YakketyYAK #1…ABBA

Why millennials would watch ABBA in the band’s newly announced virtual reality tour – Rantchick has the answer!


It’s 1988. I’m 6 years old. Knowing Me, Knowing You vibrates irreverently through the brown velvet of the soon-to-be cliché couches that are remnants of a disappearing decade, inconveniently encroaching on a  floor space that is much better reserved for dancing than sitting. Hand-mic at the ready, I sing “breaking up is never easy I know but I have to go” with a nonchalance that complements the ironic disco beat of the song; the jubilant voices of ABBA’s dancing queens masking the tragedy of broken relationships. I bust out the carefully choreographed moves that  my super-rad teen cousin and I have been concocting all afternoon; routine perfected, we plan our abba-voulez-vouswardrobe for the grand show (attended by our mothers) that will ooze epic and go down in the annals of awesome.

That’s what I think of when I hear ABBA: a childhood since past, an innocence long forgotten.

Rifling through my dad’s records as a kid – records, not the ‘albums’ or ‘vinyls’ that instantly impose artsy cool on their wielder in a new millennium – of all the ABBA covers, Voulez Vous always grabbed my attention. Call me a girl…but it’s all about the glitz-glam dresses and flowing hair; princesses, enigmatic in their stature, their princes alongside. I wondered at their story – “breaking up is never easy I know but I have to go”…totally not my version.

The truth: ABBA called it quits the year I was born – 1982 – preceded by the death of not one but two fairytales.

In the blink of an eye, 6 has morphed into 34 and ABBA has taken on the form of parody – the stuff of weddings, road trips and Friday night ‘disco time’ with my kids who think their momma’s moves are worse than cray-zay. Priscilla and her desert queens aside, the world has begged for more and the band has shaken its head. Until now! ABBA has announced a “virtual and live experience” performance that “will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual-reality technology…which will enable a new generation of fans to see, hear, and feel Abba in a way previously unimagined.” Right?

So, what then? Holograms and headsets? I don’t know, I don’t care…metal music aside for a night, she who rebelled against pop will be there; owning her memories.