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May 2014

I was wondering if you know what the triangular-icons are on the back of at least two* of the Waterloo costume tops, and/or what they look like? (*I’ve only seen them –after all these years– via the Waterloo Deluxe Edition’s DVD, on the back of Frida and Benny’s tops, between their shoulder-blade areas – both looking a bit different, but it’s hard to see what they look like, as the images on the DVD are not close-enough to see them clearly.
Also, have you seen if Agnetha and Björn’s tops have such icons on their Waterloo tops too? (I’m assuming that they would have). And do you know where I could see clear copies of all of the icons (apart from ABBA the Museum)?

Tack så mycket,
Tony, Australia

 

 

They appear to be fabric patches, like you'd find in a souvenir shop. Here are closeup photos of the back of Frida's and Benny's costumes, posted by Scott in the Facebook group ABBA The Music Still Goes On And On And On. Agnetha's and Björn's costumes now on display at ABBA The Museum do not have any patches on the back, though there is a bare spot on Agnetha's where it would have been.

Frida's costume Benny's costume


In Carl Magnus Palm's 2014 edition of "Bright Lights Dark Shadows", on page 565 he mentions that Benny "has written a hymn, 'Innan gryningen' ('Before The Dawn'), which is in the Swedish protestant hymn book". Do you know specifically which Swedish protestant hymn book he's referring to?

Nicholas, UK

 

 

'Innan gryningen' is hymn number 717 in Psalmtillägg till Den svenska psalmboken (Psalm Additions to the Swedish hymn book), a 2003 supplement to the 1986 Swedish hymn book.


In the original ‘ABBA the ...’ concept, which came first to support the other: ABBA - The Album or ABBA - The Movie? (I’m guessing that the title of ABBA - The Album and its styling was to follow and support ABBA - The Movie?).

In the DVD of the "Super Trouper" edition of ABBA - The Official Photo Book, I notice in the credits that ‘SOS’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ had Frida and/or Agnetha’s names listed in those songs, along with Benny and Björn’s (and Stig’s). I know that Frida and Agnetha did much to contribute to many of ABBA’s songs; not just their singing, but is this a new revelation that Frida and Agnetha did much more to contribute to those songs, on par with Benny, Björn and Stig?

Cheers for now,
Tony.

 

 

The Album/The Movie titles probably came up simultaneously. The intention was that the album would promote the film and the film would promote the album, hence the matching titles and identical artwork on the album cover and original Swedish movie poster (though the poster was not used in many countries). Apparently the title Thank You For The Music was once considered for both projects.

I noticed those credits on The Official Photo Book DVD too. I suspect it's just an error by the typesetter.


I would you have a transcription of the lyrics to the English (POS 1202) version of Ted G + ABBA singing 'Rockin' 'n' Reelin''? I haven't been able to find it yet. I've even been told that the English version of the song doesn't exist, which, of course, is rubbish.

Hälsningar från Australien,
Tony Carey

 

 

I have searched and searched and searched, and I can't find any English lyrics for 'Rockin' 'n' Reelin', or even a clip of the English version. It most certainly exists, it was released on Polar single POS 1202 in 1975 (the Swedish version was POS 1201). It never appeared on an album and as far as I can tell has never been released on CD.

 


The song 'Chiquitita' is listed in your section "What is that song about?" but there's no information concerning what it's about. There's just the translation of the title and a sentence saying that it was included in a UNICEF concert. Listening to the lyrics, I'd always been convinced that Björn wrote them about Agnetha ("You were always sure of yourself," "I'm a shoulder you can cry on, Your best friend, I'm the one you must rely on," "Chiquitita, you and I know how the heartaches come and they go and the scars they're leaving, you'll be dancing once again ," "Let me hear you sing once more like you did before, sing a new song, Chiquitita," etc.). Is Agnetha Chiquitita?

Thank you,
Paul, Germany 

 

 

'Chiquitita' could be interpreted that way, and Björn's feelings about his collapsing marriage could have had some effect on the lyric, but I don't think supportive messages to Agnetha were necessarily what he had in mind. It would have been written just a few weeks before Björn and Agnetha actually separated.

 


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