This is a radio interview that Agnetha gave for a local radio station on EkerŲ, Sweden where she lives. The interviewer is Fredrik Torping.
Song: If I Thought Youíd Ever Change Your Mind
Fredrik Torping: Hi and welcome, Agnetha Fšltskog.
Agnetha Fšltskog: Thank you, Fredrik.
FT: How does it feel like being on Radio Viking?
AF: It feels real good.
FT: When I talked to you earlier this week, because we have talked a number of times the past week, you asked me which songs I would be playing during this interview and then I asked you a bit about the ABBA-days. Then you said youíd rather not hear Waterloo. Why donít you want to hear the old songs you made?
AF: Sure, I want to hear them, but Waterloo isnít really my favorite, I think. If I would pick one or a few songs from the ABBA-days, I probably wouldnít pick Waterloo. I think itís always been that way.
FT: Why not Waterloo, is there a specific reason that that it wouldÖ?
AF: I personally donít think itís one of our best songs but you can say despite everything that it all began with it. So of course we can play it.
FT: It was the one who started the ABBA-days, can you say that?
AF: Yes, we didnít start recording... It wasnít the first one we recorded, there were a few ones before it, for example Ring Ring etc. but Waterloo started it all since we won with it in Brighton back in 74.
FT: How come you won with that one in Brighton 1974? There were huge crowds when they found out that Waterloo won in Brighton in 1974. ABBA and Agnetha. There was a lot of excitement. Why did Waterloo become so popular?
AF: Thatís something you may really ask yourself, but I think there was a combination of things, that it was a fresh song, the four of us, and these clothes and everything. So it was probably a combination of things, I think.
FT: When you were on TV a while ago, then it was Lotta Bromť who you sat down and talked with. Had she contacted you, was it exactly when the CD had been released on the market orÖ?
AF: No, it wasnít Lotta who contacted me, instead it was these people who made this TV-program, this film production, who wanted someone who interviewed me at the same time. Then they suggested Lotta and I said sheís a nice woman so letís try it with her, so we picked her.
FT: But one day when I received one of your albums, in other words my first album I was given and which I still listen to today, and when I hear your voice I feel warm, why is that? As a listener I mean.
AF: How fun to hear that. Well, itís hard for me to answer that. It could be that you have a special voice and maybe thereís some truth to that, because I myself can shiver when I hear certain songs and certain artists, and itís when everything fits right somehow and it feels genuine, and it really is because you try to share yourself when you record an album. So thatís probably why.
FT: You try to give and take of yourself. Before we continue, Agnetha, weíre going to listen to a song with you and youíre not the only one in this song, itís actually your daughter, Linda, who sings on the same song, you could say you sing a duet here. So Iíve chosen this one.
Song: Bjšllerklang (with Linda)
FT: Agnetha, whatís the name of this song we heard with you and Linda?
AF: Hmmm, whatís it called... is it called Bjšllerklang. A winter song in the middle of the summer?
FT: Yes, can you imagine. That I found it, and itís the only song that you and Linda sing, how come?
AF: Itís on a CD we made. A Christmas-CD, with a few more songs.
FT: Yes, but how come just you and Linda recorded this duet, have you thought of singing more duets?
AF: Well, I felt that it would be fun to make a CD with my daughter and a CD with my son and the one with Linda became a Christmas-CD. Iíve also recorded a CD with Christian.
FT: Ok, how many songs are there on that CD, only one or...?
AF: No, on this Christmas-CD there are, wellÖ Thereís a medley I know, and then there are 8, 9, 10 songs. Something like that.
FT: Ok, I know I and many more like ABBA. But itís also fun to invite you to Radio Viking. Because weíve talked about it several times and today you finally decided to stop by and itís fantastic.
AF: Yes, itís fun for me to be here too.
FT: It brings me joy. Now we continue with an Agnetha Fšltskog song and Iíve chosen this one.
AF: Yes, I can talk to you now.
Listener: Yes, hi, my name is Christer. Hi, Iíve admired you for a long time, ever since the ABBA-days you can say, and I still do. And I think you are very good. I think your new CD is quite incredible.
AF: Yes, how fun.
Listener: Itís very good. I wonder: will we ever get to see you live again? Performing your songs.
AF: Itís very difficult to say right now, because I have worked for a while on this CD but mostly on the productive side. I have also worked as a producer as well and itís taken a few years to record it and then I did this TV-documentary a while ago. I hardly think there will be any live performances.
