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Blast from the Past Fridays: ABBA and their new Musical, Pappa Pia!

If you’re a fan of Mamma Mia, like me, you won’t believe this breaking news of a new musical with more ABBA songs, Pappa Pia!

The story line is set in a rural Italian town, where a pizza maker and his boomerang loving son, Fernando,  struggle to make ends meet, and the son woos a school mate and later asks her to marry him. There’s love, heartbreak and a whole lot of pizzas!.

With hit songs such as “Bang-A-Boomerang”, “Fernando”, “Kisses of Fire”. “I Do” and “Lovelight” this touring musical will be a guaranteed hit!

And since this is Blast from the Past Fridays, here are some ABBA songs for your enjoyment.

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A Special Blast from the Past Friday: Ace of Base Meets Lady Gaga

All right, readers, I have a special Blast from the Past Friday for you today!

I’ve been wanting to write a post about how Lady Gaga uses references from Ace of Base, so for today’s Blast from the Past Fridays, I’m going to show you some of my favorite Ace of Base songs and show the correlation with Lady Gaga’s music.

I remember falling in love with the Swedish band, Ace of Base back in the 90s on an airplane. I was listening to the airplane radio and I heard “It’s A Beautiful Life” for the first time. I loved the pop, the dance and the synths. I later bought my first Ace of Base album, The Bridge back in 1995. I still whip out that album from time to time. There are a ton of good songs on that album. There’s great song writing. The lyrics are great, very poetic, “your tears are like pearls (Experience Pearls)/you’re as reliable as wave-wet sand (Wave Wet Sand)/when I was your age I was working my ass off, your generation’s soft (Blooming 18)“.

And no, I was never a fan of “The Sign”.

I heard from the grapevine that Lady Gaga was influenced by Ace of Base. It is extremely evident. When I heard “Alejandro” I heard the same exact rhythm/beat from “Blooming 18”. You can also say, “Alejandro” sounds just like, “Don’t Turn Around”.

I love that Lady Gaga is influenced by Ace of Base. In my opinion, Ace of Base was one of the most original pop acts in the 1990s. Their lyrics and song writing still hold up to today. Unfortunately, the synths now sound outdated, but I think a remake of the songs would be brilliant, and in essence, what Lady Gaga has done. She’s taken the upbeat, dance rhythms from Ace of Base and has made it modern. Ace of Base also had very original lyrics, ranging from religion, utopias, coming of age, dating guys that disappear, it goes on.

Ace of Base later came out with Cruel Summer in 1998. That album was good as well, they had an improved pop sound, with some throwbacks to the 50s. Although, The Bridge will be one of the best albums in my pop musical library, and it still inspires me to this day. Not bad for an album 16 years old.

Ace of Base “It’s a Beautiful Life”

Now check out Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” then listen to “Blooming 18” and “Don’t Turn Around”

 

 

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Blast from the Past Fridays- Janet Jackson “The Pleasure Principle”

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Sorry for not writing yesterday. Oops. I’ll make it up to you, I promise. I have to do a follow-up on Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” music video critique quite soon for you.

It was a tough decision deciding this week’s “Blast from the Past“. I’ve been in quite an 80s mood lately, so possibly the rest of the month will have more 80s gems every Friday. We’ll see if you’re THAT lucky…

This week, I’m going to have to go with “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson.

This music video is special to me because when I was a little girl, I saw this video and it was the first time I ever saw a girl dance like that. It made me want to dance on chairs, and have that confidence. Now I am a dancer, thanks to Janet & Michael Jackson. But this video, was the first time I saw that women could do these things.

So, enjoy this week’s “Blast from the Past“…

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Blast from the Past- “Flash” Queen

Ok, so it’s Friday. Let’s have a little fun in this post. I think I should do “Blast from the Past Fridays” to start the weekend right.

Today’s installment of “Blast from the Past” is “Flash” by Queen.

Flash Gordon is from a science fiction comic strip published in 1934 and was made into a film in 1980. This movie came out after Star Wars, Superman and the Star Trek film. I remember Flash Gordon as a kid as some kind of dream. It was so unique and a movie I’d love to see remade.

And Queen, a British rock band in the 1970s. Everyone is familiar with “Bohemian Rhapsody” from “Wayne’s World” and various other classics.

This song “Flash” is one of its kind. You’re not going to hear this kind of song in a super hero movie nowadays. So, enjoy this “Blast from the Past”.

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