Taxman to blame for Abba's fashion sins

Last updated 13:15 18/02/2014
ABBA-Landscape
Bengt H. Malmqvist/LD Communications

NUTS: Björn Ulvaeus from the Swedish group Abba says he and his bandmates looked like nuts.

Relevant offers

Music

Album Review: Aaradhna, Brown Girl Quiz battle: Pop music prowess Simon Sweetman: Music biopics usually get it wrong, but here's one that doesn't Song Quest runner-up Filipe Manu: mum helped my dreams come true Amy Winehouse's father marks death anniversary One Direction's Liam Payne announces solo deal as fans mourn the end of the party Star performers launch inaugural Maori Music Month Simon Sweetman: Travelling Well with William Tyler Auckland Police enlist King Kapisi to stop fleeing drivers Concert Review: Flume, Horncastle Arena in Christchurch

Swedish disco-pants pioneers Abba say the country's tax laws are to blame for their flamboyant attire.

The sequinned jumpsuits and platform shoes were not merely a fad of the 1970s, Björn Ulvaeus wrote in "Abba: The Official Photo Book", published to mark 40 years since they won Eurovision with Waterloo and featuring scores of intimate, never-before-seen pictures.

According to Ulvaeus Swedish laws allow businesses to deduce the cost of clothing against tax - as long as they were too outrageous to be worn out on the streets.

"In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years," he wrote. "Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were."

Ulvaeus also poured cold water on rumours of a possible Abba reunion, saying: 'If any one of us has opened the door a crack, I'm shutting it now.'

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content