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"Does Your Mother Know" is a song by Swedish pop group ABBA and was the second taken from their album Voulez-Vous. The B-side was "Kisses of Fire", which was also taken from the album. The song is notable as for its emphasis on male vocals, performed by Björn Ulvaeus, with female backing vocals.[1]

"Does Your Mother Know"
Does Your Mother Know (Abba single - cover art).jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Voulez-Vous
B-side"Kisses of Fire"
Released27 April 1979
Format7" single
Recorded6 February 1979 at Polar Music Studios
GenrePop rock, disco
Length3:15
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Chiquitita"
(1979)
"Does Your Mother Know"
(1979)
"Voulez-Vous"
(1979)
Music video
"Does Your Mother Know" on YouTube

"Does Your Mother Know" was recorded in February 1979 and released as a single in April of that year. Written by Benny Andersson and Ulvaeus, the demo for "Does Your Mother Know" featured Ulvaeus on guide vocal and it was decided to keep this during the recording process.[1] Recently, lyricist Ulvaeus indicated that he would hesitate to write songs like these today.[2] In 2019, the single was re-released on picture disc.[3]

ReceptionEdit

"Does Your Mother Know" was another sizable ABBA hit, hitting No. 1 in Belgium and reaching the top 5 in Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands. It was also a top 10 hit in Australia, Canada, Germany, Rhodesia and Switzerland.

Allmusic reviewer Donald A. Guarisco said in a review of the song that "ABBA's recording balances the song's rock elements with dance music touches to create an intriguing dance/rock hybrid" and that its "macho feel is enhanced by a rockabilly-styled melody that flowers into a swinging chorus".[4]

Chart performanceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Elliott, Mark (27 April 2019). "'Does Your Mother Know': The Story Behind The ABBA Song". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  2. ^ Furness, Hannah (27 July 2018). "I'd hesitate to write Does Your Mother Know in the post-#MeToo era, says Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  3. ^ "ABBA - Does Your Mother Know / Kisses Of Fire". Discogs. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  4. ^ Donald A. Guarisco. "Does Your Mother Know". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffmann, Frank W (1994). Cash Box pop singles charts, 1950–1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7.
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Top Singles 1979". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 22 December 1979. p. 27.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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