ABBA Duo to Play in U.S., But No Reunion

The party's ballots had been disappearing mysteriously from polling places, which prompted Andersson to fund a campaign to inform people how they could vote for the party anyway. At first he had preferred to remain anonymous not to overshadow the cause, but when it was later revealed he was the donor he did not mind.

In sharp contrast, he did mind being "used" in last year's U.S. presidential election. In an attempt to appeal to voters, candidates John McCain and Barack Obama released their top ten favorite songs. McCain's list included ABBA hits "Dancing Queen" and "Take a Chance on Me."

"We did not appreciate that at all," Andersson said with a grimace of aversion, adding he and Ulvaeus complained to the McCain campaign.

Pressed to pick his three favorite ABBA songs, he chose "Dancing Queen", "The Winner Takes It All" and "The Day Before You Came" that describes the story of a woman's mundane life before she met her lover. Andersson said he liked it for its strong story, its special "atypical" music and the fact it was the group's last song.

Reflecting over the power of music in a social-political context, Andersson considered the possibilities of subtly marrying music with a discussion about equality between men and women – a cause he held close to heart.

For example, Mamma Mia!, did in fact have a strong feminist message, but dressed up in the Trojan horse of ABBA's music it became widely popular.

"Maybe we should continue on that theme. I think I am beginning to feel inspired."

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