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You Owe Me One

“You Owe Me One” (working title: “Kamelo”[2]) is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1982 for their unfinished ninth album. It was released as a B-side for the group’s last single — “Under Attack”[1] and on the 1997 and 2012 remasters of “The Visitors”.[3][4] It was excluded from the 2001 remaster due to the group’s songwriters critical attitude towards “You Owe Me One”.[5] The main vocal is performed by Anni-Frid Lyngstad, but Agnetha Fältskog joins in on the chorus.

The song’s recording sessions started on 3 May 1982.[6] This single was recorded along with two other ABBA songs — “I Am The City” and “Just Like That”. These two songs were kept unreleased until the mid 1990s,[6] when “Just Like That” was edited and released as a promo single for the “Thank You For The Music” box set[7] and “I Am The City” was released as a part of the “More Gold: More Hits” album.[8] It has been noted, that Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus dislike the song due to it being “just a jingle”.[9]

When I Kissed the Teacher

“When I Kissed the Teacher” is a song from ABBA. It is the opening track on their 1976 album Arrival.

The song’s recording session’s began on June 14, 1976, with the name “Rio de Janeiro”. Eventually, the track was renamed “When I Kissed the Teacher”.[2] The song’s light-hearted lyrics tell the story of a student who has a crush on her teacher, one day cannot restrain herself and kisses him.[3] The lyrics are set to spirited music.[4] Benny Andersson considered this one of his favorite ABBA songs.[1][3]

The video clip “goes from a female student longing for her teacher to her taking direct action by kissing him as he leans over her in class.”[5]

The song was also released on the compilation album More Gold: More Hits and the video was included on The Definitive Collection.[6][7]

Lyrically and musically, the song is filled with “schoolgirl imagery”.[8] Agnetha is lead vocal.[9]

When All Is Said and Done

“When All Is Said and Done” is a song recorded in 1981 by Swedish pop group ABBA. It is featured on the group’s final studio album, The Visitors, and was released as a single in the United States on 31 December 1981 on Atlantic 3889. It debuted on the Billboard pop singles chart on 9 January 1982 and peaked at #27. It also achieved particular success in Canada, where it peaked at No.4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.[1] The lead vocals were sung by Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The flip-side of the single was “Should I Laugh or Cry”.

Waterloo (ABBA song)

“Waterloo” is the first single from Swedish pop group ABBA’s second album, Waterloo, their first for Epic and Atlantic. This was also the first single to be credited as “ABBA”.

The song won ABBA the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 April and began their path to worldwide fame. The Swedish version single was coupled with “Honey, Honey” (Swedish version), while the English version usually featured “Watch Out” as the B-side.

The single became their first No. 1 hit in several countries, reached the U.S. Top 10, and went on to sell nearly six million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

“Waterloo” is the quintessential Eurovision song, according to Dr Harry Witchel, physiologist and music expert at the University of Bristol.[4] At the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, it was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history.[5]

Under Attack

“Under Attack” is the last widely released single by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally featured as a track on the 1982 compilation album The Singles: The First Ten Years, but was released as a single the following year in most countries. However, in the United Kingdom it was released on 3 December 1982. “Under Attack” was ABBA’s 28th single for Polar Music.

Recording for “Under Attack” began between 2 and 4 August 1982 at Polar Music Studios, Stockholm.[1] The group had originally intended to release a new studio album, but the stress of the working environment led them to indefinitely shelve the project and instead release a double-album compilation of their past singles. Since it was decided that there would be two new tracks on the compilation, ABBA set to work recording the songs. The two tracks that made it onto what became The Singles: The First Ten Years were “The Day Before You Came” and “Under Attack”. The former was released as a single in October 1982. “Under Attack” contains fragments from two unreleased ABBA songs: “Just Like That” and “Rubber Ball Man”, also known as “Under My Sun”.

The Winner Takes It All

“The Winner Takes It All” is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. Released as the first single from the group’s Super Trouper album on 21 July 1980, it is a ballad in the key of F-sharp major, reflecting the end of a romance. The single’s B-side was the non-album track “Elaine”.

“The Winner Takes It All”, original demo title “The Story of My Life”, was written by both Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with Agnetha Fältskog singing the lead vocal.

