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Friday, August 03, 2012

Flashback Friday: Champagne - Rock 'n Roll Star

"Fortune and fame, oh what a shame"

Do you like Abba? And have you heard the Dutch version of them? If not, this should be fun. Champagne are clearly an Abba knockoff, down to the facial hair of the guys in the band. This is no bad thing, though. They were successful in the late 70's/very early 80's in the Netherlands, though they only released one actual album. To me, their output is pretty spotty, but when they're good... they're great. This is my favorite track, an Abba pastiche if I've ever heard one. It has a very strong chorus with tons of harmonies and overdubs. It's also got that vaguely folk-inspired sound that some of Abba's most anthemic songs (Fernando, Chiquitita, SOS) had. It's incredibly old-fashioned, but sometimes that's just what you feel like.

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