Listener: It would be fantastic to see you. I know many others think that as well.
AF: I personally think it would be fun but I have my limitations as an artist. Nowadays I feel that I want to do what Iím the best at and being on stage has never been one of those things.
Listener: But I think so, I think youíre very good, and others also agree.
AF: Well, thank you.
Listener: Will you make any more CDs?
AF: I donít know that either right now, Iím quite busy with this one. But weíll see, one should never say never, instead you should be open to everything. Suddenly I may get a lot of ideas, so weíll wait and see.
Listener: Ok. Thatís what I wanted to know. I have many other questions but I canít think of one right now. Itís wonderful to talk to you, I like you a lot.
AF: Thank you!
Listener: Thanks and goodbye!
FT: Well, that was a good fan, wasnít it?
AF: Yes, it was. He was very nice.
FT: And now weíre going to play the next song with you, here it is.
Song: When You Walk In The Room
FT: Well, Agnetha. Are you ready?
AF: Ready for what?
FT: For a chat.
FT: Good. Well, youíve received a call and some questions here at Radio Viking. How do you think they have been, were they difficult or easy?
AF: Itís going well. Itís always like that, you have to think before you reply.
FT: And also when asking, because it may be a sensitive issue. If you ask about sensitive issues, things can go wrong.
AF: Yes, they can.
FT: In itself, even for me they can.
AF: Yes it can for everyone.
FT: But letís go back to the ABBA-days for a while. We talked about Waterloo before and Brighton 1974 and that it wasnít your favorite. Many people along with me canít understand why. Can you clarify why exactly that song isnít your favorite.
AF: Itís not that I dislike it in any way, but itís probably just that I like songs that are a bit slower and it has almost always been that way, that I prefer those who express a bit more and some people prefer when theyíre a bit more upbeat and so on. But it is a very catchy song which I know many like a lot, so thereís nothing wrong with it. But if I myself were to pick 5-10 of the best ABBA-songs that weíve done, then Waterloo wouldnít be one of those, I think.
FT: Which ABBA-song has meant the most to you and that youíve been passionate about?
AF: Itís "The Winner Takes It All", I like it the most, and then thereís another which Frida mostly sings the lead on, it is "Our Last Summer", which I also think is very good.
FT: Iíve also heard that one. Itís one that gives you shivers. And itís probably because itís mellow.
AF: Yes, and beautiful lyrics.
FT: Yes, peaceful and harmonious in the lyrics.
AF: Yes, absolutely.
FT: But before we continue I think weíll listen to the next song with Agnetha Fšltskog.
Song: SnŲvitÖ again
FT: Unfortunately itís the same song we listened to earlier, but I think itís so good that I wanted to play it again. What do you think about that?
AF: Itís quite ok with me. It was such a long time ago that I recorded it, so I had almost forgotten about it.
FT: How many years ago was it?
AF: Well, how many years agoÖ It has to be.. Well, I almost donít dare to guess when I made this one. Hmm. I started out in 68Ö WellÖ What year could it be? Sometime between 1970-75, thatís how old it is.
FT: How many years have you been an artist?
AF: If you keep in mind that I made my first record in 1968, then how many would that be? We almost need a calculator here.
FT: Well, itís almost thirtyÖ thirty years, huh?
AF: Yes, itís 30 years ago that we won with Waterloo. That was in 74 and this was six years before that, when I started as a solo artist. So 36Ö Yes, Iíve almost been an artist for almost 40 years.
FT: Thatís good and your voice still sounds good today. Thatís great.
AF: Yes, itís fantastic, huh? We didnít know that when we began working on the new CD, that the voice would still be there. It was during one year when we made these demos that I trained my voice and sang and tried, because it was a bit difficult before I had warmed it up so that I could sound like I used to. Itís like a machine that you have to add oil to and keep it going.
FT: Yes, I understand. But now I think weíre going to listen to this one that ABBA actually won with in Brighton in 1974, ladies and gentlemen. Iím talking about "Waterloo". Please help yourself with "Waterloo"!
FT: That was "Waterloo" with Agnetha Fšltskog. Well, what do you think about that song? I know I have asked you several times.
AF: Well, if Iím going to contribute, it was "Waterloo" with ABBA.
