Red Moon”,
Original Score From the movie:
The Circle (original title: Cirkeln) is a Swedish fantasy film produced and scored by Benny Andersson and directed and co-written by Levan Akin, based on the best selling novel The Circle. It’s the first in an intended trilogy of films based on Engelsfors. A film adaptation was to be produced by Filmlance with Levan Akin set to direct and Sara Bergmark Elfgren as script writer in 2013. The production was put on hold due to disagreements between the authors and Filmlance. Akin left the project as well. Benny Andersson’s son Ludvig brought the novel to his attention and he bought off the rights to produce the film, more faithfully than Filmlance intended. Open castings for young girls who could play the leads were held all over Sweden.
The film was screened at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, and it will be released in Swedish cinemas on 18 February 2015.
Benny Andersson has written music to several films for screen and television; the first attempt in the early 1970s for the obscure Swedish movie The Seduction of Inga: the film flopped, but the ‘Björn & Benny’ single “She’s My Kind of Girl” surprised the composers by being released in Japan and becoming a Top 10 hit (the song renamed in Japan as “The Little Girl of the Cold Wind”).
In 1987, Andersson wrote music and co-produced the soundtrack with Anders Eljas for the film Mio in the Land of Faraway, based on Swedish author Astrid Lindgrens Mio, My Son. The title song became a huge hit in Sweden for Gemini.
In 2000, he wrote the music for fellow Swede (no relation) Roy Andersson‘s film Songs from the Second Floor (the music later re-recorded, featuring new lyrics, with BAO! with vocals by Helen Sjöholm). He also wrote the theme for Roy Andersson’s next film, You, the Living, from 2007.
Andersson also worked on the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!. He also wrote the film score for the 2012 documentary Palme about Swedish prime minister Olof Palme. He later won a Guldbagge Award for Best Original Score, for that film at the 48th Guldbagge Awards
The Hives completed recording vocals and guitar in late November 2006 for a song called “Throw It On Me“, a collaboration with hip-hop producer Timbaland. The song was included on his album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, released on 3 April 2007. They also performed in a music video for the track. The Hives also have recently spoken of a collaboration with Jack White‘s The Raconteurs on a song for their new album, originally entitled “Footsteps”, however it was later revealed that Howlin’ Pelle had literally recorded footsteps. Howlin’ Pelle also did a collaboration with Swedish rock artist Moneybrother, a cover of an Operation Ivy song “Freeze Up”. They used Swedish lyrics and called it “Jag skriver inte på nått“, which translates as “I Won’t Sign Anything”.
The Hives’ members – Chris Dangerous (drums/percussion), Nicholaus Arson (guitar), Vigilante Carlstroem (guitar), Dr. Matt Destruction (bass) – contributed instrumentals on “Time For Some Action” and “Windows” on N.E.R.D.‘s “Seeing Sounds” album, with The Hives’ frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist providing guest vocals on “Time For Some Action”. On Seeing Sounds they are credited with their real names instead of the pseudonyms they use within the band.
In October 2008 it was revealed the band had recorded a Christmas duet entitled “A Christmas Duel” with Cyndi Lauper, which was available as a free download from their website on 28 November 2008. On 27 November 2008, The Hives official website had begun to play the Cyndi Lauper/The Hives duet automatically whenever it is visited. During December 2011, a splash page with an image of The Hives and “Happy Holidays” in the background could be accessed and “A Christmas Duel” automatically plays.
In a November 2008 interview with leading Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Swedish rapper Petter announced that The Hives were working on a new version of his track “Repa skivan” for his upcoming album