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ABBA vs. Journey

In the previous post’s comments, one reader who shall remain nameless (but has the initials Shrew) indicated that ABBA and Journey would provide the same level of pain if used for torture by 24-hour repetitious saturation.

Now, you might be able to put the two groups on the same level as far as clothes go, but hey, it WAS the ’70s. No-one was immune….

However, musically, ABBA and Journey are on two, totally different planes. ABBA was 70s Pop at its finest, whereas Journey was 70s Rock at its finest. As a newly minted teen in the mid to late 70s, Journey was my generations’ Rolling Stones. ABBA was fun, but Journey was serious stuff. I give you Exhibit A…”name” songs.

ABBA’s Fernando:

versus Steve Perry’s solo after Journey Oh, Sherry:

While ABBA’s song is decidedly feminine and light; Journey’s is studly and full of hard-beat.

Exhibit B…Geography songs


vs. the great Journey’s Lights

While ABBA evokes thoughts of 9th grade American History and Napoleon, Steve Perry is putting you on Fishterman’s Wharf in San Fransisco.

Exhibit C…Biggest Hit

  Dancing Queen

vs. the great Journey’s

  Don’t Stop Believing

‘Nuff Said.  Rawk on.  BTW, DSB was my class song….GEAUX SPARTANS!

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not reference the Music Maven favorites of both.  From ABBA

  The Winner Takes It All

vs. the great Journey’s….

  Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

Feel free to make your own comparisons, add to either or just comment.  I am SOOOOOO looking for dialogue.