Revealing his love of Swedish pop overlords ABBA in a recent interview with Decibel Magazine, Opeth mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has revisited his unapologetic admiration of the quartet at the publication's behest to honor their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Åkerfeldt first explains how he learned to love his fellow Swedes, telling Decibel, "Steve [Wilson of Porcupine Tree] mentioned them like they were geniuses. And I was like, I grew up with them. They been there for my entire life and I didn’t look at them that way and I had been hearing them my entire life. I knew all the songs. But then I realized. I was grocery shopping one day in one of those big stores that has a little bit of everything, like Wal-Mart, and I saw an ABBA box set with all their albums and it was like $15 for 9 or 10 albums. I grabbed it for Melinda, for my kid. I put it on back home and I realized, I had never listened to ABBA, like really listened to ABBA, since I had become a musician and it was a difference once you know a little bit about music, it becomes different to listen to stuff. And I became obsessed with them."
In the interview, Åkerfeldt endearingly discusses the ABBA tunes he loves that his 5-year-old daughter thinks are "wimpy" before running through the what and why of his personal Top 5 ABBA songs.
Check out his insightful commentary on "The Day Before You Came," "When I Kissed the Teacher," "The Visitors," "Lay All Your Love on Me," and "If It Wasn't For the Nights" right here.