Caesars (band)

Caesars are a Swedish indie rock band from Stockholm, formed in 1995. In their native country, the band was originally known as Caesars Palace, a name which was changed to avoid conflicting with the name of the Las Vegas hotel.[1] In the rest of Scandinavia they are known as Twelve Caesars.

Caesars performing in April 2008
Caesars performing in April 2008
Background information
Also known as
  • Twelve Caesars (1995–1999)
  • Caesars Palace (2000–2002)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
Years active1995–present
(hiatus: 2012–2020)
Associated actsTeddybears
MembersJoakim Åhlund
David Lindquist
Nino Keller
César Vidal
Past membersJens Örjenheim
Klas Åhlund


Outside of Sweden, they may be best known for the song "Jerk It Out", which was originally featured in the snowboarding video Afterbang in 2002, as well as the Electronic Arts video games SSX 3 and FIFA Football 2004, and on the PlayStation 2 game LMA Manager 2005. The song also appeared in the Wii games Just Dance and Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova, and in the Wii version of Samba de Amigo as downloadable content.[2] It has also been the backdrop of television advertisements for brands such as iPod (2005)[3] and Renault (2009). The song is featured on the band's 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World), Paper Tigers, and Love for the Streets albums.

Their song "We Got to Leave Babylon" is the theme song for the television series Confessions of a Matchmaker.[4] The song also appears in films such as John Tucker Must Die and The Benchwarmers.

The album Strawberry Weed was released in Scandinavia on 5 March 2008. The 24-track long double album was produced by Ebbot Lundberg from Soundtrack of Our Lives. A significant difference from previous albums was that guitarist Joakim Åhlund and drummer Nino Keller shared vocal duty with César Vidal.[5]

In an interview on Sveriges Radio P3 on February 13, 2012, Joakim Åhlund said that the band is on hiatus until further notice.[6]

In December 2017, Caesars played a surprise reunion gig in Stockholm, their first since 2009. In 2018, the band performed in Stockholm's Popaganda Festival.

Band member Joakim Åhlund is also a founding member of the Teddybears.


The band employs several techniques: heavily distorted guitars, and, where applicable, a synth organ and large amounts of reverb on the vocals. This gives their songs an "old-school" feel in contrast to their basslines.

Band membersEdit

  • Joakim Åhlund – guitars, vocals 1995-present
  • César Vidal – lead vocals, guitars 1995-present
  • David Lindqvist – bass 1996-present
  • Jens Örjenheim – drums (1998–2000)
  • Nino Keller – drums (2000–present)
  • Klas Åhlund – keyboards, other instruments on the early albums, which he also produced. Klas was never officially a member, yet he featured in their early live shows. 1998-2002




  • 1995 – Shake It 3-track EP: "Shake It" / "Odd Job" / "Born Cool [7-inch Dolores]
  • 1996 – Rock De Puta Mierda 7-track EP: "Phenobarbital" / "3D-TV" / "Automatic" / "Crap-thinker" / "This Man, This Monster" / "Pupo Diavolo" / "You're My Favorurite"
  • 1998 – "Kick You Out"
  • 1998 – "Sort It Out"
  • 2000 – "From the Bughouse" / "Punkrocker" (Original version) / "Love Bubble"
  • 2000 – "Crackin' Up"
  • 2000 – "Fun 'n' Games"
  • 2000 – "Only You" [Promo]
  • 2002 – "Jerk It Out" / "Out of My Hands" / "She's a Planet"
  • 2002 – "Over 'fore It Started" / "Sparky"
  • 2002 – "Candy Kane" / "Artificial Gravity"
  • 2002 – "Get Off My Cloud" (Rolling stones cover)/ "Bound and Dominated" LP-single from Dolores singelklubb 300EX
  • 2003 – "Jerk It Out", released 7 April 2003; re-released 18 April 2005
  • 2005 – "Jerk It Out" / "Up All Night" [7" not released in Sweden]
  • 2005 – "Jerk It Out" (Jason Nevins Remix Edit) / "Jerk It Out" (Jason Nevins Extended Remix) / "Jerk It Out" (Jason Nevins "Rack Da Club" Remix) / "Jerk It Out" (Jason Nevins "Jerk It Harder" Remix) / "Jerk It Out" (Jason Nevins Remix Edit Instrumental)
  • 2005 – "We Got to Leave" / "Longer We Stay Together"
  • 2005 – "Paper Tigers" / "Up All Night"
  • 2005 – "It's Not the Fall That Hurts"
  • 2007 – "No Tomorrow" / "Every Road Leads to Home"
  • 2008 – "Boo Boo Goo Goo"


  1. ^ Gundersen, Edna (25 April 2005). "Caesars cut to core with 'Paper Tigers'". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Samba De Amigo song pack 3 released!". Escalation Studios. 21 December 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (29 April 2005). "Sweden's Caesars: Jerking Soon At A Venue Near You". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Confessions of a Matchmaker". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Musiklusten är tillbaka för Caesars" [Music lust is back for Caesars]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Schibsted. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ Åhlund, Joakim (13 February 2012). "Jocke Åhlund: "Jag vill bygga hela ljudvärlden, spela alla instrument"" [Jocke Åhlund: "I want to build entire audio world, playing all instruments"]. Musikguiden i P3 (Interview) (in Swedish). Interviewed by Iman Hazheer. P3. Retrieved 14 March 2015.

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