Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Just a little something I posted on my tumblr blog

Okay, so I said something before that was a bit hypocritical.  How can I love Billie Piper’s ABBA tribute if I have said numerous times that I hate tribute bands and covers and all.
Let me clarify.  I do not like tribute acts where they get the costumes wrong.  Look at these guys.

Did ABBA ever where costumes like this?  Agnetha and Frida were costumes similar to these ones in 1977 and 1978, but they were gold and white and had flowers.  (I know this by heart because I remade the outfits for my doll.)  Bjorn and Benny didn’t where outfits like those either.

Mind you, Frida’s skirt is way longer than that and Agnetha’s top is not a crop top.

And ABBA never wore outfits like thee.  Ever. 
I understand if they’re trying to give ABBA their own personal touch, but then why call themselves ABBA?
There are some tribute bands that do a great job at their acts like this one, ABBA the Show.

ABBA the Show have perfect costume, and they are connected to ABBA somehow.  They even get some of the old ABBA musicians to play alongside them!  How about that!  They even try to recreate some of ABBA’s dance routines which are quite tricky.  And the woman who plays as Agnetha was actually in the “Thank You For The Music” promo clip.  :)
Another tribute band that I like is the Bjorn Identity.  Their costumes are fabulous (except for one thing that I pointed out on one of my other blog on blogspot), and they were nice to me.  :)  I wrote a review on their act and they loved it.  :P

And now for covers.  Something I don’t like is that they change the songs.  They don’t keep the nice pop 70s sound that ABBA had.  Like I said before, they are trying to give ABBA their own personal touch, but in my opinion, it doesn’t sound right.  If you want to cover ABBA, do it right.  

An example of this is A*Teens.  I know, they were trying to appeal to the people of the generation, but they made the songs sound terrible.
As for Mamma Mia!, they changed the lyrics on a lot of the songs and changed a lot of the meanings to the songs, making some of the songs refer to dirty stuff.  That really shouldn’t bother me, but it does.
When Billie Piper performed an ABBA medley in the 90s, it was a tribute to ABBA, not a tribute act where they were pretending to be ABBA.  They weren’t trying to imitate their costumes at all.  And they were singing almost in the same tempo as the original songs.  Now that is what I like out ABBA tribute acts.
Alcazar do the same thing, they perform ABBA’s songs as a tribute to them, but they aren’t doing a tribute show.  They sing the songs, but they aren’t trying to be ABBA.  (They did have to guy and two girls once, but they were just a Swedish foursome who all liked to sing.)
I hope the clarifies that.

3 years of ABBAFan456!

Can you believe it?  Exactly three years ago, I uploaded my "I am an A" animation. :D


Yipes, I misspelled "February". Silly me. :P

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy 42nd Birthday, Linda!

Linda Elin Ulvaeus was born 42 years ago on February 23rd, 1973.  :)  Happy birthday!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I need to draw more ABBA pictures

I've realized that I haven't been putting up that many drawings on here anymore and I feel really bad about that.  Well, I've got some news for you!  :D  I'm working on an ABBA drawing!  Using new techniques that I learned in art class, I'm working on a nice picture of ABBA in their Waterloo costumes!  ^_^  Here are some pictures that I have taken while drawing it.  ;)



Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday, Frida Dollstad!

I feel like I've celebrated her 4th birthday before, but that's just because I'm always getting the dates wrong.  :P  Happy real 4th birthday, Frida Dollstad!  ^_^

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Agnetha

An adorable (and slightly freakish) picture of Agnetha.  :)
Oh yeah, I'm working on a video.  You'll just have to guess what it is.  (It's not an animation, so don't get your hopes up.)

Knowing Me, Knowing You

The first ABBA studio recording that I ever heard was "Knowing Me, Knowing You".  I remember the day I heard it for the first time and that's when I realized how much I loved it.


The funny thing, though, is when I saw my friend watching the promotional clip and saw Bjorn lip-syncing to the lines "This time we're through, this time we're through This time we're through, we're really through", I was like "WHAT?!?!?  That's a man's voice?!?"  Seriously, I thought that it was Frida singing that.  In the Spanish version she is, but not in the English version.  :P

Just thought I'd share that funny experience.  :P

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The best of ABBA: The Millennium Collection

I'm typing this all down with super-glue covered fingers...  What exactly is one supposed to do when your clay figure's head falls off...?  Anyways, a few weeks ago I got this awesome CD from a second hand shop!  And it was only $1!  How about that?  :D
I do not know why the picture is upside down.  :S  I did try to fix it....


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Heaven Help My Heart

I just heard "Heaven Help My Heart" for the first time and I'm wondering, why did I never listen to it????  It is such a pretty song!  I've been listening to "Every Good Man" all this time (and that is such a pretty song as well - I just LOVE Agnetha's vocals).  :P  I want the Chess album now.

Waterloo Radio!

Best ABBA radio ever. :)  Listen to it here!

Monday, February 02, 2015

B&B launch Stockholm Songwriting Competition

I have to say, Bjorn and Benny are looking really good.  :D  I hope the competition goes well.  :)

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Gorgeous Frida

An absolutely stunning new picture of Frida.  :D