ABBA are reuniting

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apparently eight figures each member

Apparently Agnetha is over her avowed reluctance to perform in public

honest

mentalist (mentalist), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:10 (sixteen years ago) link

cannot. be. true.

Jole, Friday, 21 January 2005 05:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Get out.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I DEMAND PHOTOS OF ELDER-ABBA

What's this place, Biblevania? (natepatrin), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Last time I heard this was from a guy I know who plays bass who gets a lot of Broadway and oldies gigs.

Bass Player Guy: I'm playing a wedding in December. Some very wealthy people. We're the opening act. You know who the headliner is going to be? ABBA.

KL: Abba? Get out. There's no way. ABBA is going to reunite and fly to the US to play some guy's wedding? How much money is the guy really going to sink into this? Surely it's Bjorn Again, the ABBA tribute band.

Bass Player Guy: ABBA is going to reunite to do this one show. If you pay these people enough money they'll do anything.

Months later:
KL So how was the wedding gig? How was ABBA?
Bass Play Guy: You know what, you were right. It wasn't ABBA, it was Bah-jyorn Again.

Ken L (Ken L), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Didnt ABBA turn down like a BILLION dollars to get back together for a massive world tour?

Juan, the Magic Don (jingleberries), Friday, 21 January 2005 05:50 (sixteen years ago) link

This article says that ABBA are reuniting to contribute to a new DVD (being interviewed and such)...but no mention of them actually performing.

When I saw Bjorn Again, when the ladies had a costume change, the boys played Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"!! (I guess they need to break the monotony somehow - I'm betting they play more or less the same set every night i.e. most of ABBA Gold plus "Ring Ring" and "Honey Honey".)

Ernest P. (ernestp), Friday, 21 January 2005 06:34 (sixteen years ago) link

The end of that article shocked me, actually. I didn't know 3/4 of the group got back together last year.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Friday, 21 January 2005 07:00 (sixteen years ago) link

I was just an awards thing; they didn't perform.

harveyw (harveyw), Friday, 21 January 2005 09:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Up next: Elvis and Tupac come back to do a duet.

stevie nixed (stevie nixed), Friday, 21 January 2005 09:03 (sixteen years ago) link

What's this place, Biblevania?

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Friday, 21 January 2005 10:38 (sixteen years ago) link

(Btw, I've seen Björn Aghast, live, play "Smells Like Teen Spirit", too. Let alone "Smoke On The Water")

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Friday, 21 January 2005 10:39 (sixteen years ago) link

agnetha didn't even promote her "coloring book cd" i bought it and it 's almost all covers.
"if i thought i'd ever change your mind " is briliant.

blonde one, Friday, 21 January 2005 10:41 (sixteen years ago) link

>>I DEMAND PHOTOS OF ELDER-ABBA

If someone can learn me how to post pictures to this thing, I can oblige.

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Friday, 21 January 2005 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

It's in the FAQ. I just did it for the first time last week.

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Friday, 21 January 2005 19:06 (sixteen years ago) link

>>It's in the FAQ. I just did it for the first time last week.

Sadly, I went to go find the un-airbrushed picture of Agnetha I had seen on the web so I could post the URL, and it is now gone (quel surprise!).

mottdeterre (mottdeterre), Friday, 21 January 2005 20:32 (sixteen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
Needless to say, this didn't happen in 2005...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 06:37 (fifteen years ago) link

No freakin' way. That's ridiculous! You are quite possibly a lying homosexual for saying that.

The littlest messiah, Wednesday, 28 December 2005 06:44 (fifteen years ago) link

there's still four days left, you know.

dali madison's nut (donut), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 07:36 (fifteen years ago) link

one for each member.

dali madison's nut (donut), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 07:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, they did reunite for that Eurovision song contest clip, didn't they? ;)

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 08:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Needless to say, this didn't happen in 2005...

One of the things that made 2005 a little better than expected. Gawd, I hate reunions.

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Wednesday, 28 December 2005 08:45 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Frida looking great.

Ned Trifle II, Saturday, 5 July 2008 18:37 (thirteen years ago) link

But when did Meryl Streep become a member of ABBA? :)

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 5 July 2008 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w95WdpE6QAI

breastcrawl, Monday, 11 March 2013 13:19 (eight years ago) link

Productionwise, it sounds like it's from about 1998.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 March 2013 14:50 (eight years ago) link

Instrumentally it sounds like the Lightning Seeds only worse.

everything, Monday, 11 March 2013 21:38 (eight years ago) link

Horrible.

skip, Monday, 11 March 2013 21:44 (eight years ago) link

It's a Gary Barlow co-write. Pretty much how I thought it'd sound.

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Monday, 11 March 2013 21:49 (eight years ago) link

A real shame to see Agnetha stuck with one of Barlow's boilerplate 'X Factor Winner's single' songs.

