Wednesday, October 19, 2005

ABBA sells out

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.


The SeaWitch said...

INCREDIBLE!!! Not only are you a Libra like LOVE Abba too!!!! What are the chances? LOL I've always loved them and I am not the least bit ashamed to say so. Oh now I'll never be able to get Abba songs out of my head tonight. I bet you'd never ban me from playing 6 hours of Abba CDs while driving would you? I was so happy when I got my own car so that my husband can't be the 'leader of the CD player" anymore and I can listen to my Abba and Jay Z all I want now. LOL

Hmmm...time for me to watch Muriel's Wedding again I think. Wanna come over? LOL

melusina said...

Haha, no, I think Abba is good driving music, actually. Poppy, upbeat, keeps you away. And my husband loves Abba too (seriously, he isn't gay). It's been a long time since I've seen Muriel's Wedding. Have you seen Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? Love that one too, although it is disconcerting seeing Agent Smith and Lord Elrond in drag.