Monday, February 18, 2008

ABBA Gold - The Fantasy album

Abba’s greatest hits album has sold 4 million copies in Britain alone, so it’s none too surprising that songs from it have been covered by so many artists. Aside from the Beatles they are one of the few bands to attract so many cover versions. Although quite why some bothered it's dificult to know.....

Dancing Queen – Richard Clayderman
Knowing Me, Knowing You – The Wondermints
Take A Chance On Me – Sid Vicious
Mamma Mia - Martine McCutcheon
Lay All Your Love On Me – Erasure
Super Trouper – Headless Chickens
I Have A Dream – Daniel O’Donnell,
The Winner Takes It All – Michael Ball
Money, Money, Money – Eton College Choir
S.O.S. – Peter Cetera
Chiquitita –Sinèad O'Connor,
Fernando – Sex Mob
Voulez Vous – Culture Club
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – Leather Nun
Does Your Mother Know – The San Francisco Gay Man’s Chorus
One Of Us – Just Friends
The Name Of The Game – James Last
Thank You For The Music – Vera Lynn
Waterloo - Panpipes


jams o donnell said...

I shudder to think what some of those covers sound like!

r morris said...

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I kinda like ABBA. Reminds me of high school. I have this vinyl LP. They were catchy, their ladies were hot, and their lyrics were occasionally proof that their English was limited.

Richard Evans said...

ABBA - pure pop - and absolutely nothing wrong with that. Elvis Costello once told me he nicked bits of 'Waterloo' to write his own song - 'Oliver's Army'.

I once did an album cover for Agnetha (the blonde one) in the late 80's. Sadly I didn't get to meet her but she did send me a signed copy of the album 'with love and a kiss' so I'm not complaining.

She made a very good album in 2004 - 'My Colouring Book' in which she covers a lot of good songs - 'If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind', 'Sealed With A Kiss', 'When You Walk In The Room' and, ooer, this is strange 'Fly Me To The Moon'.

r morris said...

Agnetha was the one I thought was hot back in high school. The two ladies were excellent singers. Whoever played the bass was pretty darn good, too (Bjarni or Benny).
I chuckled when I saw that the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus had covered "Does Your Mother Know". I got a very strange feeling in my stomach when I saw Clayderman had covered Dancing Queen. But I would love to hear Sid's version of Take a Chance on Me. Never really thought of that as a mosh-pit song.