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Friday, October 08, 2021

Abba Dance Party: Strike Three

We end our multi-week Abba tribute with songs that may not have been danceable, but memorable none the less.

Besides you can only needle a spirit for so long.

Voulez Vous

A catchy melody so long ago on my AM station so far away.

 


 

 

Super Trouper

Yes, an international hit about a spot light.   Go figure!

I had to run a super trouper when Dave Mason sang at my college.  It was extra money I earned, even though I never ran a spot light for a show before.  And I have never run a spot light again since that night.

The spot light I was given was a bit cantankerous.  The light was not created by a filament, but rather by an arc of electricity emitted between two carbon rods.  In this case the rods ran unevenly and I would have to shut down every 10 minutes or so to put in another rod.

The experience was not pretty,  the roadies decided to dispense with my services after about 30 minutes,  and the concert was cursed any way.  Mason had a sore throat and cut his performance short.  Ever the professional he would return at a later date to give ticket holders their money's worth.


 The Winner Takes It All

Well, we had to know the party would have to end someday.  This one hit a certain chord with me.  My heart had been broken before, but that year the pain was more unbearable than ever. Little did I realize what I would be feeling now...

 It was released in the summer of 1980, but really got a lot of airplay that winter.  It was a bad winter not just for Abba, but also for the rest of humanity.  When it was over we had lost John Lennon and Abba was losing its innocence.

The song was written in the aftermath of the break up of Bjorn and Agnetha,  but everyone agreed there were no winners in that event.

 

 

When All Is Said and Done

A song written about the other half of Abba breaking up.   Aw, well.  It was all very nice for a while.


(Thank you for reading, listening, dancing and whatever you want to do to enjoy the life we have while we have it.)


10 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Third strike and we're out ... of ABBA tunes???

That said, I kinda like 'The Winner Takes It All.'

October 8, 2021 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Mistress Maddie said...

QUICK TODD!!!!! Duck!!!! I see a on coming shoe flying your way!!!!!!!

Oh how I love this party! Voulez Vous!!! All these are such ABBA classics. Brightened my Friday night early Saturday morning. I'm gonna catch hell, Anne Marie is gonna think I egged you on......

October 9, 2021 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Well, I learned something new from your post -- I didn't know a super trouper was a spot light!

October 9, 2021 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Travel said...

Very good, thank you, we needed that. Being remembered, is immortality

October 10, 2021 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Hi Bob. I just posted the ones I fondly remember hearing on the radio. There are many others to post and I am open to taking requests for future dance parties.

Thank you, Maddie! That was close.

Hi Debra. Happy to increase your knowledge of stage lighting.

Thank you, Travel. I will keep remembering her as long as I can.

October 10, 2021 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

Hey! You made me aware of a song I didn't know! (said and done); I thought I knew them all.

October 10, 2021 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Oh, no... more Abba. Are you secretly Australian?

October 10, 2021 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger uptonking said...

The last two are my favorite ABBA Songs... well, actually... the list is a bit long, but those two are my favorite drama queen songs. The hint at what was to come with Chess, as did all of The Visitors album. Thanks for the music, dear. Kizzes.

October 10, 2021 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Voulez-vous is such a fun song!
I like ABBA. I read they may be reuniting and I'm ready.

XOXo

October 12, 2021 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

I hope you get to read this today, RTG, but as it's your/our birthday, and I don't think I've got your e-mail address, I must by some means make an opportunity to wish you all the best for today, whether you're doing anything or not [the latter like me]. I've also referred to it being your birth-anniversary in my blog post of this morning.
Have a fine day - and please give my regards to the pussies.

October 15, 2021 at 2:49 AM  

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