Of all the acts in the 1970s who echoed the sound and, in this case, the gender symmetry of international pop musical industrial complex Abba, none came closer to actually recreating that authentic Abba sound we all know and love than the English band Brotherhood of Man. In 1977 they released “Angelo,” an irrisitible earworm that went to number one in the U.K., Ireland, and South Africa. You will note in short order that this song bears a striking resemblance to Abba’s “Fernando,” which was a worldwide hit a year earlier. I am quite sure that many people at the time just assumed that “Angelo” was a new Abba single—it’s that close. As far as I’m concerned, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson just called and they’d like their musical D.N.A. back.
How Abba-esque do you think “Angelo” is?
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