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Take A Chance On Me by ABBA
Album: The AlbumReleased: 1977Charted:
Bjorn Ulvaeus enjoyed jogging and as he ran he sang a "tck-a-ch"-style rhythm to himself. This evolved into the line "Take a Chance on Me," around which he wrote the rest of the words.
Ulvaeus in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh: "I remember that Benny didn't like the line, 'We could go dancing, we could go walking,' but in the end we went with it."
This was also #1 in Austria, Belgium, Ireland and Mexico.
Although unlike "Dancing Queen
" this didn't top the US chart, it did sell more than the chart topper.
The working title was "Billy Boy."
In 1992 Erasure recorded Abba-esque, an EP made up of 4 ABBA songs. It became their first UK #1 and kick-started an Abba revival. One of the songs on it was "Take A Chance On Me," which they did Techno style spliced up with a Ragga section. Andy Bell in 1000 UK #1 Hits recalls: "The ABBA EP was commercial and fun, but a throwaway project for us to do because it was only 4 songs. And because they were written by the same writers it was easy for us to do. The ABBA stuff was originally going to be an album project, but then we were glad we didn't do that, because we were pretty swamped by ABBA anyway." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
John McCain is a huge ABBA fan and after being elected as the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential elections, he vowed to have ABBA songs played "in elevators all over the White House" if elected. McCain apparently pumps himself up by listening to this song at full volume before making a big speech and he contacted the Swedish group to get permission to use this number as his official campaign anthem. However it appears they priced him out of the market, as McCain was forced to admit to reporters: "It gets expensive in a big hurry." It's possible that ABBA just didn't want to be associated with the Republican Party.
This song appeared, among others, in the Mamma Mia! soundtrack and musical starring Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. The song is performed in the movie by Julie Walters and Stellan Skargaard. (thanks, Logan - Troy, MT)