Get your "Dancing Queen" ready
After 35 years, ABBA is back together in the recording studio and has already 2 new songs, one of them, “I still have faith in you”, will be performed in a TV special produced by BBC and NBC and shown in December. In an official statement, the Swedish group said the “it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience.”
The pop group, that was formed in Stockholm in 1972 by 2 married couples and that lasted until 1982, is one of the best selling groups in history and, although they were not taken very seriously by music critics in the beginning, with the passing of the years, they’ve become cult, adored by young and hip people around the world and Bjorn and Benny are now considered by many as the greatest pop songwriting duo of their time, even Noel Gallagher, from the British band Oasis, said in 2004 that from a songwriting point of view, they were up there with the best! The band became so absurdly famous that their 1976 TV Special got higher ratings the moon landing!!
Their songs appear in several great movies such as Muriel’s Wedding and especially, in the musical “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again!” with Meryl Streep. By the way, the much-awaited sequel with Lily James playing the young Meryl Streep will be soon released.
Besides the catchy songs, what was really something was the group’s outrageous fashion style. They arrived at the Eurovision 1974 contest, which by the way they won, launching them to fame, dressed in tight satin jumpsuits, shiny jackets embellished with chains and platform silver boots. Actually, thanks to a Swedish law that allowed their clothes to be tax deductible, ABBA was able to invest quite some money in their bold wardrobe, which many copied while others absolutely detested! Bell bottom pants, ponchos, hot pants, knee-long white boots, off-shoulder tops and frills, lots of frills, everywhere and all of that in shiny materials, of course!
As ABBA sang in their first big hit Waterloo: "the history book on the shelf is always repeating itself" and they were right, here we are, almost 50 years later, repeating ourselves, talking again about ABBA and wanting to get their looks. Okay, okay, let's not exaggerate... wanting to get part of their looks!
You can see here many other groups who copied ABBA’s excessive and unforgettable style that marked an era.
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