Nothing can capture a heart like... The ABBA Thread

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  1. Mel O'Drama

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    After searching high and low and finding no ABBA thread I've concluded there isn't one. At least not anymore.

    Time it was rectified...



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  2. Alexis

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    Thank you! If only Minx was still around to contribute...
     
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  3. Mel O'Drama

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    I know. It would be great to have Minx's input here. The previous thread was quite a busy one, I seem to remember, though I was a bit of a lurker rather than contributing too much. You and Minx were the first people I thought of when looking for the thread.




    On the back of our recent ABBA Top Fifteen, this group are well and truly back in my life. I've been listening to them rather a lot the past couple of weeks.

    Curiously, Gracias Por La Musica (the album, rather than the song) is speaking to me the most at the moment. Back in the latter part of the Nineties I went through a Spanish ABBA phase after acquiring a copy of Oro: Grandes Exitos, and I'm happy to report the magic is still there.




     
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  4. Mel O'Drama

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    While I was driving about this evening, I popped my ABBA playlist on shuffle and was rewarded with two consecutive Super Trouper tracks: On And On And On (the full-length version with the Humpty Dumpty part) and The Piper.

    This got me thinking what a blooming perfect album Super Trouper is.

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    Those angelic a cappella harmonies that open the title track; the ABBA power ballad to end all ABBA power ballads in The Winner Takes It All; the poignant, bittersweet reflection of Happy New Year, Our Last Summer and The Way Old Friends Do; the uptempo pieces - On And On And On and Lay All Your Love On Me - that feel like a delicious hangover from the Voulez-Vous album; even the B-side material - Me And I and The Piper - feel classy and inviting (The Piper is a complete gem - as haunting and deep as it is nonsensical).




    I feel fortunate that Super Trouper was my first encounter with an ABBA studio album. My Mum's vinyl copy was much-played, and I can still remember the excitement of it being the "new" ABBA album: the perfect companion to the already well-worn copy of Greatest Hits Vol. 2 that was my introduction to ABBA. For many years, these two albums were my ABBA fix. What a playlist they make up together.
     
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  5. Willie Oleson

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    I like it even better than the English version. I prefer to write it as Dame! Dame! Dame! (Amor Esta Noche), which is not the official title, but the Dutch always want to put something (in brackets).
    Yes, it's an interesting mix of synth-pop, folklore and a children's TV theme.

    Put On Your White Sombrero sounds like all those summer-ish schlager songs that used to be so popular over here for at least two decades.
    It's interesting that a band that was never considered "cool" could become so extremely popular, but then again, in those days it weren't just the kids who controlled the charts.
     
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    Ditto.

    Considering the English title it does look like something's missing without the brackets. I think I've even Googled before now to check it was correctly titled on the albums.

    On the plus side, I did recently discover how to do the upside-down bracket things, so I have at least it now looks a little more authentically Spanish when the title comes up on my phone/car displays.


    I remember during the Eighties how the mere mention of their name was enough to bring shame. They were still played at parties, but it just meant that the teens sat down and pretended not to enjoy it. Fortunately, that was all overcome by the early Nineties and there doesn't even seem to be a pretense of unpopularity now.
     
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    Which is very like what happened with Steps isn't it. They were never cool despite selling tons of albums and singles and having sell out tours all over the world. Then after they split they were dismissed as cheesy and manufactured and all the other words they use to deride pop music. And there was a wave of indie boys with guitars and pop/rock that came in their wake. Now it's ok to like Steps, people have decided that actually they were great and are still great.

    It's always nice to break out this...
     
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  8. Willie Oleson

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    I think they were as cool or uncool as the PWL artists.
    The band was formed during (or shortly after) the heyday of handbag house (Almighty, Klone) and its success in the gayclubs was guaranteed.

    Some people think that indie pop is for nerds. The 90s has brought so many different styles that the difference between cool and uncool had become a bit blurry.
    Even the Swedish bubblegum eurohouse became very popular.
     
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    I loved Abba back in the day, classic pop sound and never bettered!
    (Steps dont even come close for me - sorry - cheesy n naff to me!)

    I have always loved this Video clip - Abba and U2
    As Bono says " we are not worthy"

     
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    and yes Come back MInx!! Come back lots of old and MIA posters since the "crash"!!!

    :cry:
     
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    Yeah, there's a similarity for sure. I suppose I remember ABBA's unfashionable period differently because of my age. The ABBA backlash was still in force when I started high school some years after the split. Nobody is more acutely aware of what's yesterday's news than a group of insecure pre-teens and teens, desperately wanting to fit in. ABBA, with their bellbottoms and cheerful smiles were a symbol of everything young people were supposed to hate and fear for most of the Eighties.

    :D



    Fashion in general seems to be more "anything goes" over the last couple of decades than it seemed to be in the preceding decades. There are trends, but they don't seem to be as exclusive and all-consuming as they seemed when I was young. Or maybe I've just got to old to notice or care.



    That's great. What a combo!!!
     
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    Listening to Gracias last night on headphones it really struck me how fantastic some of those basslines are, which got me looking into some ABBA bass covers.


    Plug in some headphones or speakers and feast your ears


    That intro!


    Those verses!!







    You can feast your eyes too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_BIDlg4lSQ
     
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    We can stop the speculation. It's official now.
     
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    Ah gosh, how come i forgot Abba in Idle thread? great guys!!!
     
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    This doesn't sound, but looks like a mash-up version.
     
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    Oh my.

    I spent most of the first verse wondering if she was lip syncing or if the video sync was slightly out. Then I got to the "I was in your arms" line and was left in no doubt whatsoever. :giggle:

    She looks like she's having fun. And so does that man she pulled up to dip her. :D




    Here's one of my favourite live covers of TWTIA (apart from the annoying hand-clapping audience):

     
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    Love ABBA, they can always cheer me up when nothing else helps. My parents introduced me to the band when I was ten or something and I was really cool, almost like Beatlemania :D does anybody know a video of their live performance, where they really sing live? because unfortunately it was normal in the 60' "to stage" performances where singers don't even have mics in their hands :(
     
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    Indeed. This is the perfect album. Love it!!
     
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    Me too @Willie Oleson, i always loved this version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, I used to make myself very angry with the fact that I have never been able to find the Spanish version an one of their studio albums, until I realized that they had made a Spanish-language album in 1980 called "Gracias Por La Musica".

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    But years ago i bought anorther spanish album from called "Abba Oro", and yes finally the song was on this album, it has also the same tracklist as the original album from 1980. :spinning:


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