I find it ironic that when ABBA first performed this song there were many negative critics towards them for the song and now they want to use it for promotion after 40 years?!! Here is another link for the story, at the end of the article they quickly point out ABBA had made a mistake with their lyrics.....
Post by chelseacharger on Dec 15, 2014 11:14:03 GMT
On the 2005 Frida DVD there is a clip of an interview of her and Stig at a reception after the Eurovision win. It's also on Youtube but unfortunately not with subtitles there. Anyway, a reporter, from Aftonbladet I think, asks Stig how he feels about winning with a song "about how 40,000 people died". You can see Frida give Stig a little look (she could probably feel his fingers tightening on her shoulder). Stig then explains that the song is not about the battle at all but a 'famous concept all over the world' and 'nothing to do with people dying'. During his answer he looks like he's fighting to stay calm. And apparently after the interview he went ballistic with the reporter.
It sort of sums up the attitudes the band had to put up with back then.
For me, it would depend on the nature/tone of the exhibition. If it really did set out to demonstrate delicately the enduring impact of the battle on public consciousness, popular culture etc, that could be a legitimate and interesting use. Maybe (although I totally appreciate that it's a further step removed, being about the bridge in London named after the battle) they'd seek to use The Kinks' 'Waterloo Sunset', for instance. They already make copious use of the Rod Steiger/Christopher Plummer movie 'Waterloo' at the Visitor Centre. Can understand why ABBA said no, though.
(Well worth going to the battle site, incidentally, if you're ever in Brussels and have got a half-day spare. Very easy to get to and very thought-provoking. And yes, there WAS a bloke dressed up as Napoleon when I went there - Mrs Thisboycries had her photo taken with him...)
Post by chelseacharger on Dec 21, 2014 13:41:19 GMT
Yes, Sven Olof Waldorf dressed as Napolean was a bit of a gimmick. Another part of ABBA's performance along with the bands outfits that would make them stand out from the rest. And of course they did visit the town of Waterloo during a publicity trip to Belgium. But the song is really about what Waterloo represents in language terms rather than the battle itself. Where Napolean and his previously all conquering army 'met their moment of truth'.
Regarding things that ABBA have objected to being associated with, I wonder if this ever got smoothed over? Probably Universal rather than the band themselves got in a huff over the song being used. Which is a pity for such a good cause. Warning - Cuteness Overload.