Not big news, and not sure if this has been mentioned before, but Chiquitita makes an unexpected appearance on the soundtrack of the current film Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri. I have a feeling it might be making a suggestion about the sexuality of one of the characters. Anyway, it's a thoroughly entertaining film.
Well, there are lots of gorgeous lady singers in the history of pop, that didnt have anywhere near the success of those two. So it obviously wasnt about glamour and beauty and mini-skirts... altho I, for one, am delighted they chose the mini-skirt as their flag to wave... as it were.
I mean, I knew they were gorgeous when they were popular in the 70s. But I hated Abba then. I was a punk rocker.
I dont know. Without those songs.... would they have achieved all that?
Who knows. I dont understand the Abba/gay connection either.
But it is there, or, appears to be, enough that Hollywood sometimes "uses" Abba to suggest "gay".
almost everybody likes Abba now, some more openly than others. I'm not saying everybody is a hard core fan - but even on other forums I read, where 20 years ago Abba would have been scorned and written off as lightweight pop drivel - even there, a LOT of guys acknowledge how good Abba was and how much they like their music.
I know at least agnetha acknowledges the big time gay connection, but, its not like "only gay people like Abba now". That's ridiculous.
So I dont know why Hollywood continues to use Abba as a symbol of "this is gay".
I was barely a teenager in 1974 when A & A first caught my eye. It was immediately a case of 'a-ha, I appear to be heterosexual'. But A & A somehow managed to cover all the bases; I regularly see YouTube comments from females along the lines of 'I'm straight but..'.
Although I was on the Agnetha side of the inevitable post-Eurovision dilemma, the TV event that I remember causing the most hetero consternation at my (all boys) school was Frida's memorable So Long leg stretch on Benny's piano.