Whale (band)

Origin Sweden
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, experimental rock, electronic, trip hop
Years active 19921999
Labels Hut, Virgin, East West
Past members Cia Berg
Henrik Schyffert
Gordon Cyrus
Jorgen Wall
Jon Jefferson Klingberg
Heikki Kiviaho

Whale was a Swedish alternative rock group in the 1990s.


Gordon Cyrus and Henrik Schyffert met while working on a commercial and decided to collaborate on a music track. Schyffert recruited his then-girlfriend, Cia Berg, to perform vocals.[1] The band enjoyed some success, particularly in the European market. Their first single, 1993's "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe", was positively received by critics and received heavy spins in the Euro dance club scene and saturation airplay on MTV. It reached the Top 10 in Denmark and Norway, Top 30 in the Netherlands and Austria, Top 40 in Sweden,[2] and No. 24 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.[3] It also reached No. 46 on the UK Singles Chart chart in 1994, and when reissued in 1995, reached No. 15.[4]

The music video for "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe", directed by Mark Pellington, won the first MTV Europe Music Award for Best Video in 1994.

Whale toured with Tricky,[5] Blur and Placebo.[6]

In the late 1990s, a presentation of the band on its official website stated that their original name was Southern Whale Cult 1987, and that several albums had previously been released under that name. This was later admitted to have been a joke; the band had copied a presentation of The Cult and simply changed the name of the band in the text.[7]



Singles & EPs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Alter.
1993 "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" 30 17 13 22 46 24 We Care
1995 "Pay for Me" 6
"I'll Do Ya" 53
"Kickin'" (feat. Tricky) (US promo)
"Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" (reissue) 15
1997 "Heavy Stick" single only
1998 "Four Big Speakers" (feat. Bus75) 50 69 All Disco Dance Must End in Broken Bones
"Crying at Airports" (feat. Bus75) 94
1999 "Deliver the Juice"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. Newman, Melinda; Watson, Miranda (June 24, 1995). "Whale Follow 'Hobo' With A Full-Length Virgin Album". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 25. pp. 18–20.
  2. Newman, Melinda; Watson, Miranda (24 June 1995). "Whale follows 'Hobo' with a full length Virgin album". Billboard. Vol. 107 no. 25. p. 18.
  3. allmusic (((Whale > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  4. Warwick, Neil; Kutner, John; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
  5. "Tricky Taps Whale For U.S. Tour". MTV. 1998-10-08. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. "Whale Gigography, Tour History". Songkick. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  7. "Whale Swimming From Electronica To Rock". VH1. Jan 8, 1999. http://www.vh1.com/artists/news/510624/19990106/whale.jhtml. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  8. "Official Charts Company: Whale". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
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