Grace Jones

I first heard/saw the song “Walking In The Rain” when the video clip of Grace Jones performing the song was first played on Countdown. I was about seventeen years old at the time and was completely blown away by the clip. In particular, the strong androgynous imagery of Grace Jones echoed by the song line […]

Last FM Top Ten

As I’ve sat down to look at the most commonly played tracks for the year, I’m kinda surprised it’s the song “Plåster” by Oskar Linnros. Not that I dislike the song, but I kind of imagined there were other songs I’d played more often the year. That said, I’m using last.fm as my guide, and […]

Foto:Cecilia Jansson

Just because I have the complete recordings of ABBA in my record collection, it doesn’t mean I stopped listening to new music in 1982. But that’s what online music stores often presume. I have stored most of my music collection on Google Music, and I’ve also bought a fair few albums via the Play Store. […]

Robin Stjernberg, Martin Rolinski, Shirley Clamp and others at the opening of The ABBA Museum in Stockholm

It’s no wonder Sweden won last year. Loreen had a great song in “Euphoria” which she performed very, very well. In ten or twenty years time, I’m pretty sure it will be regarded as one of the “great moments” of Eurovision. Even though “You” by Robin Stjernberg isn’t in the same league, of course I’ll […]

Agnetha

Three songs have emerged as favourites for me, as I’ve listened “properly” to the new album by Agnetha Fältskog over the last couple of weeks. The first single, “When you really loved someone” is one of those great pop ballads about love gone wrong. The video tells the story of an older, wiser woman offering […]

ABC Extra Back To Vinyl

This is the presentation I made at Radio Days Europe, March 18, 2013 as part of a session on pop up radio stations. The slide you can see behind you now is a snapshot of the homepage of ABC Radio Australia. ABC is the national public broadcaster in the BBC mould of things, and as […]

Attending Melodifestivalen in Stockholm

“I’ll bet they’re not an official licence by ABC Commercial”, I said to my friend, Patrick tonight as we entered Friends Arena in Stockholm for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish competition which chooses the song which will represent Sweden at Eurovision in May. I was referring to B1 and B2. “We’re from Austraia”, I told one of […]

Katarinahissen view of Stockholm

I swear there must be a secret plan for Stockholm to put in bid to host the Olympic Games. That, or they’re expecting a Swedish economic crisis, so they’re doing as much now as they possibly can. How else could you explain the amount of building activity going on around Stockholm at the moment? From […]

ABBA Museum display at Stockholm Airport

Aside from a slight hiccough over the seats, the flight from Sydney to Stockholm via Beijing went off without a hitch. The hiccough with the seats had nothing to do with Air China. It involved a family of four who had booked separate seats (one set of two, and two individuals) for the flight from […]