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

Cover of Gold: Greatest Hits

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“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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  • 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 3:02am 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 10:38am Reply
  • EUKOS

    Ist schon ne WUMME

    18 Aug 4:23pm Reply
  • wonskyu

    I'm hung up! [2]

    19 Jul 5:04am 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 4:22am Reply
  • TheEnchantress

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

    30 May 3:57pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

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

    17 May 3:33am Reply
  • BRlTNEYSPEARS

    I'm hung up!

    8 Mar 11:51pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless!

    1 Mar 8:43pm Reply
  • Heropsychodream

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

    14 Feb 12:46am 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 5:07am Reply
  • jukkapekka83

    Hyvä vanha kappale

    24 Jan 9:06pm Reply
  • Campbell1961

    A super song.

    7 Jan 2:58pm Reply
  • griegomestizo3

    aaaahhhhhh greatest synth line of all time!!!! [6]

    2 Jan 6:31am Reply
  • crazykaz02

    great song

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [11]

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SashaFierce

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [10]

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • dawnajo

    their best song my greatest summer. Miss you Ioannie

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Classic, perfect disco song. Wish I could have been in those 70's & 80's clubs when this was ruling the dancing floor. [9]

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • NitaD1

    Mmmm.....one before will do too! Great Abba jiggle about song!!!

    26 May 2013 Reply
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