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Monday, 11 March 2013 21:51 (eight years ago) link

There's even a separate thread now. Take y'all's pick, I guess.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:49 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

ABBA mulls possible reunion

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 11 November 2013 12:53 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

ABBA perform together in Stockholm (briefly)

Jeff W, Monday, 6 June 2016 09:52 (five years ago) link

Previously the group have been offered $1 billion to reform.

O_O

Surely there's some kind of typo in there.

daavid, Monday, 6 June 2016 14:45 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nYTGQfnnQ

timellison, Monday, 13 June 2016 15:09 (five years ago) link

A little shaky but when they harmonise it can only be them. Maybe Michael Tretow was off-stage, fiddling with his dBX and Eventide ;)

Funny that this momentous event takes place under a projection of a ticket-stub from Wembley '79. £7.50 was a lot of money back then.

Michael Jones, Monday, 13 June 2016 15:28 (five years ago) link

four months pass...
one year passes...

ABBA confirm they have recorded new music for the first time in 35 years calling it an 'extremely joyous experience'

ABBA has recorded new music for the first time in 35 years, according to a statement from the band.

They told Swedish site Afton Bladet: ‘The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.

'We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.

They're back! ABBA have confirmed they have reunited and recorded new music for the first time in 35 years calling it an 'extremely joyous experience'

'And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyous experience.'

'It resulted in two new songs and one of them, I Still Have Faith In You will be performed by or digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.

They added: 'We may have been old, but the song is new. And it feels good.'

Just two days ago, fans were overjoyed to hear ABBA are launching a comeback... but they won't be the ones singing or dancing.

Instead, virtual 'Abbatars' are being created to represent the four members of the Swedish pop group for an upcoming digital gig.

Singer Björn Ulvaeus, 72, revealed the news of the gigs during a speech in Brussels. The two-hour show is expected to be broadcast by the BBC in Britain and simulcast across the globe.

A world tour is planned for 2019 or 2020, which could generate hundreds of millions of pounds in ticket sales, according to the Times.

The band will appear as they looked at their musical peak in 1979 thanks to high-tech imaging equipment.

'We thought we looked good that year,' Ulvaeus said.

Silicon Valley experts are using old videos to replicate how the band danced, dressed and sang so they can be programmed to reproduce hits such as Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.

Ulvaeus described the effect as 'simply mind-boggling'.

Video playing bottom right...

'You'll hear the voices of ABBA coming out of the mouths of the Abbatars,' he said.

'You won't be able to see that they're not human beings. It'll be spooky, I assure you, but great fun and no one has done it before.'

The band sold more than 400 million albums but have not performed since 1986, apart from at a private party in 2016.

The four members - Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, 71, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 72, and Agnetha Fältskog, 68 - have previously resisted reunions but are all behind the Abbatar project.

If successful the technology could allow bands to stage concerts anywhere in the world without the celebrities being present.

If the technology is embraced by fans it will allow artists to stage concerts anywhere in the world without leaving their homes.

Ulvaeus said US 'techno artists' had scanned the band last year.

'They photographed us from all possible angles, they made us grimace in front of cameras, they painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads,' he told broadcasting executives last week.

'Apparently, a cranium doesn't change with age the way the rest of your body falls apart.'

The singer said there was an 'existential dimension' to the project, as the band explored the idea of being young again: 'The wisdom that we hopefully possess now in combination with the youth of the Abbatars.'


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5664687/Abba-recorded-new-music-time-35-years.html

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 27 April 2018 14:15 (three years ago) link

living in the future is wild

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:23 (three years ago) link

First I learn that Fugazi occasionally gets together and jams, and now ABBA. Following a Cubs win, death of Bowie and Prince, a couple of weird Super Bowls, that Oscars best picture debacle, Trump ... yeah we are living in an alternate reality. It's pretty much the right time for Tupac to call off the ruse and go on tour.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 April 2018 14:36 (three years ago) link

it can only be a matter of time before hologram fugazi hit the road

Mahogany Loggins (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:39 (three years ago) link

We are all holograms living in a world where Fugazi is still on hiatus. There is another dimension where Fugazi still records and tours, but there are no other people.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 27 April 2018 14:41 (three years ago) link

Soldiers is so fucking good

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:52 (three years ago) link

otm

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:57 (three years ago) link

First I learn that Fugazi occasionally gets together and jams, and now ABBA

tour 2019

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 27 April 2018 14:57 (three years ago) link

Pop banger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWGWFa3jznI

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

Tracklisting for the Voyage album:

1. I Still Have Faith In You
2. When You Danced With Me
3. Little Things
4. Don’t Shut Me Down
5. Just A Notion
6. I Can Be That Woman
7. Keep An Eye On Dan
8. Bumble Bee
9. No Doubt About It
10. Ode To Freedom

Short demo versions of Just A Notion and Bumble Bee can be found on the Abba Undeleted Medley, released in 1994. Just A Notion is at 4:55, Bumble Bee at 14:41.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUfAzxBKvLA

Just A Notion was first recorded in 1982 for the abandoned follow-up album to The Visitors; both versions of the recording were bootlegged.

