abba love thread.
I'll start with Lay All Your Love On Me
best paedo song
that guys, is a riff.
... undeniably great pop songs but my Mum played them to death when I was a kid. My opinion of Voulez Vous changed massively when I saw 2 Many DJ's rip it part. That riff...
The Winner Takes It All
They didn't write many duds. I still maintain that ABBA Gold is the best use we've found yet for a compact disc.
Take a Chance on Me
Wonderful pop songwriting. As said above, ABBA Gold is probably the only completely flawless album (best of or otherwise) that's ever been produced.
. That's Me
. Dum Dum Diddle (terrible words in the chorus, incredible tune and production)
. If It Wasn't For The Nights (accidentally never released as a single in some kind of act of madness. probably better than 90% of their actual singles. just tear-jerkingly fantastic on every level.)
basically if ARRIVAL isn't your favourote pop album of all time then there's something wrong somewhere.
that run from the self titled album to The Album is amazing basically. Arrival was the first album i ever owned hence my somewhat irrational love for it.
on The Day Before You Came and The Winner Takes It All are very much a better proposition than King Kong Song for example!
have you read 'Bright Lights, Dark Shadows'? i'm just about to start reading it having picked it up from an Oxfam for a fiver.
basically an ABBA song... Clout - "Save Me" (1979) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDe2YipDzRY
I suppose that, from some angles, their talent for writing songs laser-guided to reverberate around people's heads and move their feet is impressive. But for me, it's calculated and cold, with no rough edges to grow to love. They're the musical equivalent of Ivan Drago from Rocky 4.
which really is the most trascendental mingling of emotions ever recorded. I mean it's a pretty standard trick to do sad lyrics to uptempo music, but every facet of Dancing Queens taps into numerous emotional threads so much so that it's just inextricable in the best way possible, all you can do is listen to it and feel that impossible to articulate (hence why I'm doing such a shit job) melting pot of feelings and desires. Plus it's nuanced enough to blend pseudo-classical piano with disco beats without anything sounding incongruous, which also leads me to the point that it does a brilliant job of fulfilling it's most basic function in that the bass and drums are so damned danceable.
So yeah, obvious choice, but Dancing Queen.
Also, Our Last Summer, not just for the glorious Parisian romance nostalgia, but for the fact the "hero of my dreams" is a middle-aged bank worker, one of the few instances in pop music where a truly mundane figure is the recipient of undying love and admiration.
My Love, My Life - for the beautiful vocal ascent on the chorus in particular.
I'd even go so far as to say it's quite shallow lyrically and any kind of poignancy people attach to it mainly stems from nostalgia - its ubiquity means that pretty much everyone's had a good time dancing to it on an over-emotional night out. Don't get me wrong, it's a masterfully put together pop song, but because it's too stately, too regal (it was written for a royal for God's sake), that's all it will really ever be. You might not need rough edges in your music but I like soul, grit and honesty. To me, ABBA seem like the kind of band who mean something to everyone rather than everything to someone.
Perfect understanding of melody, construction and dynamics...blows me away every time.
Too many songs to credit, but I'd comfortably put Super Trouper and The Visitors in my top 100 records of all time. And to whoever mentioned it above, 'Head Over Heels' is awesome.
I loved it when they got dark. You can always judge the pedigree of a band in relation to what happens when things go downhill...
SOMETHING GOOD IN EVERYTHING I SEE
Played the HELL out of this single to the point of seriously annoying my parents....take a chance take a chance take-a take-a chance chance
I'm A Marionette
On And On And On
All favourites of mine too
My top five
2. Voulez Vous
3. Knowing Me, Knowing You
4. The Winner Takes It All
5. Gimme Gimme Gimme
One of Us and Summer Night City out of the less-mentioned ones.
...that the bass playing on ABBA's records was universally fucking brilliant!
except Dancing Queen, that's a bit boring.
People who fear me never come near me.
thanks for your time.