Hello! (Hej!) This week on One Week One Band is about ABBA.
I have no grand new theories to put forward about ABBA. I’m just going to spend the week writing short pieces about as many ABBA songs as I can manage, in no particular order.
To help me with this I asked the Internet. “Internet,” I said, “Tell me what ABBA songs to write about.” And the Internet did. With half a dozen of my own additions we’ve got 28 songs, which is four a day, but I’ll take requests all week and see if I can bump the numbers up. Reblog, reply, or otherwise get in touch if you want to see a take on something. I’ve written about a few ABBA songs before, on blogs or websites, so if I’ve nothing new to say about a request I’ll post something old.
If You Don’t Know Who ABBA Are: They were a Swedish pop band active between 1973 and 1982. For much of this time they were the most successful pop group in the world. They consisted of two couples, both of whom split up while the band was active. A bit like Wittgenstein, there is an early ABBA and a late ABBA: unlike Wittgenstein, there is no scholarly agreement on when late ABBA really begins. Most of the tracks the Internet picked for me are definitely “late ABBA”, though.
I approach ABBA-ology with two basic principles.
Principle One: Every ABBA song has something good about it. (I am happy to take suggestions for ABBA songs of which this is not true, and I will attempt to disprove them.)
Principle Two: ABBA is always capitalised!
The picture above is Studio A in Stockholm’s Polar Studios - custom-built for the band in 1978.