I love ABBA, and so should you.
Interested in melodies? ABBA has those. Interested in shiny polyester matching outfits? ABBA has it covered. Penchant for nonsensically referenced European history? Check. Complicated and dramatic interconnected personal lives of band-mates? Record sales in the tens of millions? Tales of jaunts to sex clubs with Led Zepplin’s Robert Plant? Catchy melodies and a movie-musical with Colin Firth? Check, check, check and check. ABBA has been recognized by the European community for their contributions to the audio arts as the winners of the 1974 Eurovision contest, and spawned one of the only commercially successful cover bands of all time, the A*Teens.
Although ABBA is a common sight in many people’s music libraries, questions about their presence almost always results in explanations and apologies, rather than excitement and acceptance. It is not far out of the realm of possibility to think of guilty shoppers hiding ABBA purchases in brown paper bags and taking furtive glances at their stash. The time has come for this to change.
In order to correct this injustice, WOBC presents, for your listening and viewing pleasure, a brief list of ABBA related resources:
For the ABBA proficient: Muriels Wedding, A fab movie that follows an ABBA fanatic on her way to the altar.
For the ABBA newcomers: ABBA Gold, the most recognizable hits.
Think you are too hardcore for ABBA? You are wrong, but until you become enlightened, try http://www.gabba.co.uk/, the website of a Ramones-style ABBA cover band. ABBA is everywhere. Long live ABBA.
- Petra Seitz