Saturday, March 24, 2012

Geriatric Dancing Queen

Wanna feel old? As the Joe My God blog notes, the iconic disco song "Dancing Queen" by ABBA hit number one on the charts 35 years ago this week. 

So dig out the polyester '70s outfits from the back of your closet and become the young dancing queen again.
ABBA, shown here, don their tinfoil outfits to
sing "Dancing Queen."

You can dance! You can jive! Having the time of your life! That is until you pull that back muscle again as ABBA guides you around the dance floor. Nurse!

"You are the dancing queen, young and sweet only seventeen," er, maybe more like seventy.

Everybody is still into the Dancing Queen all these years later. Last year, it was revealed that the ring tone on Newt Gingrich's cell phone was Dancing Queen.  Yes, Newt. you're a teaser, you turn then on,  leave them burning and then you're gone.

Picture Newt twirling around the dance floor as Dancing Queen plays, a nice little tiara on Newt's head. Maybe he's wearing a pink and lavender taffeta prom dress too?

I hope you weren't eating when you read that.

A random Dancing Queen thought: I was bored one night and watching just a small part of a documentary about a terrible blizzard in Buffalo, New York in 1977. They played a recording of an announcer on radio station WKBW in Buffalo, talking about how rescuers were trying to find occupants of hundreds of cars buried beneath snow drifts. It was a race to find these people before they froze to death.

The announcer told those people trapped to hang in there. Then, the familiar piano roll marking the start of "Dancing Queen" starts, and these blizzard victims were treated to ABBA's iconic song. So you're freezing to death in a snowbank in the dark, and the last thing you hear before you die is "Dancing Queen?" Is that really the most dignified way to go?

So, enjoy this week's anniversary of "Dancing Queen"'s success, by watching the video below. I hope you're still there to see that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen."

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