Post by AdamDawson2003 on Jul 18, 2019 21:10:26 GMT
'Don't Do It' was a song that Frida wrote for her 1984 album Shine and yes I do think 'When The Waves Roll Out To Sea' should have been on it as the Instrumental version is beautiful, Elaine Paige's vocal version has never been released buts it should have had its official release in 2014 on the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Chess that would have been the ideal time to release it.
Post by abbaprofessor on Jul 20, 2019 11:30:52 GMT
In hindsight, there was a generation change in pop music in 81 / 82. Big acts like Blondie , Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Abba had become middle-aged and suddenly the charts were full of new fresh talent like Duran Duran, Culture Club, Yazoo, Bucks Fizz, Wham , Kim Wilde and others. Abba actually had lots of kid fans and their image as 2 divorced couples and the men with new babies was not appealing anymore compare wit the new acts.
The Vistors album I think Uk record shops ordered 900 000 copies of it but only half a million sold. People did not like the dark side of Abba. When Head over heels flopped in the winter of 82 I think Abba also felt relief on a subconscious level at least. They knew a pop group can be popular for only a certain time and it was time to move on. Abba was a very commercial group so the flop with HOH and bad sales of The Visitors in England did not go unnoticed for them.
The flopping probably contributed to the song writing sessions not working in the spring of 82, they were afraid of flopping again and the men more interested in their new families than writing songs for the exes. To cash in they released The singles instead. The day before you came is a boring depressing suicide song no wonder it was a flop. The same autumn CC had a big Number one with Do you really want to hurt me. A sad song , but unlike Abba , a strong melody so no wonder it succeeded.
1982 was very much the changing of the guard. All the new acts consolidating their successes in 1981 with bigger successes in the years 82/83. Better videos and catchier energetic songs than Abba we’re making by that point. However the Abba sound did reach the Top 5 in the form of Tight Fit with the song Fantasy Island. The song was so Abba especially the chorus. Reminds me of Angel Eyes for some reason. Also Bucks Fizz were a raunchier looking Abba having a run of very good songs. The pivoting point was Christmas 1981. In One of Us , Abba looked , middle aged , tired and bored during their performance on the video. Bucks Fizz on the other hand looked fresh, energetic and enthusiastic in the Land of Make Believe. And then there was the Human League....dubbed the electronic Abba. Abba were really up against it then. However, after being in the wilderness for 10 years, their talent has survived better than most if not all of the 80s acts.
Post by abbaprofessor on Jul 31, 2019 16:51:45 GMT
Actually, it WAS a new generation that took over. The Human League had a big number one in 1981 with Don´t you want me . The girls in the group were born in 1962 and 1963. Compare that to the fact Frida and Debbie Harry both turned 36 that year and 1981 was the last year both Abba and Blondie had hit singles in the UK.
36 seems to be a crucial age for female pop / movie stars. At 36 they have their last big commercial successes before a younger generation push them into retirement / semi retirement. And the reason they start having babies in their late thirties
Post by abbaprofessor on Nov 10, 2020 17:13:54 GMT
There are some logical reasons why The Visitors was not promoted. The horrendous kidnapping threat in 80 when the police adviced them not to leave the country. Perhaps the advice was still active in late 81 ?
Abba told some time ago there was a certain athmosphere in the studio when they made TV but they did not mention it at the time. Therefore no interest to promote it either ?
In late 81 both new wives were highly pregnant and due in January so one would think the men had no desire to leave them for promoting.