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General information
origin Stockholm , Sweden
Genre (s) Alternative rock , indie rock , garage rock
founding 1995
Current occupation
César Vidal
Vocals, guitar
Joakim "Jocke" Åhlund
David Lindquist
Nino Keller (since 2000)
former members
Jens Örjenheim (1998-2000)

Caesars (originally Caesars Palace ) is an alternative rock band from Stockholm , Sweden .


In 1995, together with a childhood friend, guitarist Joakim "Jocke" Åhlund, César Vidal founded a band named after the famous casino in Las Vegas , Caesars Palace . David Lindquist joined the band as bass player and Jens Örjenheim as drummer. A 3-track EP called Shake It was produced on the indie label Dolores .

The mini-album Rock de Puta Mierda followed in 1996 . During the recording of the first album Youth Is Wasted on the Young (1998), guitarist Jocke bought an old Farfisa organ that changed the sound of the band forever. The Caesars then began to work on their memorable organ hooklines .

In 2000 the band released the album Cherry Kicks . The later hit single Jerk It Out appeared in 2002 on the album Love for the Streets . Drummer Jens Örjenheim had previously left the group and was replaced by Nino Keller. Her label Dolores was taken over by Major Virgin .

In 2003 the Caesars were sent on a US tour with The Soundtrack of Our Lives . Since they could hold their own there, Virgin released a best-of from their first three albums - 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World) . The record was also released in the USA. In order to avoid a possible legal dispute with the casino group Caesars Palace , the four Swedes previously changed their name to "Caesars".

In 2005 the band celebrated the greatest success in their history with Jerk It Out . The Apple company used the song to advertise the new iPod shuffles. The title was also used in the console game BDFL Manager 2005 . During the year the Caesars released the album Paper Tigers .

The double album Strawberry Weed with 24 tracks was released in 2008. It was produced by Ebbot Lundberg from The Soundtrack of Our Lives .

In an interview with the Swedish radio station P3 on February 13, 2012, Joakim Åhlund reported that the Caesars project is currently on hold. In August 2018 the band played at the Propaganda Festival in Stockholm.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Youth Is Wasted on the Young (The Twelve Caesars)
  SE 59 05/22/1998 (1 week)
Cherry Kicks (Caesars Palace)
  SE 14th 
03/23/2000 (10 weeks)
Love for the Streets (Caesars Palace)
  SE 3 
04/12/2002 (25 weeks)
Paper tigers
  DE 90 05/30/2005 (1 week)
  UK 40 05/07/2005 (3 weeks)
  SE 13 03/10/2005 (5 weeks)
Strawberry Weed
  SE 16 03/13/2008 (3 weeks)
Jerk It Out
  DE 68 05/09/2005 (9 weeks)
  AT 51 07/10/2005 (6 weeks)
  CH 76 05/22/2005 (11 weeks)
  UK 8th 
04/19/2003 (15 weeks)
  US 70 02/26/2005 (10 weeks)
  SE 32 03/29/2002 (10 weeks)
Over 'fore It Started (Caesars Palace)
  SE 56 08/08/2002 (3 weeks)
We got to leave
  SE 46 02/24/2005 (4 weeks)


  • 1996: Rock de Puta Mierda (Dolores)
  • 1998: Youth Is Wasted on the Young (as "The Twelve Caesars", December 8th)
  • 2000: Cherry Kicks (as "Caesars Palace")
  • 2002: Love for the Streets (as "Caesars Palace")
  • 2003: 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World) (April 22)
  • 2005: Paper Tigers (April 26)
  • 2008: Strawberry Weed (March 24th)


  • 1995: Shake It (7 ", Dolores, 3 songs:" Shake It "," Odd Job "and" Born Cool ")
  • 7 "Dolores Singleclub (7", Dolores, 2 songs: "Bound and Dominated" and "Get Off of My Cloud")
  • 2003: Jerk It Out (April 7th)
  • 2003: Fun and Games (February 11th)
  • 2003: (I'm Gonna) Kick You Out (July 4th)
  • 2005: We Got to Leave (February 16)
  • 2005: Jerk It Out (April 18)
  • 2005: Paper Tigers (May 11)
  • 2005: It's Not the Fall that Hurts (US) (August 17)
  • 2007: No Tomorrow (July 16)

Side projects

  • Teddybears (aka Teddybears STHLM ) - Joakim "Jocke" Åhlund (guitar, vocals) is a member of the successful band.
  • Smile - Joakim "Jocke" Åhlund founded this band in 2012 on the Ingrid label together with Björn Yttling from Peter Bjorn and John .
  • Safari On Pluto - César Vidal (vocals, guitar) made his debut with this band in 2004.
  • The Slaves - Nino Keller (drums, since 2000) has had a band with his brother Robin since 2004, The Slaves.
  • Joakim “Jocke” Åhlund earns a side job as a video clip director, for example with New Noise from Refused and Reproduction Of Death from International Noise Conspiracy .
  • Dont Fear the Reaper by the Caesars can be heard in the second season of the television series Six Feet Under .

Web links

Commons : Caesars  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. ^ Propaganda . (archived from the original on on February 14, 2020)
  3. Caesars Setlist at Eriksdalsbadet, Stockholm, Sweden . (archived from the original on on February 14, 2020)
  4. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US SE
  5. Music Sales Awards: SE UK