Thank You For The Music

We will be backtracking for the next few posts, thanks to the music I added to Spotify this past week or so. So next up: ABBA!

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ABBA is truly a musical legend. As far as my young self can tell, everyone knew of and liked ABBA at some point since they started performing. They are one of the most successful musical acts in the history of pop music. Honestly, there are a lot of songs out there that have stood the test of time, but not many have done so as well as the music of ABBA. They are so well loved a musical consisting entirely of their hits was produced 17 years after they had disbanded. It was even made into a movie nine more years after that. I’m sure it is a favorite of someone you know, my grandmother and my aunt are both particularly fond of it.

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Arguably their biggest hit, “Dancing Queen” has been covered, adapted, parodied, and replayed more times than is possible to count, though Spotify has a running total for their service at 78,547,327 (at the time of this blog post). I am sure that is only a small fraction, since that only counts online streaming from one site and not  countless other websites, CD’s, tapes, vinyl records, etc. that have been played over and over again.

I have fond memories of listening to ABBA as a kid (we might have had a couple of cassettes, though I mostly remember a CD copy of ABBA Gold). I also have a memory from my teenage years when I was a part of my high school’s women’s choir; one spring we did an ABBA medley for our Pops concert. Fun stuff to sing along with at any time for sure, but it was especially fun for that concert, despite losing my breath during the part where I practically chanted “take a chance take a chance, take a take a chance chance, take a chance take a chance…” Go alto voices!

It’s just good, fun music. This is, for me, the height of disco (along with the Bee Gees, of course) and really epitomizes the genre for me. Even more than that, they have doubtlessly influenced hundreds of other artists in many different genres that have come after them and they have inspired at least one ABBA tribute band out there that I know of (the A-Teens). If any group out there has a strong standing legacy, ABBA does.

I heard a rumor the other day about ABBA reforming. Let me assure you: this is not true.

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What is true however, is that they are going to get together this year for a special virtual concert of some kind. I’m still a little hazy on the details, the different articles I looked at weren’t all that informative, but any ABBA fan should keep an eye out for that. After all, it is now 35 years since they disbanded.

I’m not gonna recommend specific songs (they are all pretty great) but if you want a nice comprehensive album to listen to, check out ABBA Gold. It is a collection of all their hits, from “Fernando” to “Waterloo” to “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and is really fun album to listen to.

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Check it out, and happy listening!

 

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P.S. Completely from left field here: So I was looking at that last picture above this and the expressions on their faces, and suddenly what came to mind were the characters from Frozen. I mean look at that picture up there: Brunette guy with a smirk, happy/laughing brunette girl, more calm yet still smiling blonde girl, and a slightly doofy looking blonde dude. This picture below doesn’t match expression at all, though the line up is right.

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And then I found this other one in my google search. Someone out there on the internet obviously had the same thought pop up in their head:

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Weird. Thanks for being on the same strange brainwave as me, Silvaniart at Tumblr!

Man, my brain is weird.

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Don’t Turn Around

All I can think of when I hear something like Ace of Base (very much early 90’s europop) is just how hokey it is. That might not be quite the right word… oh well. But that is likely because of my age (born in ’89). Ah well, I still enjoy a couple of their hit singles on occasion. Rare occasion. Obviously I must like it enough to have it on my Spotify, but that might just be childhood memories talking.

When I turned on this artist for this I was surprised and kind of annoyed to find so. Many. Remixes.

Not even good ones. I’ll be honest, I didn’t make it through all of the songs for Ace of Base; their particular style just does not do it for me. And the fact that there are apparently albums worth of remixes each dedicated to just one song gets kind of hard to listen to after a while.

The songs I like are most likely ones other people are familiar with. Unless under the age of 20. The songs in question are “Don’t Turn Around”, “All That She Wants”and of course “The Sign“. 

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Pitch Perfect kind of ruined that last one for me though. If you’ve seen that movie, you know what I’m talking about. I liked the movie, because it is ridiculous and fun, but you know how one song can get overplayed on the radio, and over the course of a week or two you can get really sick of it cause you hear it so often? Pitch Perfect accomplished that feeling maybe half an hour into the movie. Hats off to them for that feat; now please never do that to me again. I can barely stand to listen to “The Sign” for more than a minute now.

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Ultimately, I don’t much care for Ace of Base as a whole. Kind of sad to say, but that’s the truth. None of their other songs mean anything to me, and it’s likely the only reason I like the ones I mentioned is they were around while I was growing up.

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Well, you can’t win them all. I guess I’ll stick with what I know on this one.