Don't forget Abba's hits of the '80s
It wasn’t too long ago that Eddie Murphy wished us all “Merry New Year”, so does it sound odd to wish some one Happy New Year in February? Yes, but any time you get the opportunity to play some Abba, you have to take a chance on it.
Happy New Year was on Abba’s 1980 Super Trouper album and appeared on the December 1982 edition of HBO’s Video Jukebox. The song reflects on what changes might occur during the decade of the ‘80s and certainly no one could predict the change in world events like The Iron Curtain coming down or even perhaps the split of the band and the marriages of Frida, Agnetha, Benny and Bjorn.
The video was directed by fellow Swede Lasse Hallstrom, who is most remembered for 1985’s My Life as A Dog and 1999’s Cider House Rules.
While just an album cut and promotional video in the ‘80’s, Happy New Year would be released as a single in the late ‘90’s and was a hit throughout Europe.
- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger