OK, even I think it’s a little weird that ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight. Not because the B’s weren’t great songwriters — they were incredible, in fact — but because they pretty much defined pop music for much of their career. But I don’t think there is a Pop Hall of Fame, so this will do quite nicely instead.
In honor of the occasion, five great ABBA songs you might have forgotten about. (Unless you are a “Mamma Mia!” or “Muriel’s Wedding” fan.)
1. “So Long.” I guess this would be as close to rock as they got? I have this on my cardio playlist.
2. “Ring Ring.” The B’s wrote this song to enter the Swedish preliminaries of the 1973l Eurovision Song Contest (sort of a professional international “American Idol”; the Fug Girls adore this event because of its sartorial splendor) — and only came in third. But at least it started their career — and in 1974 they won Eurovision with …
3. “Waterloo.” And how could I ever refuse? I feel like I win when I lose. …
4. “The Visitors.” I’m not sure why The Gays love this song so much, but they do. I always thought it was about a woman having a mental breakdown, but apparently it was about political dissidents in the Soviet Union. (No, really.)
5. “When All Is Said and Done.” Great harmonies, and a surprisingly upbeat song considering I think it’s about divorce. OK — that link is sort of a trick, because it actually goes to “No Hay Quien A Culpar” (“There’s Nobody to Blame”), which is the Spanish language version of the song. That’s right: Long before Beyoncé was trying out single tracks en español, ABBA recorded songs in Swedish, English and Spanish.
|WHAT SAM WORE: 03-13-10
|The sweater: Cotton V-neck pullover from Gap.|
|The shirt: Button-collar cotton dress shirt from J. Crew.|
|The pants: Jeans by 7 for All Mankind, from Last Chance.|
|The shoes: Sneakers by Puma, from Last Chance.|