"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
Recorded6 February 1979
StudioPolar Music Studios
Genre
Length3:15
Label
Songwriter(s)
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" is a song by Swedish pop group ABBA and was the second single taken from their sixth album, Voulez-Vous. The B-side was "Kisses of Fire", which was also taken from the album. The song is notable for its emphasis on male vocals, performed by Björn Ulvaeus, with female backing vocals.[1]

"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] The track was debuted on the Eurovision networked BBC TV Special ABBA In Switzerland broadcast across the continent in April 1979[2] when the group performed a slightly different version of the track partially live during the show, with a much longer instrumental introduction from the recorded version.[3]

In 2019, the single was re-released on picture disc.[4]

Reception

"Does Your Mother Know" was another sizeable ABBA hit, hitting No. 1 in Belgium and reaching the top 5 in Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Finland. It was also a top 10 hit in Australia, Canada, West Germany, Rhodesia and Switzerland. As of September 2021, it is ABBA's 14th-biggest song in the UK, including both pure sales and digital streams.[5]

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".[6] Billboard Magazine felt the song sounds like those from the musical Grease, saying that "the sweet, airy vocals contrast effectively with the rocking instrumentation."[7] Cash Box said that it is a "rocking departure for the group, although the overall sound is still Europop."[8]

Charts

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References

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  5. ^ UK Official Charts ABBA's Official Top 20 biggest songs
  6. ^ Donald A. Guarisco. "Does Your Mother Know". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. 19 May 1979. p. 99. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  8. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. 19 May 1979. p. 22. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  9. ^ David Kent (2006). Australian Charts Book 1993—2005. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-646-45889-2.
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