Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by stumphead, Aug 16, 2019.
I've said this before here ... they created more earworms than any music group outside The Beatles.
I did too! Abba is the soundtrack to my childhood.
You don't achieve global status and record-breaking attendance and record sales by having schlock vocals. Me like Abba.
ReinXeed did their songs better.
God yes, witchy and beautiful
Not as short--I don't consider them great singers, but they were perfect for the material and the material was good along with all the other aspects of performance and production. I wasn't all that aware of production at the time but that's not necessary to enjoy the results of it.
Even longer--They're one of those groups or artists that I never bought a recording of. I can say that I can't recall any album cover of their's. I don't think I ever played a song of their's on a jukebox or anywhere, until youtube came along and they'd come up on TGP.
But, and it's a big but, I'm very familiar with much of their music. Like when I clicked on SOS in the OP without looking at the title embedded on the video, it only took a couple of notes on the keyboard for me to recognize it immediately. Many of their other songs when I hear them I already know the words as the song progresses. What I'm saying is that I heard them a lot, without any action on my part. That could be good or bad! But in ABBA's case I always liked them well enough to enjoy them when I heard them. In that sense I was a fan, but I don't think I'd pass as a fan with hard core fans, they'd ask me something like what my favorite song is on such a such an album and I'd have no clue of course.
No, they weren't considered cool at the time among my friends. But I don't think they were considered uncool either, they just weren't thought of in those terms. Like, if someone said "The new Stones album is great!" no one would say "Yeah and the ABBA album too!" But I don't recall anyone hating them either, I'm sure some did but it wasn't widespread. They occupied their own place in a different realm.
It's kind of interesting to me to consider that the Carpenters, who were similar in a way, were definitely looked at in terms of coolness/uncoolness with many considering them uncool. I think they grew on many and achieved that kind of position like ABBA where that didn't really matter, but for a while they were the poster kids for being uncool.
So, if you were a kid when their songs were released, "Waterloo" hit big in 1974, you'd know that girls 15-25 went nuts for ABBA ( I was a teenager). "Old person" music?
there are some stats on their record sales that are insane
here is an example :
"Today it was revealed that Abba's greatest hits collection, aptly called Gold, is the only CD to ever sell more than four million copies in the UK, half a million more than Adele, who took second place with her album 21. "
and think of this - they were only together for 10 years and have not really toured in 40 !
I liked what ABBA was doing musically back then, but they've always seemed like "cult people¹" so I avoided them.....unlike Sabbath, KISS, Zeppelin, etc.
¹ I made the mistake of seeing the movie "Midsommar" earlier this year.
The verse of this slays me every time:
I could listen to it on a loop.
Not the type of girls that were any fun.
I was born in 69 so, at 5 years old...I was not yet a player!
When I find myself in a rut with song writing I’ll often put on some ABBA. Those two fellas had a knack for the craft of pop songwriting and some lovely melodies and hooks.
I only know the hits, never bought any records (didn't have to, they were played every where), but they were very well crafted and executed. Hard not to appreciate records that well made.
I'm Australian so I have to. Their lyrics are so well enunciated.
Does the Pope wear a pointy hat?!
They are unrivaled in the history of pure pop IMO.
i was pretty surprised when i first heard this a few years ago. rockin' tune with some really cool bass lines:
Anni-Frid Lynstad also had a solo career and a big hit in the early 80s featuring Phil Collins on drums.