History Music / Abba

31st Dec '16 6:45:33 PM nombretomado
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In 1970, the group traveled around Sweden and Denmark as a cabaret revue called "Festfolket" (Party People). Audiences preferred their singing to their comedy skits. They first shot to international attention in 1974 winning the EurovisionSongContest with 'Waterloo'. Rapid success followed over the next few years in Europe and Australia and (to a lesser degree) the United States with a run of huge hits like 'Dancing Queen', 'Fernando' and 'Mamma Mia'. The fact that the band consisted of two {{Creator Couple}}s didn't hurt. A European and Australian tour in 1977 led to a [[TheMovie feature film]] and massive sell-out concerts.

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In 1970, the group traveled around Sweden and Denmark as a cabaret revue called "Festfolket" (Party People). Audiences preferred their singing to their comedy skits. They first shot to international attention in 1974 winning the EurovisionSongContest Series/EurovisionSongContest with 'Waterloo'. Rapid success followed over the next few years in Europe and Australia and (to a lesser degree) the United States with a run of huge hits like 'Dancing Queen', 'Fernando' and 'Mamma Mia'. The fact that the band consisted of two {{Creator Couple}}s didn't hurt. A European and Australian tour in 1977 led to a [[TheMovie feature film]] and massive sell-out concerts.



* EurovisionSongContest: Its most memorable winners. Often the only winner anyone remembers, with [[Music/CelineDion Celine Dion]] being that only other known winner.
21st Dec '16 4:03:41 PM onionmaster
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* GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish: "Should I Laugh Or Cry" retains its original Swedish count-in of 'en, två, en två, tre' (one, two, one, two, three). Originally this was only present on the UK and South African 'One Of Us' singles due to them being sent the wrong tapes (being edited off elsewhere), but Bjorn And Benny liked the effect and decided to ThrowItIn when the remasters were released.

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* GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish: {{GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish}}: "Should I Laugh Or Cry" retains its original Swedish count-in of 'en, två, en två, tre' (one, two, one, two, three). Originally this was only present on the UK and South African 'One Of Us' singles due to them being sent the wrong tapes (being edited off elsewhere), but Bjorn And Benny liked the effect and decided to ThrowItIn when the remasters were released.


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** "You Owe Me One" has the narrator losing their mind frantically due to depression over a failing relationship, a fact captured by its upbeat as opposed to sad music for the lyrics. They hint that they'll have a breakdown if they don't go on holiday to the Bahamas 'get a break from their petty little dramas'.
21st Dec '16 3:56:02 PM onionmaster
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* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish]]: "Should I Laugh Or Cry" retains its original Swedish count-in of 'en, två, en två, tre' (one, two, one, two, three). Originally this was only present on the UK and South African 'One Of Us' singles due to them being sent the wrong tapes (being edited off elsewhere), but Bjorn And Benny liked the effect and decided to ThrowItIn when the remasters were released.

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* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish]]: GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish: "Should I Laugh Or Cry" retains its original Swedish count-in of 'en, två, en två, tre' (one, two, one, two, three). Originally this was only present on the UK and South African 'One Of Us' singles due to them being sent the wrong tapes (being edited off elsewhere), but Bjorn And Benny liked the effect and decided to ThrowItIn when the remasters were released.
21st Dec '16 3:55:05 PM onionmaster
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their early material is more in the vein of rock, ballads and showtunes, and often featured Björn on lead vocals. Later on they'd go in a more pop and disco direction, with Björn only taking basically a lead per album from their third album onwards (and not on Super Trouper at all).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their early material is more in the vein of rock, ballads and showtunes, and often featured Björn or Benny on lead vocals. Later on they'd go in a more pop and disco direction, with Björn only taking basically a lead per album from their third album onwards (and not on Super Trouper at all).


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** "Fernando", "Chiquitita" and "Andante Andante" run on this trope.


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* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage|GratuitousSwedish]]: "Should I Laugh Or Cry" retains its original Swedish count-in of 'en, två, en två, tre' (one, two, one, two, three). Originally this was only present on the UK and South African 'One Of Us' singles due to them being sent the wrong tapes (being edited off elsewhere), but Bjorn And Benny liked the effect and decided to ThrowItIn when the remasters were released.
11th Nov '16 3:04:55 PM AnotherDuck
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** The "Mamma Mia!" video begins and ends with a shot of a piano then a close up of Bjorn's hand playing guitar.

