At what age do we start developing our own tastes in music?
The earliest band I remember being obsessed with was ABBA. I was reminded of this by an ABBA documentary I caught the other night on the Sky Arts channel.
After they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 (when I was seven), ABBA were everywhere. As well as their music, I got my hands on issues of the ABBA fan club magazine, a digest-sized publication that I guess was available in news agents, as well as an ABBA colouring book, posters etc
Agnetha became one of my earliest crushes, although as I grew older my loyalties shifted to Frida, but these days my tastes have swung back towards Agnetha again.
I have to wonder if part of my youthful passion for ABBA was a subconscious rebellion against my parents' tastes, as they loved their rock'n'roll; mum was a massive Elvis fan, for instance.
I didn't truly grok their music until I was teenager and my tastes had broadened to include The Stranglers, Devo, The Very Things, The Clash, Tangerine Dream, Velvet Underground, and a diverse host of bands whose names now elude me.
My favourite ABBA tune? Eagle.