did you know it was between Hasta Mañana and waterloo for eurovision,they decided to enter with waterloo,,yet i always thought Hasta Mañana was a lot better personally
Interesting as Hasta Manana would have meant featuring so much more of Agnetha on her own...
I think this was a reason for choosing Waterloo; HM would have positioned the group as being Agnetha plus backing. The previous year's Ring Ring also featured full blooded dual delivery.
Hasta Manana was good enough to win most years, but 1974 was a particularly strong year; indeed two other songs from it became very well known afterwards. Hasta Manana would have certainly been a safe top three contender, but Waterloo was more likely to stand out, like their costumes and conductor. The rationale was probably that it was no use finishing a solid second or third; better to either win by a mile or miss by a mile.
There are 12 ABBA songs that have one-word titles, if you count Angeleyes, which actually should be two words. The other ABBA songs with one-word titles are Disillusion, Waterloo, Fernando, Tiger, Arrival, Eagle, Chiquitita, Lovelight, Soldiers, Elaine, and Cassandra. SOS doesn't count, because that is an acronym, not a word.
Post by chelseacharger on Nov 27, 2015 9:37:24 GMT
Did you know that the letter 'B' does not feature anywhere in the nineteen song titles of the original 'Gold' album? In fact, if you check through the groups entire recordings, the letter only appears sporadically. In an interview Benny has said he and Bjorn may have been subconsciously avoiding their own name initials.
Post by chelseacharger on Nov 28, 2015 19:48:33 GMT
It's interesting though. Apparently a Dr. of Music in Stockholm did some research into B & B's music and came up with these theories. That people who were at the forefront of B & B's influences were Burt Bacharach, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees. Benny also admitted that they never really liked their 'Bjorn and Benny' title before ABBA as it "sounded like a comedy duo".
ABBA got a rather unexpected mention on tv last night in 'Britain's most dangerous songs' (BBC4). Did you know that, for a period of time, two ABBA songs were banned from airplay by the BBC due to their lyrical content?
The songs were Waterloo and Under Attack, during the 1991 Gulf War.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks here in the USA, there were songs that were temporarily banned from airplay, at least by the owners of one group of radio stations. I don't know what songs, or how many songs, but I wondered if Under Attack was one of them.
I'm interested to see that the list includes Super Trouper, Money Money Money, The Visitors, Angeleyes, On And On And On, and Voulez-Vous. I didn't know which ABBA songs were released as singles here besides the 14 songs that made the Top 40. I assume So Long also was released as a single here.
Did you know that in April 1974 ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo and for the first time ever a Swedish act was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100?
It's true, but what's the catch?
That it was Björn Skifs and Blue Swede with Hooked on a Feeling, it's funny how that almost eclipsed ABBA in the news here in Sweden for a while! And they made some extra money money money a couple years ago when their version was on the soundtrack of that Marvel comics movie.
Well, I found out something today. Our dear Anni-Frid shares a birthday (November 15th) with none other than another lovely lady- the singer Petula Clark! There are a few years and differences between them- Petula is almost 84, still recording and about to go on another tour! Incredible.
Another titbit... Agnetha shares her birthday, April 5th, with someone equally amazing- the late, great actress Bette Davis.
Feel free to add your own 'ABBA trivia' here if you have a mind to.
'Peter Brown' is such a common name that it may be worth running this one past you. Did you know that the co-writer of Agnetha's Maybe It Was Magic also wrote Madonna's massive hit Material Girl ? Indeed, his collaborator on MIWM, Pat Hurley, sang vocals on the demo that was pitched to Madonna.
There is another lose connection between Madonna and Agnetha. Bruce Gaitsch co-wrote La Isla Bonita with Pat Leonard for Michael Jackson's next album back in 1985/6. However, MJ refused to record the song so Pat Leonard played the song for Madonna who then wrote the lyrics and melody we all know to the composition. Bruce Gaitsch also co-wrote I Stand Alone with Peter Cetera and we all know who recorded that song. Who know who would have recorded La Isla Bonita had Madonna turned down the track as well. I actually think the songs sound slightly similar, despite the different arrangements. The chorus of La Isla works very nicely with the verses of I Stand Alone.
Thank you. I'm still finding my way around the forum. I guess it will take a while.
Here's one thing that has only fairly recently occurred to me....the fact that Frida's natural hair colour is actually fairly blond! Strange, when for the longest time I only ever really thought of her as a redhead (Waterloo perm aside).
ABBA had a few isolated hits that were peculiar to a particular country. ABBA had a top 10 hit with I've been waiting for you but only in New Zealand, reaching #8 in 1977. I don't think this was a hit anywhere else. Also Nina pretty ballerina reached #8 in Austria in '73, but wasn't a hit anywhere else. Also The Visitors single reached #6 in Poland in '82, and As good as new reached #1 in Mexico in '79. Can anyone add any more isolated hits?
Did you know that three quarters of ABBA once performed together on German television, with Agnetha missing and another girl making up the foursome? And no, I'm not thinking of the 1973 appearance, when Frida's friend Inger Brundin stood in for a heavily pregnant Agnetha. There was another occasion, more than ten years later. I could give you a clue if you need one: the name of the 'Agnetha'. But that would be a rather big clue. Maybe you don't need it?
Did you know that Frida was once interviewed on American television by a journalist who is closely related to another very famous Swede? Can you guess who I'm talking about?...
I always wondered why her Swedish pronunciation was unusually good for a US interviewer!
I managed to solve this one, but it took a fair bit of youtubing and googling to first work out the name of the show, then who would have been presenting it, and finally who were her famous relations. I use the plural because the Italian-American daughter of the Swedish close relation followed in her mother's footsteps career-wise, and became very famous herself