Monday, September 30, 2013

"Super Trouper" by ABBA

Song#:  0554
Date:  04/04/1981
Debut:  88
Peak:  45
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  After getting their last US Top 10 hit with "The Winner Takes It All" (#8), this second title-track single from their album almost reached the Top 40. The song would be their ninth and last to reach #1 in the UK.

ReduxReview:  In some ways, I think maybe the simplistic, nursery rhyme-style melody just didn't connect to folks in the US. It's too bad because this is another solid ABBA song. The vocal arrangement is strong (as usual) and it just makes me wanna bop all around. I find it a bit hard to resist. I probably wouldn't put it among their greatest songs, but it is certainly a quality tune.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) A super trouper is a type of followspot used to highlight stage performers. The song conveys the feeling that the group preferred to be at home in the recording studio rather that touring.  2) The video for this song was directed by Lasse Hallström. He directed the vast majority of ABBA's videos throughout their career. Later, he directed several famous films such as "My Life As a Dog," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?," and "The Cider House Rules." He was nominated for two Academy Awards as director for "My Life" and "Cider House." Both "Cider House" and another film he directed, "Chocolat," were nominated for Best Picture in their respective years.


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