Ulvaeus denies the song is about his and Fältskog’s divorce, saying the basis of the song “is the experience of a divorce, but it’s fiction. There wasn’t a winner or a loser in our case. A lot of people think it’s straight out of reality, but it’s not”.[1] American critic Chuck Klosterman, who says “The Winner Takes It All” is “[the only] pop song that examines the self-aware guilt one feels when talking to a person who has humanely obliterated your heart” finds Ulvaeus’ denial hard to believe in light of the original title.[2]

Fältskog has also repeatedly stated that though “The Winner Takes It All” is her favorite ABBA song and that it has an excellent set of lyrics, the story is not that of her and Ulvaeus: there were no winners in their divorce, especially as children were involved. Ulvaeus also wrote the lyrics for Fältskog’s 1979 live number ‘I’m Still Alive’.

In a 1999 poll for Channel 5, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted Britain’s favourite ABBA song. This feat was replicated in a 2010 poll for ITV. In a 2006 poll for a Channel Five programme, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted “Britain’s Favourite Break-Up Song.”

The Way Old Friends Do – Super Trouper (album)

Super Trouper is the seventh studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA, first released in 1980. It features the No.1 singles “The Winner Takes It All” and “Super Trouper”. The album became the biggest-selling album of 1980 in the UK.

Led by the international hit “The Winner Takes It All”, Super Trouper was the group’s sixth chart-topping album in the UK. It was also the best-selling album in Britain for 1980. Super Trouper was first released on CD in 1983 by Atlantic Records, again in the 1980s by Polar International, and in the 1990s by Polydor in the US. The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form four times; first in 1996, then in 2001, again in 2005 as part of the The Complete Studio Recordings box set and as a Deluxe Edition (containing a bonus DVD) in 2011. The previous year’s divorce between Björn and Agnetha was explored in “The Winner Takes It All”, and the members’ lives in Stockholm high society circles coloured the lyrics for “On and On and On”. Other well-known songs on the album include the hit single title track “Super Trouper”, as well as the electro-dance of “Lay All Your Love on Me”.

Probably due to the disco backlash of the time, the album saw ABBA returning to a more straightforward pop sound,[1] as opposed to the preceding (and noticeably more dance-oriented) Voulez-Vous album. The album closed with “The Way Old Friends Do”, which was recorded live a year earlier during their 1979 concert tour. Although not released as a single with this album, the song was later released as a single in 1992 to promote the compilation More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits.[2] The song was later covered by The Alexander Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Philomena Begley and Faryl Smith.

The Visitors (song)

“The Visitors” (originally “Den första”, meaning “The First”), is a 1981 song by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It is the title track from the band’s studio album of the same name, and was released as the second single in the United States in April 1982. The lead vocal was performed by Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

The official stated theme is a protest against the mistreatment of political dissidents in the Soviet Union at the time, as ABBA seemed to input political issues into their lyrics in the final days of the group.[1] Ulvaeus has stated that at the time of release he preferred that the song should have a sense of mystery so did not explain the exact meaning.[2]

In 1982, the album The Visitors was banned in the Soviet Union, possibly due to the band allowing a video of “When All Is Said and Done” to be shown in the United States Information Agency television special, Let Poland Be Poland, along with a spoken message from Ulvaeus and Andersson,[3] broadcast via satellite around the world on 31 January 1982. The show, which also featured Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Orson Welles, Henry Fonda, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and US President Ronald Reagan, was a public protest against the then-recent imposition of martial law in Poland.[4] However, ABBA’s segment was not included in the broadcast, the official reason given being time restraints. However, it is likely that the segment was omitted because Ulvaeus and Andersson exemplified, in addition to Poland, US-supported dictatorships Chile and El Salvador as countries where citizens’ human rights are routinely violated.[

The King Has Lost His Crown

“The King Has Lost His Crown” is a song by Swedish group ABBA, released on their 1979 album Voulez-Vous.

The song is a “vengeful ballad” whose lyrics are an allegory to describe the end of a relationship.[1]

On his book Abba – Uncensored on the Record, John Tobler said the song “appeared to be much more personal than many of the group’s previous songs”.[1] The Sydney Morning Herald said the “The King Has Lost His Crown” is “an interesting song with some neat variations in style”.[2] Internet reviewer George Starostin said it “is simply way too pompous and ambitious to be endured”.[3] ABBA biograph Carl Magnus Palm said “Perhaps there’s … a sense of “undiscovered gem” about [Voulez-Vous], simply because what I feel were the best tracks were never international single A-sides, such as ‘As Good As New’, ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’ and ‘If It Wasn’t For The Nights’.”[4]

The Day Before You Came

“The Day Before You Came” is a song recorded and released by Swedish pop group ABBA, their second longest (after “Eagle”) at almost 6:00 in length. It was originally released in 1982 as both a single, and a track on the compilation album The Singles: The First Ten Years. Although it was the final ABBA recording, it was not the last song to be released as their final single was “Under Attack”, which also featured on the singles compilation album.

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