ABBA Bang A Boomerang
ABC TV Australia 8.30pm Wednesday 30 January 2013
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal 70s
crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this
unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
ABC's innovative music program Countdown and its host Molly Meldrum
were instrumental in bringing ABBA to a burgeoning mid-70s television
audience looking for something different. It was due to Countdown that
Mamma Mia was released as a single, first in Australia and then the world,
and the ABBA phenomenon was born. Viewers were going into record
shops wanting to buy the single. Molly rang RCA records asking about the
release of Mamma Mia and was told there were no plans to do so.
"We then played it again in defiance and they had no option but to release
it... it was lucky, it went to number one," Meldrum said.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang digs deep into heartfelt memories, cardboard
cartons of memorabilia, face-to-face encounters, local pop icon recounts,
lavish personal and public ABBA museums and Australia's rich media
archives to relive a moment of collective national 'craziness', when we did
literally go ABBA mad. The result is a warm, bright, captivating engagement
with ABBA's time Down Under that will remind us all of the band's impact
and how our open-hearted embrace of all things ABBA would eventually
define us. One in three Australian households owned an ABBA record -
from Prime Minister Fraser to eight year olds around the nation, we were
hooked even if some of us didn't want to admit it back then and we didn't
realise the crush would be for keeps.
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The encore screening for ABBA: Bang A Boomerang!
on February 1 was another hit for ABC TV... it
was the 11th most watched program for the night!