Following the “Abba Wars” (copyright @disappointmentbob ) on the (Un)Fashionable thread I’ve been on an Abba binge. I decided today that “Super Trouper” is possibly better than “SOS” and “The Day Before You Came” or at least as good.
The video is awful but maybe there’s a clue on the eyes of Anni-frid. I’ve never really “listened” to it before because it just sounds like one of those pop songs Abba released that went to Number 1 (their last in the UK) all over the world and just gets lost among the greatest hits. Now I have listened to it, Jesus it’s sad. Coming at the end their golden era it’s a plea for it all to stop hidden behind another hook filled Benny classic pop tune. I don’t have the skill to deconstruct it properly but this section will do for me.
“Facing twenty thousand of your friends
How can anyone be so lonely?
Part of a success that never ends
Still, I’m thinking about you only (Still, I’m thinking about you only)
There are moments when I think I’m going crazy (Think I’m going crazy)
But it’s gonna be alright (You’ll soon be changing everything)
Everything will be so different
When I’m on the stage tonight”
Brilliant, written so perfectly in a second language. Performed stunningly as always. Pure, clear vocals and just a bit more tune than necessary. If you ever get caught in the Abba Wars here’s your best defence.