"Bang-A-Boomerang"
Svenne & Lotta - Bang En Boomerang.jpg
Original Swedish language single artwork
Single by Svenne & Lotta
from the album Svenne & Lotta/2
B-side
  • "Kom Ta En Sista Dans Med Mej (Dance (While The Music Still Goes On))" (Swedish-language release)
  • "Roly-Poly Girl" (English-language release)
Released1975
RecordedNovember 1974
GenreSchlager
Length3:02
LabelPolar
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Ulvaeus
  • Benny Andersson
Svenne & Lotta singles chronology
"Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)"
(1975)
"Bang-A-Boomerang"
(1975)
"Tell Laura I Love Her"
(1975)
"Bang-A-Boomerang"
ABBA - Bang-A-Boomerang.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album ABBA
B-side"SOS"
Released21 April 1975
RecordedNovember 1974; Spring 1975
GenreSchlager
Length3:05
LabelVogue
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Ulvaeus
  • Benny Andersson
ABBA singles chronology
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"
(1975)
"Bang-A-Boomerang"
(1975)
"SOS"
(1975)

"Bang-A-Boomerang" is a song by ABBA, first released by Svenne & Lotta (both Swedish and English-language versions). The track was first recorded as a demo with English lyrics (but without any recorded vocals) in September 1974 by the ABBA musicians for their eponymous album ABBA. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson and at one point had the working title "Stop and Listen to Your Heart". The lyrics compare the "message of love" with the returning boomerangs which the Australian Aborigines developed.

In late 1974 Andersson, Ulvaeus and Anderson were invited by Sveriges Television as composers to submit a song to the 1975 Melodifestivalen. Since ABBA themselves did not want to compete in the contest again, just one year after having won, they instead gave the opportunity and the song to Polar Music labelmates Svenne & Lotta. "Bang-A-Boomerang" was given new Swedish lyrics by Stig Anderson and retitled "Bang en Boomerang" and the duo subsequently made a vocal recording of the track in November 1974—produced by Björn & Benny—with a different arrangement, most noticeably slightly shorter (2:50) than the original demo, to fit the Eurovision three-minute rule. The song finished third in the Swedish preselections in February 1975, became one of Svenne & Lotta's biggest hits and spent seven weeks on the Svensktoppen radio chart during the period 9 March – 11 May 1975, with a second place as best result.[1] Svenne & Lotta also recorded the song with the original English lyrics, both versions were included on their 1975 album Svenne & Lotta/2 (Polar POLS 259). The English version was also released as a single in Denmark and became a big seller there, from a Scandinavian perspective the track is therefore still primarily seen as a hit single and Melodifestivalen classic by Svenne & Lotta. Under the name of "Sven & Charlotte", their original English version was also released in most European countries, and in Oceania, charting in several.[2]

ABBA then re-recorded their English-language version of the song in the Spring of 1975, using the Svenne & Lotta backing track—reputedly to the surprise of the duo, included it on their ABBA album and later also released it as a single in France on 21 April 1975, with "SOS" as B-side, where it was a minor hit. Although the track was included on the band's first Greatest Hits album, released on 17 November 1975, the ABBA version was in fact never issued as a single in Scandinavia.

Track listing

Svenne & Lotta's version

English version

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bang-A-Boomerang"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."Roly-Poly Girl"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
2:37

Swedish version

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bang en Boomerang"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."Kom Ta En Sista Dans Med Mej"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:19

ABBA's version

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bang-A-Boomerang"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
2."SOS"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:22

Other cover versions, appearances in other media etc.

Chart positions

Svenne & Lotta's version
Chart (1975) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 94
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 29
Denmark (Danmarks Radio) 2
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 11
Sweden (Kvällstoppen)[8] 5

References

  1. ^ Svensktoppen - 1975
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-04-02.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) ABBA - The Complete Recording Sessions, Palm, Carl Magnus, page 45
  3. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
  4. ^ entry in the official German charts website (retrieved 2021-05-02)
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 301. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Svenne & Lotta – Boom-A-Boomerang" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Svenne & Lotta – Boom-A-Boomerang". VG-lista.
  8. ^ "Kvällstoppen 1972–1975" (PDF). www.hitsallertijden.nl. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2021-06-15.