ABBA….Thank You For The Music….. I was going to do a review on their greatest hits album but thought it would be better just to do an opinion on them as a group, who can forget Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn, the fab four of the 70’s. I love Abba, that blonde thing, not the guy, the girl. I first remember Abba when I passed my driving test, it was April 1974 and it was the Eurovision Song contest and the group that won it had these two real eyecatching babes singing a song called “Waterloo”, what a great backside that girl had. Anyway I have so many memories from our Swedish friends, I got engaged to The Dancing Queen in 1976,those words “Friday night and the lights are low, looking out for a place to go”. Simple songs with a simple beat, they continued to churn them out year after year. If you were growing up in the 70’s then you must have a memory that involves Abba, like Fernando, released just before Christmas 1975, this song reminds me of a New Years Disco, yes I said Disco. .lol. .Anyway the night ended with a girl throwing up all over my car and if I hear ABBA on the radio even today I can recall that night vividly. On the cd they have 19 hits and to be honest I think they all hit the top 20, this group of four people were so successful that they will always be remembered. The film Muriel’s Wedding proved how popular Abba are, by telling about a girl who was obsessed by Abba. I was in HMV at Christmas and noticed a girl of about 17 buying Abba’s greatest hits. My eldest daughter of 23 loves Abba, and I know you are probably saying wise up but the record sales speak for the group, they are still today one of the most popular bands of the last 30 years. I have enjoyed all their songs and feel like they were part of me growing up in the 70’s, I just by chance listened to this cd and it just brought all those memories flood
ing back. Every single tells a story like "I have a Dream” reminds me of a girl I worked with 25 years ago even to this day. Anyway I suppose you all have your group or single that reminds you of a period in your life, for someone in the 70’s Abba was that group. I think they don’t get the serious credit they should get for their years of songwriting, I know it’s mostly pop songs but I take my hat of to them for the years they stayed at the top, and don’t forget Bjorn Again still pull in big crowds as an Abba tribute band!! Anyway thank you for the read and I hope you have a group that gives you as much enjoyment over years off your life…. I dedicate this opinion to my friend Mel…Cheekychicken…lol…. Cheers…Art….31st July 2001..
I hate ABBA, I hate ABBA, I hate ABBA (if this sounds repetitive so is their music). ABBA had there first world hit in 1974 with waterloo. Unfortunately unlike all the other Eurovision Song contest winners they never disappeared after one or two hits!! Instead we had to suffer songs like; SOS, Mamma Mia, Take a chance on me, Voulez vous, money money money, knowing me knowing you need I continue? I really hated ABBA but it wasn’t so bad when they sang a song in a different Language than English because you didn’t have to listen to the annoying lyrics and corny morals! Thank you for the music???? what music. Every songs the same. Goody goody ABBA. Mums and Dads and kids can all listen together to the their wailing. Everywhere I go their noise is being played - on the radio, at the Gym, at the supermarket. We have had years and years of DJ's playing ABBA, looking back to the 70's, well its 2001 and we are still having to listen. ABBA consisted of 4 members-Agenetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Anni-frin Lyngstad and Bjorn. There was only 1 good looking member out of the whole band who was Anni-Fria. If you like ABBA (you poor thing) I suggest that you buy the Album singles-the first ten years because it contains there best hits for the trend following people! Best of ABBA, you cannot be serious!! ABBA tributes WOW, we have suffered for too long. Mama Mia, here we go again!!!! Their clothes were horrible. Remember the blue satin trousers? PLEASE LET ABBA REST IN PEACE!!!
