Skip to comments.ABBA singer says group wore outlandish costumes to avoid tax
Posted on 02/18/2014 6:51:21 PM PST by rickmichaels
Swedish disco titans ABBA werent as fond of sequins as it may have appeared.
According to ABBA: The Official Photo Book, released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the group career-making Eurovision victory for Waterloo, the Swedish foursome adopted their outlandish dressing style in order to ensure they could deduct the cost of their costumes under Swedish tax code.
According to the book, Swedish laws allowed work wear to be tax deductible so long as it was demonstrably apparel that couldnt be worn on the street which, with its garish coloring and liberal use of sparkle, ABBAs certainly was.
In my honest opinion we looked like nuts in those years, group member Bjorn Ulvaeus says in the book. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.
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Why didn’t they pay their taxes like good happy Socialists?
But, but I thought everybody loved paying taxes.
If only this could explain the rest of the ‘70s.
Well there goes my excuse for wearing that stuff.
“Why didnt they pay their taxes like good happy Socialists?”
I read that at one point Abba was Sweden’s leading taxpayer. BTW, May West was told in a audit that she could not take off her wardrobe. She had herself suited up and proved she could not sit in her dresses. She got to deduct them.
This applies in the US too.
Take off her wardrobe... from her taxes of course. Not literally, in the presence of the auditor.
Leave it to May West...”Is that pistol in your pocket or are ya just glad to see me?”
I can explain the 70’s in one word: DRUGS.
FR absolutely needs Surround Sound! Shameless ABBA Fan! :)
“Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
In the rich man’s world”
Honey, I’m still Free - Take a Chance on Me! :)
like who remembers the 70’s
Heavy, man. Heavy.
I do, sadly enough...
Who are these people?
josie and the pussycats
in any random order
“Swedish laws allowed work wear to be tax deductible so long as it was demonstrably apparel that couldnt be worn on the street”
This is pretty much true of the American tax code of today.
But, you have to weigh the cost of an expensive costume against the tax savings....it probably still costs you money.
Pinging taxchick on this, she’ll correct me if I’m wrong.
And, on a related note, I’m loving the costumes the ice dancers are wearing at the olympics, I’m sure they cost a pretty penny!
Thank you very much. :)
JohnnyP loves ABBA.
Well, I suppose that explains why the Dem mayor called me "one of us" at the last city council meeting...
The members of ABBA weren’t socialists at all. They were capitalists. They were hated by others in the Swedish showbiz industry because of it. Their manager Stig Anderson had to fight tooth and nail against the far-left nutjobs. Other Swedish artists would perform hate-filled songs railing against capitalists like ABBA. ABBA was always more successful outside Sweden, until the leftwingers fell out of fashion in the industry. Finally, they’re now getting the respect they richly deserve for their music and success.
I was always inspired by the shrewd, capitalist business tactics of Stig Anderson and ABBA, which enabled them to bypass all the socialist B.S. and become a huge, international supergroup.
Just FYI, that photo in this thread is not ABBA, but an ABBA tribute group.
that was you????
i lost $50 on a bet... when we could have dinner...
Those of us that weren’t stoned.
i’d rather been stoned then than taking the meteor hits we are getting now
can you ‘here’ the guns fernando
youse inviting me to the wedding or do i invite myself...again...
Every time ABBA is mentioned, I think to myself [well, snarl, really] “And *they* got into the R&RHOF long before Alice did.
Geez, that WAS the phrase of the 60's, wasn't it?
Well one ( ABBA)stands for rich and (now totally proven) reprehensible and the other (ALICE) stands for Rock and Roll.
The 70’s were live.
now its just memorex
I don't blame them, really. Their winters are...well, just like Russian winters.
OUTLAW josie wails. Gee, I wish Eastwood would make another movie. I guess he's too old now. How old is he now? 500 years old? Close.
how the hell should i know i was only a 175 year old kid when i saw his first movie
And yet I still can’t get “Fernando” outta my head.
Interestingly, she isn't Swedish. She's half-Norwegian/half-German, her father was a Wehrmacht soldier stationed in Norway during the war, and she fled to Sweden after the war, because offspring of German soldiers weren't going to be treated very well in Norway.
If you weren’t quite so married, and if I thought I had the slightest chance of keeping up with you, I’d consider it!
Together, we could start a religion.
/bit of Doors obscurity
I you remember the 70s, you weren’t there.
Or plan a murder.
Vlad Putin is a big fan of his fellow Nordics ABBA
Minor correction....it’s spelled Mae West, not May West.
I despised ABBA back then. But today I like their happy calming music from a time when we were more culturally conservative. When we would have never elected a jug eared Muslim and gay marriage was inconceivable. The rot has been tremendous since ABBA’s heyday