Episode 113: ABBAsode with @renatasnacks

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In this episode (ABBAsode) we invited @renatasnacks to rank the contents of the 1992 greatest hits release ABBA Gold with us, discussing the relative merits of each track and sharing our personal histories with ABBA. Spoiler: We totally went to Sweden about it.

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abbagh
abbainside
ABBA Greatest Hits
ABBA Gold
Columbia House
Hannah Montana
Kesha
Lady Gaga: Poker Face
Ace of Base
Gravity Falls/Babba’s Disco Girl/Dungeons Dungeons and More Dungeons

ABBA Gold, ranked:

Track Song Renata Alene Anna Score
1 Dancing Queen 10 6 3 19
2 Knowing Me, Knowing You 13 8 6 27
3 Take A Chance On Me 5 7 13 25
4 Mamma Mia 6 4 2 12
5 Lay All Your Love On Me 4 9 10 23
6 Super Trouper 8 18 7 33
7 I Have A Dream 18 15 18 51
8 The Winner Takes It All 17 14 17 48
9 Money, Money, Money 14 12 5 31
10 S.O.S. 3 1 8 12
11 Chiquitita 19 5 19 43
12 Fernando 15 3 9 27
13 Voulez-Vous 2 10 4 16
14 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
(A Man After Midnight)
1 13 11 25
15 Does Your Mother Know 7 17 16 40
16 One Of Us 16 19 14 49
17 The Name Of The Game 11 16 12 39
18 Thank You For The Music 12 11 15 38
19 Waterloo 9 2 1 12

Our winners take it all: Waterloo, S.O.S., Mamma Mia

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Erasure: Take a Chance on Me, Abba-Esque
Episode 54: Song Covers
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Jukebox musicals
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream
ABBA Oro
ABBA Mania
abbasatin
Nina Pretty Ballerina
Under Attack
Pick a Bale of Cotton
Hey Hey Helen
When I Kissed The Teacher
Ring Ring
Angel Eyes
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Mamma Mia
The Martian: Waterloo
Miss Congeniality: Dancing Queen
Chess: One Night in Bangkok, Anthem, Embassy Lament

Musical Obsessions
Renata: Dolly Parton’s America podcast: “Mule Skinner Blues
Anna: Şeftali ağaçları (Turkish folk song)
Alene: “Love Me Like That” by The Knocks feat. Carly Rae Jepsen

Obsessions
Renata: Sarah J. Maas and her horny fairies (Worst Bestsellers episode 99)
Anna: Headliners by Lucy Parker
Alene: They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

Episode 29: From Foreign Shores Show Notes

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In this episode, Anna and #NumberOneFan @surlyspice talk about pop culture they’ve encountered from countries that don’t use English as their primary language. Please send us your favorites as well! Tweet at us! Comment on Facebook! Send us one of those old-fashioned email things (bellwetherfriendspodcast [at] gmail)! In the meantime, check out our new playlist on Spotify.

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Our benchmark:
Abba jumpsuits

Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose
Eurovision
Shakira on the Latin Grammys
“Music Has No Borders” Buzzfeed list
One Hundred Years of Solitude vs. Love in the Time of Cholera
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
tim curry 3 musketeers
Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner
Candide by Voltaire
Candide
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
icy zhivago
Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Wings of Desire
depardieu
Foreign Film List Challenge

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Natacha Atlas’s covers
Anna: Perfume’s Chocolate Disco

Obsessions
Alene: Golden Globes red carpet, Michelle Obama at SOTU
Anna: The Normal State of Mind by Susmita Bhattacharya, Slash

P.S.
sparkly Abba

Episode 28: The X-Files and Fandoms Show Notes

Link to the show here.

In this episode, Anna and Non-Librarian Angie discuss their decades-old obsession with The X-Files, plus a few other tidbits, including the many faces of Stony. Also, Anna got the name of Gillian Anderson’s second book wrong. SORRY!

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A Vision of Fire and A Dream of Ice by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark aka Stony
Angie’s cookie creations on Fanfectionary

Musical Obsessions
ABBA, “Money, Money, Money”

Florence + the Machine, “Long & Lost”

Obsessions
Anna: White Christmas (1954)
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Angie: Iron Man and Captain America comics
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