The chemistry was nothing like anything I have ever seen before in this group and they are truly the best group ever. Although I was not born when Abba first got together and did not see their glorious victory at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest (I was born October of that year) I have been brought up with their music and will love it til the day I die. I can honestly say that there has not been a group since to surpass their collective talents. Frida and Benny, for me, were the most lively group members whp always looked as though they were thoroughly enjoying been in Abba and performing on stage, they were doing what they loved and you could tell that. Both girls had fantastic voices that can bring tears to my eyes with little effort and the songwriting expertise of Benny and Bjorn was second to none. They had all the ingredients needed to make a band to stand the distance, even after the unfortunate break up of the group in the early eighties. Their music will last forever as long as there are likeminded people to myself who will play their their music to their children and their grandchildren after that. I am very sorry that I did not get to experience the wonder of Abba live and I feel sorry for anyone else who did not have that chance. I guess that we will have to accept their substitutes, such as Bjorn Again, if we want to get anywhere close to their magic live.
I say that most definitely they are. Though they were never given the credit they deserved in the 70's, their music has endured the test of time and is played as much today as it was then. The way they were formed back in the early 70's has always seemed to me a bit like a fairy tale. The two guys, Benny and Bjorn, meet and discover they have similar ideas about music. They write a few songs together, then realise that the vocals would sound much better with female voices. Enter Benny's girlfriend Anni-Frid (Frida) and Bjorn's girlfriend Agnetha. The rest, as they say, is history! You will almost never see a group these days formed spontaneously - an example of this is the programme "Popstars". It's very sad, but that's the state of the music industry today. Everyone knows that Abba won Eurovision in 1974 with "Waterloo", but did you know that this was their second attempt to represent their country? They tried the previous year with "Ring Ring", but didn't get through the Swedish heats. Undaunted, they gave it another go and this time they were successful. Eurovision was undoubtedly a springboard for Abba, but would they have achieved the same level of fame without their Brighton win? I believe that with their obvious talent they would have succeeded anyway. Numerous hit singles followed - "SOS", "Mamma Mia", "Fernando", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing me Knowing you" to name but a few. In all they had 9 number one singles in the UK. Abba were at their peak between 1976-1978, after that when they split up as couples it became clear that their hearts weren't really in it any more. Having said that, I feel that some of their best work emerged after the divorces. Just listen to the lyrics of "The Winner Takes It All" - they are unbearably sad and undoubtedly autobiographical. And "Super Trouper" perh
aps tells of their weariness with touring and being on stage - ...."Facing twenty thousand of your friends, how can anyone be so lonely? Part of a success that never ends...." I was lucky enough to see them in concert in 1979, I'm so glad I did as it turned out to be their last tour. When they stopped being Abba, there was no final announcement of a split, they just stopped making records and that was the end of an era. The Abba phenomenon lives on today in the shape of the stage musical "Mamma Mia!" which is an absolute must-see. It's not the story of Abba, but their songs are interpreted into the show beautifully. So to sum up - Abba may not be to everyone's musical taste, but you can't deny their continuing popularity almost twenty years since they last released a single. I don't think even the Beatles enjoy the level of fame that Abba do - so yes, they ARE the greatest group ever!
Abba came from Sweden and were made up of two married couples. In1974 they won the Eurovision Song Contest with their record Waterloo, they made a lot of really good records such as Take A Chance On Me, Name Of The Game and Dancing Queen. In1977 they made a film called Abba The Movie it was a really good film, it has been on the television loads of times, and it never seems to get boring. Over the next three years both couples in the group got divorced, but despite this they still carried on making records such as Winner Takes It All, One Of Us, and The Day Before You Came. They released a double album in 1982 called The Singles The First Ten Years, it was a good album with all their best records on it, after this they split up. In 1999.
Waterloo was the song that thrust Abba into the limelight back in the 1974 Eurovision song contest. All four members Benny Anderson, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni Frid Lyngstad and Bjorn Ulvaeus had all been individually successful in Sweden. When Bjorn and AnniFrid married in 1972 this led to the making of Abba. When they won the Eurovision song contest, Waterloo went to no 1 in the UK and it hit the American top ten. After this success Benny and Bjorn put together their songwriting skills, but they couldn't produce the goods. But after help from their manager the songs started rolling out, this increased the pair's confidence. The song that put them back in the limelight was SOS. They just got better from there they brought out Take A Chance On Me, Dancing Queen, Name Of The Game. Abba enjoyed years of success. Abba parted in 1981. The album I'd recommend is Abba Gold; this album has all the most popular of their singles, if you like Abba's style this album won't disappoint you.
