American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 4/23/83: Frida, “I Know There’s Something Going On”

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.

3 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 4/23/83: Frida, “I Know There’s Something Going On””

  1. We both fall on the same side in the Agnetha vs. Frida singles debate of 1982.

    One thing I was hoping you were gonna mention – and perhaps you are saving it for a future post and if so I apologize for letting it out of the bag here and now but no one reads comments anyway do they? – was the coincidence that both “I Know There’s Something Going On” and “Can’t Shake Loose” were written by Russ Ballard.

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    1. You are not playing spoiler. I’m sure I knew that Ballard wrote Frida’s song but can’t say that I’d paid attention about Agnetha’s. Thanks for mentioning it!

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