“A fantastic record. It’s got Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, When I Kissed The Teacher – really, really perfect songs. This album was a key influence on me. And they’re in a helicopter on the cover, too. I always thought that was cool.
“Every time I hear Dancing Queen, it sweeps me away. It’s beautiful from the first piano part that kicks off the song. I don’t understand why anybody wouldn’t like it. Brilliant songwriting.
“I was pretty young when I got into ABBA. The first record of theirs that I bought was ABBA: The Album, which came out after Arrival, actually. That one had Take A Chance On Me, The Name Of The Game and Hole In Your Soul on it. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what’s on each album because I’ve spent so much time listening to their Greatest Hits – it all blurs together.
“But man, talk about a body of work. ABBA are the sugar-pop version of The Beatles, and that’s not to diminish them in any way. They made very smart, totally catchy recordings. And they’re not as squeaky-clean as people might think – some of their songs are about divorce the the dark side of relationships. In real life, they had a whole Fleetwood Mac thing going on, but probably without the drugs.
“ABBA rules. They’re rich, they’re Swedish, and Led Zeppelin recorded in their studio. There’s a lot of lessons you can learn from listening to their music, and God knows I have.”