I wouldn't call myself an ABBA fan, but I can see their appeal. Pure unadulterated pop, that's what they are. And what is pop? Popular music, of course. And why is music popular? Because people like it? Why do they like it? Because it's good. ABBA, by that reasoning, are good. They have legions of fans, and their simple catchiness makes them the archetypal creators of pop music. I look forward to the day when I start listening to ABBA, rather than just appreciating their appeal as I do now. Classic stuff, the appeal of which will last well into the next century.
They are a really good band that play some really good music. Their albums contain alot of cutting edge material that has creatively put together with alot of imagianation and flair. I really enjoy listening to their albums and find their music puts me in a great frame of mind and gives me a buzz as only music can. This music has to played at full volume to really appreciate the driving bass and rhythmic guitar. i would recommend this band totally and it really goes to show what can be done with musical instrument.
Wonderful Stuff: Even though this was a repeat and there have been other TV programmes about ABBA this particular show excells -with not only the ABBA hits but also the ABBA arrangements and the background to the new London ABBA based musical. The interviews are excellent, with comments and input from ALL of the band in person ( this was said to be the first time that this had happened). Bjorn and Benny told of how they went about re-writting their music to fir in with the new musical, and it made facinating television. They have reained as faithfull as posible to the original processes and the secrets of their unique 'mix' provided an insight into the workings of a usical 'legend'. Bono from U2 commented that they were not proerly appreciated in the seventies, - oh boy is he right. By the way I think the Movie was ace too! What is making this truely 'surereal' is that the programme is on the TV as I'm writing this! In my house ABBA have always been 'top of the pops' and it was good to see so many other people who agree with our 'opinion'.
ABBA are a classic group. They will go down in history as one of the best bands ever, and certainly Sweden's best export (I hate Volvos!). The band's name is made of of the members Christian names, which I'm sure everyone knows are Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anna-Frid. They have produced dozens of all-time classic hits, such as "Dancing Queen", "Waterloo", "The Winner Takes It All", "Mamma Mia" and "Money, Money, Money". This band will never be forgotten as they were just sooo good!
Come on admit it everyone is a closet Abba fan. We owe a lot to these guys they have done so much for pop music. Where would we be without Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Money, Money, Money? Think how boring karaoke competitions would be and what songs would everyone play to get a party going? Abba have released some great albums which are perfect for any occasion be it a party, evening in or just crusing in the car. I would recommend Abba Gold because it has an awesome combination of the best hits. Unfortunately the words aren't included, but they are easy enough to pick up. Abba is always a must to sing along to with their completely unique "poppy" sound, and who doesn't love that guy on the piano?
Abba, are my all time best group ,their music is quite complicated , you have to be an acomplished musician to play it.It is mostly happy music sometimes sad, reflecting true human feeling (The winner takes it all, )about lost love ,the first day a little girl goes to school, Loneliness ,A man after midnight ,Thankyou for the music . I have some of these songs on the love songs tape ,some on the Gold Album .Well worth the money I wish they would do a live concert , but it must be a pressurizing thing to do . Maidmarion date:17th july 2000.
If you only ever buy one ABBA album let ABBA Gold be the one. Featuring songs such as 'Dancing Queen' and 'Knowing me, Knowing You', ABBA Gold is certainly one of the best albums around. ABBA Gold is an invaluable possession in my car. I am accustomed to long journey's on a regular basis and ABBA Gold is the perfect album to drive to! Just one word of warning: listen to ABBA Gold once and you'll be hooked, singing along to it every time it goes on.
I think that Abba are great. Back in their hay day after they won the Eurovision Song Contest they created a huge phenomena in the music World. I think that they have produced some excellent pop music that will be enjoyed for a long time. Recently Abba have had a come back with the Abba Gold Albums going on sale. This has shown people what their music was like and has got the younger generation interested in them. Abba has been a great success even after they spilt back in the 80's and shall continue to for a long time.