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** The "Mamma Mia!" video begins and ends with a shot of a piano then a close up of Bjorn's Björn's hand playing guitar.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their early material is more in the vein of rock, ballads and showtunes, and often featured Bjorn on lead vocals. Later on they'd go in a more pop and disco direction, with Bjorn only taking basically a lead per album from their third album onwards (and not on Super Trouper at all).

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their early material is more in the vein of rock, ballads and showtunes, and often featured Bjorn Björn on lead vocals. Later on they'd go in a more pop and disco direction, with Bjorn Björn only taking basically a lead per album from their third album onwards (and not on Super Trouper at all).



* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Frida is sanguine, Björn is choleric, Agnetha is melancholic and Benny is phlegmatic.
* FunWithAcronyms: Bjorn and Benny, right after ABBA broke up, gave us this quote - "Who are we without our ladies? Initials of Creator/BrigitteBardot?"

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Frida is sanguine, Björn is choleric, Agnetha is melancholic and Benny is phlegmatic.
* FunWithAcronyms: Bjorn Björn and Benny, right after ABBA broke up, gave us this quote - "Who are we without our ladies? Initials of Creator/BrigitteBardot?"



** 'The Piper', 'The Visitors' and 'Soldiers' all deal with the Cold War. 'The Piper' is about the influence dictators have, 'The Visitors' is about a political dissident being tracked down, and 'Soldiers' is about how foreign armies are brainwashed into fighting for the wrong cause. These facts went over the heads of pretty much everyone until Bjorn brought them up in interviews.

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** 'The Piper', 'The Visitors' and 'Soldiers' all deal with the Cold War. 'The Piper' is about the influence dictators have, 'The Visitors' is about a political dissident being tracked down, and 'Soldiers' is about how foreign armies are brainwashed into fighting for the wrong cause. These facts went over the heads of pretty much everyone until Bjorn Björn brought them up in interviews.



* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: A lot in their early days like Bjorn's "Waterloo" costume which was so tight he couldn't sit down.

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* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: A lot in their early days like Bjorn's Björn's "Waterloo" costume which was so tight he couldn't sit down.



* OldManConversationSong: "Hej Gamle Man", a song recorded by Benny and Bjorn in 1970 with Frida and Agnetha on backing vocals.

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* OldManConversationSong: "Hej Gamle Man", a song recorded by Benny and Bjorn Björn in 1970 with Frida and Agnetha on backing vocals.



* OncePerEpisode: The band's first two albums often featured Bjorn on lead vocal, but from their third onwards, he established Agnetha and/or Frida as lead vocalists, and generally only sang on one track per album. He doesn't sing lead on ''Super Trouper'' at all.

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* OncePerEpisode: The band's first two albums often featured Bjorn Björn on lead vocal, but from their third onwards, he established Agnetha and/or Frida as lead vocalists, and generally only sang on one track per album. He doesn't sing lead on ''Super Trouper'' at all.



* StageNames: Mild examples. "Frida" is Anni-Frid's nickname, but the name she is commonly referred to (post-ABBA releases just bill her as Frida). Benny Andersson was born Göran Andersson. Agnetha Fältskog was born Agneta Fältskog, but added the "h" just before her pre-ABBA solo career took off. Bjorn Ulvaeus was almost Bjorn Andersson, but Bjorn's father changed the family surname as he believed "Andersson" was too common. (And it would have confused the hell out of people thinking Benny and Bjorn were brothers, [[HeterosexualLifePartners even though they may as well be!]])

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* StageNames: Mild examples. "Frida" is Anni-Frid's nickname, but the name she is commonly referred to (post-ABBA releases just bill her as Frida). Benny Andersson was born Göran Andersson. Agnetha Fältskog was born Agneta Fältskog, but added the "h" just before her pre-ABBA solo career took off. Bjorn Björn Ulvaeus was almost Bjorn Björn Andersson, but Bjorn's Björn's father changed the family surname as he believed "Andersson" was too common. (And it would have confused the hell out of people thinking Benny and Bjorn Björn were brothers, [[HeterosexualLifePartners even though they may as well be!]])



** The song "Sitting in the Palm Tree" also qualifies. The narrator (aka Bjorn) climbs up a palm tree just to watch a girl through her window. Yep, totally not creepy at all...
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Björn sang lead on one or two songs on each of the early Abba albums (the most well-known being "Rock Me" and "Does Your Mother Know"), though "Two for the Price of One" was his only lead vocal on the two later albums. Benny had one lead vocal in the band's entire career, "Suzy Hang-Around".

