How pop music influenced who I am.
‘You thrill me, you delight me’
‘There was hysteria’ The first records I ever had were the “ABBA” LP and the Dancing Queen single. Then a bit later came the Waterloo and Best of ABBA. Ring Ring and Arrival I got for my birthday in December. The picture inside of the Arrival album, ABBA standing outside the helicopter was so beautiful. I wondered why Bjorn had his arms crossed and a pout on his face was he angry and didn’t want his photo taken or was the photo taken and he wasn’t ready yet?
‘You’re my obsession.’
I really wanted the ABBA socks that I saw at a Coles variety store but mum wouldn’t buy them for me because she said they were for girls so my sister got them instead. (I have them now hehehe). As a compromise I could get something else ABBA. There was so much merchandise to choose from so after looking at the ABBA scrapbooks and ABBA exercise books I decided on the ABBA note pad. OK I was happy now, but when we went into the newsagent for Mum to buy the newspaper and the usual couple of cartons of weekly cigarettes I spied more ABBA! There was a large choice of ABBA poster magazines and a various array of magazines with ABBA on the cover and some had ABBA pin ups in them. I did get pocket-money every week but I never had enough to buy everything that I saw. My Mum was very generous and would buy me the ABBA magazine that came from England.
Eventually I had so many ABBA pictures I cut and pasted some into a scrapbook, the others went onto my bedroom wall along with a few posters that I had. In the middle of the night some of the pictures would fall down giving me a fright. The sticky tape couldn’t hold them up properly, so I got some wood glue and stuck them up that way, they never fell down again. About a year later dad wanted to paint my room, so with a scraper in hand off the wall they came. I salvaged what I could. I soon had new ABBA posters and put them up with sticky tape. Whenever I had a fight with my younger brothers they would run into our bedroom and rip some of my ABBA poster, they knew it was the only way they could really get back at me.
ABBA were a clean-cut group. I idolised them. Both of my parents smoked (cigarettes), our house smelt of smoke. The walls were covered in it, it was disgusting. I didn’t realise how so until after I moved out of home how bad it was. I wanted to be like ABBA, they didn’t smoke. Years later I was shocked that they actually did smoke, but kept it quiet and rightly so considering their young fan base. Impressionable children like myself could have taken up smoking if their idols were seen smoking. I became a clean-cut boy just like my idols. I vowed never to smoke because my idols didn’t.
Coming soon: Who Popped My Cork? Part Three
You leave and you slam the door.