Super Trouper (song)

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"Super Trouper"
SUPER TROUPER - single cover.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
B-side "The Piper"
Released 3 November 1980
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, disco
Length 4:10
Label Polar Music, Epic Records (UK)[1]
Songwriter(s) Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus[1]
Producer(s) Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus[1]
ABBA singles chronology
"On and On and On"
(1980)
"Super Trouper"
(1980)
"Happy New Year"
(1980)
"On and On and On"
(1980)
"Super Trouper"
(1980)
"Happy New Year"
(1980)
Music video
"Super Trouper" on YouTube

"Super Trouper" is a single by Swedish pop group ABBA, and the title track from their 1980 studio album of the same name, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The song – with lead vocals by Anni-Frid Lyngstad – had the working title "Blinka Lilla Stjärna",[2] and was the last track to be written and recorded for the album (ultimately replacing the track "Put On Your White Sombrero"). "Super Trouper" is included on the compilation album Gold: Greatest Hits, and also features in the musical Mamma Mia!.

The name "Super Trouper" referred to the spotlights used in stadium concerts.[3]

Music video[edit]

In October 1980, the music video for "Super Trouper" used the largest number of artists that ABBA ever used in a music video. The spotlight featured throughout the video is, in fact, a CCT Silhouette follow spot, as opposed to a real Super Trouper. The city of Glasgow mentioned in the lyric was suggested by Howard Huntridge who worked with their then-UK publishers Bocu Music. The music video was directed by Lasse Hallström. Parts of the video were later reused in the clip for the song "Happy New Year" (which also features on the Super Trouper album).

Reception[edit]

"Super Trouper" continued ABBA's run of chart success, particularly in Europe. It was to become ABBA's ninth (and final) No. 1 in the United Kingdom.[1][4] This distinction placed ABBA fourth for the most UK chart-toppers in history (behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard); a position the group would keep for almost 20 years until Madonna scored her tenth UK No. 1 with "Music" in August 2000.[5] The track was also the third biggest selling single in the UK for 1980.[6] "Super Trouper" also topped the charts in Belgium, West Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, and was a Top 10 hit in Austria, Finland, France, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.

Outside of Europe, "Super Trouper" was a more modest hit. In the United States for example, where ABBA never quite managed to achieve the same sort of popularity experienced elsewhere, the single only reached No. 45. However, combined with "Lay All Your Love on Me" and "On and On and On", it topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart in May 1981. The song only reached the lower region of the charts in countries such as Australia[7] and Japan,[8] but did prove successful in Mexico, where it reached No. 3.[9]

Personnel[edit]

  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad – lead vocals
  • Agnetha Fältskog – vocals
  • Benny Andersson – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Björn Ulvaeus – guitar, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Janne Schaffer – lead guitar
  • Mike Watson – bass guitar
  • Per Lindvall – drums
  • Åke Sundqvist – percussion

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"The Tide Is High" by Blondie
UK Singles Chart number-one single
30 November 1980 – 20 December 1980
Succeeded by
"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon
Preceded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
29 November 1980 – 13 December 1980
Succeeded by
"There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" by St Winifred's School Choir
Belgian VRT Top 30 number-one single
30 November 1980 – 19 December 1980
Succeeded by
"Santa Maria" by Roland Kaiser
Preceded by
"Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
6 December 1980 – 13 December 1980
Preceded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
18 December 1980 – 5 February 1981
Succeeded by
"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon
German Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
19 December 1980 – 26 December 1980
Succeeded by
"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand
German Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
9 January 1981 – 23 January 1981
Succeeded by
"Fade to Gray" by Visage
Preceded by
"Your Love" / "You're My Magician" by Lime
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(with "Lay All Your Love on Me" and "On and On and On")

2 May 1981
Succeeded by
"Paradise" / "Hold Tight" / "Heaven of My Life" by Change

A-Teens version[edit]

"Super Trouper"
Single by A-Teens
from the album The ABBA Generation
Released 29 November 1999
Format CD single, Cassette, vinyl (12")
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, Europop
Length 3:52
Label Universal Music Group
Songwriter(s) Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s) Thomas Johansson
Ronald Malmberg
A-Teens singles chronology
"Mamma Mia"
(1999)
"Super Trouper"
(1999)
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1999)
"Mamma Mia"
(1999)
"Super Trouper"
(1999)
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1999)

