When I Kissed the Teacher

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"When I Kissed the Teacher"
Song by ABBA
from the album Arrival
ReleasedOctober 11, 1976
RecordedJune 14, 1976[1]
GenrePop rock
Length3:01
LabelPolar
Songwriter(s)Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Producer(s)Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Arrival track listing
Side A:
  1. "When I Kissed the Teacher"
  2. "Dancing Queen"
  3. "My Love, My Life"
  4. "Dum Dum Diddle"
  5. "Knowing Me, Knowing You"

Side B:

  1. "Money, Money, Money"
  2. "That's Me"
  3. "Why Did It Have to Be Me?"
  4. "Tiger"
  5. "Arrival"

"When I Kissed the Teacher" is a song by the pop band ABBA. It is the opening track on their 1976 album Arrival.

Synopsis[edit]

The song's recording session's began on June 14, 1976, with the name "Rio de Janeiro". Eventually, the track was renamed "When I Kissed the Teacher".[2] The song's light-hearted lyrics tell the story of a student who has a crush on her teacher, one day cannot restrain herself and kisses him.[3] The lyrics are set to spirited music.[4] Benny Andersson considered this one of his favorite ABBA songs.[1][3]

The video clip "goes from a female student longing for her teacher to her taking direct action by kissing him as he leans over her in class."[5] The actor playing the part of the teacher was Magnus Härenstam.[6]

Release[edit]

The song was also released on the compilation album More Gold: More Hits and the video was included on The Definitive Collection.[7][8]

Composition[edit]

Lyrically and musically, the song is filled with "schoolgirl imagery".[9] Agnetha Fältskog is the lead vocal.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Buffalo News describes it as "bouncy".[11] The Telegraph lists the song as one of ABBA's hidden gems, offering it as an alternative to "Waterloo". It says the song "Starts off slow, but quickly turns into a surreal, pop homage to low level sexual harassment".[12] Robert Hilburn of the Malaysian Star said "My nomination for the best ABBA track that wasn't a hit in the U.S.: "When I Kissed the Teacher," a zestful number that recalls the teen passion of such Phil Spector productions as the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby'".[13] In a Voulez-Vous review, "When I Kissed the Teacher" is listed alongside "Dancing Queen" as an example of the group's "soaring female harmonies, uplifting melodies, and festive instrumental touches" in their earlier hits.[14] Chris Joens of the Chicago Tribute, in a review of the Mamma Mia musical, noted "A soundtrack has become a discography. I've even almost forgotten my favorite ABBA ditty, 'When I Kissed the Teacher', just because it's not in the show."[15] The Los Angeles Times said "'When I Kissed the Teacher' is the most convincing thing Abba has done because it injects some sly, mocking humor and passion that offsets the group seriousness".[16] Abba - Uncensored on the Record said When I Kissed The Teacher is an example of what was "expected of ABBA".[10] The Teacher in American Society: A Critical Anthology lists "When I Kissed the Teacher" with the Van Halen song "Hot for Teacher" and the Jethro Tull song "Teacher" as examples of "how teachers are viewed by [students] as sexual objects.[17]

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again version[edit]

Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies and Celia Imrie recorded When I Kissed the Teacher, with a slightly changed lyric, as the first single from the soundtrack of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Their version was released on May 8, 2018, by Capitol[18][not in citation given] and Polydor Records. It was produced by Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus plays one of the teachers in the clip.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Hungary (Single Top 40)[19] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 38
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[21] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 31
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 78
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 40

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Palm, C. (2005). Abba: The Complete Guide to their Music. p. 36. ISBN 1844495051.
  2. ^ "Rio de Janeiro". www.abbaomnibus.net.
  3. ^ a b Scott, R. (2003). ABBA Thank You for the Music. p. 74. ISBN 1842227939.
  4. ^ "Arrival". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-13.
  5. ^ Roy Fisher; Ann Harris; Christine Jarvis (2008). "Education in Popular Culture: Telling Tales on Teachers and Learners". ISBN 9780415332422. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  6. ^ ABBA Related Places – Magnus Härenstam
  7. ^ "More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  8. ^ "The Definitive Collection". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  9. ^ Louise FitzGerald; Melanie Williams (2013-04-15). "Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon". ISBN 9781848859425. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  10. ^ a b Tobler, John (2012-01-04). "Abba - Uncensored on the Record". ISBN 9781908538239.
  11. ^ http://www.buffalonews.com/incoming/article18386.ece
  12. ^ McNulty, Bernadette (9 July 2008). "Abba: take a chance on these" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  13. ^ Hilburn, Robert (24 March 2009). "ABBA set reveals more than one-hit wonder" – via LA Times.
  14. ^ Robert Hilburn (Jul 19, 1979). "Abba to start U.S. tour in Seattle". The Spokesman-Review.
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ "British Regress to Innocent '50s". Los Angeles Times. Feb 1, 1977.
  17. ^ Eugene f. Provenzo, Jr (2010-02-02). "The Teacher in American Society: A Critical Anthology". ISBN 9781412965934.
  18. ^ "ABBA's 'When I Kissed the Teacher' Receives Modern Makeover in 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again': Watch". Billboard. 27 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  20. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  21. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 30, 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  25. ^ "När jag kysste lärar'n". Svensk mediedatabas. 1982. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  26. ^ "Svensktoppen". Sveriges Radio. 1982. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  27. ^ "Jag sjunger för dej - Svensk mediedatabas (SMDB)". smdb.kb.se.
  28. ^ "Dej ska jag älska all min tid - Svensk mediedatabas (SMDB)". smdb.kb.se.