Lambretta – Bimbo (2001)

Bimbo is the 4th single release by Swedish rock band Lambretta and the 2nd off the band’s second album release, Lambretta. The CD single was released in 2001 and included 2 B-sides and the music video to Bimbo.

Bimbo was Lambretta’s most successful release. The single peaked at #2 in Sweden, #4 in Norway, #18 in Austria, #27 in Germany, and #43 in Switzerland. The band couldn’t replicate the success of Bimbo with later releases, and since lead singer Linda Sundblad decided to pursue a solo career in 2005 the band changed their name and moved on with a new singer.

Bimbo is a mid-tempo heavy-rock song characterised by a heavy, single-note guitar riff mixed with clear and melodic female vocals. The lyrics tell the story of a cheating partner and match the mood of the song perfectly. The fact that star-producer Max Martin co-wrote the song brings an additional spice to the song that becomes obvious once listening to other Lambretta songs. In addition, the video to Bimbo is fun to watch. Linda and the boys play a cool troop of revenging angels.

Sorrow, track 2, is a mid-tempo melodic rock song, not as heavy as Bimbo, with strong backing choirs. Pleasureground, track 3, continues in a similar mood and tempo as Sorrow. Both songs are good B-sides that show the band’s true pop-rock nature.

However, Bimbo is arguable the Lambretta’s flagship song and definitely a great heavy-rock song that deserves to be played and kept alive.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer