"Me and I"
Song by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
Released1980 (1980)
Recorded1980
Length4:54
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus

"Me and I" is a song from ABBA's 1980 album Super Trouper. As with much of ABBA's 1980s output, the song features use of a synthesizer, and some have classified the song as synthpop. Anni-Frid Lyngstad handles the lead vocals.

Background

Recording began on 8 September 1980 and finished on 25 September 1980.[1] The track acquired the following two working titles: "Jackass" and "Piccolino". It is the last song on the first side of Super Trouper.

In the book Bright Lights, Dark Shadows by Carl Magnus Palm, he wrote the following:

"Bjorn's maturity as a lyricist was showcased in songs like 'The Winner Takes It All', and the hidden gem, 'Me and I', featuring an Eartha Kitt-inspired lead vocal by Frida, showed a hitherto secluded side of Björn's imagination. Its split personality theme - I am to myself what Jekyll must have been to Hyde - combined with Frida's forceful delivery put a welcome darker spin on ABBA's largely bright and wholesome universe. It was a more literal version of broodiness that colored songs like 'SOS' and 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'."

In the early 1980s the instrumental segment of this song was used as theme music to BBC television coverage of bowls.

Critical reception

Abba - Uncensored on the Record described it as a "comparatively rarely heard song from the Super Trouper album".[2] Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba described it as "the hidden gem" of the Super Trouper album.[3]

Performances

The song has been performed once, on the ABBA TV special, Dick Cavett Meets ABBA in 1981. The live rendition is included on the Thank You for the Music box set released in 1994.

References

  1. ^ Palm, Carl Magnus (1 September 2000). From Abba to Mamma Mia!: The Official Book. ISBN 9780823083176. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  2. ^ Tobler, John (4 January 2012). Abba - Uncensored on the Record. ISBN 9781908538239.
  3. ^ Palm, Carl Magnus (1 September 2008). Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba. ISBN 9781847724199.