ABBA - The Movie

Many ABBA books over the years (starting with ABBA For The Record in 1980) have listed three mysterious instrumental songs that are supposed to be heard in ABBA - The Movie, 'Johan på snippen', 'Polkan går', and 'Stoned'.  They have often been desribed as "traditional" tunes. The 1982 video cassette of The Movie released in the UK featured an inlay card listing all the songs in The Movie, including these three titles. But these three songs have never been clearly identified - until now!

'Johan på snippen' is the Swedish "polka" tune played in the backstage dressing room (in "Perth") by Benny on accordion, Ulf Andersson on clarinet, and Rutger Gunnarsson on bass, while other members of the backing band clap along.

'Polkan går' is heard very quietly in the background of the very next scene, again played by Benny on the accordian, as Ashley tries to convince the bodyguard he has an interview with ABBA and is thrown out of the backstage area (just before 'Rock Me').

'Stoned' is heard very quietly during the scene when ABBA are in the hotel room (in "Perth") reading the reviews of the Sydney concert. It is preceded by a jingle for Sydney radio station 2SM, and sounds as a radio is playing in the background.

ABBA - The Movie inlay card

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