to love or not to love aba?
5 Apr 07
ABBA really blew me away when I was a young lad and saw them win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Since then, I have always had a strange admiration for them, and when I became a nightclub DJ in my late teens, I found that even 'hip' people who were very cautious about what they'd be seen dancing to would jump onto the dancefloor for ABBA. Their influence has been profound, and I notice that the Madonna sampling of them has already been mentioned. The KLF (3AM Eternal, What Time Is Love, etc) sampled them illegally in 1987, and had their first album melted down as a consequence. The original Goth masters the 'Sisters of Mercy' and a rock band called the 'Leather Nun' have both covered Gimme Gimme Gimme, and Erasure did a whole EP of ABBA covers. Benny & Bjorn also worked with Tim Rice to create the musical 'Chess'. Benny now plays old fashioned Swedish Folk music with a band, though only the occassional small live performance. Agnetha and Frida had already had successful solo careers prior to ABBA. Often under-rated and mocked, ABBAs music has really stood the test of time, and is still as appealling today as it ever was. In particular, I know Australia still idolises them, because of their tours there in the 1970s. Long live ABBA, and keep enjoying the music, without shame. All the best.
2 Apr 07
Abba even though the group split quite some time ago, has left us all with a great legacy that will live on through generations, even a lot of youngsters I know of that wasnt born til after Abba split are well into thier music and often will turn up at Abba tribute shows like Mama Mia, I will always fondly treasure thier music and style. They are one band that will always be special. Lynn-Marie