Very useful, highly impressive and absolutely random facts about ABBA.
- Before ABBA was known as ABBA they were known as ‘Festfolk’ – the Party People.
- In 1974, when ABBA won Eurovision with Waterloo, the UK gave them ‘nul points’. ABBA was actually the first act from Sweden to win the Eurovision Song Contest. This was done on April 6th, 1974 with the song “Waterloo.”
- ABBA the band had to get permission from ABBA the seafood company to use their name (not the other way around).
- ABBA’s first single together as ABBA was ‘People Need Love’ (Good one for the pub quiz, this!).
- The most commonly misheard ABBA lyric is from Dancing Queen, when people hear ‘Chicken the Dancing Queen’ instead of ‘Digging the Dancing Queen’. (The second one is “Dancing queen, feel the meat on the tangerine”) *please note this may or may not be entirely true.
- Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born on November 15th, 1945 in Bjørkåsen, Norway – but grew up in Sweden. So if you ask Norwegians, ABBA is 1/4 Norwegian.
- In 1979, ABBA fronted a poster for British Rail and Keep Britain Tidy.