Looking back to 1978, I wonder(see what I did there?) if Abba could have had even more success in 1978 in the UK had they used TYFTM as the b side to TACOM. Both tracks very popular. Just thinking about Boney M later that year when the b side , Brown Girl in the Ring, to River of Babylon was getting AirPlay too and then started climbing the charts again to extend its chart run to over 30 weeks and push the sales of Rivers of Babylon to over 2 million. Although I loved TYFTM at the time I am not keen on it now. 1983 /84was the wrong time to release it as a single. It was already sounding dated by then with Duran Duran , Culture club , Spandau, Wham , Eurythmics releasing new material. But I think early 1978 would have been ok. Got me thinking about the videos made too. Were the videos made for songs that they were considering as possible singles....That’s me, WIKTT, Tiger, Eagle, One Man One Woman and When All Is said and done. One Man One Woman may have been a good release for the USA but the video is horrendous ...the stark lighting and outfits.
^^^Agree about TYFTM, it’s possibly my most cringe worthy track along with IHAD, that said catch me on a off day. I quite like them..lol As for being a b side, it. Could’ve worked I guess, but a strange thing, TACOM was very successful here, but plummeted out of the UK charts, from number 19 to nothingness.. ( even if it was a top 50 then, ironically a few weeks later it turned into a top 75), So would TYFTM saved it.. I somehow doubt.. something strange happened , I heard The British charts at the time deleted it, because of a more than 50% drop in sales or something .. I guess we will never really know..It really shouldve been Eagle as a third single, they made weird decisions back then !! Boney M were at the height of there success in 78; even they had a decline the following year. TYFTM, was hailed to be as a big Christmas hit at the time, but flopped big time.. We the British public as well as fans had it to many times on albums to really warrant it being a big hit..plus nothing new, alas ABBA were on their way out, not a lot could’ve saved them at the time, and it certainly wasn’t TYFTM...
Wasn't TYFTM released as a single in November 1983 with OLS as a B-side ? The single was a lead off to the album, " Thank You For The Music " ( A Collection Of Love Songs ). However the single peaked at No 33 in the charts and the subsequent album reached No 17 in the album charts. Although I love TYFTM, it baffles why it was released at that time when it had been recorded back in 1977. The collection of songs included on the album tracklist is very bizarre. TYFTM is not really a love song. Yes, there were a few gems featured on the album, notably MLML, HNY, STMF, OMOW, E, OLS and TDBYC. However why were classics such as OOU, TWTIA, KMKY and WAISAD omitted ? And strangely of all a Spanish version of Fernando was thrown in for good measure. I guess, Epic Records why trying to cash in with yet another ABBA release but failed miserably because ABBA's popularity in 1983 was declining. Sad but true.
I'm here to defend Thank You For The Music. It gets an unfair thrashing. People forget the CONTEXT. It's part of a mini-musical and purposely tongue-in-cheek. It's not MEANT to be taken literally. Not really. It's not self-congratulatory. Having said that, it's not one of my favourites. However...only the biggest curmudgeon could deny Agnetha's prowess on the lead vocal. It's exceptional. The WAY she sings it. Wow. That's artistry, right there.
Another 'however'...it is trotted out far too often. But I guess that was aways going to be the case.
I Have A Dream. Well, I made peace with it. But I can fully understand why someone might think it's an abomination.
Weird thing is. ..they get people singing along. I bet even the biggest haters would be lighters aloft, swaying away, belting them out whilst sighing at the sight of "the girls".
What was the question again? Oh yeah. Nah. I think Take A Chance On Me was a stand alone track.
TYFTM will always be a showstopping anthem with an unforgettably catchy chorus. Maybe ABBA released the song in November 1983 to convey a message to the fans that the band were going their separate ways and it was their way of expressing their admiration of the fans' loyalty to the band and of course their immense success. Although there was no official announcement that ABBA were splitting up at that time.