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Duration: 3:12 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Release Date: 1974 
Lyrics By: Björn Ulvaeus/Benny Andersson (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Björn Ulvaeus/Benny Andersson (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Stig Anderson (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Polar Music International AB/Atlantic/Polydor (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: EMI Grove Park Music Inc/Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: BMI  #802731 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Keywords: 1974, ABBA, GORILLA, KING KONG, MONKEY, WATERLOO 
Reviews:
Every pop band seems to have a song like this. One that goes off the rails in an entirely different direction from either its album or the band's sound to form the sort of train wreck that often needs to be heard to be believed. In the '70s, songs like this were common enough and were generally attributed to the use of hallucinogenic drugs. As in, "What the hell were they smoking when they wrote this?" Abba always had a squeaky clean image that suggested they never went near the stuff.
Then you hear something like this. Like most Benny & Björn compositions, it's catchy as all hell and you will have this stuck in your head at some point if you hear it.

For Styx, the song was
'Plexiglas Toilet'.

The Eagles had
'The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks'

This one is Abba's.
- Stavro Arrgolus
Facts:
  • The working title of this song was 'Mr. Sex'. One has to wonder what the original lyrics for that were like. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • From the album 'Waterloo' (Polar Music AB, 1974). This album, which was made to capitalize on their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, actually has a few strange songs that might qualify for inclusion on this site, but this is the only amusing one. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Well, I was looking at a movie on the TV last night
    Then I had a very funny notion, yeah
    I really had to write a song about it
    And then I'm gonna sing it with my rock 'n' roll band
    And I bet the people gonna like it, yeah
    I know that everybody's gonna shout it

    And what a dreadful mighty killer
    A big black wild gorilla

    We do the King Kong song, won't you sing along
    Listen to the music and it couldn't go wrong
    We do the King Kong song, gotta sing along
    Can't you hear the beating of the monkey tom-tom
    Listen to the rhythm of the King Kong song

    Now we can make the jungle out of any old place
    We can make gorillas out of people, yeah
    Well, who can tell a monkey from a monkey
    So people get together, gonna have a good time
    Everybody listen to the music, yeah
    'Cause what we're gonna sing is kinda funky

    So let your arms hang down
    And waddle all around
    Like a dreadful mighty killer
    A big black wild gorilla

    We do the King Kong song, won't you sing along
    Listen to the music and it couldn't go wrong
    We do the King Kong song, gotta sing along
    Can't you hear the beating of the monkey tom-tom
    Listen to the rhythm of the King Kong song

    Like a dreadful mighty killer
    A big black wild gorilla

    We do the King Kong song, won't you sing along
    Listen to the music and it couldn't go wrong
    We do the King Kong song, gotta sing along
    Can't you hear the beating of the monkey tom-tom
    Listen to the rhythm of the King Kong song

    We do the King Kong song, won't you sing along
    Listen to the music and it couldn't go wrong
    We do the King Kong song, gotta sing along
    Can't you hear the beating of the monkey tom-tom
    Listen to the rhythm of the King Kong song

    ©1974 Universal/Union Songs AB
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
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