Ok, they are not ABBA, but by today's standards they arguably are close.. well at least it's pure pop.
Steps have just released their video for their latest single, Scared Of The Dark, which in my humble opinion is really quite good. The video is as ever well done, and fairly easy for the Kids to copy dance wise( sorry I can't post video, pretty rubbish at doing that sort of thing, perhaps someone else can?), after all that was what Steps were famous for really a pop tune that the kids could copy and dance to, perhaps we have lost that word recently.... FUN.... for a group over 20 years old, they all look really good, and that's not an ageist comment.
Also read that the album, out end of April is full of " dance upbeat tracks" no ballads... it's going to be interesting to see how they do Story Of A Heart, the next single... which really is a type of ballad....
I've kept pretty quiet over this, but even though I don't have the book, and regardless of price, it is down to personal choice, there is always going to be the fan that wants everything, and the complete opposite of course, me somewhere in between, to be honest only a new recording will get me to buy anything new these days, so I sit in hope that something may come from the vaults...
Not sure if it's deliberate, but it's strange for those who do have the book to be pretty quiet about it, theres not a lot of " stuff" coming forward, which does make me think is it to technical for the average reader, or is there actually nothing really new that hasn't been hinted at a million times, i.e. " the Chiquitita story " would be great to hear, but otherwise ? Plus new titles ? An extended DYMK, a remix DQ, torture for some, personally, not getting to bothered unless it's released, but for some, sheer hell I guess.
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.
As with most cover versions, "chalk and cheese", one mans desire another's hate, and many more analogys. therefore everything is personal, I would expect that the vast majority of us prefer the originals and not much else comes close.
im not sure if the original question has actually been answered, comparable yes, better ?
So for me , personally, I feel Matt Pop , gives the originals a slight modern twist, which perhaps the purists dislike.
each to their own as they say....
i was trying to think of the cover cover versions that have actually charted in the U.K..
I Have Dream. Westlife, number 1 TACOM/VV/LAYLOM/SOS... Erasure... number 1 MammaMia..Ateens....number 12 Super Trouper... Ateens. Number 21 Honey Honey.. Sweet Dreams.. number 10 Waterloo.. Doctor and the Medics.. number 45 TDBYC.. Blancmange.. number 22
^^^^^ they also had a bigger hit with it, making 22 in the U.K. Singles chart, 10 places higher than the original, it does make you wonder why there hasn't been more covers to actually chart, considering the catalogue, very very few have made it, also why did B&B allow a relatively obscure English group cover and release, when they are so protective of their material, I never did get that, Madonna went through god knows what just to sample, but Blancmange, Doctor and the Medics etc have hits... emmm
remember buying the single at the time, great cover.
There has been a little bit of controversy around the Russian entry in the U.K. Media, with the ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, it was initially thought that Russia wouldn't send anybody, however they have sent a please forgive my terminology, a disabled lady in a wheelchair. Her song is above average and in any other year might do well. However because of her disabilities, they the ESC, and Russia are hoping that the audience behaves this year, last, they booed through the song and voting, which was all edited out for the viewer. So are they going for the sympathy vote?
Come on, most of us would love to hear what's un heard, I would, I guess it's going back to those few who will have the privilege, to listen to the new tracks, ok , that's alright, no arguement is going to won on that topic, and I guess " eventually" something will sneak out. We only have to go back a little to see the furore that happened when ' twinkling' was released, aired on UK radio, that alone helped The Visitors re chart, after so so many years, so yes it is a Business now, it's not done for fun is it? So anything that is " new" will cause a huge interest, again I refer to Steps and SOAH, even though we know it's not technically new, it was and is to the vast majority of the population, otherwise why mention it at all?
^^^^ you could then argue, if B&B Didn't consider them "finished" then why release them to a select gathering, it's all a very good/unfair promotional tease. This along with " Steps" and SOAH, it's all good for the " business"
I find it a little strange That as yet nothing has been mentioned, regardless of it not being ABBA, that "something", track, melody, verse whatever is going to be played live to the audience.
This in itself is a anomaly, paradox, lie, untruth, whatever you'd like to call it, when apparently there was literally nothing left in the vaults !! So B&B, what has suddenly changed to make " these" worthy of a selected public hearing? There is something left after all, A Pandora's box, literally.... hope, in our case hope of something new or of interest.
again it will probably be the same arguemment ..it's up to them etc and of course it is, but is there a smell of rat in the air ?
Again a big thank you to both sides of the fence, for a very interesting discussion, the forum is alive and kicking...
Firstly I'm glad really glad that for perhaps a long time, there is actually a discussion on here, with varying points of view, and that's NOT a sarcastic flippant remark, I actually say thank you. It makes it interesting.
ok, yes we all have varying degrees on what's fair, what I want, what I can afford etc, and totally agree up to the individual, that also applies to those who think it's unfair, giving I hope an alternative point of view.
many say ABBA owe us nothing, perhaps thats right for some, for others , "well it's us who helped to get them up there and remain there for 40 plus years, so a little thankyou would not go amiss. "
So for which ever camp you fall into, and lets face it that's what these forums are all about, "to share", it's good to talk and discuss, your never going to please all the people all of the time.
you may have to ask why does it leave a bad taste for some and not others, for me personally as I've said from the very start, I hope that "we" in general will get something out of this, to share with everyone.
I think, lots of people would like to go, in fact most of us I guess, but it's not the point really, the book is very expensive, even for most die hard fans, the " event" even though it may be sold out is very limited, and London centric, so vast majority would not be able to attend. That all said , we know ABBA is now a business, and it IS about making money, hence the forthcoming show, this being a very good prelude to that, whether by accident or design. However it's the huge disappointment that does not allow the vast majority of fans to participate, as said in previous comment, I do hope that something may come out of this, and the initial event is to get " us " excited, one way or the other, it has certainly got us talking.
so although perhaps not the best way of doing things, and very underhanded, I still have that 10% of optimism, that thinks we just might get something out of this, that 10% though is diminishing...
secret spy to the event with recorder... just might appease..
it has the potential to upset a load of die hard fans... It's bad enough just " knowing" there is material, probably even complete tracks , that " we " will never hear, that in itself is ok, but to tease, is a big no no, personally I'd rather not know.
The book will be bad enough, to know that " one " fan or whatever you like to call him, will have had the pleasure to hear snippets/ tracks, how can you really describe an " unknown" track!
not wanting to come across as a hypocrite, a very good friend of mine has ordered the book, so hopefully I'll get to read some of the info, but it will I guess be bittersweet.
Now all of that said, at this moment in time, I'm guessing here! Not one of us mortals know what's to come and what will be heard, so I will for the time being remain realistic. However if that's a taste of what's to come, I could end up being pessimistic..
It's been May for a long time now, last year late May around the 22nd. I guess it's moved because of logistics, as good answer as any, with over 40 countries now competing, In ABBAs day just 17. The usual time factor, this year at the moment it appears Ukraine are having loads of problems in staging the event, I believe tickets haven't even gone on sale yet....in truth I expect it can't afford to stage the contest, but national pride dictates, I guess the smaller countries don't want to win ?, imagine bankrupt Greece....