Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA
Song Title: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
Date of release: 2nd of October 1979
Description: ” Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group. They were established in 1972 in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
The four members of the group were made up of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Although ABBA is most famously from Sweden, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was originally born in Norway but grew up in Sweden.
The song was written and produced by Benny Andersson ( Göran Bror Benny Andersson ) and Björn Ulvaeus ( Björn Kristian Ulvaeus ).
” Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ” was released on the 2nd of October 1979 by record label Polar Music ( Universal Music Group ) and features on the compilation Album Greatest Hits Vol. 2.
The Album, released in October 1979, coincided with the group’s tour of North America and Europe, which took place between September and November 1979. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was ABBA’s second chart-topping Album of 1979, Voulez-Vous was the first to do so.
The song’s lead vocals were by Agnetha Fältskog, who as the narrator, tells a story of a lonely young woman who longs for a romantic relationship and he sees her loneliness as a grim darkness of night. She draws parallels to how often the happy endings of movie stars are so different from her own experiences.
Recorded in August 1979 at the Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden with the working title ” Been and Gone and Done It “, it was ready for release in October 1979.
Initially, the group had recorded another song called ” Rubber Ball Man “, which they planned to release as a single. The song had the typical ” ABBA-arrangement ” with both Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on lead vocals and featured classical strings.
They performed the song during rehearsals for their 1979 tour as ” Under My Sun “. However, ABBA felt that ” Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ” had more of a disco sound and would be a better choice for release, in the end, the song didn’t make it past the demo stage.
The release of the single version of ” Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ” came in two different lengths. In the United States and Canada, it was edited down to 3:36, for the release elsewhere in the World the length of the single, remained at the full 4:48 minutes.
The accompanying music video was directed by Lasse Hallström, the Swedish director. He is better known as the director and writer of Chocolat, the British-American romantic comedy-drama film.
Based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, it was released in the year 2000. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Chocolat was also nominated for eight BAFTAs and four Golden Globes. Actress Dame Judi Dench won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the film.
” Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ” was a commercial success for ABBA. The song reached Number One in Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland and Switzerland.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 20th of October 1979 and reached a peak of number three. It spent five weeks in the top ten and a total of Twelve weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 8, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (IFOP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 3, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Japan (Oricon International Chart) 1, Japan (Oricon Singles Chart) 17, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 2, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 15, Norway (VG-lista) 2, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 16, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 16, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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