Disco

Filmed: 26-27 November, 1975

Location: Hamburg, West Germany

Broadcast: Saturday 6 December 1975, 19:30, ZSF, Germany

Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD

Duration: 44 minutes in total

Shown in: Germany

Additional information

Disco was a pop music program that aired in Germany on the ZDF network from 1971 to 1982. It generally aired on the first Saturday of each month at 19:30, each show running 45 minutes. 133 shows were produced. The show was hosted by German actor and comedian Ilja Richter. The show focussed on chart hits current at the time of airing, giving about equal airtime to international pop music and German Schlager. Despite its name, it did not particularly focus on disco music although it featured many disco hits as long as they were chart relevant. (The name of the show was devised before disco as a musical style existed).

Apparently every Disco show from 1973 till 1976 was filmed in Hamburg and then moved to Munich in February 1976.

Programme 60 hosted by Ilja Richter.

ABBA performed SOS and left the stage through the audience at the end. Once again, the audience don't seem to care who they have behind them during the performance because they don't look!

An interesting thing to note here is the clothes they are wearing - far more casual and less 'stagey' than previously.  But here's the interesting fact - Frida is wearing the white dress from the cover of her solo album Frida Ensam and Agnetha is wearing the red dress from the cover from HER solo album Elva kvinnor i ett hus!

Other guests on the show:

  1. 5000 Volts - I'm on Fire
  2. Chris Roberts - Du sag einfach, du 
  3. Smokie - If you Think you Know How to Love Me **
  4. Gunter Gabriel - Komm' unter meine Decke 
  5. Billy Swan - Everything's the Same 
  6. Cindy & Bert - Wenn die Rosen erblüh'n in Malaga 
  7. Hello - New York Groove 
  8. Michael Holm - Wart' auf mich 
  9. ABBA - SOS

Filming date is from Görel Hanser's 1975 diary - a copy of which was available with the book ABBA - The Backstage Stories by Carl-Magnus Palm and Ingmarie Halling.

** This may have been the first time Agnetha met her future backing singers- Smokie. She worked with three of Smoke - Chris Norman, Terry Uttley and Alan Silson - for her 1983 solo album Wrap Your Arms Around Me.

This clip was also shown on ABBA Kultnacht on 2 November 2002, ZDF, Germany.

Lyrics available on the Official ABBA site

Thanks to Philippe Dupont, Dustin, Julian Djuric, Sam Shervz and Jozsef
YouTube link c/o Adrián León

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