Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (4:51)

Cover of Gold: Greatest Hits

From Gold: Greatest Hits and 70 other releases

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, (working title “Been and Gone and Done It”), is one of Swedish pop group ABBA’s biggest Eurodisco hits. It was recorded and released in 1979 with “The King Has Lost His Crown” as the B-side. It appears on ABBA’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 album, as well as their best-selling album, Gold: Greatest Hits.

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight)” was written and composed by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, with the lead vocal sung by Agnetha Fältskog. Agnetha, as the narrator, weaves the image of a lonely young woman who longs for a romantic relationship and views her loneliness as a forbidding darkness of night, even drawing parallels to how the happy endings of movie stars are so different from her own existence.

The song was recorded at Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, in August 1979, and was ready for release in October of that year, in conjunction with the group’s tour of North America and Europe.

Originally, ABBA had recorded another song, “Rubber Ball Man”, which was planned as a single. It featured the typical “ABBA-arrangement” with both Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad on lead vocals and the use of classical strings. This song was also performed by the group during rehearsals for its 1979 tour as “Under My Sun”. However, the group felt that “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, with its disco sound, would be a better choice, and thus, “Rubber Ball Man” remained nothing more than a demo.

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  • Lilmedonster

    Actually a man before and after midnight is just fine by me...... LOL :))) [2]

    5 Apr 4:55am Reply
  • lolittahaze

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [20]

    18 Feb 3:32am Reply
  • johnnybartolo

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [19]

    24 Jan 7:31pm Reply
  • Z3O9

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [18]

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Who knew?

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • iamunapologetic

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [17]

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Vietboy93

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [16]

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • eliacersoltero

    Groovey

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Carneiro_

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [15]

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • zephirlp

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [14]

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • EUKOS

    Ist schon ne WUMME

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • wonskyu

    I'm hung up! [2]

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Naiqui

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [13]

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • TheEnchantress

    Actually a man before and after midnight is just fine by me...... LOL :)))

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I thought I had a nostalgia boom until I remembered that Hang Up sampled this.

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • BRlTNEYSPEARS

    I'm hung up!

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless!

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Heropsychodream

    Am I the only person who very briefly thought that this might be a cover of a perfect circle?

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • julianadfg

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [12]

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • jukkapekka83

    Hyvä vanha kappale

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
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