EPISODE 5: THE ABBA SPECIAL
ABBA need no introduction. Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid are four of the most famous Swedes of all time and one of the world’s biggest bands ever, with hundreds of millions of album sales and their ubiquitous Greatest Hits collection, Gold, having spent more than 900 weeks in the UK charts. No one will have missed their recent comeback after 40 years, with the album Voyage and their upcoming Abbatar residency in London.
But ABBA haven’t always been viewed with the reverence they are today, though, often being sniffed at by critics and forgotten by audiences until a resurgence in interest in the 1990s, spearheaded by Erasure, Australian films Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding, and the group A-Teens, led them back to where they are today - helped in no small part by the show and film Mamma Mia, of course.
So it makes perfect sense that, in Stockholm, the place where it all began, these pop behemoths should eventually get their own museum, which opened in 2013. It quickly became a staple part of any tourist’s visit and has maintained its huge success ever since.
we wanted to find out a little bit more about this cultural Mecca and in this episode we Are speaking to MUSEUM DIRECTOR, Caroline Fagerlind, not only ABOUT the museum ITSELF, but also ABOUT ABBA’s Stockholm, their new music and THE ABBA VOYAGE SHOWS.
Below you will also find a playlist with our favourite ABBA deep cuts. They may not be the obvious hits everyone knows and loves but they deserve ear-time just as much.