Coming Out of the Closet

2008 may very well be the biggest year ABBA ever had. In July, Meryl Streep stars in the Film Adaptation of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!--which has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide and has raked in over one billion dollars.

Every where you go, ABBA is inescapable. YouTube proves it conclusively. Even watching a basketball game. Here, Gus Johnson, network sportscaster sings Dancing Queen.


Here, John McCain's Waterboarding Testimony is juxtaposed with ABBA's Waterloo:


Here, every political candidate still running for president is mashed up with ABBA's Take A Chance On Me:


And on current television shows like "The Office" and "Ugly Betty," fictional characters use ABBA as part of their plot. "The Office" recital of Take A Chance On Me has become so popular that the cast of the office felt compelled to recreate the sing-a-long at their recent convention in Scranton, PA:


And it goes beyond that. In Hollywood movies for the last 10 years, ABBA's Mamma Mia! has been featured prominently. If you have kids and you watch movies such as "Enchanted," the scene where Giselle (Amy Adams) enters our world by passing through a manhole cover into New York's Time Square has the backdrop of the "Mamma Mia!" billboard up in lights. When I saw that with my niece and nephew in the theater I laughed out loud hysterically. I thought: "Mamma Mia! Indeed!" Trust me, it's there, go turn on your DVD player and check it again.

It's time to come out of the closet everyone. You've listened to ABBA all your lives. Someone has to be driving their increasing popularity, and chances are it's you. Let's here your ABBA stories...I know you've got them. If Gus can sing Dancing Queen at a basketball game on national television, if Bono can sing Dancing Queen live on the 1992 U2 Tour:

and have the whole stadium singing along, if Mamma Mia! can suck the whole world in for two and a half hours of pure carefree escapism, you can confess as well.

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Confess that you like ABBA here. Do it today. Do it now. Let's hear your stories!

ABBA Nice Day!

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3 comments:

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

ABBAcadabra!
I was an ABBA fan way back when before it was trendy. Rex and I bought two cassettes on our honeymoon: ABBA Gold and Savage Garden. Driving through Portugal, Spain, Sardinia, Corsica, and Portofino and from one place to the next singing Dancing Queen! Sorry, it was before digital video so I can't post a video for you....
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives

April 18, 2008 10:37 AM
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives said...

At least McCain didn't use "Take A Chance on Me"...
Roxiticus Desperate Housewives

April 18, 2008 10:38 AM
RoxiticusDH said...

Tried to come back and vote for you again in BotB, but they wouldn't let me vote twice. I have found the battleground a bit frustrating for the past couple of days. Just now I counted 32 blogs in battle....if even half of them had voted you'd be on to the next one by now. I don't usually get a chance to vote on BotB during the day when I'm working, but at night (or whenever a given blogger's spare time is), there's really no excuse for expecting people to come and vote on your battle and not to get around to the other battles. Grrr....

April 18, 2008 10:53 PM

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