Friday, 29 December 2017

If you've got no place to go, if you're feeling down



John-John, Paul and trolled over to the Southbank yesterday for a unique experience - the ABBA: Super Troupers exhibition, and it was quite fab. Guided through a series of individual rooms (accompanied by the dulcet tones of unlikely ABBA-fan Jarvis Cocker), it began with an archetypal 1970s British living-room (complete with primary-coloured floral print crockery, tiny TV and the general hue of orange and teak) at about the time that the (other) Fab Four exploded into our consciousness by winning Eurovision.

From there, we walked through the Scandinavian woodland of the group's folk-festival roots, the hotel suite in Brighton where they celebrated their song contest win in 1974, their recording studio, backstage at their blockbuster Australian stadium tour, through the cloakroom (and toilets!) of a typical 70s nightclub, to "Agnetha's room" from the Winner Takes It All video, and finally onto a luxurious aeroplane... All these excellent scenarios were, of course, the settings in which a variety of sheet music, stage costumes and memorabilia - as well as scene-setting audio clips - were proudly and cleverly displayed. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Who else should I feature on this wet and miserable day, as our eyes fix firmly on our annual NYE party to come this weekend, than Benny, Bjorn, Anni-Frid and Agnetha themselves? Thank Disco - and thank ABBA - it's Friday!


2018 beckons...

6 comments:

  1. You would have to get me started on ABBA!!!! I could listen to them 24/7. I Love these post of your ventures out......always something of interest in Londontown.


    AND Happy Weekend to you my dear!
    in Gin🍸🍸🍸🍸

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    1. Indeed, Londinium is the city where there is always something new to see - and this was particularly special. Happy New Year festivities to you, to, sweetie - and THERE WILL BE GIN! Jx

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  2. It was a fabba day out! See you tomorrow to wish you Happy New Year... Cue Abba...

    https://youtu.be/LRa8g-m4UNk

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    1. The lyrics to that one are a little premature, but I am sure we will find room for it in the wee small hours when there's "no more champagne, and the fireworks are through"... Jx

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  3. Glad you all had a F-Abba time. I would have loved it.

    Thanks to John-John 'ABBA Happy New Year 2013 - Deluxe Edition' has been down loaded on Audio ready to be put on the party play list.

    'Thank you for the music and giving it to me.'

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    1. It had to be done, dear! And yes, you would have enjoyed it... Jx

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