” Under Attack ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group. Established in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, the group consisted of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
The song was written and produced by Benny Andersson ( Göran Bror Benny Andersson ) and Björn Ulvaeus ( Björn Kristian Ulvaeus ).
Benny Andersson had an interest in music from an early age, learning to play the piano when he was ten years old. Along with helping to form, and write for, one of the most successful groups in history, namely ABBA, he also co-wrote successful musicals like Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
Björn Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. He began his music career as a member of the Swedish Schlager music band the Hootenanny Singers in the 60s, who had a massive following in Scandinavia. With the writing partner, Benny, he formed ABBA and co-wrote the successful musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
In 2008 Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were awarded by the Swedish Ministry of Industry and Trade the ” The Music Export Prize “. They also received the ” The Special International Ivor Novello Award ” from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and the ” Lifetime Achievement Award ” from the Swedish Music Publishers Association (SMFF).
” Under Attack ” was released by record labels Polar Music ( Universal Music Group ), Epic ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and Atlantic ( Warner Music Group ) on the 3rd of December 1982 in the United Kingdom and on the 21st of February 1983 to the rest of the world. The song originally featured as a track on ABBA’s double compilation Album, The Singles: The First Ten Years. A year later the song was released as a single to the rest of the world.
The Album featured their singles from 1972 to 1982, last year they were to be together as a group. Their original intention was to record a new studio Album. However, they felt that the days as a group were numbered and so decided to release a double Album collection of their singles instead.
” Under Attack ” was recorded between the 2nd and 4th of August 1982 at the Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. The compilation features elements two of the group’s unreleased songs, ” Just Like That ” and ” Rubber Ball Man “, also called ” Under My Sun “.
On the 11th of December 1982, the group performed ” Under Attack ” on the British tv network programme the Late Late Breakfast Show, in what was to be ABBA’s last collective performance. Later Agnetha and Anni-Frid embarked on successful solo careers, working with established and respected producers. Björn and Benny continued their songwriting partnership and along with Tim Rice, wrote the acclaimed musical, Chess.
The accompanying music video was filmed on the 16th of November 1982 in an empty warehouse. The video features the members of the group navigating their way through a room filled with red beacon lights.It ends with Agnetha, Frida, Björn and Benny walking away in the distance, their backs to the camera, signalling the end of ABBA.
” Under Attack ” was not a commercial success for ABBA, their popularity was declining after a run of successful singles. The two preceding singles, ” Head over Heels ” and ” The Day Before You Came ” had failed to reach the top spot anywhere.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of December 1982 and reached a peak of number twenty-six. It spent five weeks in the top forty and a total of eight weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: n/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 26
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Singles Chart 96, Belgian Singles Chart 2, British Singles Chart 26, Dutch Singles Chart 5, Finnish Singles Chart 16, French Singles Chart 43, German Singles Chart 22, Irish Singles Chart 11, Polish Singles Chart 11, Swiss Singles Chart 15
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