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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I Never Thought I’d Say This…

posted by on May 6 at 11:34 AM

But I feel like listening to some ABBA.

And of course…
“Take a Chance On Me”

Maybe it’s my Swedish heritage causing the craving… should I be ashamed?

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No shame. ABBA as guilty pleasure is some tired, old rockist bullshit. Let your poptimist flag fly, you crazy Swede, you.

Posted by Eric Grandy | May 6, 2008 11:50 AM

It's all the Eurovision floating through here.

Posted by Abby | May 6, 2008 12:14 PM

Reasons to Love ABBA:

(1.) Like more intense forms of pop music, their sound and songs communicate a combination of an exaggerated emotional state with a sonic "overplus of meaning" -- their work is intrinsically spiritual, as it combines the blurred edges of romantic ecstasy at a level of divinity.

(2.) The Clash lost their gear once, and ABBA without hesitation loaned them their equipment to play the show. The Clash may have been shit-talking the band before this, who knows. But they probably sure didn't afterwards.

(3.) "Mamma Mia" is going to be a horrible movie, but OMG ABBA sounds FREAKING AMAZING on the Neptune's sound system during the preview!

Posted by Chris Estey | May 6, 2008 12:31 PM

I'm not so thrilled by all the Eurovision, but ABBA still is one of my faves.

Posted by Will in Musical Seattle | May 6, 2008 12:52 PM

Abba is the fucking GREATEST. If you don't like Abba, you don't have ears. Those records sound INCREDIBLE. I dunno about "spiritual" but "sonic overplus of meaning" is a pretty great phrase for it. Abba is punk as fuck, too.

Posted by Fnarf | May 6, 2008 1:27 PM

I was singing along to Fernando (under my breath, not with my wrists above my head) at a Craft Fair the other day, With My Girlfriend, and was asked by one of the stall owners how long I had 'Liked Abba' for. It turned out she did not mean my penchant for cheesy Scandinavian pop. So of course I camped it up and over exaggerated the existing English accent. My good lady found it funny. The lady's mother, who was also with us - not so much.

Posted by Barky | May 6, 2008 3:43 PM

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