Thåström, more formally known as Joakim Thåström, is a chart-topping Swedish rock singer/songwriter with an illustrious career that dates back to the 1970s punk uprising.
In addition to his solo album output as a singer/songwriter, which commenced in 1989, he served as the frontman of the punk band Ebba Grön
(1977-1983), the post-punk band Imperiet
(1983-1988), and the industrial rock band Peace Love & Pitbulls
(1992-1997). Born Sven Joachim Eriksson Thåström on March 20, 1957, he grew up in the working-class suburbs of Stockholm. In 1977 he co-founded the punk band Ebba Grön
, which made its album debut in 1979 with We're Only in It for the Drugs. The follow-up albums Kärlek & Uppror (1981) and Ebba Grön (1982) were big hits, reaching numbers five and one, respectively, on the Swedish albums chart, and a couple one-off singles were big hits as well. In 1983, at the height of Ebba Grön
's success, the band dissolved, and Thåström founded a new band, Imperiet
, whose membership fluctuated over the years. Essentially a post-punk continuation of Ebba Grön
that had originally begun as the side project Rymdimperiet
in 1981, Imperiet
made their album debut in 1983 with Rasera. Over the course of its five-year existence, the band released several full-length follow-ups, Blå Himlen Blues (1985), 2:a Augusti 1985 (1985), Synd (1986), and Tiggarens Tal (1998), all of which were Top Ten hits. There were numerous Top Ten hit singles for the band as well.