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Finally: The ABBA Museum opens tomorrow

posted at 11:00 am on May 6, 2013 by

Hey, at one time the band was Sweden’s #2 export, behind only Volvo.  They dominated the pop charts in Europe for a decade.  And the costumes were, uh …. all right, all right, I grant you that one.  Still, given the impact ABBA had for Sweden, it’s a little surprising that the official museum has only now prepared to open:

ABBA wants to be remembered for more than just catchy hits.

A museum opens in Stockholm on Tuesday to show off band paraphernalia, including the helicopter featured on the cover of their “Arrival” album, a star-shaped guitar and dozens of glitzy costumes the Swedish band wore at the height of its 1970s fame.

I think it’s the catchy hits that will still be the band’s real legacy, and that’s how it should be.

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Are you upset they didn’t put it in Minnesota?

I am man enough to admit I had the Arrival album.

cozmo on May 6, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Stockholm? In a year or two it will be declared haraam.

Shy Guy on May 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I think it’s the catchy hits…

‘Dancing Queen’ is catchy like a rusty fish hook in the eye.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

My exwife came up to me and sung a line from Take a Chance on Me. I was hooked that instant.

meci on May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Money,Money,Money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world.

portlandon on May 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM

‘Dancing Queen’ is catchy like a rusty fish hook in the eye.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Nothing matches “Banking Queen,” Paul Shanklin’s Barney Frank parody.

Drained Brain on May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Drained Brain on May 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Heh. Now, please excuse me while I go find an icepick to jam in my ears.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Heh. Now, please excuse me while I go find an icepick to jam in my ears.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Yeah, that hurts. :)

22044 on May 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

FINALLY! ABBA star admits: we kinda sucked.

rcpjr on May 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

They would have been even hotter with this guy. http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/OMG.jpeg

Seth Halpern on May 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

They would have been even hotter with this guy. http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/OMG.jpeg

WARNING: Look at this and you’ll need eye bleach!

22044 on May 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

All you heterosexuals hatin’ on ABBA…you know your toes be tappin’ in private when Dancing Queen is playing :P

My favorite has always been Winner Takes it All, and I’m not big on ABBA covers, but THIS acoustic version by McFly is pretty good.

JetBoy on May 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM

An ABBA Museum.

Does Allahpundit know?

No Truce With Kings on May 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Hey, at one time the band was Sweden’s #2 export, behind only Volvo.

Even more notably, ABBA was ahead of Saab

krome on May 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Does Allahpundit know?

No Truce With Kings on May 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Don’t expect him to comment. He’s on a flight to Stockholm right now…

batter on May 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Does Allahpundit know?

No Truce With Kings on May 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Don’t expect him to comment. He’s on a flight to Stockholm right now…

batter on May 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Toes happily tapping.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Jetboy: Me too!

Wow, this post brings me back to my college days. Every Saturday night at the bar, we’d hear ABBA a bunch of times through the night.

Also Jack and Diane, which caused the entire crowd to sing along.

Meryl Yourish on May 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I actually sat through a conference by a Latin American economist extolling the virtues of the “Swedish economic model” back in the days when ABBA was its largest import business.

Boggles the mind.

Fausta Wertz on May 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Fernando was always kind of catchy.

The rest were Disco abomination.

portlandon on May 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Jetboy: Me too!

Wow, this post brings me back to my college days. Every Saturday night at the bar, we’d hear ABBA a bunch of times through the night.

Also Jack and Diane, which caused the entire crowd to sing along.

Meryl Yourish on May 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

As a frat boy in college, Friday nights spent at the frat/sorority bar in town listening to Van Morrison, Queen, Steve Miller Band…Saturday at the dance club with retro dance 80′s/90′s…Thursdays at the alternative rock/pop bar usually packed with NY/NJ/CT tri-state people…like me :)

JetBoy on May 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Toes happily tapping.

Fenris on May 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

That’s not easy wearing those thick platform shoes with the fish in them…a la Disco Stu

JetBoy on May 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Seems like this museum should be in Las Vagas ….

oh wait, they are STILL playing there ….

http://www.vegas.com/shows/tribute/dancing-queen/

… and who was it that said nothing good came from disco?

Freddy on May 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

What, no Waterloo?!

John the Libertarian on May 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

My exwife came up to me and sung a line from Take a Chance on Me. I was hooked that instant.

meci on May 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

And what about part two of that story? :)

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Finally: The ABBA Museum opens tomorrow

Will the exhibit include wax replicas of the band?

I want my own life-size personal Agnetha and Anni-Frid dolls.

UltimateBob on May 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

As far as I’m concerned, >>> THIS <<< will always be Sweden’s #1 export.

malclave on May 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Never released a single of Adante, Adante…probably one of their best.

They defined an era.

coldwarrior on May 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

As far as I’m concerned, >>> THIS <<< will always be Sweden’s #1 export.

malclave on May 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

I’m going with THIS Swede myself ;P

JetBoy on May 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I want my own life-size personal Agnetha and Anni-Frid dolls.

UltimateBob on May 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Agnetha is here with me right now. Ask her a question.

arnold ziffel on May 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Seth Halpern on May 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

He decided to make music with Kenny Loggins instead.

Bigfoot on May 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

@massrighty on May 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Wow, that was different, and really good. Thanks!

Meryl Yourish on May 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

He decided to make music with Kenny Loggins instead.
Bigfoot on May 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Had to think about that a few… THANKS, I will never remember Loggins and Messina without that pic in my brain again! ;)

Marcola on May 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

When the night comes with the action
I just know it’s time to go
Can’t resist the strange attraction
From that giant dynamo
And tomorrow, when day’s dawning
And the first birds start to sing
In the pale light of the morning
Nothing’s worth remembering
It’s a dream, it’s out of reach
Scattered driftwood on the beach
-Summer Night City

And I’d put Bjorn and Benny up against this clown any day of the week…

Knott Buyinit on May 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM