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I'm sick of hearing Dancing Queen for the millionth time but give me SOS any day
that ABBA are our generation's Beatles. Up until some time around 1998, when we were getting all the Anthology stuff, you couldn't get away from the Beatles, their legacy and every little bit of their music being analysed. Now the Beatles are the punchline to an iTunes joke and ABBA are getting endless ITV prime-time documentaries and it's pretty much taken as read that everyone must love them.
Anyway, Mamma Mia is probably responsible for ABBA re-entering the public eye in recent years
The thing often missed about Abba is how genuinely odd they were. Money Money Money for one, is a really strange song, and nobody else has ever written anything like it.
Turns out everything they put out was unbelievable crap. They all sound like show tunes - like they knew they were going to make a musical of it years in advance. I fucking hate musicals
Just saying, they annoy me and hurt my head.
I don't ever deliberately listen to them
They have a lot of "perfect" songs though
probably in my top ten. It is irritating to watch a bunch of twits talk about them in totally vague and boring terms. All the same I was gutted when I saw that in Scotland we got The Sunday Mail Scottish Sports Awards. Thank fuck for ITV Player.
Bjorn Again were probably the best thing about Glastonbury 09. I didn't even think I liked ABBA before that.
the lyrics keep melding into one another
MONEY MONEY MONEY IN A RICH MANS WORLD THERES SOMEONE BROKEN HEARTED BLUE SINCE THE DAY WE PARTED
is the best pop album ever. Only Technique by New Order comes close.
it's almost like a prog album, it's very complex arrangement wise. considering they had all divorced each other by this point reading through the lyrics is pretty harrowing in places.
I do love the pop stuff as well though.
It was a Faustian pact with the devil, you know.
"Hey, Bjorn, Benni. I'll cut you a deal. You can write the greatest collection of pop songs ever recorded... but you'll have to break up with your wives. That's right, even the smoking hot blonde."