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Released1 June 1992 (UK)
30 June 1992 (US)
LabelMute Records
ProducerDavid Bascombe
Erasure chronology
Pop! The First 20 Hits
Erasure singles chronology
"Breath of Life"
"Take a Chance on Me"
"Who Needs Love Like That (Hamburg Mix)"

Abba-esque is an EP by the British pop duo Erasure. Released in 1992, it was their first and only number one on the UK Singles Chart.

As big fans of the Swedish group ABBA, Erasure (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell) had often performed ABBA songs in concert over the years. They had originally planned to release an album of ABBA covers, but instead opted to release an EP of four of ABBA's best known hits.


Mute Records released Abba-esque in the UK, while Elektra Records released it in the US. Music videos were produced for all four tracks, and issued as a video EP on VHS.

Shortly after the release, ABBA's Gold: Greatest Hits album was released, sparking a revival of ABBA's music that has endured well into the 21st century.

After peaking at number two twice (with "Sometimes" in 1986 and Crackers International in 1988), Erasure finally reached number one in the UK with this release, remaining there for five weeks. In Germany the EP peaked at number two. In the US, where EPs chart on the Billboard 200, Abba-esque peaked at number eighty-five. Although never officially released as a single by itself, the song "Take a Chance on Me", which features a guest rap by MC Kinky, received significant radio play in the US. At the time, Billboard Hot 100 policy prevented songs not released as singles from entering the chart, although the track did reach number 51 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. In Sweden, the EP peaked at number 1, staying there for six consecutive weeks.

A remix EP was also released by Mute Records in the UK which featured the same four songs in heavily reworked form.[1]

The release of the Abba-esque EP in due course precipitated the release of a similar EP, Erasure-ish, by the ABBA tribute band Björn Again, which featured two Erasure tracks ("A Little Respect" and "Stop!") performed in the style of ABBA as an answer record.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Take a Chance on Me" was directed by Philippe Gautier.[2]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 4:45
  2. "SOS" (S. Anderson / B. Andersson/B. Ulvaeus) - 3:49
  3. "Take a Chance on Me" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 3:43
  4. "Voulez-Vous" (B. Andersson / B. Ulvaeus) - 5:35

Abba-esque – The Remixes[edit]

  1. "Voulez-Vous" (Brain Stem Death Test Mix) (remixed by Fortran 5)
  2. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (No Panties Mix) (remixed by Fortran 5)
  3. "Take a Chance on Me" (Take a Trance on Me Mix) (remixed by Philip Kelsey)
  4. "SOS" (Perimeter Mix) (remixed by Chris & Cosey)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[3] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 4
Canada Top Singles[6] 38
Denmark (IFPI)[7] 1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 2
Greece (Virgin)[11] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 42
Portugal (AFP)[15] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 3
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Billboard 200[19] 85
US Dance/Club Play Singles[20] 10

"Take a Chance on Me" reached #51 on the US Radio Songs


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