"Super Trouper" was A-Teens' second single from their first album The ABBA Generation, a cover of ABBA's song. When the single came out in the fall of 1999, it became a hit around the globe, just as its predecessor "Mamma Mia", also an ABBA cover. "Super Trouper" debuted at No. 2 in Sweden and was later certified platinum.[13]

It also became their only Top 5 hit in Germany peaking at No. 4. The single also reached No. 21 in the United Kingdom, No. 18 in Switzerland, No. 15 in Norway, No. 11 in Austria and No. 12 in the Netherlands.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Sebastian Reed and was filmed in Sweden. The video shows a girl so obsessed with the band that she owns posters, magazines, mugs, clothing, and even a key chain. She also copies the band's choreography that is shown on TV. Some of the articles that feature pictures of the band come to life in the video.

In the first few seconds of the video, before the actual song starts, Mamma Mia can be faintly heard in the background.

The video was a hit in most TV stations charting inside the Top 10 countdowns in late 1999 and early 2000.

Releases[edit]

European 2-track CD single

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" (Super Radio Remix) – 4:04

European CD Maxi

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" (Super Super Remix) – 8:58
  3. "Super Trouper" (Pinocchio Remix) – 5:08
  4. "Super Trouper" (Extended Version) – 6:05

German CD Maxi

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" (Perre J's Remix) – 4:04
  3. "Happy New Year" – 4:23
  4. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:43
  • Video: "Mamma Mia"

UK CD1

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "A*Teens Medley" (Pierre J's Full UK Mix) – 7:27
  3. "Super Trouper" (Karaoke Version) – 3:52
  • Video: "Super Trouper"

UK CD2

  1. "Super Trouper" (Extended Version) – 6:05
  2. "Super Trouper" (W.I.P.) – 6:10
  3. "Super Trouper" (The Bold & The Glamour Mix) – 6:50

UK Cassette

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" (Karaoke Version) – 3:52

Japan CD Maxi

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52
  2. "Happy New Year" – 4:23
  3. "Super Trouper" (Super Super Remix) – 8:58
  4. "Super Trouper" (Extended Version) – 6:05

Sweden promo CD

  1. "Super Trouper" (Radio Version) – 3:52

12" vinyl promo (1-track)

  1. A. "Super Trouper" (Extended Version) – 6:05

UK 12" vinyl promo (3-track)

  1. A1. "Super Trouper" (Extended Version) – 6:05
  2. B1. "Super Trouper" (The Bold & The Glamour Mix) – 6:50
  3. B2. "Super Trouper" (W.I.P.) – 6:10

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The song is performed in the Mamma Mia! stage musical. In the musical, Donna, Tanya and Rosie perform the song at Sophie's hen party dressed in the tight lycra suits they used to wear when they were a girl band called "Donna and the Dynamos". In the context of the musical, it explains that even though Donna has a hard life sometimes, all she has to know is that Sophie is there and that makes Donna feel much better. When Niklas Strömstedt wrote lyrics for the Swedish staging of the musical, "Glasgow" was replaced by "Gränna" as the place from which the singer calls in the lyrics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 209. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Elisabeth Vincentelli (2004-03-31). Abba's Abba Gold. Books.google.com. p. 96. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  3. ^ ABBA The Official Site - The Making of Super Trouper
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 387–8. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ https://www.onlineweb.com/theones/auxiliary_pages/madonna.htm
  6. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1980.shtml
  7. ^ "Australia". Home.zipworld.com.au. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Japan". Home.zipworld.com.au. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Mexico". Home.zipworld.com.au. 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  10. ^ Dance mix with "On and On and On" and "Lay All Your Love on Me"
  11. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffmann, Frank W (1994). Cash Box pop singles charts, 1950–1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7. 
  12. ^ "Chart File". Record Mirror. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 21 March 1981. p. 37. 
  13. ^ [1] Archived 28 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

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