“I love ABBA, and I would say that the album Arrival is probably their masterpiece. For me, I’ve always said that if you want to understand anything about writing great pop music, you should listen to The Beatles, The Beach Boys and ABBA.
“In the mid- to late ‘70s, there was no one better than ABBA at writing and producing great pop. Arrival has so many of the band’s best songs: Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me, Knowing You – those are the classics, but the whole album is filled with incredible songs. There’s no filler. They weren’t just a singles band, they were an amazing albums band.
“Yes, they had a slightly cheesy image, but then most people did in the ‘70s. But ABBA were absolute masters of their craft. Benny and Bjorn wrote some of the genius songs of the times.
“A lot of people, when you say, ‘I love ABBA,’ they snigger wryly, as if you’re being post-modern and ironic. But I’m not. I hold ABBA up there with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.”