Stig Anderson, ABBA manager, co-lyricist on many early hits, and driving force behind the group’s international push, would have turned 80 today. ABBA recorded ‘Hovas vittne’ (Hova’s witness) as a gift for Stig’s 50th birthday in 1981. The music was written by Benny and Björn, with the humourous lyrics contributed byAgnetha, Frida, art designer Rune Söderqvist, recording engineer Michael B. Tretow, Benny and Björn. The song was recorded on January 18th, and the above video was filmed at Berns Restaurant in Stockholm on the 24th. 200 copies of a red 12 inch single were pressed and given as gifts to everyone attending Stig’s 50th birthday party. The single is now one of the most valuable and sought-after ABBA collectibles. (more…)
Archive for January, 2011
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the last performance by ABBA that has been seen by the public. On 16 January 1986 Agnetha, Frida, Björn and Benny came together for the first time since December 1982 to perform Stig Anderson’s 1947 hit composition ‘Tivedshambo’, when ABBA’s former manager was celebrated on Swedish TV’s Här ar det liv (This is your life), broadcast on 18 January.
Of course it’s not the last ABBA performance. The four have come together a few times to sing at friends’ birthday parties, most famously at Görel Hanser’s 50th birthday party in June 1999.
That is the unbelievable headline that has been whizzing around the world for the past week or so, after Swedish magazine M-Magasin published a rare interview with Agnetha in the last week of December. In the interview she is asked what is called “the mandatory ABBA question”, which should give an indicati0n of the light-hearted tone of the question:
Will you ever reunite? It’s a dream I and millions of others are hoping for. Can you think of ABBA again?
– No and yes. We will hardly ever be reunited for a tour like the Rolling Stones and other big bands. But I don’t hold for impossible that we do something together in the future. Please note that this is not something I have discussed with the other three members, it’s more of a feeling I have that it would be great to come together and talk a little about old times and maybe make a performance together. But that would only take place once, perhaps for a charity of some sort. Now I almost fell off the couch. ABBA reunited. But Agnetha assures me again that this somethings she hasn’t discussed with the others and nothing has been decided.
She never says that she “wants” an ABBA reunion, just that it’s not “impossible” that the four could do “something together in the future”. Not that that stops the insane media frenzy that has built around a misinterpretation of what she said.
Ironically she also says in the interview:
I’m not interested in being in magazines, tv and newspapers at all. A lot of people think it’s just an attitude, that I want to create this air of insecurity.
Unfortunately her innocent comments have seen her blasted over seemingly every newspaper, TV news and magazine in the world over the past week.
See the ABBA Omnibus website for a full analysis of the story, under Muse > ABBA in the news (or directly to the page here). For one of the few media reports that sees the story for what it is see this story from Paul Cashmere in Australia.
It’s also the third time within the last twelve months that the media has gone overboard about a perceived hint of an ABBA reunion – see FFS! Another reunion story and The ABBA reunion story. But it’s not going to happen.