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** The song "Sitting in the Palm Tree" also qualifies. The narrator (aka Bjorn) Björn) climbs up a palm tree just to watch a girl through her window. Yep, totally not creepy at all...
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Björn sang lead on one or two songs on each of the early Abba albums (the most well-known being "Rock Me" and "Does Your Mother Know"), though "Two for the Price of One" was his only lead vocal on the two later albums. Benny had one lead vocal in the band's entire career, "Suzy Hang-Around".



* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Considering that Björn, Benny and Stig were all born and raised in Sweden and that none of them traveled to an English-speaking country until after they had started writing songs in English, their precision in English grammar and word usage is quite amazing. However, there are occasionally some (very) minor gaffes:
** "Fernando": The lyric "Since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hands" should be "For many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hands." Reason: Björn has acknowledged that he was in a bit of a hurry writing this song. He said he didn't realize that he'd included the Swedish structure "since many years" in the lyric until after the record had been released.

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Considering that Björn, Benny and Stig were all born and raised in Sweden and that none of them traveled to an English-speaking country until after they had started writing songs in English, their precision in English grammar and word usage is quite amazing. However, there are occasionally some (very) minor gaffes:
** "Fernando": The lyric "Since many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hands" should be "For many years I haven't seen a rifle in your hands." Reason: Björn has acknowledged that he was in a bit of a hurry writing this song. He said he didn't realize that he'd included the Swedish structure "since many years" in the lyric until after the record had been released.



** In "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" there are a number of examples of this, including the awkwardly phrased line 'If I would have to choose I wouldn't let you go", which would have been rendered as 'If I had the choice I wouldn't let you go' if Bjorn's English had been better at the time.

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** In "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" there are a number of examples of this, including the awkwardly phrased line 'If I would have to choose I wouldn't let you go", which would have been rendered as 'If I had the choice I wouldn't let you go' if Bjorn's Björn's English had been better at the time.



* YourCheatingHeart: Subverted in "Crazy World". Bjorn thinks his lover is cheating on him and confronts her about it, but then the girl calms him down and tells her that it's only her brother who has come to stay.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Subverted in "Crazy World". Bjorn Björn thinks his lover is cheating on him and confronts her about it, but then the girl calms him down and tells her that it's only her brother who has come to stay.
18th Oct '16 9:33:28 AM WaxingName
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** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''[[note]] Like Guilty Gear, it has loads of musical references.[[/note]] has a weird history with referencing ABBA. In the Japanese version, they haven't been mentioned, [[LongRunners yet]]. In the official English version, the name of the character Music/{{Enya}} was blended with ABBA, supposedly to avoid legal issues, resulting in Enyaba. Then there's Abbachio, whose name is an actual Italian word [[note]] It's a colloquial term which roughly means 'lamb that will be sent to the slaughterhouse'; and now you know.[[/note]], [[SubvertedTrope and isn't meant to reference ABBA at all]].

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** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''[[note]] ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure''[[note]] Like Guilty Gear, it has loads of musical references.[[/note]] has a weird history with referencing ABBA. In the Japanese version, they haven't been mentioned, [[LongRunners yet]]. In the official English version, the name of the character Music/{{Enya}} was blended with ABBA, supposedly to avoid legal issues, resulting in Enyaba. Then there's Abbachio, whose name is an actual Italian word [[note]] It's a colloquial term which roughly means 'lamb that will be sent to the slaughterhouse'; and now you know.[[/note]], [[SubvertedTrope and isn't meant to reference ABBA at all]].
24th Sep '16 8:16:08 PM JamesAustin
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This was not however the end of ABBA in popular culture. The music remained popular, steady sellers and formed the background for the 1994 Australian CultClassic ''Film/MurielsWedding'' - ABBA has always been especially huge in the LandDownUnder. More directly, Benny and Björn collaborated thrice in the realm of musical theater. First with lyricist Creator/TimRice on ''{{Theatre/Chess}}'', and later in the creation of ''Theatre/MammaMia'', a stage musical [[JukeboxMusical based around the ABBA songs]]. The musical, opening first in 1999 in London and in New York in 2001 has proved enormously popular with global audiences. In 2008 a movie version was released staring Creator/MerylStreep, PierceBrosnan and [[Creator/AmandaSeyfried Amanda Seyfried]] (who, at 22, was born well after the group dissolved). That film was such a smash hit it made $100+ million ''before'' it opened in North America. Their third stage musical is called "[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina from Duvemåla]]" (or just "Kristina" for short) and is based on the literary epos by Vilhelm Moberg about a group of people who emigrate from Sweden to America in the mid-19th century. The musical was a massive success in Sweden and remains one of the most popular musicals of all time there. It's been translated into English but has not been performed other than in concert. Many fans of the original Swedish version are highly critical of the English translation, citing a huge decrease in the quality of the lyrics, which might have played a role in the show not being brought properly to an English speaking stage.

