Like everyone, I wasn't well aware of ABBA until I heard 'Dancing Queen' and 'The Winner Takes It All'... and read about Ritchie Blackmore's love for ABBA, if that counts.
A few days later before New Years Eve, I saw their music videos (Mamma Mia especially) and Frida was instantly my favourite member because she was and still is the spontaneity (in a great way) that was part of ABBA's exuberant quality. I virtually got into ABBA and became a fan, via the internet, basically, and I ended up rushing my love for this fantastic band, prematurely, by [awkwardly] sending Frida a fan mail, a few weeks later after I got into ABBA (and Frida). [I'm from a different part of the generation where it overlaps between one and another, so that explains it] I even confessed to her that her voice makes me calm yet exciting.
To be honest can't really remember " exactly", can't remember Waterloo at all, SOS vaguely, so it has to start with Mamma Mia, and totally hooked from there on with Fernando... so early 1976. My first Abba purchase, even later, single, Summer Night City, then went mad and bought everything I could, retrospectively as well as current. First album, Greatest Hits, even that was retrospective, so a collector from late 1978, to be honest when I could then afford to buy records.
You might think I type like someone from the older generation, but I'm part of the younger generation, actually, if you're referring to me. Excuse my vague comments – I was referring to the millennials and generation Z. But I am quite a late bloomer, as far as I know..
I'm not sure. I don't recall Eurovision 1974. I didn't watch it, I was probably tucked up in bed. It must've been either SOS or Fernando. I wish I could remember specifically but I can't.
I've got a feeling it was Fernando that got under my skin but I just can't be certain. Anyway, it was around 1976. Dancing Queen and Knowing Me, Knowing You soon came along and I was totally in love with the group and their music and have been ever since.
As far as first ABBA album, it was either Arrival or Greatest Hits. Arrival was swapped with another kid at school (I had a Santana album he wanted and he'd gone off ABBA already).
I loved both Agnetha and Frida from the outset and appreciated the vocal talents of both but I do recall being absolutely captivated by Agnetha's image on the cover of Greatest Hits- her little cap, sad expression, cascading blonde locks... even her pigeon toes!
Post by The Rubber Ball Man on Mar 23, 2017 16:42:19 GMT
My parents bought the Definite Collection and I remember some of the videos vividly but it wasn't until Mamma Mia came out (about 7) when I became a fan of their hits. I became a diehard fan at the end of 2012.
My mom had ABBA Gold among her CD collection so I have a slight recollection of seeing it around the house as a kid, and in 2008 there were Mamma Mia! movie posters everywhere in the stores and malls, but I only became a fan in 2010 after my mom had watched some clips of the Olivia Newton-John and I heard ABBA performing Dancing Queen, Fernando, and Take a Chance on Me. Ever since I've been obsessed.
I have no idea why "save" keeps on appearing after all of my posts. Must be a glitch.
I became an ABBA fan when I became familiar with the Arrival album during the summer of 1977. Earlier that summer, at a picnic, someone had a radio, and that is the first time I remember hearing Knowing Me, Knowing You. I probably heard Waterloo and SOS before that.
At 8:30 PM, April 6, 1974, along with the rest of the Swedish population! And I've remained loyal, except for a couple of years during early puberty, when I turned elsewhere for emotional comfort (i.e. extremely loud heavy metal). In fact, I was daft enough to miss the fact that they were supposed to be even more uncool in the the late eighties! I guess I have that in common with Alan Partridge...
1977, aged 5, though I'm not sure exactly when that year. I don't think I was familiar with any of their music prior to then (being as I was so young). My brother was (and indeed is) seven years older than me and bought this cheap tribute album that year "Salute to ABBA, sung by Bobbs" and it went from there. By the end of that year he'd bought Arrival, and The Name of The Game was the first new ABBA song I remember.
I became an ABBA fan in mid-90s, when I found my grandfather's copy of Greatest Hits Vol.2 on cassette. After single hearing I was completely enchanted and I played it so often that I nearly erased the tape My parents, though driven mad by being forced to listen to ABBA again and again, bought me Gold and More Gold and it was the point of no return. My interest in the group has been growing since and I became a member of the Czech ABBA fan club and then the International ABBF Fan Club. Gradually I was discovering the solo careers of the members and even some ABBA-related artists too.
I remember seeing the clip "Mamma Mia" on countdown and thinking they look good, but it wasn't until ABBA came out here to do the "Best of ABBA" special that I was hooked on them, after that I wanted every record, every Magazine that had them in, every poster I saw of them. My Mum used to say she had ABBA in one ear and Slade in the other.
I first got into ABBA when my younger sister bought the A*Teens-album in 2000. My mother than said that these songs were covers (and that the originals were much better). She then bought a German two CD-collection featuring all German A-sides and I fell in love with ABBA instantly. I do remember hearing some ABBA songs on the radio, though, throughout the 1990s. One Of Us was one of them and I'm sure they played a couple of other tracks as well.
For me it was when I heard SOS on a cassette tape that a friend had recorded from the radio. I was immediately hooked by Agnethas voice, though I did know nothing about them. So it was definitely her voice, not her blonde hair or her face…
Only later on I discovered they were from Sweden, and everything else…
April 1976. A Saturday morning promo clip between programmes. Fernando came on and I was totally hooked. I remember saying that will go to number one. Got my pocket money and bought it . I am sure it was 25 pence. Played both sides non stop . Then bought Waterloo album from a newly opened Asda store. Then saved up for Greatest Hits and bought it and then bought Dancing Queen. Got albums Arrival and Abba for Christmas 1976. I was in Abba heaven. 1976 was a fab Abba year and what a summer! Never had a summer like it since.