FT: Yes, but you were a part of it.
AF: I was a part of it. Absolutely.
FT: And you were the one who wore that blue suit.
AF: Yes, and that little cap.
FT: Or maybe it wasnít you?
AF: Yes, it was me. Donít you remember that? How old were you then? You probably werenít born then.
FT: I was one year old.
AF: You were one year old then? There you go.
FT: One year old, and you wore a blue dress, quite narrow. Was it back then? And then you wore something blue, almost like a beret.
AF: Yes, almost like a small baby cap. But I wore pants, which were widened at the bottom. Thatís what it was.
FT: How come it was a suit like this one, was it that it would fit you or the song? How was it?
AF: We had a few guys and girls who helped us to sew then, or who sewed our clothes. It just happened that I wore it. And we got to choose a bit, and they had good ideas and so on. And I think Frida wore a skirt so there was a mixture.
FT: A lot of things have happened during these years as an artist?
AF: Of course a lot has happened, and most of all itís a lot of fun that things have gone so well. You donít know that in the beginning. At first it was only my hobby. I knew really early on what I wanted, I was so fond of writing songs and most of all listen, and I had a lotÖ Now I suddenly have a tone in my ear.
FT: Well, weíre going to figure out what it is.
AF: What tone it is.
FT: Ok, while I find out, weíre going to listen to a song with Agnetha Fšltskog, and itís coming here.
Song: If I Thought Youíd Ever Change Your Mind
FT: That was "Ever Change Your Mind", with Agnetha. Do you think Iím good at English?
FT: "Evverr change yourr majnd".
AF: The title is so long. Itís quite difficult to pronounce it.
FT: Yes, but what did my mouth look like when I said it?
AF: Well, it looked good.
FT: Do you give it good marks?
AF: Yes, absolutely. You make an effort, I see.
FT: Great! Well, in itself itís a difficult title but what do you do. Make a bit of an effort.
AF: Yes, you do.
AF: But I also know that when you made this CD you thought it was fun, is this an album youíre passionate about?
AF: Yes, absolutely. Weíve been working on it for such a long time that itÖ And I got the idea a very long time ago, that I wanted to record these kind of songs from the 60s or the 50s or a bit mixed. So it feels great when itís finished and I feel that Iím finally satisfied after all these years.
FT: Yes, I can imagine. And before I ask a few more questions, if thatís okÖ Is it?
AF: Yes, it is.
FT: Before we take any more questions weíre going to play a few more songs with Agnetha. I have chosen a beautiful song which I personally like very much and itís this one.
Song: Love Me With All Your Heart
FT: That was Agnetha Fšltskog that you just heard, from her new CD which I think is called ďKalar in tha bockĒ. Or as itís called in Swedish: MŚlarbok. And weíre going to continue for a little while longer. How do you think itís gone so far?
AF: I think itís gone well.
FT: Are you relaxed?
AF: Oh yes. Absolutely. Itís always a little bit tense when youíre doing something at first but then it goes better.
FT: Which interview has been the most fun one throughout the years?
AF: Oh, itís very hard to say. Each interview is special in itís own way. This one is special in itís own way. The one I did in the TV-program is special in itís way so itís difficult to mention a particular one, so itís just a nice feeling when you can think of what you want to say.
FT: You donít have a favorite interview that you really enjoyed and think ďthis one was the most fun in my life and Iíll always remember itĒ?
AF: No, but I said that in the TV-program when we finished, that this was the most fun interview because something happened which made me react that way. But then when you look back, of course weíve done lots of very nice interviews throughout the years. And like I said, this one is also special.
FT: It is also very special. And itís actually the most fun interview I have done since I started here at Radio Viking.
AF: Thank you.
FT: I will remember it for the rest of my life.
AF: Thatís great.
FT: But maybe thereíll be a retrospect sometime.
AF: Yes, you never know.
FT: Maybe weíll sing on the same album sometime, who knows.
AF: Yes, sing a duet.
FT: Yes, maybe sometime. Fredrik and Agnetha on the next album.
AF: Yes, you never know what will happen in the future.
FT: Fredrik and Agnetha on the next album. Agnethaís second comeback.
AF: Yeah, maybe. And Fredrikís first.
FT: Fredrikís first singing comeback together with Agnetha Fšltskog. Joking apart. We have another caller who wants to ask questions.
Listener: Yes, hello?