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This was not however the end of ABBA in popular culture. The music remained popular, steady sellers and formed the background for the 1994 Australian CultClassic ''Film/MurielsWedding'' - ABBA has always been especially huge in the LandDownUnder. More directly, Benny and Björn collaborated thrice in the realm of musical theater. First with lyricist Creator/TimRice on ''{{Theatre/Chess}}'', and later in the creation of ''Theatre/MammaMia'', a stage musical [[JukeboxMusical based around the ABBA songs]]. The musical, opening first in 1999 in London and in New York in 2001 has proved enormously popular with global audiences. In 2008 a movie version was released staring Creator/MerylStreep, PierceBrosnan Creator/PierceBrosnan and [[Creator/AmandaSeyfried Amanda Seyfried]] (who, at 22, was born well after the group dissolved). That film was such a smash hit it made $100+ million ''before'' it opened in North America. Their third stage musical is called "[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina from Duvemåla]]" (or just "Kristina" for short) and is based on the literary epos by Vilhelm Moberg about a group of people who emigrate from Sweden to America in the mid-19th century. The musical was a massive success in Sweden and remains one of the most popular musicals of all time there. It's been translated into English but has not been performed other than in concert. Many fans of the original Swedish version are highly critical of the English translation, citing a huge decrease in the quality of the lyrics, which might have played a role in the show not being brought properly to an English speaking stage.
27th Jun '16 11:06:35 AM bt8257
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** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''[[note]] Like Guilty Gear, it has loads of musical references.[[/note]] has a weird history with referencing ABBA. In the Japanese version, they haven't been mentioned, [[LongRunners yet]]. In the official English version, the name of the character {{Enya}} was blended with ABBA, supposedly to avoid legal issues, resulting in Enyaba. Then there's the fluke of Abbachio, whose name is an actual Italian word [[note]] It's a colloquial term which roughly means 'lamb that will be sent to the slaughterhouse'; and now you know.[[/note]], [[AvertedTrope and isn't meant to reference ABBA at all]].

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** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''[[note]] Like Guilty Gear, it has loads of musical references.[[/note]] has a weird history with referencing ABBA. In the Japanese version, they haven't been mentioned, [[LongRunners yet]]. In the official English version, the name of the character {{Enya}} Music/{{Enya}} was blended with ABBA, supposedly to avoid legal issues, resulting in Enyaba. Then there's the fluke of Abbachio, whose name is an actual Italian word [[note]] It's a colloquial term which roughly means 'lamb that will be sent to the slaughterhouse'; and now you know.[[/note]], [[AvertedTrope [[SubvertedTrope and isn't meant to reference ABBA at all]].
17th Jun '16 5:54:48 AM erforce
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-->--'''Music/BrianMay'''.

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-->--'''Music/BrianMay'''.
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* ShoutOut: Partially. In ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry DK Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble]]'', there are two bear characters named Benny and Björn. They run a ski-lift business...in a warm, rocky area.

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Partially. In ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry3DixieKongsDoubleTrouble DK Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble]]'', there are two bear characters named Benny and Björn. They run a ski-lift business...in a warm, rocky area.
15th Jun '16 12:27:27 AM ricardoobacosta
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*SoloSideProject: both Agnetha and Frida recorded solo albums while the group was still around.
** Agnetha recorded two albums in Swedish: ''Elva kvinnor i ett hus'' in 1975 and ''Nu tändas tusen juleljus'' in 1980, this one with her daughter Linda Ulvaeus. She also recorded ''Never Again'', a duet with Tomas Ledin released as a single in 1982.
** Frida also recorded two albums in the meantime: ''Ensam'' in 1975, and ''Something's Going On'' in 1982, the first in Swedish and the latter in English.
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