Free As A Bumblebee (with a Bjorn vocal) was demoed in 1978 during the Voulez-Vous sessions.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:14 (two weeks ago) link

I like both tracks. I didn’t expect to, but I prefer the ballad. The chorus on the poppy one doesn’t soar where I want it to, but the ballad is all soar, all the time. I can’t help it, I’m a cheese ball and I found it moving.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:28 (two weeks ago) link

Keep An Eye On Dan surely has to be a Bjorn vocal.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

Gawd bless them for not using autotune, the vocals on the ballad are kinda pitchy in places and they could have easily tidied that up, along with the timing.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

I can see this working out for them, apparently the Fleetwood Mac reunion tour just before Covid made tons of cash (despite being Lindsey-less), nostalgic boomers money is there for the taking.

Siegbran, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

I've never had much interest in an ABBA reunion, I think finishing when they did and then never doing anything together after it was a touch of class. Both new songs sound very like ABBA, but sort of as if they've been constructed from bits of their older songs. I like them though.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

(xp) The thing about ABBA is, that in the UK at least, they're very much not just a band loved by boomers.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

Surely their fanbase when they were originally around was majority gen X.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

I learned from an early 80's Look-In annual that I shared my birthday with Bjorn and considered that confirmation that I was cool!

calzino, Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

(xp) They were something of a 9 to 90 band. My mum, who was never much into pop or rock music, loved them - in contrast she had no interest in the Beatles whatsoever.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:28 (two weeks ago) link

I guess that’s true they held an appeal to a wide age range. Quite enjoying these new ones, maybe the sound is less “fuzzy” and “warm” and more shiny than classic Abba, but it’s a different age.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:33 (two weeks ago) link

My parents and my Granny's loved Abba

Pfunkboy AKA (Oor Neechy), Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:48 (two weeks ago) link

Where the fuck did this come from????

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 2 September 2021 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

Both songs are a HELL of a lot better than I was expecting. Thumbs up!!

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 2 September 2021 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

Sweden, iirc

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 September 2021 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

bet Jeff Lynne's gutted he wasn't asked to produce

mahb, Thursday, 2 September 2021 21:20 (two weeks ago) link

abba has always been a self produced all swedish in house crew!

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 2 September 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

Another softie here who likes both of these songs. "I am not the one you knew/I'm now and then combined/And I'm asking you to have an open mind" <== that is a lovely lyric

Josefa, Thursday, 2 September 2021 22:17 (two weeks ago) link

"Don't Shut Me Down" is aces. A legitimate ABBA song.

Both new songs are strong, but "Don't Shut Me Down" is really excellent and bodes well for the rest.

I was on the livestream yesterday. As the first video (for "I Still Have Faith In You") started playing, without any prior explanation, my thoughts went from "hmm, don't remember this one", to "oh, those voices sound distinctly older", to "fuck, this is a new track". That's when the shivers started. Then, towards the end: "how have they got late-1970s Frida to lip-synch the lyrics, that's uncanny". We didn't yet know about the avatars.

The most charitable thing I can say about Zoe Ball's interview with Benny & Bjorn is that she was overawed and lost it a bit. B&B handled her excitable wibblings with patience and grace.

Gleaned from the interview: the show is 22 songs, 90 minutes, mostly greatest hits plus the two new songs and a few deeper cuts. 10 live musicians on stage. Visual direction by Baillie Walsh. Inclusion of "Dancing Queen" confirmed (duh). They also talked about "Under Attack" and "The King Has Lost His Crown" as songs that should have been big hits, which could be a hint. On the new self-produced album ("it's all us"), "Little Things" is a Christmas song.

mike t-diva, Friday, 3 September 2021 09:08 (two weeks ago) link

*43 seconds into "don't shut me down"* god i fucking love abba

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 3 September 2021 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

oh man wtf both songs rule

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 3 September 2021 15:20 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, ISHFIY wasn’t immediately so matched to my tastes, but I love it just as much now.

mike t-diva, Friday, 3 September 2021 15:40 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I hated it on first listen but after listening to it on proper speaker, I've totally fallen for it

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 3 September 2021 15:45 (two weeks ago) link

Same here

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 3 September 2021 15:56 (two weeks ago) link

"Do I have it in me?" is such an odd question for a song to ask in 2021. I love it. They are the best.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 4 September 2021 00:52 (two weeks ago) link

"I am not the one you knew/I'm now and then combined/And I'm asking you to have an open mind" <== that is a lovely lyric

So true.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 4 September 2021 01:15 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think I'm a huge fan of these songs, but I do think it's great that they are just making songs that sound like ABBA and aren't awkwardly trying to meet contemporary pop music halfway

aegis philbin (crüt), Saturday, 4 September 2021 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

^cosign

tumblin’ dice outro (morrisp), Saturday, 4 September 2021 01:44 (two weeks ago) link

It helps that ABBA never overstayed their welcome. It is fresh coming back to this sound after 40 years

Vinnie, Saturday, 4 September 2021 02:11 (two weeks ago) link

Otm. Feels like they've done everything right on paper, even if the songs themselves strike me on first listen as replacement-level late ABBA album cuts.

