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I was just listening to some ABBA, because I'm badass like that, and who really wants to go out on a Friday night anyway (in my defense, I actually WAS going to go out, but I have to be up super early in the morning), when "Take A Chance On Me" came on my player.

In case you lived in a cave (or weren't born yet) in 1978, this is the song. Or should I say, THE AWESOME.

For those of you who don't know, Swedish supergroup ABBA was my first favorite band. And they are still one of my favorite bands. All I have to do is think about them, and I feel compelled to go look up some of those sweet, sweet melodies. When I was 10, I wore flowers in my hair, and made my mother buy me long sweaters and scarves and tall suede boots so I could dress like ABBA. She drew the line at a silky dress, split from the neckline to the navel like on the cover of "Voulez Vous", but I'd have totally worn that, if I'd been allowed. I crimped my hair, too, but instead of looking like ABBA, I looked more like Roseanne Rosannadanna.

So, anyway, as I have reported before, my mis-hearing of song lyrics is often pretty epic. I've even persuaded friends to change the titles of songs, because I didn't understand them. When I was a kid, I was absolutely convinced that the first line in this song was not actually "if you change your mind, I'm the first in line, honey I'm still free, take a chance on me." No, I thought it was "if you change your mind, I'm the first in line, Olly Oxenfree, take a chance on me."

That is all.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can't hear this LALALALALALA.

I'm smiting the earworm but loving the image of you dressing up like that.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man though, if you're gonna have an earworm, ABBA's a good one to have!

I need to go through some old photos and see what I can come up with. I was the most stylish (or dorkiest, however you want to look at it) kid in the 5th grade.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've gotta say though, they really do need to stop winking so much in this video. It's not sexy, just creepy.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are you SURE they never say Olly Oxenfree? Cos I always though that's what it was too!

Date: 2011-07-16 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, I'm really glad I'm not the only one who thought that.

I remember when I was a kid, I had the 45 of this song. In fact, I want to say it was the first one I bought with my own money. I sat in the floor at my parents' stereo with the headphones on (those gigantic foam ones that were the size of hamburger buns) and actually wrote all the lyrics that I thought I heard down by hand for some kid in my class. It took me about an hour, I think. If only we'd had the internets, where you can just do a search and have them in two seconds.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ABBA!!! *loves*

Their greatest hits CD is a regular in my car player. It's great for the commute.

Date: 2011-07-16 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had every single album of theirs (yes, album...on vinyl) and when I was going through my divorce, all my music mysteriously disappeared. That is one of the things I despise my ex the most for.

But yeah, ABBA is pretty much good for anything!

Date: 2011-07-16 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is such a wonderful song! For some reason it was a MUST PLAY at every college sorority event. Every time I heard that song, I picture a bunch of drunk girls trying to sing along. I am pretty sure "Olly Oxenfree" was yelled a few times!

Date: 2011-07-16 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Man, I thought I was original! Ah well. :-)

Date: 2011-07-16 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Have you seen "Mamma Mia"?

Date: 2011-07-16 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I did. Total disappointment. (A) Pierce Brosnan does not need to sing again. Ever. He shouldn't have sang that time. (B) The fact that they compromised the lyrics to several of the songs really ticks off a purist like me. It's disconcerting to be singing along to a song you've known for 30 years and then realize all of a sudden the lyrics are different.

So that's my thought on Mamma Mia. I wouldn't mind seeing the Broadway show though. (Or was that what you were referring to? I obviously saw the movie version.)

And I think you have replied to every one of my ABBA posts. The fact that I can say "every one of" my ABBA posts is maybe a little scary. ;-)

Date: 2011-07-17 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think you have replied to every one of my ABBA posts.
I like ABBA? Maybe as much as you? ;-)

Date: 2011-07-17 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I don't know about THAT...

Date: 2011-07-16 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As far as Swedish groups go, Ace of Base still rules.

Yes, I said that in all seriousness.

[runs away]

Date: 2011-07-16 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my. We need to have a talk, sir.

Once I unscreen this, prepare to be antagonized. ;-)

I used to get so angry when DJs in the '90s would talk about AOB like they were the first thing to ever come out of Sweden. I came close to going to a couple of stations to put a hurtin' on some DJs.

But we are all entitled to our opinion.

Even if it's wrong. :-P
Edited Date: 2011-07-16 01:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-16 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Having just missed the 70s, I think I discovered the greatness of ABBA through Erasure's "Abba-esque" EP. It might even have been the very first record I bought - it was definitely one of the first. ABBA but with added campy synthpop, how could it get more freakin' awesome than that?

Oddly, I am straight.

Date: 2011-07-16 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I know you are. :-P

(Speaking of, do you remember the game show Remote Control that was on MTV? Or did that ever make it across the pond? It would've been mid-late '80s, I believe. Anyway, there were lots of fun categories, one of which was "Dead or Canadian?" and another was "Gay or British?" So I guess you've got two strikes against you, huh?)

I have heard a few of the Erasure versions of ABBA songs. I like Erasure and I love ABBA, and while I'm OK with their homage (there are few other bands that I can see pulling that one off), I still gotta have the original. They're kind of the ultimate band for me, bad '70s clothes and all.

Date: 2011-07-16 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you haven't seen it already, you should watch Muriel's Wedding. Chock full of ABBA goodness!

Date: 2011-07-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know, that's been one that is on my "must see" list for a while, because I'd heard it was ABBAful, but I just never have gotten around to seeing it. Thanks for the reminder!

Date: 2011-07-17 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Although it really doesn't go with my (I want to think that I) macho image, I like ABBA. (Also show tunes - ditto the image thing.) I recall that for years, the Eurovision contast (up-and-coming talent, a.k.a wannabes) seemed to be a "who can best immitate ABBA" contest. Sadly, all the contestants were horrible, only ABBA was ABBA. However, for some strange reason, the lyrics of "Take a Chance on Me," always rather ticked me off.

Date: 2011-07-18 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I can kind of understand that...they are rather, hmm...desperate? I think I like this song because it was the first one I ever heard by them. It's just a fond childhood memory, but there are certainly a lot of others I like better. I mainly wanted to share this one because of the funny misunderstood lyric.

And yes, you are correct...there is only one ABBA. Do you remember that trainwreck from about ten years ago called A-Teens? They did super bubblegummy pop remakes of ABBA songs. Holy crap, that was a disaster, but they sold a lot of records.

Date: 2011-07-17 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love ABBA! One of my earliest memories is listening to my sister's 45 of SOS and dancing around her room. :)

Date: 2011-07-18 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG, that is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs. My mom got me their Greatest Hits album for Christmas when I was about ten years old, and I LOVED that song so much.

OK, I have to go listen to it now!

Date: 2011-07-19 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Abba is kind of a guilty pleasure for me...


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