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Relive the ‘impossible gloom’ of 1970s Britain with Abba’s London show


Ah, the glorious Seventies, when the gap between the top and lowest earner was closer. At the Abba: Super Troupers show at London’s Southbank Centre, visitors get to relive the wonder of power strikes, the three-day week, rubbish going uncollected and condensation on the inside of windows. “You get very close to the reality of Britain in the 70s,” says Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus. “I had no idea it was so gloomy.”

Well, hold your breath, Björn, because a vote for Jeremy Corbyn will bring those good times rolling on back. Less for all and politics wrapped in identity. Just like it was back then, only with less funny comedians and better telly.

“It is the opposite of all those huge technically advanced virtual reality exhibitions that most of those pop groups have,” the Abba bloke who stands up continues. “This is much more intimate, it’s warm, it’s full of a sense of humour.”

Abba, of course, came to the fore in the 1970s, winning the Eurovision song contest when it really counted for something, taking top spot in 1974 with the brilliant Waterloo. The contest was held in Brighton that year, but Björn says he and the rest of the band were only in the country for two days and never realised how “impossibly gloomy” the place was.

Now thanks to the show, we and he can journey back in time to those halcyon says.



Ulvaeus says he never imagined Abba would endure through the decades. “It is kind of weird, but you get used to it,” he says.

You can get used to anything – like being cold indoors, no mixer taps and spending years dressed in brown velveteen jumpers. The itchiness just became ubiquitous. And then came the 1980s…

Posted: 14th, December 2017 | In: Celebrities, Music, News | Comment

Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus Do Kristina: Mamma Mia 2

HOW do you follow Mama Mia? With Mamma Mia 2, you wally. Anorak went along to the Royal Albert Hall in west London to see Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus plug their new musical Kristina.

The show is based on the work of Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg entitled The Emigrants. It’s the tale of a poor Swedish woman with a dream of heading to the United States. On the way she meets three men. One day she has a baby and wonders who the father is…


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Posted: 13th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment

ABBA: A Career In Pictures

THE ABBA Exhibition is open at Earl’s Court, London. And memories are stirred. ABBA avoided becoming a novelty act by allowing other acts to be them – sometimes be better than them. While other bands regroup for the cash and the glory, ABBA endure – the regenerating super group. This was them, then and now:

Posted: 27th, January 2010 | In: Flashback | Comment

ABBA World Exhibition Opened By Big Bother, X Factor, Ice Dancers And Other Reality TV Stars: Pictures

THE ABBA World Exhibition at Earl’s Court in London is “The one and only exhibition officially approved by ABBA!” Indeed. All other exhibitions of clothes, merchandise, dolls and ticket stubs are unofficial. Starry stuff. And who more fitting to look at the 25 rooms of ABBA gear the foursome can’t fit in their lofts than starry Stephen Baldwin, Heather Mills Boy George, Dionne Bromfield, Lucie Jones, Donal MacIntyre, Brian Friedman and Sisqo. Each will get their own World just as soon as a shoebox can be secured.


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Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba arrive at the Abbaworld Red Carpet Arrivals at Earls Court on January 26, 2010.

Posted: 27th, January 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)

Susan Boyle Joins Abba

susan-boyle-abbaSUSAN Boyle Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Susan Boyle in the news. Susan goes home. Glasgow waits for Susan Boyle. Abba’s Super Trouper made real is at rest.

SUSAN Boyle knows. Susan Boyle knows that to be truly great you need to go out on a high; you need to keep them baying for more.

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Posted: 15th, June 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment