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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Me and my Dad (he's a huge Abba fan) been talking about Queen and Abba. Seems like people who buy Queens music also buy Abba's. We laugh about that and even on Brian Mays soapbox, he mention that to quote
"I remember way back in our past, interviewers were always trying to get us to put down Abba, saying, 'they are a Pop band, and you are a Rock band'. Who cares? When we met them out there we all got on great - because of mutual respect - we all put our efforts into entertaining people."

My question is how Queen fans feel about Abba? I'm a HUGE Queen fan, since 1975 seen them twice in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, Richfield Coliseum (which since had been torn down) in '80 and '82.

Just looking for feedback to show my dad!
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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 17:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Abba? Sure. Have one Greatest Hits album and listen to it, when my neighbours are on holidays...
Seriously, I think they gave us some nice tunes. Note how they also constantly have to deny rumours that they are going to tour again.


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 17:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think they are OK but a little over rated. Their collections are usually good pop documents but I don't think they have nearly the depth of Queen.


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 18:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I grew up with ABBA because my parents happen to be ABBA fans. Although I hardly ever liked anything that my parents liked, I never had a problem whenever they played an ABBA record.

I happen to like ABBA a lot, and you don't wanna know how many people make fun of me for liking them.
SO FUCKIN' WHAT IF THEY MADE BUBBLEGUM POP!... everybody here has liked bubblegum pop at least once in their lifetime, but they just hate to admit it.

The thing that makes ABBA different from your common pop star is that they're not fabricated. They write their own music, and even if you're not very fond of them you have to admit that it takes a lot of talent to write over 20 top of the chart hit songs like they did.

Funny thing is that Bono is one of the most constantly praised musicians by critics, and he happens to be a big fan of ABBA, one of the bands most badly criticized and bashed by the so called "music experts".

The one thing that I find annoying about ABBA is that they were awful performers. If you see some of their videos you can't just help but laughing at how stiff and emotionless look Anni Frid and Agnetha on stage. They look like they try so hard to somehow dance and entertain, but they miserably fail.


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 18:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just like Mamma Mia :-D


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 18:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to say that I love quite a lot of their songs. My fave is "Eagle". IMHO they did write some quite memorable songs - even if they were classed as pop. Also for me they came from that tradition of having to really learn their trade (as did Queen of course) unlike todays so called "pop stars" where computers and all sorts of studio gadgets can make their tuneless voices sound ok.


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 18:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And don't forget American Idol winners!! Ughhhhhh....


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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 21:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's really funny - I just got my first ABBA cd today...I like them. They're very easy to listen to, I think.

Ja ne!

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Posted: 04 Nov 04, 22:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it wrong to dance around the room while singing your lungs out along with 'Dancing Queen'?


Because iGSM does it all the time...honestly...

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT! I HAVE A GIRLFRIEND!


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 00:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do not.



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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 01:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh I see how it is, you always have to correct me on everything. OH IT'S ALL GOOD, as long as Lester looks like a right twit! No, he can never get anything right, because you're always changing it up on him! Nevermind the fact that he refers to himself in the third person periodically.

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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 01:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mr Mercury™<br><font size=1>True God! wrote:

I have to say that I love quite a lot of their songs. My fave is "Eagle". IMHO they did write some quite memorable songs - even if they were classed as pop. Also for me they came from that tradition of having to really learn their trade (as did Queen of course) unlike todays so called "pop stars" where computers and all sorts of studio gadgets can make their tuneless voices sound ok.


Eagle Rules!!! And I love the whole "Super Trouper" album. Essential.
But their best song is "The Day Before You Came" - gives me shivers it's so good, and uncharacteristic of what most people think of Abba's sound.

Yeah, I'm a big Abba Fan - I saw them live on the Voulez-Vous tour... what a spectacle!

Pop yes, but musically sound & interesting, like Queen. I always thought Money, Money, Money should have been a Queen song.


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 01:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, you've been like this ever since I reminded you that you had your shirt on inside out.


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 04:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Abba is my favourite band. Even above the Beatles


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 06:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

... always liked ABBA a lot and always wished Queen had tried "Fernando" - in a quiet IITWWC style, the RS playing nearly acoustic, haunting WWTLF drums in the background and a few bass notes cleverly dropping down here and there...

... utterly insane, yes - as most dreams are...

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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 07:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't like Abba... last year my class did this pathetic skit to some of their songs...I still try to forget about it.... I dunno.. I just don't care for his songs. I like the harder stuff.


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 08:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I admire them. I`ve found this interesing quote:

Bjorn also says that Queen were "very inspirational to both Benny and myself....With `Boheman Rhapsody,` we felt they were going in the same direction as us -- towards a more theatrical, dramatic sound..."


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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 09:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anyway it was great to hear Brian's live version of 'Dancing Queen' during his 'Another World Tour'!

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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 10:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have their greatest hits and I love it!


An interview? Oh, don't be ridiculous...
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Posted: 05 Nov 04, 10:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

iGSM wrote:

Oh, you've been like this ever since I reminded you that you had your shirt on inside out.


What a shameful experience that was for all involved :(