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July 07, 2008

ABBA: no comeback kids


Everybody and their hard-rocking, pop-and-locking brother does a reunion tour. Or five.

New Kids on the Block, for crying out loud!

So, why won't ABBA? The Swedish supergroup's music is still incredibly popular (to the tune of several million records sold a year), oddly relevant and consistently dance-inducing after all these years. Plus, there's "Mamma Mia" with a singing Pierce Brosnan opening this month.

Is the stage not completely set for global arena domination?

Says Bjorn to the British newspaper, the Telegraph:

"We would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition."

They sure don't need the money, he says in the interview published yesterday, and touring was never their bag anyway. He and fellow songwriter Benny Andersson preferred to focus on writing and, with their now-ex-wives Agnetha and Frida, recording catchy pop songs that are still influential today.

OK -- props for having and displaying that rare quality called dignity. Just wish we could've seen them live, even once, and can't help but feel a little cheated that we didn't and never will.

ABBA trivia: what major music award has the group never won?

Keep reading for the answer (and a bonus round).


Hard as it is to believe, ABBA has never won a Grammy.

Even harder to believe? The company they keep in that dubious distinction (and there's extra points for how many you can name).

A partial list: The Who, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Neil Young, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Buddy Holly and Diana Ross, among others.

Insert boos and hisses here.


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