I was inspired by Poul's post of her "Baby Love" performance photos to start a video thread for Frida. These can be entire videos or skips to parts of videos where Frida says or does things we just love.
This is adorable and hilarious. And her voice sounds lovely at this pitch in my opinion.
Great find Chelsea. Here is a video from the same time period. I know she was a huge fan of Earth Wind and Fire and here we see that this is surely not an easy song to sing, but charming to see her attempt at tackling it.
Also love her early takes on American jazz standards
At an inconveniently melancholic moment ('If I had to do the same again, I would my friend') Frida gets her camera angles all wrong. As she corrects herself, she catches sight of Agnetha trying hard not to crack up, and spends the next few seconds ingeniously converting suppressed giggle into enigmatically wistful smile
I stumbled over an about 10 second long video clip with Frida just sitting there looking beautiful, but I lost it, except for a couple of stills. Can anybody place it in context and time. Or even link to it? It seems that the cameraman had Frida listening to a song. It's just my guess, but if so, that was a great idea.
Yep! Thanks, shoshin. It's actually 22 seconds with Frida listening to an early Swedish hit of hers. She looks so much younger when listening to the music than afterwards. Quite remarkable, the subtle changes of expression. Showing music's power of transformation, I'd say. She's about thirty here, I suppose.
The equivalent interview clip with Agnetha was very similar in structure and reaction, including the 'rejuvenating' phenomenon when the music starts. Agnetha was 26 years old, but she looks extremely young in the close-ups.
Post by chelseacharger on Oct 25, 2014 15:32:41 GMT
This is a long video but is interesting to view even without subtitles. It features Frida and Ruzzo who along with others accompanied King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden on a trek through the Himalayas. The video title is a little wrong, it took place in 1993 and was in the isolated country of Bhutan. To save looking through it all Frida and Ruzzo appear sporadically throughout but the main moments. 1:00 Frida and Ruzzo followed by Queen Silvia on a ginger haired Yak........as you do :), 11:20 In a mountain side hot-tub, 12:10 Pulse taken at high altitude, 14:30 Photographing the royal couple at a mountain top temple, 15:50 At a campsite, 23:00 The Queen and Frida arrive at a mountain pass on mules and Ruzzo hands out snacks. 31:15 Outside their tent and 41:50 Reaching their destination. The King and Queen also seem like good sports mucking in and it's sad that Ruzzo would be gone only a few years later.
Thanks for sparing me the time, chelseacharger. I've been to those mountains and didn't like it much.
Apart from a couple of bright mornings with the sun shining on the moutainsides, it was really cold and primitive. No hot running water, I can tell you that. So the princess, our princess, impresses by sporting a nice set of gold earrings in the wilderness. Frida, stylish as ever.
Post by chelseacharger on Oct 25, 2014 23:25:51 GMT
Yes, As can be seen in the whole film, conditions in Bhutan were very basic. If I remember right they didn't even have television there till fairly recently. Anyway, here's a much shorter clip of Frida singing a Stig Anderson written comedy song.
Agnetha having just bullied Björn into conceding that she didn't fall in love with him but rather he fell in love with her, Frida tries the same with Benny. After his mock terse response he leaves it as long as he dares before redeeming himself with a whisper at 5m37s
Post by chelseacharger on Nov 12, 2014 16:41:44 GMT
I also like the bit at 7m 22s and 7m 30s with the two lads at the end of the piano. One seems fascinated with Benny's playing whilst his older mate has his eyes firmly fixed on something entirely different......but I can't think what it could be.
Yes, journalists popped the question ever so often, I think. Must have felt tiresome. Like this one:
Didn’t you get upset when all the papers always wrote that Agnetha had the sexiest bottom in the world?
-I got very upset. I wanted to have a bottom that was at least as sexy as Agnetha’s, Frida laughs.
Don't believe Frida had anything to worry about actually.
Frida had absolutely nothing to worry about in that regard. I never understood that journalists (especially here in Australia) carried on so much about Agnetha's bottom - and totally overlooked Frida's stunning figure. Has always made me really mad actually - especially when I watch ABBA The Movie and that scene in the hotel with the newspaper article. I disliked the thought that Frida was possibly upset by all the attention focussed on Agnetha - as though she was not even there. I understand that average red blooded men do like a curvy female figure - and Agnetha had a beautiful curvy, all woman figure - but the obsession over the years with women like Bo Derek shows a less curvy figure is just as admired - and Frida was gorgeous with a bottom to die for. I do hope Frida understands just how stunning she was - especially during the 77 tour when all the fuss about Agnetha was happening. Journalists can be such twits - especially Aussie ones back then. This is one of my absolute favourite videos of Frida - and at around 3.20 I rest my case about her bottom My Mum always said she wanted Frida's figure
This was Frida at her absolute sexiest. The first time I saw this part of The Movie my jaw dropped. Obviously she looks great (those legs on the 77 tour, my goodness!) but her comfort and vibrant personality on stage add to her appeal. I have wondered...if the group had just been Benny, Bjorn and Frida, would Frida have gotten the attention Agnetha got?
Yes, Roxy, you’re right. It’s how these journalists work, sadly enough, thriving on conflicts. Make them up as they please. Silly buggers.
But what a great show by Frida! Actually, I’m neither a bottoms man, nor of any specific body parts. I like that Frida was always amazingly fit, but still naturally graceful. In some concert pics, she looks more like an Olympic swimmer right out of the water than a pop goddess on stage. Like an art nouveau model of the late twenties. Another happy period, which she would have ruled with ease, I’d say.