Friday, January 25, 2019

Happy 88th birthday Stig!

Today would've been Stig Anderson's 88th birthday.  Happy birthday, Stig. :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bjorn and Benny have recorded vocals for ABBA's new songs!

I've done several posts and videos on YouTube in the past about how important it is to have Bjorn and Benny singing in ABBA's songs.  Bjorn and Benny contribute not just the lyrics and songs, but some incredible harmonies to some of ABBA's well known songs.  I've pointed out that ABBA's Spanish album, Gracias Por La Musica, is lacking sound because the Bs weren't there when they were rerecording the vocals.

Angel Eyes on YouTube shared these two incredible videos where he isolated the harmonies on Super Trouper and Knowing Me, Knowing You where Bjorn and/or Benny can very clearly be heard harmonizing with Agnetha and Frida in the background, and it's amazing.

I posted a while back I think, asking if Bjorn and Benny will be recording any vocals on the new songs, and it turns out I was right.  Ice The Site shared a video on Instagram where Benny was asked the question, and Benny says that he and Bjorn are certainly on "I Still Have Faith In You." This makes me even more excited to know that when the new songs will eventually be released, we won't just be hearing Agnetha and Frida's incredible voices together again, but Bjorn and Benny's voices mixed in as well! 

However long it takes for the new songs to be released, I'll be waiting and when the time comes that we get to hear ABBA's new songs, I know we won't be disappointed. :)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happy 8th birthday, Agnetha Dollskog!

8 years ago today, I finished sewing the first doll in my ABBA doll collection.  8 years ago.... Wow!  I still remember when I made Agnetha Dollskog and the other ABBA dolls, and I can't believe that was 8 years ago!  And we're just 2 years away from the dolls' 10 year anniversaries!  Where has time gone?

Anyways, happy 8th birthday, Agnetha Dollskog, and here's to many more. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Do we need an ABBA biopic?

Just to clarify, no there is not an ABBA biopic in the making - this is just another one of my random posts. :)

Bohemian Rhapsody is the name of a recent biopic about the band Queen.  I haven't seen it as I don't personally like Queen, and probably won't ever, but the world seems to really love the film and consequently I have seen a lot about it on the various social medias that I'm on.  So I saw a post on tumblr today where someone said that the actors who played Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody should play ABBA in an ABBA biopic.  Firstly, I should mention, that wouldn't work.  Four guys who don't look a thing like ABBA and certainly don't sing like ABBA cannot possibly play ABBA, am I right?  Also, just because they're two bands from the 70s and 80s, ABBA and Queen have nothing to do with each other, so why are people making that connection?  That's like saying that Blondie should play Journey in a Journey film, or that the Jonas Brothers should play Yellowcard in a Yellowcard biopic.  Now that would be ridiculous.

This isn't what I'm here to talk about though, lol.

My question is, should there be an ABBA biopic in the future?  Would it be necessary?  What would be the point of it?  There have already been two documentaries where ABBA have appeared played by random actors, one of them is the Ted Gardestad movie which was pretty decent in regards to ABBA (though their hairstyles never changed throughout the years in the film, lol), and then there's one that should never be spoken about.  In the latter one, the documentary left out a huge amount of detail, twisted the story to fit an agenda, and simply wasn't accurate.  Biopics and documentaries always seem to leave out details anyway, like an I Love Lucy documentary I saw a couple of years ago which completely twisted the story and made Desi Arnaz do things that only his character Ricky Ricardo did in the show for comic relief (Would Desi Arnaz actually smash up an entire house in frustration?), so if there was an actual ABBA biopic, I fear it would change the story, add drama where it's not needed, and give everyone a fake impression of who the ABBA members are.

Part of me feels like, if the Queen biopic was super successful and has caused the band to gain many more fans, if there was an ABBA biopic, would it do the same?  Would it make ABBA ever more popular in today's day and age?  And if there was to be one someday, would it actually tell a true story without trying to make certain ABBA members or Stig the manager out as a bad guy?

As we all know, I have a problem with Tribute Bands mostly because they never sound right, look right, or get the costumes right.  Could the movie industry actually find actors who actually look like the ABBA members and the rest of the people involved in the ABBA story, and could accurate costumes actually be made without looking like cheap knockoff costumes?

And finally, if there was to be a biopic in the future, would ABBA fans like it?  Would I like it?  I probably wouldn't unless it was "perfect", and if it wasn't, well, then I'd hate it (not as much as I hate the Mamma Mia! movies, but probably close to, haha.)

But what are your thoughts?  Could there be an ABBA biopic in the future?  Will the world appreciate it?  Should it happen?  If you have any comments on it, please feel free to leave them in the comments down below. I'd love to hear. :)