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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 10/06/97

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Little-known facts about ABBA

I suppose I should be grateful that people still write about ABBA at all, considering they last recorded together more than 15 years ago. But I can't help noticing that the same 'quirky' facts about them keep getting recycled. It's as if journalists, struggling to find something to say about ABBA that doesn't include the phrase 'Mamma Mia', are nonetheless reduced to repeating the same set of mildly obscure facts in a bid to look as if they've done their research. Based on no scientific studies whatsoever, I would suggest that the following are the most commonly quoted "obscure" facts about ABBA:
  1. Frida was actually born in Norway.
  2. ABBA were the second Swedish band to have a US #1 (the first was Blue Swede).
  3. Agnetha was afraid of flying.
  4. The band's last single, 'Under Attack', only reached #96 in Australia.
  5. ABBA failed to reach the finals in their first attempt at Eurovision.

Not very obscure really, are they? Now if I were compiling obscure facts, I could (naturally) do a whole lot better. For instance:

  1. The Australian cassette release of the ABBA album includes an extended version of the track 'I've Been Waiting For You' that is unavailable anywhere else in the world.
  2. There was a limited-edition pressing of Frida's 1984 solo single 'Shine' on 12" white vinyl (it still flopped).
  3. While Erasure's ABBAesque EP helped spur the 1992 ABBA revival, the band had actually recorded an ABBA track, 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', as the B-side for its second single, 'Oh L'Amour', back in 1986.
  4. The live tracks in ABBA: The Movie were overdubbed.
  5. Canadian songstresss Jann Arden is a huge ABBA fan.
And that's just off the top of my head. See, you can learn something new and pointless every day!


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