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13th January 2013

Music Project Album #12 - 25 Jaar Na "Waterloo" - Abba @ 14:17

25 Jaar Na "Waterloo" by Abba

I am a firm believer that when someone breaks John Lennon's rose tinted spectacles, historians will realise that the most influential band of the past 50 years was not John, Paul, George and Ringo and was in fact Abba. No. You will fail to convince me otherwise. I won't hear it. Every record collection of people born in the 1970s should include at least one Abba single or album. Everyone knows an Abba song if not an album. Every family gathering since 1978 has had a cheezy disco with at least one Abba song or melody playing.

Hell, Bjorn and Benny have not stopped with Abba and have continued to exude their musical talent in areas you probably wouldnt believe. Their mix of cleverly crafted lyrics and joyous pop tell dark and sinister stories of unrequited love, collapsing relationships and even underage sex. There is nothing more disconcerting than watching old Aunts cheerfully caterwaul along to an Abba song, blissfully unaware what the true meaning of the lyrics are.

I can see you will need convincing.

Listen to  Take a Chance on Me and tell me that the lyrics are not those of a stalker. Dancing Queen - a story of a leering pervert. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - the wanton desires of a nymphomaniac. Chiquitita - the story of someone taking advantage of someone in dire romantic straits. The Name of the Game - about prostitution.  Knowing Me, Knowing You - the story of a failed marriage and the fallout of a truly disastrous argument, the consequences of which are self uncertainty and depression further supported by Winner Takes it All which is clearly the vitriolic outburst of the spurned spouse. It's weird watching people dance, stomp away and sway joyfully at songs with such deep and dark meanings. It's kind of like watching your gran sing along to Radiohead's Paranoid Android. Wrong on so many levels.

25 Jaar Na Waterloo (aka 25 Years Since Waterloo) is a compilation album from the Netherlands. I don't need to tell you what it sounds like as unless you've been living in a soundproof booth for the past 40 years you will know Abba. It's a good mix of Abba favourites, maybe not for all the family, but certainly for those that like them.

Incidentally, you might be wondering where Album 10 is....well as it is one of Zoe's favourite albums I have to wait to listen to it. So because of that, you will have to wait too.
 
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From:stegzy
Date:13th January 2013 19:13 (UTC)
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I used to think Bjorn was the bloke from the Joy of Sex cover illustration.
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From:zoefruitcake
Date:14th January 2013 21:55 (UTC)
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Chess is the best thing ever, my favourite musical
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From:hullabalo_o
Date:13th January 2013 18:25 (UTC)
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I love ABBA! (typically!) but they are a band I own stuff on Vinyl and not on CD mostly

(and I LOVE these blog updates please can I point my flist to your project!)
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From:stegzy
Date:13th January 2013 19:13 (UTC)
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Of course you can!
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From:hullabalo_o
Date:13th January 2013 19:58 (UTC)
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Thank you! :)
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From:louenn
Date:14th January 2013 11:49 (UTC)
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For the Abba songs to have been worked into the (slightly dubious) story line of the show Mama Mia!, they have got to be a lot less innocent than they initially seem. But there is definitely something about Abba that seems to say it'll all be OK in the end - just because they have a cheery and memorable tune.

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