Who were Ace of Base, exactly? One of the first acts of the 1990s Europop movement, and yet much more pop than most of the others. One of the earliest acts of the second huge Swedish pop wave. Were they a bit naff, or an inventive and influential pop act? Or were they a bit of a sad case, a family (plus one) pulled apart by fame and fortune?
Well, anyway – here’s Happy Nation, from Gold, out now: