Abba is on the big screen (Mamma Mia was the #3 movie in the country this past weekend). Abba is on the Billboard charts (the Mamma Mia soundtrack is #3 there too). And Abba is on Broadway (Mamma Mia has been playing to full houses for 7 years). What year is this again???
I have to admit that I was never an Abba fan. (Yeah, I know I’m supposed to be spelling it all caps, but it just looks stupid that way.) But I can certainly understand why so many people were – even if it wasn’t my cup of glögg (I prefer actual glögg, see recipe below), I could see how well-constructed and well-produced their pop confections were.
So tell us why YOU can’t resist Abba, even if you want to. Is it nostalgia? Some crazy Swedish ear-worm thing they do?
Here’s something to get the old brain cells firing, briefly…
Glögg recipe: In a large pot, gently heat 1 bottle of red wine, 1 small bottle of akvavit (use vodka if you can’t find akvavit, but it just won’t be as authentically Swedish), a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and cardamom pods, and the peel of half an orange (all rolled up in cheesecloth so you can remove them later), and a healthy bunch of raisins. Do not let it boil. After 45 minutes, remove the spices in their cheesecloth wrapper. Do not remove the raisins. When you are done drinking your glögg, if you are still able to stand, then eat the raisins. There. Now even I would be able to enjoy Abba.