ABBA, Genesis, Iggy Pop enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed Genesis, ABBA, Iggy Pop, and The Hollies at Monday night's induction ceremony.
An English band steeped in harmony, a reggae pioneer, progressive rockers who thrived despite a defection, four Swedes who combined their nation's traditions with their rock heroes and a man who prowled a ballroom floor singing "I Wanna Be Your Dog" wouldn't seem to have much in common.Skip to next paragraph
For a night they did, as The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, ABBA and Iggy Pop's Stooges accepted induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday — a ceremony almost as notable for who wasn't there as who was.
ABBA sold some 100 million records with hits such as "Waterloo," ''Dancing Queen" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You" before disbanding in 1982. Songwriter Benny Andersson described how the melancholy of the "vodka belt" so far north, the pre-rock era music they heard on Swedish radio and the songs of their rock 'n' roll heroes all found their way into ABBA's material.
"I'm old enough to admit to the fact that I think we did a great job," Lyngstad said.
Keep that in the past tense: Lyngstad told the audience that ABBA would never perform again. She brought along her grandson, a heavy metal musician who nonetheless appreciates grandma's music. Actress Meryl Streep, who was in the "Mamma Mia" movie that introduced ABBA's music to a new generation and older ones that didn't pay attention at the time, was also there.
Backstage, Lyngstad feigned anger that it had taken so long for ABBA to be voted in.
"I'm very angry that Madonna got in before us," she joked.