Greatest Swedish artists of all time: Abba
All the members of Abba and the cast of Abba the musical. Photo by Daniel Åhs Karlsson
Abba. All over the world simply the best known and best loved Swedish pop band. The only Swedish band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the greatest pop bands ever. So many incredible songs. So many bad outfits. But those voices. Those scintillating, crystalline voices. They will live for ever. Even Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) studied Abba song's to make his own songwriting better.
I can't help but listen to Abba in Sweden. You just have to. And watching their old film clips I can now understand more the atmosphere of Sweden in them. The reserve and seriousness is part of the culture. Though I'm sure it's a lot more relaxed than in the 1970's.
I've picked out a fantastic film clip of the beautiful Abba song 'The day before you came' (1982). The last song they recorded together. It's a superb film clip. Newly restored. And it's a really interesting song lyrically. Conjures up a whole world of longing and desire. There's also a reference to the American feminist author Marilyn French. Remember 'The Women's Room' from 1977?
As an aside currently there's some serious electioneering going on in Sweden with the votes being cast on the 19th september. It's interesting that the great Benny Andersson, one of the main songwriters in Abba supports the Feminist Initiative, a political party here in Sweden. What a man!
And in other Abba news, Frida is part of a new album called 'Reconnection' by the Swedish composer and guitarist Jojje Wadenius. She's singing Cat Steven's 'Morning has broken'. Her voice is still perfection.
Hope you enjoy the clip.