This is the day of admissions it seems. I admit I have always been a hard core ABBA fan. I heard them on the radio when I was 6 years old and I suppose they were the first band I ever liked on my own, independently of bands I heard through my older brothers.
In the history of ABBA, I never knew they won the Eurovision song contest for their infamous song "Waterloo" (you can listen to it here, song number 5). I just thought they were cool and I liked their music. When I was 12 I acquired a Swedish pen pal, made all the more interesting because of my love for ABBA. I had ALL of their albums, including one in Spanish. I still have the vinyl in storage in our house on Hortiati.
ABBA won't reunite for cold, hard cash, only for single moment special occasions, like the opening of the music Mamma Mia, and Eurovision finals. Nor do they take a shine to anyone sampling their music, usually. But after a lot of begging and pleading, and an extremely lucrative deal, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus granted Madonna the right to sample the ABBA hit "Gimme Gimme Gimme" on a song on her new album.
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate Madonna. Hell, I dressed like her in the 80's. A lot of her music is tolerable (unlike Britney Spears). But I'm tired of her new agey/Kabbalah/holier than thou attitude of late. And I don't shine to the idea of her pissing all over ABBA, especially the idea of B&B selling out.
Grats on the lucrative royalties, Benny & Bjorn. You can use that money to reunite ABBA properly now.