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Tell me why you think they are good
Tell me why you think they are bad
bad: dated production, overfamiliarity
+ seriously some of the best pop songwriting ever and absolutely amazing production. every song having 2 choruses which are always huge. it's not all smiles and outfits either, their 'divorce' album is probably the best thing they did.
- children's choir, amazing singles/terrible album tracks, medleys.
Take a chance on me 'yeah i'm not the prettiest but if there's nobody else left please give me a go'
+ The Best "Best Of" Ever
+ Puts me in a good mood
+ When Mamma Mia came out on DVD it made Christmas present buying for female relatives incredibly easy
+ Stubborn refusal to cash in on the whole reunion thing.
- None really.
That's why i hate them
Pros: Some great tunes
Cons: Some absolute dross (I'm looking at you in particular Dancing Queen).
In conclusion, they're alright.
Cons: If I hear that song ONE MORE FUCKING TIME, I will cave your head in with a sweedish shovel
bad: hellish visions of awful fancy dress events and dire club nights sear my brain everytime I hear one of their songs.
The latter is obviously not their fault mind.
Simply because Dancing Queen has been played at just about every 18th, 21st, anniversary, 40th, 50th... disco I've ever been to and i've been to a lot.
I loathe it as much as Queen's Don't Stop Me Now and This is the way to Amarillo by Tony Christie.
The Winner Takes It All is an undeniable banger though.
But I've had so many years of thinking they were shit that it's hard to come back from that. Songs like Dancing Queen are both catchy and fucking dreadful. Lyrically, the rhyming dictionary stuff stands out a lot and even for a non-lyric-listening type like me it's a bit painful.
My mum always hated them and that counted a lot toward my dislike and then in the mid-90s liking Abba wasn't cool at all.
It was like the Berlin Wall coming down in terms of blowing the old dross off Saturday night TV music shows.
Went off them a bit during the 'Abba - The Movie' phase. It was like killing the golden goose.
I used to be in an Abba tribute band so I am perhaps a little bit biased, but they really fucking annoy me now. The occasional song will get me though.
I therefore find them completely unlistenable. Am genuinely baffled as to why they are so popular decades on - no one listens to The Bay City Rollers these days do they...
Pros: one or two truly great songs, eg The Day Before You Came & The Winner Takes it All
Cons: pretty much everything else. The music, the cheesy cruise ship showband image & delivery, fucking cunting Dancing fucking bastard Queen & so forth.
to which I'd also add that they massively halted the progress of Swedish pop music which was highly socio-political until their ultra-conservative brand of songwriting turned into a cash cow and then an industry of its own
they also made divorce hugely fashionable in Sweden, which is perhaps +ve for many and -ve for some
being overplayed, the musicals, etc.
but you get to witness it crumble in glorious fashion
Exceptional songwriting, brilliantly delivered. So many great songs.
Is fucking fantastic.
Great pop songwriters heartbroken and falling apart while still utilising the same magic. Amazing record.
up their with The Woods by Sleater Kinney
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What's not to like?
The outfits were a bit weird, but of their time. They can't be blamed for Mamma Mia! and its ilk really.
Just listen to SOS and try not to love it. I dare you.
having come back after a few drinks, have I truly felt, not just acknowledged from a respectful muso distance, how great they were.
I mean, the overplaying thing is crucial; I can't say for sure that I wouldn't shrink away again from 'Dancing Queen' sober, but right now, I'm in awe at the pop genius of their best stuff. it seems monumental how good their songs were. like, as the ultimate riposte to mortality. that though their songs exist as the impossibly gaudy, garish façade of our parents' popular culture are actually heavy with the weight of existence in a really perverse, counterintuitive way.
has there ever been a better Eurovision band?
They really grate, like some scraping a fork over a plate, if I never heard another abba track again I'd be happy about it. Few bands make me want to change the station like abba do!