Today I learned that ABBA actually stands for something - the band members' names: Agnetha, Bjørn, Benny, and Anni-Frid. I don't really have anything else to say on that matter, I just thought that was really funny.
I recently hopped on board the ABBA train because of something I thought that I would never say - I watched Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again in theaters (yes, I paid for a ticket), and honestly found it delightful. I mean don't get me wrong, the movie is pretty awful and I haven't seen the first one or the musical, but dammit, those ABBA songs are really catchy and just make your heart warm . Also any movie is better if you do the tried-and-true method of going to The Americana in Glendale, CA and drinking a whole goblet of build-your-own gin & tonic at the outdoor bar right before the movie starts. Oh and another thing - @andygarcia and Colin Firth are goddam revelations as they threw caution to the wind and had total fun with their somewhat bizarre roles.
ABBA's music sounds like how they look in this photo, just smiling and full of pure joy. That's what makes it even sadder to have learned that the AB and BA of ABBA were in fact, couples the whole time, and that their huge success actually led to not only the dissolution of the band, but also of their marriages. Don't mean to bum you out with this ABBA knowledge, but just goes to show you that there's always something more behind the dancing queen. Keeping that history in mind, though, I think you should go watch Mamma Mia 2 after drinking a giant goblet of build-your-own gin & tonic at the Americana and have the time of your life.
"Dancing Queen" by @abbaofficial as featured on "Hot August Nights: Summer Dance Party Songs"
(Playlist link in bio)