I have a confession to make. When I was a kid, I was a huge ABBA fan.
I mean HUGE.
I had every album, posters on my bedroom walls.
Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say I had a shrine. When we would fly to Germany to visit my Mom’s family, I would buy German fan magazines if ABBA was on the cover. And every picture of them was cut out and added to the shrine.
Including this one:
Most of the stuff on my shrine I got in Germany. But that’s because ABBA wasn’t that big here in the states. But they were huge in Europe.
I mean, other than “Waterloo” or “Dancing Queen,” can you think of any other song of theirs that hit the big time here in the US? Okay, maybe “Take a Chance on Me” or “Name of the Game.” But I’m guessing the only ones you know are “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.”
And the only reason you’ve heard of “Mama Mia” is because of the movie and Broadway show.
But I knew every song by heart and would sing along boisterously – often taking one of the trademark ABBA harmonies.
And in 1979 with the release of their disco album “Voulez Vous,” I got to see them in concert.
Okay, with my parents. But what do you want? I was sixteen and the closest city on the tour was Montreal.
It was a once in a lifetime experience for me.
I don’t know if you know this, but the two guys from ABBA – Benny and Bjorn – wrote the music for the popular Broadway show “Chess.”
Which of course explains why the song “One Night in Bangkok” has those trademark ABBA harmonies.
Interesting trivia: “One Night in Bangkok,” music by Benny and Bjorn, was sung by Murray Head. And Murray Head’s brother is none other than Anthony Stewart Head, the actor who played Giles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Any old how.
Imagine my surprise to learn that after thirty years apart, ABBA plans to release their first songs of the 21st Century.
The last ABBA album on vinyl that I bought was “The Visitors” in 1981 – which was technically their last album — not counting ABBA Live.
Sure, there’ve been “collections” and “completes” and “golds,” since that time. But no new ABBA material.
It’s only two songs. But still. I’ll probably download them when they get released.
But for me, ABBA will always be that nostalgic trigger from my teen years — the soundtrack of my adolescence.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll listen to some ABBA.
Hat tip Yahoo News.
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