Filmed: January 1977
Location: Lidingö?, Lasse Hallström's apartment and SVT Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Release status: See below
Shown in: Worldwide
Directed by Lasse Hallström. Here he really ensured there were plenty of side-on and face-to-face shots.
Stig Anderson - rather famously - made very little budget available for the making of the early PROMO videos and this was no exception. Consequently, cheap or free locations were used wherever possible.
It's highly likely the snow scenes were shot at Lidingö, close to where all four ABBA members lived at that time. Click here for a photo taken at the time of filming.
The interior shots were filmed inside Lasse Hallström's own apartment - where he would also go on to film the Happy New Year and One of Us PROMOs. Note that a photograph taken at the time of filming has ABBA leaning against a distinctive wallpaper - which is the same that Agnetha uses in the One of Us PROMO, four years later.
In a film at the ABBA The Museum, Lasse Hallström reveals that while filming in his apartment, he used a sheet as a backdrop and that if you look closely, you can see that it wasn't ironed!
Apparently, Agnetha and Frida re-shot the second verse ("Memories, good days, bad days ..." etc) at SVT Studios a couple of days after the original shoot. I used to think there was a fancy special effect on Agnetha's 'ghost' above Frida - but in truth, she was probably standing on chair with fuzzy spotlight on her.
Some extra footage was used in the PROMO for That's Me.
On Friday 17 February 2023, a new lyric video was released on ABBA's YouTube channel.
Lyrics available on the Official ABBA site