Listener: Hi, my name is Nico and I also think itís a lot of fun that Agnetha came back with a new CD, "My Colouring Book", and I wonder, Agnetha, if you would pick a favorite on the new album, which one would it be?
AF: Then I would probably pick ďSometimes When Iím DreamingĒ, because I think itís very good.
FT: Excuse me for interrupting. Can I ask you to turn down the volume on your radio because itís echoing.
Listener: Of course. Iím sorry. Iíve done it now I hope.
FT: Yes, now you can continue.
Listener: I wonder if you have any other favorites from before the ABBA-days as well.
AF: Before the ABBA-days you mean?
Listener: Yes, exactly, from your solo recordings. From your own songs.
AF: Itís always very difficult to think of one right away. There are quite a few I like. Itís always like this, that when you work on a production, then you like all the songs while youíre recording them. But then you get a perspective and a few years go by and I may even think why did I record that song. Thatís the way it is.
Listener: Yes, I understand. Well, most of the time itís maybe your latest songs that mean the most.
Af: Yes, it probably is. Itís difficult to just pick one. It is.
Listener: But thanks for taking my call and letting me ask the questions and I wish you good luck, itís a lot of fun that youíre on this funny radio program as well.
AF: Yes, thanks for calling.
Listener: Yes, thank you very much. Bye.
FT: And he was very positive towards this radio program, and itís wonderful that people are so fascinated with this program. And Iím afraid Iím about to run out of my two hours. And you have been fantastic and called during these two hours. Yes, I think this is the most fun broadcast Iíve done in my whole career down here, and I have to say that you have been diligent and called today. I canít find any other word for it. So far Iíve received 22 calls today. And weíre going to play one more song, itíll be the next to last song and itís this one. And this one is also with Agnetha Fšltskog. But like I said, before weÖ Weíll play it first and then weíll say thanks. Hereís Agnetha Fšltskog.
Song: Jag var sŚ kšr
FT: That was ďJag var sŚ kšrĒ with Agnetha Fšltskog. And her and I almost sang a duet here in the studio. Right?
AF: Yes, that was also a golden oldie.
FT: Yes. What went through your mind as you were writing it? I have to ask you before we bring it to and end and I also think the listeners want to know.
AF: It was such a long time ago, it was 1968 or 1967 and I was only 17-18 years old and I was unhappily in love, you know, with a guy. And itís often then that you come up with such material, you come up with a lot of melodies and then youíre in a state of mind, or were, which isÖ Often itís like that nowadays as well that I write when Iím a bit depressed like that.
FT: And read.
AF: Yes, thatís when you come up with something.
FT: And thereís one more thing I wonder, and Iím sure the listeners do too. Who discovered you? I think that when you worked at a car dealer in JŲnkŲping, someone called Little Gerhard called you.
A: Yes, a king of rock.
FT: And you were so surprised that you hung up on him several times.
AF: I couldnít believe that it was him.
FT: And you didnít realize at first that it was him.
AF: No, I didnít dare to think it was. Because it was my biggest wish that someone would be interested in my voice and would like to have me make a record, so I didnít dare to believe it was him calling. But it turned out it was him.
FT: And he wanted to make a record with strings and so on and you and your dad went up to Stockholm.
FT: It must have been fantastic for a 17-18 year old girl from JŲnkŲping to go up to Stockholm.
AF: Exactly, and Iím still here.
FT: Yes and youíre sitting across from Fredrik Torping at Radio Viking.
FT: Yes, but I didnít believe my eyes that I sometime would get to do an interview like this.
AF: Yes, how fun. Itís a lot of fun for me also to see that youíre happy as well. And itís fun to get to talk to a few people like that too. I listen to 101.4 quite often.
FT: Ok, and before we end, weíre going to take the opportunity to say thanks to your driver who actually drove you here just for this interview.
AF: Yes, heíll probably appreciate the greeting. His name is Lasse.
FT: And then we send a greeting to Lasse and say that Fredrik personally greets you and says thanks for having driven Agnetha Fšltskog down to the studio. A big, big, warm thank you. And thereís probably not much more to say than Agnetha and I wish you a nice summer.
AF: Have a nice summer!
FT: And thatís all from EkerŲ FUB and Fredrik and Agnetha. And Fredrik says once again, have a nice summer! Goodbye to all you spirited and happy people.