On This Day in Madhouse History
April 18, 1976

The Swedish pop supergroup Abba released it's masterpiece on this day in 1976. "Cameltoe" was released on this day and went mega platinum in 9 minutes. It sold over 10 billion copies on the first day of release alone. Some say it it the greatest album ever recorded. 

Abba is a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.

Abba is one of the best selling groups of all time. They also are the only group from a non English speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics.
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Cameltoe was the highpoint of Abba's amazing career. This two-record set, the product of almost two years’ labor, is the band’s Tommy, Beggar’s Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one: Cameltoe is Abba's bid for artistic respectability.

In a virtual recapitulation of the group’s career, Cameltoe touches all the bases. There’s a blues (“Juice Down my Shorts”) and a cosmic-cum-heavy ballad (“Tulips on my Organ”); there’s an acoustic interlude (“Mooseknuckle”) and lots of bludgeoning hard rock. There are also hints of Bo Diddley (“Dancing Queen”), Burt Bacharach (“Swedes do it Better”) and Kool and the Gang (“Swedish Crap House”). If nothing else, Cameltoe is a tour de force.

Despite such lapses, Cameltoe testifies to Abba's versatility. Taken as a whole, it offers an astonishing variety of music, produced impeccably by Agnetha Fältskog. Not that this album will convince the haters.

As a brilliant mind once said, "if we live another 10 million years, there will never be another album released that captures Cameltoe's brilliance!"

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