Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thank you for the music.

I meant to post this entry on Thanksgiving, but I'm not surprised I'm two days behind. Simply put, much like Depeche Mode or Black Sabbath or David Bowie and the like, Abba simply has a million tribute albums dedicated to them and have influenced artists of nearly every genre. As I've stated before here and here, this could become an all-Abba cover blog and I could post multiple tracks a day for decades and still not repeat any tracks. Therefore, assembling the following list involved heading deep into my discs and giving up when I couldn't find what I wanted and trying to find them *cough* elsewhere. I've had Abba on the brain since catching their 30th anniversary documentary on Ovation the other day and realizing how fantastically talented they were, which, really, I knew long ago. And because I've been listing to Madonna's "Hung Up" on a loop for weeks, which I'm pretty sure now is more for the "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" sample than anything else.

Anyhow, I've finally managed to escape from days of foraging for Abba covers (falling into the A-Hole?) and I bring the following nuts and berries your way. Thanks to Abba for a cornucopia of hits and thanks to all of you for paying attention to my obsessions. I really appreciate the fact that I have an audience at all, let alone such a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive one. You guys rule.

  • Any Trouble "The Name of the Game" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Live old-school Elvis Costello

  • Five Iron Frenzy "Mamma Mia" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Reel Big Fish, Hot Topic, "Stacy's Mom"

  • The Nils Landgren Funk Unit "Voulez-Vous" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Rufus, Swedish trombonists (Landgren performed on many of Abba's originals, "Voulez-Vous" included.)

  • Arno "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Paolo Conte, Tom Waits

  • Steven Wilson "The Day Before You Came" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Porcupine Tree, Hermann Dune, the Travis version of "...Baby, One More Time"

  • Erasure "Take a Chance (On Me)" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Um, Erasure and really lame, out of place "reggae" bridges

  • Eldissa "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: the Eldissa track I posted in the last entry

  • Redd Kross "Dancing Queen" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: The Runaways, '70s glam rock

  • Gabba "S.O.S." (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Beatallica-style hybrids, Ramones, .'s

  • Bananarama "Waterloo" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Over-produced pap

  • Wing "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Miss Piggy, B.J. Snowden, seizures

  • Information Society "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Living in a Box, Sa-Fire

  • Queen of Japan "The Winner Takes it All" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Stereo Total, Ladytron

  • Gore Gore Gays "Tal y Como Es (Does Your Mother Know?)" (Spanish Abba cover)
    RIYL: Billy Idol, Pansy Division, Doo-Wop (I'd be interested to find out from Spanish speakers if the Spanish lyrics even come close to the meaning of the original.)

  • Metalium "Thank you for the Music" (Abba cover)
    RIYL: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stryper
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