Sonically it's neither too fussy about recreating the sound of their old records nor too self-conscious about not doing so. The honest weatheredness of the vocals is really striking and lovely, and imo quite apt in that ABBA at their best always had a particular kind of stylized "grown up perspective". "This wooden bench is getting harder by the hour" is the platonic ideal of a lyric that only Frida can drop on an unsuspecting listener like a ton of bricks, too.

Enjoying the idea of this as a MBV or Vashti Bunyan style comeback that tries exactly hard enough and not a bit harder, though that impression might be harder to sustain once I've seen more of the motion capture avatars.

swim, Saturday, 4 September 2021 05:14 (two weeks ago) link

I mean, the late period albums rule so this bodes well for me when I get around to hearing them.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 4 September 2021 05:34 (two weeks ago) link

BTW I was legitimately in tears of joy when news broke of the album because of how the world is and everything is always better with ABBA.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 4 September 2021 05:36 (two weeks ago) link

Okay, thse are growing on me.

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 September 2021 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

Don’t Shut Me Down has been pleasurably pinging in my head non-stop for two days now

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 5 September 2021 10:21 (one week ago) link

I'll post a review of the show next August. Yeah, I succumbed.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 5 September 2021 11:50 (one week ago) link

I don't like ABBA much, but I do respect that after reportedly/allegedly turning down decades of reunion offers for hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars, they more or less just quietly went and did it themselves, when the world was at its most distracted and needed them least/most (take your pick).

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 5 September 2021 13:58 (one week ago) link

These two tracks are surprisingly good and, yes, in so many ways just what the doctor ordered. What I can’t believe is how much they sound like themselves here. I mean, these are all septuagenarians (all 76 but Agnetha who is 71). For a ton of reasons, they should sound very different. Yet they don’t.

I’m mildly interested in seeing what they do with the avatar thing.

One thing: Bjorn says that “I Still Have Faith in You” is about the band’s relationships with one another and how they have remained “the best of friends.” Is the latter remotely true? Or sentimental pap? I had always worked under the assumption that at least one of the divorces ended pretty badly.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 6 September 2021 13:06 (one week ago) link

The Richard and Linda Thompson divorce was historically terrible, too, but I believe they are friends now. I think that's not uncommon after decades of reflection, and I doubt it usually even takes that long.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 6 September 2021 13:10 (one week ago) link

I especially like how these really really sound like ABBA and they haven't tried to go all EDM or something.
The whole branding (as well as the "computer"-based language on 'Don't Shut Me Down') reminds me of Random Access Memories a little bit.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 6 September 2021 13:38 (one week ago) link

This whole revival has led me into a wikipedia rabbit hole. I didnt know about all the tragedies that Agnetha went through... This band's history is straight out of a Bergman movie. "Voyage" being their "Saraband"

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 6 September 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

Was looking at ABBA Revival as a potential screenname but, not only is it taken, it is the name of an ABBA tribute band.

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 6 September 2021 15:31 (one week ago) link

Is the latter remotely true? Or sentimental pap?

True, I reckon, as evidenced when they chose "The Way Old Friends Do" to sing onstage together in 2016: "And after fights and words of violence, we make up with each other, the way old friends do"

mike t-diva, Monday, 6 September 2021 15:35 (one week ago) link

Little Boots will be part of the live band (keyboards/backing vocals), and she's also been working with ABBA in the studio. Full post and studio pic with Benny: https://www.facebook.com/littleboots/posts/392293902267346

mike t-diva, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:09 (one week ago) link

Cool! *Looks up Little Boots*

Gwar ina Babyon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 6 September 2021 16:46 (one week ago) link

I Still Have Faith In You has really grown on me. Shut Me Down was the instant banger but ISHFIY deserves to become a standard

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 21:54 (one week ago) link

remember when those awesome new ABBA songs came out?

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Sunday, 12 September 2021 20:47 (six days ago) link

(been wanting to try out saying that, feels great)

the adventures of pavlo and schrödis (geoffreyess), Sunday, 12 September 2021 20:47 (six days ago) link

Still feeling them

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 12 September 2021 23:27 (six days ago) link


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