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.
The Best of ABBA special would be my favourite as that was the one that made me an ABBA fan, also The Musikladen special, I remember it being played at 2:00 in the morning the only time I would stay up late so I could tape it sadly I can't watch it now as I don't have my Video recorder anymore.
I think these are much better than Madame Tussuads wax figures. The fact that the artists tried to get proper measurements and hand molds of all four members and the hours it must have taken to put in each strand of hair, eye brow and eye lashes is incredible!
Here is what the ABBA members had to say:
Benny Andersson on the final results: “Wonderful mannequins, better looking than the originals.”
Agnetha Fältskog on the clothes: “I like the costume choice. Back then, the tricots were one of my favourites. They were good for dancing in and moving about freely, it was nice to feel free on stage.”
Frida Lyngstad Reuss on the figures: “The entire process has been so creative and inspiring – being able to give our input on all the details. And the results are excellent thanks to the perceptiveness of Göran and his team! Exquisite craftsmanship!
Björn Ulvaeus on the process: “I brought my test head home and laid it on my pillow, stuffing some other pillows under the cover. Then I called my wife into the bedroom. What an impact! There was the man who lay beside her 35 years ago. The man she fell in love with!
The model with the same measurements as Agnetha.
They certainly had a good sense of humour, these mannequins are so lifelike, the people who made these are very talented.
It was reported that 1 in every 4 Australian households owned this album. Over 1 million copies sold in Australia.This was the first ABBA album I had, I got it for my 13th birthday in 1976, I still play it of course.
Such good memories, I didn't get to see them, but I remember how exciting it was that they were here, the photo of Agnetha with her hand behind her ear when people in the Audience were singing back at them. Their 1977 tour costumes are one of my favourites.