Cosmic Overdose

Swedish electronica pioneers.

Founded in 1978 as a duo by Dan Söderqvist and Karl Gasleben (Ingemar Ljungström), the band was expanded to a quintet in 1979, but reduced to a trio again by the time of their first album, "Dada Koko", was recorded. In addition to the founding members, The Rainmaker (Kjell Karlgren) remained. The debut, with it's quirky electropunk sound and naive, nonsensical and playful lyrics were followed by a darker and more restrained sound with influences of bands such as Joy Division and Suicide on the second and final album, "4668", recorded in 1980 and released in 1981. When the band played in the UK (as part of a "artist exchange" demanded by the Swedish musicians' union at the time) the British concert arranger told them the group name did not work and provided a list of suggestions. The band went with "Twice A Man" and played with good reviews. When The Rainmaker soon after left the band, the original members continued under the new name.


SRS 4659 Cosmic Overdose - Dada Koko album art Cosmic Overdose Dada Koko(LP, Album) Silence (3) SRS 4659 Sweden 1980 Sell This Version
COS 001 Cosmic Overdose - Final Koko album art Cosmic Overdose Final Koko(Cass, Album, C35) Xenophone International COS 001 Sweden 1980 Sell This Version
SRS 4668 Cosmic Overdose - 4668 album art Cosmic Overdose 4668(LP, Album) Silence (3) SRS 4668 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

zing 108 Cosmic Overdose - Observation Galen album art Cosmic Overdose Observation Galen(7") Silence (3) zing 108 Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
ENG 302 Cosmic Overdose - To Night album art Cosmic Overdose To Night Silence (3) ENG 302 Sweden 1980 Sell This Version


none Cosmic Overdose - Koko Total album art Cosmic Overdose Koko Total(3xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd, RM) Progress Productions none Sweden 2016 Sell This Version


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October 30, 2002
Swedish synth-pioneers from Gothenburg, founded in 1977.
Despite their influences from german, english and japanese synthmusic of that era, the band was considered establishing their own ‘Northern sound’. Two of the members, Gasleben and Söderqvist, further developed and established that sound in their forthcoming band, Twice A Man.

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