On and on and On
|"On and on and On"|
|Single by ABBA|
|from the album Super Trouper|
|ABBA singles chronology|
The track, which had working titles "Esses vad det svänger när man spelar jazz" (roughly translated as "God Almighty How it Swings When You're Playing Jazz") and "'Til the Night is Gone", was released as a single in a few countries, namely Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Japan and the United States. The B-side in Australia and Japan was "The Piper"; in Argentina and Canada it was "Our Last Summer", and in the US it was "Lay All Your Love on Me"—all of which were also taken from the Super Trouper album.
"On and on and On" peaked at No. 9 in Australia, making it the 15th (and final) ABBA single to reach the Top 10 in that country. Although the song only managed to reach No. 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, its inclusion on a 12-inch single with the songs "Super Trouper" and "Lay All Your Love on Me" merits all three songs as having reached No. 1 on the American dance chart in May 1981.
An early mix of the song was used in the accompanying music video, but not released on record in stereo until 2011, and it features an extra verse:
- "Standing up is scary if you think you're gonna fall /
- Like a Humpty-Dumpty 'fraid of falling off your wall /
- I say if you ever wanna know what's going on /
- Gotta keep on rocking baby, 'till the night is gone..."
And for the first time since ABBA made music videos, the clip for "On and on and On" did not feature any live movement from the group. Instead, a photo montage was made from their Las Vegas concert during their 1979 United States tour and tried to (somewhat) match the action of the photos with the song.
- Agnetha Falkstog – lead and backing vocals
- Anni-Frid Lyngstad – lead and backing vocals
- Björn Ulvaeus – backing vocals
- Benny Andersson – backing vocals, piano, synthesizers
- Additional personnel and production staff
- Janne Schaffer – guitar
- Rutger Gunnarsson – bass
- Ola Brunkert – drums
- Lars O. Carlsson, Katjek Wojciechowski, Jan Kling – saxophones
|Charts (1980–81)||Peak position|
|Australian Singles Chart||9|
|French Singles Chart||7|
|Japanese Singles Chart||24|
|US Billboard Hot 100||90|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
- The song's chorus has a backing vocals arrangement clearly influenced by one of Benny Andersson's favorite bands, The Beach Boys, and in particular their 1968 hit "Do It Again". In 1981, Beach Boys member Mike Love returned the compliment by covering "On and on and On" on his solo album Looking Back with Love. It was also later included on the 1999 compilation ABBA: A Tribute – The 25th Anniversary Celebration.
- A French version was recorded as Ça va mal "(Things are bad)" by Sylvie Vartan for her 1981 album of the same name.
- The 1992 compilation ABBA: The Tribute contained a cover by Swedish rock musician/singer Mats Ronander.
- The 1995 New Zealand compilation Abbasalutely contains a cover by Tall Dwarfs.
- The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus recorded a cover of the song for their 1997 album ExtrABBAganza!.
- A eurodance cover by Italian act Raffa was released as a single in 1997.
- Almighty Records released several eurodance cover remixes of the song from the group Abbacadabra during the late 1990s. Various remixes can be found on the 2008 compilation We Love ABBA: The Mamma Mia Dance Compilation. Audio samples can be heard on the official Almighty Records website.
- A 2016 version features vocals by Ebba (Tove Lo) and sounds, vox, video & FX by Göran Arnberg of Benny Anderssons orkester.
- Mike Love re-recorded the song for his 2019 album 12 Sides of Summer.
- "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1980". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
- "Raffa – On And on And On (12") at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
- "Abbacadabra | We Love ABBA: The Almighty 12" Collection". Almighty Records.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
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