Voulez-Vous is the sixth studio album by the Swedish pop band ABBA.
At this point, the band were not as popular as they had been in Europe at the time of the 1977 tour, however, they managed to gain enough popularity in North America (a place that hadn't been into their music as much as the rest of the world) to have an arena tour in the summer of 1979.
This album is (arguably) heavily influenced by disco, which was a common reason why many fans disbanded the fanbase at this point, but managed to have some of the most memorable songs in the group's lifespan. Despite that, it was the start of the Creator Breakdown for Agnetha and Bjorn, who divorced during the recording process, making the media become interested in something other than the music. No doubt that the album would be filled with Lyrical Dissonance, considering that Bjorn was one of the songwriters.
- "As Good as New" (3:22)
- "Voulez-Vous" (5:11)
- "I Have a Dream" (4:44)
- "Angeleyes" (4:20)
- "The King Has Lost His Crown" (3:30)
- "Does Your Mother Know" (3:13)
- "If It Wasn't for the Nights" (5:13)
- "Chiquitita" (5:26)
- "Lovers (Live a Little Longer)" (3:28)
- "Kisses of Fire" (3:16)
2001 CD re-release bonus tracks
- "Summer Night City" (3:34)
- "Lovelight" (3:48)
- "Gimme! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)" (4:52)
- Benny Andersson synthesizer, keyboards, vocals, composer and record producer
- Agnetha Fältskog vocals
- Anni-Frid Lyngstad vocals
- Björn Ulvaeus banjo, guitar, vocals, composer and record producer
- Rolf Alex drums
- Ola Brunkert drums
- Lars Carlsson horn
- Anders Eljas horn
- Joe Galdo drums
- Malando Gassama percussion
- Rutger Gunnarsson bass
- Paul Harris piano
- Janne Kling wind
- Nils Landgren trombone
- Ish Ledesma guitar
- Roger Palm drums
- Halldor Palsson tenor saxophone
- Arnold Paseiro bass
- Jan Risberg oboe
- Janne Schaffer guitar, sitar
- Johan Stengård tenor saxophone
- Åke Sundqvist percussion
- George Terry guitar
- Mike Watson bass
- Lasse Wellander guitar
- Kajtek Wojciechowski tenor saxophone
- Michael B. Tretow engineer
- Anders Eljas and Rutger Gunnarsson arrangers
- Rune Söderqvist design
- Ola Lager photography
- Alliterative Title: "Voulez Vous" and "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)".
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Check out Frida and Benny getting on each other's nerves in the "Summer Night City" video.
- The Big Damn Kiss: "Kisses Of Fire", to the point where the woman wants more.
- Break-Up Song: "Chiquitita" is about someone comforting a younger person following a soul-crushing event implied to be a break-up.
- "Double, Double" Title: "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)".
- Getting Crap Past the Radar
- "Kisses of Fire" can be read as rather suggestive, if you pretend that ABBA is not singing about kisses and is instead using the term as an euphemism for something else."Kisses of fire — burning, burning; I'm at the point of no returning"?
"Caught in a landslide of emotions"?
"I'm riding higher than the sky and there is fire in every kiss"?
"Never before did you see me begging for more kisses of fire"?
- Despite the man refusing to react to the young girl's flirtatious behaviour in "Does Your Mother Know", the man still says he'll "flirt a little, maybe" with her, which might still be frowned upon, depending on your interpretation.
- And don't get us started on "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)"..."Making love is a dynamite drug, baby, so why don't we start right away?"?
"I don't care if they're watching"?
- "Voulez-Vous" sounds like someone offering another person sex, and trying to convince them that saying yes would be a good thing.Voulez Vous? Take it now or leave it — that is all you get.
Nothing promised — no regrets.
- In "Summer Night City", Björn sings the lyric "Walking in the moonlight, love-making in a park" in the chorus. As the song progresses, it sounds more and more like "Fucking in the moonlight". Years later, Björn admitted that maybe he had dropped the f-bomb once or twice towards the end of the song.
- "Kisses of Fire" can be read as rather suggestive, if you pretend that ABBA is not singing about kisses and is instead using the term as an euphemism for something else.
- Gratuitous French: "Voulez-Vous".
- Gratuitous Spanish: "Chiquitita".
- Handsome Lech: The ex-boyfriend of the narrator of "Angeleyes", who she spots with another woman. The narrator is so concerned of the new woman's safety, she pulls her aside and warns her of his womanizing.Look into his angel-eyes — one look and you're hypnotized;He'll take your heart and you must pay the price.
- Heroic BSoD: "If It Wasn't For The Nights" is about a man who cannot handle being alone when he gets home from work because it reminds him of his breakup with his lover.Somehow I've been doing all right, it it wasn't for the nights.If it wasn't for the nights, I think that I could make it.
- Intercourse with You: "Kisses of Fire: see Getting Crap Past the Radar above.
- "I Want" Song: "I Have a Dream".
- Jailbait: "Does Your Mother Know" is about a guy in a dance club who realizes that the girl flirting with him is (probably) underage. He's still willing to flirt and talk with her, though, but he's careful not to let things get too far.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Implied in "The King Has Lost His Crown". The narrator isn't sympathetic at all about her male friend's failing relationship.I believe your new girl turned you down,And they say she's pushing you around.How does it feel? I guess she hurts your pride.Tell me, my friend — how many nights you've cried?
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Chiquitita" is a very happy song about a very sad girl.
- See also "Angeleyes", the happiest I'm-genuinely-worried-about-my-abusive-ex's-new-girlfriend song you'll ever hear; and "If It Wasn't For the Nights", the happiest song about a stressed-out workaholic you'll ever hear.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: The man in "Does Your Mother Know" is being chased by a younger girl.
- Sensual Spandex: Frida's and Agnetha's costumes in the "Voulez-Vous" video.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: With one of the couples divorcing, some of the songs were about loneliness and bad relationships.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Bjorn for "Does Your Mother Know".
- Title Track: "Voulez-Vous".
- Whoopi Epiphany Speech: "Chiquitita". The narrator is someone the rich, proud girl knows but is a greater of.