ABBA: Bang a Boomerang: sneak peek

19 01 2013



Watch a 2 min preview of the upcoming Australian documentary on ABC

logo_abc1_48ABBA: Bang a Boomerang
8:30pm Wednesday, January 30 2013


ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia’s colossal 70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.

ABC’s innovative music program Countdown and its host Molly Meldrum were instrumental in bringing ABBA to a burgeoning mid-70s television audience looking for something different. It was due to Countdown that Mamma Mia was released as a single, first in Australia and then the world, and the ABBA phenomenon was born. Viewers were going into record shops wanting to buy the single. Molly rang RCA records asking about the release of Mamma Mia and was told there were no plans to do so.

“We then played it again in defiance and they had no option but to release it… it was lucky, it went to number one,” Meldrum said.

ABBA: Bang a Boomerang digs deep into heartfelt memories, cardboard cartons of memorabilia, face-to-face encounters, local pop icon recounts, lavish personal and public ABBA museums and Australia’s rich media archives to relive a moment of collective national ‘craziness’, when we did literally go ABBA mad. The result is a warm, bright, captivating engagement with ABBA’s time Down Under that will remind us all of the band’s impact and how our open-hearted embrace of all things ABBA would eventually define us. One in three Australian households owned an ABBA record – from Prime Minister Fraser to eight year olds around the nation, we were hooked even if some of us didn’t want to admit it back then and we didn’t realise the crush would be for keeps.


23 06 2009

ABBA is back – kind of: 35 years after the band first rocked the world with Eurovision smash Waterloo, Abba mania is set to sweep Melbourne.

Songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the sexagenarian duo behind Abba’s hits, have surprised fans with their first joint composition in 15 years.

Industry experts have hailed the return of the Swedish group’s trademark sound, with some predicting the pair’s album to move quickly up the charts.
It is the first international single for the band, which Andersson has fronted for 20 years. Known as Benny Andersson’s Orkester in their native Sweden, the single is one of 13 tracks on the album, also called Story of a Heart.

Ulvaeus has written lyrics for the album, which features several older Orkester songs translated into English, as well as material only previously released in Sweden.

“I wanted to make music based on the Swedish folk tradition, but with new songs written by me,” Andersson told Abba’s official website.

Melbourne music stalwart Molly Meldrum predicted the single would be a smash.

“It’s very good. It’s very Abba but why not?” he said.

“There’s a whole new audience who are so internet-savvy, people will discover it – it’ll

get immediate international attention no mater what,” he said.

The Benny Andersson Band will perform in London in July, but there are no plans for further touring. Continued Melbourne Herald Sun

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia June 24, 2009

Molly Meldrum June 24, 2009
IT’S very good. It’s very Abba but why not? Abba’s music has always been there – Kylie’s covered them, Madonna sampled them.
Mamma Mia the musical and the film were massive all over the world. Young kids are singing Abba.
Just the title, Story of a Heart, it’s like Benny and Bjorn are becoming the new Andrew Lloyd Webber.
When you listen to the lyrics it’s like another musical with the story being told.