Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Song of the Day: 'Happy New Year' by ABBA


 While looking for a New Year's Song of the Day yesterday, a Facebook friend to this ABBA track from 1980's "Super Trouper," which according to Wikipedia has quite an interesting trajectory of the last three decades:
The lead vocals are by Agnetha Fältskog. The song's working title was all the more festive and humorous; "Daddy Don't Get Drunk on Christmas Day"  Although recorded in 1980, the English-language song wasn't released as a single until 1999 and charted in Sweden (#4), The Netherlands (#8), and Germany (#75), to promote the CD re-release of many of ABBA's singles. "Felicidad" was the Spanish language version of the song. The single charted in the top 5 in Argentina. The song was also included on the South American versions of the "Super Trouper" album. Released in 1980 in Argentina, the single's B-side was the album's title track, "Super Trouper."
The video -- which for a fairly unknown song has racked up more than 7 million hits --  is pretty fabulous, sort of a cross between an Ikea catalog and stock footage from Studio 54!

1 comment:

Joe said...

Cool! That was me that posted it! I didn't know of the song myself till last year when I was looking for something other than the U2 song to post for New Years.

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