ABBA, Dancing Queen [Single] (1976)
I can’t lie – I really started to appreciate ABBA after I heard Elvis Costello’s little nod to them in his Oliver’s Army tune. If he liked them they must be good. Prior to that it was just radio music from when I was a young kid and everyone seemed to turn their nose up at it in a snobbish way that suggested they had once loved it, bought it, been sold it, sold on it and then were doing their very best to move on – for reasons only they knew. Flying Nun’s Abbasalutely tribute album was another crucial step for me. All that said, I’m not actually a massive fan of Dancing Queen. It’s piano intro usually signals a cheesy disco you don’t want to be at, or memories of one you couldn’t escape. But I do like most of the hits and I have a couple of hit comps. And even this is pretty great at the right time; an example of perfect pop songwriting for sure. This single was gifted to me, found buried in a crate of records an ex-DJ passed on to me. I imagine he hated this song but had to have it. Tool of the trade.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Dancing Queen
Sample Track 2: (Side B): That’s Me
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