Take a Chance on Me

30th June 2008
arts | historical | music video - brittany

ABBA – Take a Chance on Me (1978, 9.9MB, 3:55)

I have an unnatural obsession with ABBA, and thankfully,
Doron already posted one of their classic and amazing
music videos.
Let’s break this one down a little, though it’s clearly enjoyable
without my commentary.
First off, the ABBA couples broke up, but at least they didn’t
go the way of my favorite stateside 70′s quartet, Fleetwood
Mac. No reason to partner-swap, folks.
Anni-Frid (Frida – the brunette) tends to be my favorite.
In this video, we find her repeatedly half-winking and
jumping in place.
Also, I would like to own her blue sweater and those boots.
When she puts on those yellow headphones and starts
dancing for Benny, I can totally understand why he ends up
chasing after her in the last few moments of the video. Her
moves, at times, make this whole video.
The cross-fades between lovers faces are priceless.
Isn’t it also pretty amazing when Agnetha throws her head
back and that giant red spotlight takes her place on the word
“magic”? It is magic.
With the screen cut into quadrants and that unbeatable soft
focus, I could not be more serious when I say this is music
video history worth preserving.