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.

Links
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

dancing

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 57: What to Watch Next TV Bracket

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Sometimes when you’re having trouble figuring out how to narrow down your choices, you do a bracket. Well, you do that if you’re Anna. Alene likes to ask everyone she knows what they think. In this episode, we do both.

Links
Slash
HTGAWM Wig Scene
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Two Bossy Dames on Mahershala

BBC bracket
victoria
The Bletchley Circle
Broadchurch
The Crown
The Doctor Blake Mysteries
The Hour
Last Tango in Halifax
Luther
MI:5
Midsomer Murders
The Night Manager
Scott & Bailey
The Tudors
Vera
Victoria
Wallander

Comedy/Musical bracket
crazy-ex-girlfriend
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Galavant
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The Mindy Project
New Girl
Parks and Recreation
Playing House
Portlandia
Review
Trophy Wife

Crime bracket
the-fall
The Blacklist
Criminal Minds
Dexter
The Fall S2
The Good Wife
The Killing
Laws and Orders
Leverage
Person of Interest
Psych
White Collar

Realism bracket
blackish
The Americans
Atlanta
Black-ish [Hindsight is 20/20 note: This should probably have been in comedy, where it also would have won]
ER
Friday Night Lights
Homeland
House of Cards
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
The L-Word S2-S6
Make It Or Break It
Masters of Sex
One Day at a Time
Orange is the New Black
Parenthood
Scandal
Sports Night
The West Wing
The Wire

Science Fiction and Fantasy bracket
agent-carter
Agent Carter
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
American Gods
American Horror Story
Battlestar Galactica
Black Mirror
Buffy
The Dresden Files
Grimm
Handmaid’s Tale
Jessica Jones
Legion
The Librarians
Lost Girl
Luke Cage
Merlin
Once Upon a Time
Orphan Black
Penny Dreadful
Sleepy Hollow
Star Trek: Voyager
Stranger Things
Twin Peaks
The Vampire Diaries
Warehouse 13
Xena

Obsessions
Anna: Gardenscapes, The New York Times, Spotify
Alene: Red Carpet coverage (slideshow)

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Chains of Love” by Erasure
Alene: “TNT” by AC/DC, “The Final Countdown” by Europe