Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! the background story

Published August 17, 2018

Just recently, Cher's version of ABBA's Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) was released as the first single from Dancing Queen, her upcoming album of ABBA covers, the news of which made quite a splash in the world's media. But let's not forget about ABBA's original version, recorded around this time 39 years ago.

As detailed in my book ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions (abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com), the first version of the song was a rock number entitled Been And Gone And Done It, captured on tape during the rehearsals for ABBA's 1979 tour of North America & Europe. At that time, the lyrics dealt with a woman who finds herself at the altar even though she feels marriage is a bit old-fashioned. Then, when ABBA had finally settled on the night-time anguish theme of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, the finished recording was still subject to quite extensive editing before it was finally released as a hit single in October 1979. As with most ABBA songs, there was plenty of hard work before this tune could be unleashed on the world.

Björn and Benny have spoken in recent interviews about how impressed they were with having Cher onboard for the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - in their eyes, although they're about the same age, she's a legend, having been internationally successful since her mid-1960s breakthrough as part of Sonny & Cher. Reportedly, they are also quite thrilled with her covers album.

Nevertheless - don't disregard ABBA's fab original versions! The full stories about Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) and every other ABBA song recorded 1972-1982 are featured in ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions. Learn more and order your copy here: abbathecompleterecordingsessions.com


Cher's Dancing Queen album, and Agnetha and Frida recording the original version of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).