The Winner's Gonna Take It All: The final...


'Look at the way that she smiles when she sees me... How lucky can one fellow be?'

- Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in She's My Kind of Girl -


I'm extremely sorry for the tiny artwork picture, but I'm only using official covers, seaux... Yeah.

Average: 3.8587
Highest score: 1 * 8.00 - @constantino
Lowest score: 4 * 0.00 - @idratherjack @AGiantSheep @WhatKindOfKylie? @CasperFan
My score: 7

When you were all discussing ABBA's discography, this one kinda went unscalded as practically no one ever talked about it. Looking back, it's not hard to see why. This was recorded in 1970 by Benny and Björn and was subsequently released by the two, performing as a duo called... Björn & Benny. The girls are not audible on this song and that's because they had absolutely nothing to do with it.

It was recorded for the soft porn film Inga II: The Seduction of Inga, together with another song intended for that movie, called Inga Theme. That one's an instrumental with some doo-doo-doo'ing and not completely unlike some of the material that would follow as you can already hear some influences that would be used more fully on future releases.

Apparently She's My Kind of Girl was a huge hit in Japan in 1972, giving Benny and Björn a chance to promote their new band called Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid over there...

My score may be perceived to be a bit high, but I quite like the melody and their voices actually harmonize really well.

Our zero givers were out in full force again, though only two of them had something to say. WhatKindOfKylie? can accept Ring Ring for what it was, but does not like this one: "Although there are some positive moments on Ring Ring, it's awful pieces like this that deserve the album to get a somewhat bad reputation amongst ABBA albums. Can't find anything redeaming about it.", while idratherjack just wants everything to end... "By this point in the album I was losing the will to live". Lemme know how that turned out, sis.

constantino's our highest scorer here, saying "The fantastic melody more than compensates for the lack of Agnetha and Anni-Frid.", which I totally bloody agree on. bichard, meanwhile, doesn't bring up the girls, but does mention another icon... "Is this the Benny lead? Dreadful, 60s-aping shit that would have been shit in the 60s. The sort of song you'd expect Edina Monsoon to pen." The woman wishes, because we all know "Looking at the handle on the door..." wasn't really very catchy either...

Some of you lot were lost in the '60s... VivaForever shows she's a girl that knows what she doesn't want again, saying "This has a real sixties thing going for it. Unfortunately, I hate the sixties thing." and TrueBeliever thinks it hasn't stood the test of time all that well... "Probably the most dated-sounding song they have here. I can imagine them writing this song after a lazy summer vacation to California in the 60s."

Sprockrooster, bless ha heart, only misses out on 0.5 a point to make highest scorer again, giving this a 7.5... "Loving that melody a lot and it is so typically 70's. Not mad about it. " and tylerc904 doesn't have any really strong feelings about it either: "This is fine, but I don’t ever remember how it goes no matter how many times I’ve listened to it.". SecretsOfFatima thinks it's fine too. "The instruments are kind of nice, that’s about it."

hudweiser gets it right, saying "Far from the dizzy heights of their best work, this barely registers as an ABBA track most days, but parts of it have tuneful potential." and Mumty agrees with him... "I like it but it’s not ABBA."

This is the first in one of many novels from Mikey1701... "Another track from the parent album that isn’t a true ABBA song, recorded solely by Benny & Bjorn in 1969 and then chucked out as the B-Side to Ring Ring. I’m totally ambivalent to this, it would not be a loss if I was never to listen to this again. If anything, it’s further proof that ABBA were as much the girls and the harmonies as it would be about the boys and their talent for writing killer pop melodies… which clearly developed at some point after this song. Kii at this being used in a Swedish soft core porn film though!"
And if you find yourself thinking "Wow, he had a lot to say about one of the deep cuts in ABBA's discography, then wait until we reach the higher echelons... Gurl had something to say.

We'll close off with some soundbites. Let's start with chris4862 who's confused, asking "New phone, who dis?" and Filippa probably fell asleep "Ok, guys not bad but…" listening to Mina's playlist again... "Perfect for InsomniABBA."

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