Between November of 2003 and October of 2008, I wrote a monthly column for I had been a member of the ABBAMAIL community of ABBA fans since it’s inception in January 1997, and when ABBAMAIL’s founder, Graeme Read, was looking create exclusive content for the website version of ABBAMAIL, I was one of the list members selected to contribute a monthly column. At the end of October 2008, Graeme Read decided to close ABBAMAIL down, including both the website and the mailing list. Since that site no longer exists, I have moved the content of my columns to a separate blog site at Not all topics I’ve written over the course of those five years have been ABBA related, but since it is an ABBA fan site, I’ve tried to keep the diversions from the topic to a minimum.

Below are individual links to the columns I have written for ABBAMAIL. I hope you find them as entertaining to read now as when they were current.

November 2003 – “Are You a Fanatic Too?”

December 2003 – “The Voice Returns Following a ‘Necessary’ Silence”

January 2004 – “Do Your Favorite Songs Paint a Biography of Your Life in Music?”

February 2004 – “Old Music: Forget Remastering, ‘Revisit’ It Instead”

March 2004 – “Nine Years and Still Going Strong…”

April 2004 – “Instant Gratification”

May 2004 – “Agnetha – Now Playing in San Diego”

June 2004 – “Friendship Via ABBA”

July 2004 – “ABBA Tribute Bands: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, They’re Taking the World By Storm”

August 2004 – “Music Overload”

September 2004 – “The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye – A Tribute To Laura Branigan”

October 2004 – “Anteing Up For Star Wars Yet Again…”

November 2004 – “ABBA Fans: Spoiled or Hard Done By?”

December 2004 – “How Long Will The ‘Mamma Mia!’ Bubble Last?”

January 2005 – “Generous with Their Legacy or Just Trying to Keep Fans at a Distance?”

February 2005 – “Celebrating 10 Years as an ABBA Fan This Month”

March 2005 – “Live Acts Could Learn a Lot From Dolly Parton, The Bangles, & ABBA”

April 2005 – “Open Letter To ABBA Tribute Bands”

May 2005 – “The Best ABBA Songs Björn & Benny Never Wrote”

June 2005 – “Did Frida’s ‘Shine’ Album Fail Because of it’s Art Direction?”

July 2005 – “Critiquing Abbacadabra – An ABBA Tribute Band”

August 2005 – “When Record Stores Attack”

September 2005 – “Agnetha’s Overrated ‘Eyes of a Woman'”

October 2005 – “Recycling Old Music by Old Seventies Artists”

November 2005 – “There Is No Fandom Like Sports Fandom”

December 2005 – “‘ABBA: The Movie’ Now Playing on an iPod!”

January 2006 – “The Best and Worst of ABBA in 2005”

February 2006 – “Do ABBA Fans Secretly Love Those Sharp-Tongued Bitches?”

March 2006 – “Is 2006 Going To Suck Musically?”

April 2006 – “‘adbacadabra’ (Abbacadabra) Revisited”

May 2006 – “Benny Anderssons Orkester in Minnesota”

June 2006 – “Is Frida the ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ of ABBA, and Is She Finally Getting Some Respect?”

August 2006 – “Summer Time in the US Means Time to Revisit the Big Brother House”

September 2006 – “What Universal’s Attack On ABBAMAIL Means To Me”

October 2006 – “Anne Sofie Von Otter’s ‘I Let The Music Speak'”

November 2006 – “ Introducing New Music, Demise of Tower Records, & Elaine Paige”

December 2006 – “Roxette: A Look Back at 20 Years With a New Box Set”

January 2007 – “Happy 10th Anniversary of ABBAMAIL”

February 2007 – “‘The Secret’ and the Law of Attraction”

March 2007 – “Guide to Importing Music”

April 2007 – “The End of an Era in Las Vegas”

May 2007 – “Tired of the Same Old ABBA”

June 2007 – “CJ Palmer – A New Swedish Band Worth Checking Out”

July 2007 – “Nostalgia Drives My Enjoyment of This Year’s Biggest Event Movie”

August 2007 – “Erasure’s ‘ABBA-esque’ 15 Years On”

September 2007 – “Is iTunes Making the World a Smaller Place?”

October 2007 – “‘Chess’ Plays in Los Angeles”

November 2007 – “How Valuable Is A Collection?”

December 2007 – “Music ‘Revisited’ Once Again”

January 2008 – “‘Mamma Mia!’ Movie Trailers”

February 2008 – “‘ABBA: The Movie’ HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray”

March 2008 – “Louise Pitre Breathes New Life Into Songs Even Older Than ABBA’s”

April 2008 – “The ‘Mamma Mia!’ Movie Train Has Started Rolling”

May 2008 – The Mamma Mia! Korean Cast Recording

June 2008 – Is It 2008? Or Are We Back In The 1980s?

July 2008 – Mamma Mia! The Movie – It’s Finally Here!!!

August 2008 – Mamma Mia! = Brilliant, ABBA = Boring

September 2008 – Bon Voyage To Star Trek: The Experience

October 2008 – Arrival: A Tribute Unlike Any Other

7 thoughts on “My ABBAMAIL Columns”

  1. Cute pics, fun columns. Enjoy your ABBA-undant enthusiam.


  2. I was wondering if you could set up some sort of system so when your publish a new article, i get emailed to alert me?

  3. Hello “We Buy Homes”

    Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately as the site these monthly columns were written for has elected to shut down, I have not been writing new columns. I mainly maintain this section here as an archive of my previous columns. However, I do have an opt-in box for you to subscribe to receive updates on when my main blog site gets updated. It’s in the sidebar to the left just under the “Author” section.

  4. Hi Ryan — it’s always nice to find another Canadian who’s managed to infiltrate the U.S. I’ve been here since 2001, and have reached that odd point where I’m not sure where “home is”… when I go to visit family in Belleville and Ottawa, I feel like I’m an American outsider. Still cheer on my beloved Leafs, though! I just wanted to say that it was a nice surprise to stumble across your blog, and that I’ve enjoyed reading your ABBA columns. I’m a Frida fan (always routing for the underdog) — I hope one day she’ll write an autobiography. I just adored her “Djupa Andetag” album! I’m pacing myself in terms of being a fan… I’ve still never seen “The Movie”, and I’ve never seen the movie version of “Mamma Mia” either, so I’ll always have something to look forward too 😉
    In any case, just wanted to say hello and thank you for the entertaining reading. I’ll be sure to pop by and visit again.
    All the best,

  5. Hi Leigh-Ann,

    Welcome to my blog site. Thanks so much for finding me and writing in. I can completely relate to the not sure where home is. It’s strange because it’s like I’m too Canadian to fully feel like I fit in completely here, but have been in the US so long I’m too American to be fully Canadian again. So it does tend to make you feel like you’re always on the fringe. But sometimes it’s the best vantage point to view both cultures.

    I’m glad to hear you’re a Frida fan. I tend to be a bit more of a Frida fan as well (not entirely sure if that shines through in my ABBAMAIL columns or not.) I can fully appreciate Agnetha and her role in the group, but I tend to be more drawn to Frida. “Djupa Andetag” was brilliant. Definitely savor the moments as you enjoy your pacing into ABBA, because once you’ve heard it all, you have to fill the void with ancillary artists (of which there are plenty) but to savor the thought of things you haven’t seen or heard yet from ABBA, I’m envious. You’re in for a treat when you finally get to them.

    Again thanks for stopping in, and more importantly saying hello.


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