became acquainted with who ABBA were and some of
their music after watching a half-hour
"documentary" on Channel 7 that was basically an ad
for ABBA Gold back in late 1994, when
I was just 12 years old. I asked my Mum to buy
the CD for me, which she did, and I'm sure she
later regretted. Although I suppose she was
just happy I liked reasonably "wholesome"
songs I liked in the beginning were Dancing
Queen,Ring Ring, I dox5 and Waterloo, but
I gradually became a lover of every song on
that CD. So then I bought More ABBA Gold.
On that CD
I only liked Summer Night City first of all, then
gradually I became a fan of When I Kissed the
Teacher and I Am the City and Head over Heels, and
eventually all the songs of course.
purchase was a set of Arrival, Voulez-Vous and
Super Trouper in Japan. Then The Visitors and ABBA
from FNAC Les Halles in Paris, and finally
ABBA The Album in Launceston and I held off
getting the Waterloo Digipack until this year in
Sydney. I still don't have Ring Ring, and
I really don't have any desire to own it at
has hit the big time in recent years after becoming
a fairly active member of the ABBAMAIL Internet
ABBA Fan community and mailing list. It is a very
special place where everyone are very different but
are brought together by their love of ABBA.
2000 and 2001 have been very fortunate for me in
ABBA terms. I was lucky enough to be close-by
in France when the International ABBA Day was
on in the Netherlands, so I went and stayed
with a local family and seeing other fans was a
real eye-opener. I saw ABBA The Movie for the
first time, and I also got to go and see Mamma Mia!
in London, and buy the three big ABBA books,
From ABBA to Mamma Mia!, The Complete
Recording Sessions, and ABBA The Book.
In 2001 I
went to the premiere of Mamma Mia! in Melbourne,
was introduced to Kristina Fran Duvemala by a
Swedish friend, and went to the ABBAMAIL 2001
Fan convention in Sydney where I bought Bright
Lights Dark Shadows.
It is the
music that I like about ABBA. I find the story and
the characters very interesting, but it will always
be the music that is special. I like all their
styles, from the pure pop of ABBA and Arrival,
to the disco of Voulez-Vous, to the more musical
styles of The Visitors. You can see this from the
list of the songs which feel "special" to
Kissed the Teacher - The Day Before You Came - The
Winner Takes it All - As Good as New - If it Wasn't
for the Nights - Angeleyes - Thank You for the
Music - Dance While the Music Still Goes
I can enjoy every ABBA song if I am in the
right mood. I go through different phases. I have
been through a phase for almost every song. I went
through a Knowing Me Knowing You phase when it won
the 2000 March ABBA Madness on ABBAMAIL, I
went through a Gimme Gimme Gimme phase after
hearing it played for the winter solstice in 1999
on ABC Radio at 5:50am, I went through an
Eagle phase after seeing the Movie. I had a great
ABBA experience when I went walking through the
hills above a small French mountain village on a
windy "in the grip of this cold December" afternoon
and I listened to all of The Visitors album
through my headphones.
my joy of coming home from school to sit right up
against the speakers so as not to disturb my Mum to
listen to Angeleyes properly for the first few
times, I was in awe at what a great melody it was
and how bloody great it sounded.
hearing Dreamworld for the first time, I
thought it sounded really modern and that it could
be released today and wouldn't sound over twenty
I used to
listen to ABBA mainly in our family room
really loud whenever my parents went out and
I would sing along and have so much fun. Every
half a minute or so I would look out the
window to make sure their car wasn't coming so
I could keep singing along in peace.
I love the
ABBACADABRA cover of Summer Night City, I
think it is absolutely brilliant.
I find it
just amazing that one band could come up with so
many amazing melodies. It never ceases to astound
me, and saddens me that other groups who are just
so much more CRAP often get more credit than ABBA.
I'm not a
big collector of all things ABBA, just as long as
I have most of the songs I'm happy, because my
parents would kill me if I started spending all my
money on silly collectables, and I'm not really
into that kind of thing anyway.
ABBA will always be my favourite music, and
I will never tire of the crusade that many
ABBA fans embark on to have the music
recognised for what it is: absolutely brilliant pop