When compared with a lot of my listening shared to date this seems relatively atypical but if you knew my history you’d understand that’s the point of a lot of music I listen to.
Whilst it was Hawkwind and In Search of Space that made me realise that there was more to music than what I heard in the charts, it was ABBA that made me realise I was being pretentious when telling people what I liked.
It was the mid 80s, I was in my late teens and I was lying in hospital ‘under observation’. I had collapsed at home the previous day and ‘under observation’ meant that they didn’t have the faintest idea what was wrong with me but they thought I may have a brain tumour – if I collapsed again in controlled surroundings they could congratulate themselves on guessing right, if I didn’t there would be a lot of scratching heads. (In fact I didn’t collapse, they did scratch heads, they couldn’t find anything, they prescribed medication, I refused it on the grounds that they didn’t know what they were talking about and 30+ years later I’m still around hale and hearty).
But back then I was lying in bed, everyone had gone home and there was a genuine view (medical and personal) that I might only have very limited time left. I promised myself at that point that I wouldn’t live my life based on other’s expectations but on what I wanted, and needed, to do. It sounds like some sort of grand gesture now but it wasn’t, it was just a statement of fact that initially focused on one minor point – admitting to the sort of music I liked. I vividly remember lying there and thinking “why can’t I admit that I like listening to pop music like ABBA, pop music by definition is ‘popular’ so what’s wrong with it?”
And so began my eclectic progression through the world of music – nothing’s out of bounds and it’s solely my decision whether I like it or not, life’s too short to waste on worrying……….
And this CD is full of catchy, singalong, memorable songs that most people know (whether they realise it or not). Big night out in a few weeks complete with karaoke, who knows I may have a stab at one of these tracks (after all if Pierce Brosnan can do it……….)
Abba – Gold: Greatest Hits (1992) – CD
- Dancing Queen
- Knowing Me, Knowing You
- Take a Chance on Me
- Mamma Mia
- Lay All Your Love on Me
- Super Trouper
- I Have a Dream
- The Winner Takes It All
- Money, Money, Money
- Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
- Does Your Mother Know
- One of Us
- The Name of the Game
- Thank You for the Music
Rate – 5/5
Listening Since Day One
CDs – 28, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1
Total Tracks: 665, Time: 49h 55m 02s