I'm 65 and just now finding Abba an awesome band. Where was I back in high school when Abba was in their prime? Maybe because Abba didn't focus on the USA as much as Europe, but I'm in the fan base now. I started getting familiar with Abba on YouTube and got hooked or should I say infatuated, what a 14 year history.
I'm an American ABBA fan, I've been for the past 9 years now, and I agree that ABBA should have more American ABBA fans. With the success of the Mamma Mia! films, I think ABBA has become a little more well known in America, but there is so much more to ABBA than Dancing Queen and the songs featured in the Mamma Mia! movies. I didn't discover ABBA through Mamma Mia! and I'm personally not a fan of the musical/films at all, but it has brought introduced fans to the band, so that's always good.
Hello rosswins, I'm absolutely certain that ABBA have plenty of fans in North America today, probably more now then they did at their peek, because back then many fans kept themselves in the "closet". Their comparetive lack in commercial success in N.A. to the rest of the world was due, in part, to an absence of promotional appearances by ABBA. Also, as far as I am aware, the music shows of the day never broadcast any of their promo films (videos). So as a combined result ABBA always remained a bit of mystery in North America. None the less, despite their minimum personal appearances, promoting, touring, etc. they still managed 20 top 💯 hits, including 14 that went top 40, not a bad run for that so called mystery!
I'm 65 and just now finding Abba an awesome band. Where was I back in high school when Abba was in their prime?
If you're 65, you were just out of high school by the time ABBA started in the early 1970s. The group was formed around 1972. The group was together for about 10 years, not 14 years, although the four members of the group started working together before they formed ABBA. I'm an American ABBA fan. I've been an ABBA fan since 1977.
Btw, I guess that's you in that picture. You should post that picture as your avatar.
Since this isn't news, I'll move this thread to the ABBA The Group section.
part of my most memorable experience as an ABBA fan was when i was still living in the USA 20 years ago and was meeting up regularly with east coast ABBA fans. I met a lot of friends who i still contact every now and then whenever i have a chance to visit the USA. i hope i will see some of them next month in Roosendaal. Here in Manila I feel totally alone. I have tried to set up a local fan "club" with no success. ABBA is popular in the Philippines but the people here who like ABBA and their songs feel no need to talk about them,see them, attend get-togethers, and buy records, books and memorabilia.
Welcome to ABBAChat - A young American ABBA fan here. It's better late than never and I do agree that the United States should grasp some ABBA materials.
Outside the forum, I've been wandering around big names of social media and... others are saying Ring Ring, Waterloo, and their pre-disco albums are one of the most underappreciated and best albums of ABBA, and they happen to be young discoverers of the band themselves regardless of where they came from.
I regret that they didn't focus too much on America and thus some critics (well, in 1976 there was a particular critic who was receptive of the band that said ABBA blows away other bands and they improved the Phil Spector sound, or made it seem that they INVENTED the Phil Spector sound, and that critic happens to be from Los Angeles, but I can't remember his name - oh yes, and it's on rocksbackpagelibrary I believe) dismiss them as a bit stiff and underrehearsed... but I'm grateful that upon reading several ABBA newspaper archives at least some critics paid close attention to the athletic side of ABBA's presence in 1979 during the tour if I'm not mistaken.
If time went a little longer than now, with time going beyond the fact that Catherine Johnson's Mamma Mia brought ABBA renewed fame as a "go to melancholic party band",
ABBA would no longer be a running gag for the Americans and the Visitors would be highly regarded by American critics finally (although other critics outside such may have already done so) as the pinnacle of ABBA's musicianship and be what they call a "sleeper hit".