Saturday, December 4, 2010

ABBA REVIVAL - CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


IPL3 had a band by the name of ABBA REVIVAL playing at the opening ceremony. 

The young gruesome foursome looked like the original ( who are now in their sixties ) , showed hyper energy- 

- but they had zilch magic.

All the audience were in a time warp-- they thought it was the real thing--

ABBA was a band formed in 1972 by Frida ( brunette --Anni-Frid Lyngstad) , Anna ( blondie- Agnetha Fältskog ) , Benny ( bearded on keyboard --Benny Andersson ) and Bjorn ( guitarist -- Björn Ulvaeus ). They were married couples . I had seen them live in Australia in 1976.

ABBA is the 2nd best selling band in history. They made the best music ever on this planet for 10 years . There can never be another ABBA— this young and exuberant band ruled the world stage from 1972 to 1982 .

The English speaking countries lost their vice grip on English pop music. ABBA was 35 weeks on Britain's charts, a feat which can never be beaten.


The platinum haired Swedish blondie Anna (Agnetha Faltskog), with her gap toothed smile was my favorite --


for she had the ONE IN A BILLION rich high pitched voice. ( not like the pathetic THIN voice of our Lata Mangeshkar who can never be popular in any other country except India ). Her voice would ride above and captivate the audience.

Millions of men were in love with this graceful lady.

In 1979 Anna and Bjorn got divorced. The gorgeous blondie Anna was emotionally mangled by the split, as Bjorn took in another woman within a week. She aged overnight , cut her long hair and lost her smile. The other 3 used her emotions to record hits sung by simple Anna herself like-- THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL and ONE OF US IS CRYING.


The Winner Takes It All######

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I don't wanna talk
About the things we've gone through
Though it's hurting me
Now it's history
I've played all my cards
And that's what you've done too
Nothing more to say
No more ace to play
The winner takes it all
The loser standing small
Beside the victory
That's her destiny
I was in your arms
Thinking I belonged there
I figured it made sense
Building me a fence
Building me a home
Thinking I'd be strong there
But I was a fool
Playing by the rules
The gods may throw a dice
Their minds as cold as ice
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear
The winner takes it all
The loser has to fall
It's simple and it's plain
Why should I complain.
But tell me does she kiss
Like I used to kiss you?
Does it feel the same
When she calls your name?
Somewhere deep inside
You must know I miss you
But what can I say
Rules must be obeyed
The judges will decide
The likes of me abide
Spectators of the show
Always staying low
The game is on again
A lover or a friend
A big thing or a small
The winner takes it all
I don't wanna talk
If it makes you feel sad
And I understand
You've come to shake my hand
I apologize
If it makes you feel bad
Seeing me so tense
No self-confidence
But you see
The winner takes it all
The winner takes it all...



One Of Us##########

They passed me by, all of those great romances
You were, I felt, robbing me of my rightful chances
My picture clear, everything seemed so easy
And so I dealt you the blow
One of us had to go
Now it's different, I want you to know
One of us is crying
One of us is lying
In her lonely bed
Staring at the ceiling
Wishing she was somewhere else instead
One of us is lonely
One of us is only
Waiting for a call
Sorry for herself, feeling stupid feeling small
Wishing she had never left at all
I saw myself as a concealed attraction
I felt you kept me away from the heat and the action
Just like a child, stubborn and misconceiving
That's how I started the show
One of us had to go
Now I've changed and I want you to know
One of us is crying
One of us is lying
In her lonely bed
Staring at the ceiling
Wishing she was somewhere else instead
One of us is lonely
One of us is only
Waiting for a call
Sorry for herself, feeling stupid feeling small
Wishing she had never left at all
Never left at all
Staring at the ceiling
Wishing she was somewhere else instead
One of us is lonely
One of us is only
Waiting for a call
(fade)

The JOY of ABBA suddenly vanished with such painful emotional songs and the band broke up in 1982 after recording " The Visitors" . Brunette Frida and bearded Benny got divorced in 1981.

In 2000 ABBA turned down an offer of 1 billion US dollars for a reunion tour. The blondie did not have the emotional strength and was just not willing for healed wounds to be reopened -- and further heartache.

When you get a chance listen carefully to these 2 ABBA songs , and feel the inherent emotions.

I do hope two look alike bumpkins are NOT called on a football field for a world cup opening ceremony--  and termed MARADONA and PELE  "revival" . 

CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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5 comments:

  1. Hi Capt,
    I am a very big fan of ABBA and will ever be..
    Thanks for this wonderful post to bring back the soulful music they rendered in the 70's and 80's..
    "When all is Said and done" , "knowing me..knowing you" are songs which brought out the pathos from this band...
    Thanks again to you, in bringing back the nostalgia..
    Krish Pillai

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    1. hi KP,

      punch into google search-

      THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME VADAKAYIL

      the video "knowing me knowing you" is in this post.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  2. Yes they hv become my favourite too sir

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  3. Hari Om Ajitji
    Looks like ABBA is going to be reunited
    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN12Q2U8

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    1. THERE CAN NEVER BE ANOTHER ABBA

      REUNION CAN ONLY DESTROY THEIR PRICELESS LEGACY

      http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/08/day-before-you-came-capt-ajit-vadakayil.html

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