Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited slightly from the original.
Abba’s music was a real, not a guilty, pleasure for me in the 70s. Not just the big ones (“SOS” is simply amazing), but album cuts like “My Love, My Life,” “Eagle,” and “That’s Me,” as well as lesser hits such as “Mamma Mia” (long before it became the title of the musical/movie) were total faves. Plenty of what they did is still pure magic for me.
Maybe it was the internal tension that set in, or maybe my tastes evolved as I moved toward the end of high school, but I don’t enjoy their late-era work quite so much. They broke apart in 82, and a year later Anna-Frid and Agnetha each had one solo Top 40 hit. Frida’s was the more successful (and the one I like better, too), reaching #13. It’s on the way down here, stopping at #20. Yeah, it’s really easy to hear the Phil Collins influence.