STORY OF SONG
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was the thirteenth track from Swedish pop group ABBA sixth studio album “Voulez-Vous”. The song was written and producers by members Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus.
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was originally released to help promote ABBA’s North American and European tour of that year. The song is sung by member Agnetha Fältskog, describing a lonely woman who compares loneliness to that of a dark and windy night, as well as longing for a partner. The song’s catchy tune and disco sound landed it in many charts around the world. However, despite the track’s success, Björn Ulvaeus has publicly stated that it is a “good song, but a lousy recording”.
The music video for “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was released in 1979 and directed by Lasse Halleström. The video shows ABBA recording the song in a recording studio, while the camera zooms in and out. Since its upload on YouTube in December 2009, the video currently has 178.6 million views and over 1.1 million likes.
Release Date: 1979
Songwriter/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Producer/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Label: Polar Music
Music Video Release Date: 1979
Music Video Director: Lasse Hallström
Chart Rankings & Certifications: In its year of release, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” charted at #8 in Australia, #2 in Austria, #1 in Belgium, Finland, Ireland and Japan; #3 in Germany, #2 in the Netherlands, #15 in New Zealand, #2 in Norway, #16 in Sweden and South Africa, #1 in Switzerland and #3 in the UK. The track is certified Gold in Denmark, France and the Netherlands, with Silver certification in the UK.
The lyrics to “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” can be read here: LINK