ABBA, the Swedish pop formation that was very popular in the 1970s with hits such as Waterloo and Dancing queen, deliberately wrote political lyrics. The Visitors, for example, from the band’s last studio album of the same name from 1981, is about oppression in the then Soviet Union.

With this, former Abba member Björn Ulvaeus confirms rumours that have been circulating among fans for a long time on Saturday during a Swedish radio program. Ulvaeus wrote all of ABBA’s lyrics and music together with Benny Andersson. The duo also produced the movie Mamma Mia! (2008) and the musicals of the same name.

Ulvaeus says Friday in anticipation of the radio talk that he was aware that a lot of song content would pass by the listeners. ,,Many fans didn’t even know what we were singing about.” Abba, a quartet with singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad, broke up in 1983. | © 2011 Marcel Burger for ANP News Agency (original in Dutch 24 June 2011, previously unpublished)