It Turns Out ABBA's Music Is Actually Perfect for Halloween

YouTube's Brian David Gilbert made the shockingly spooky discovery

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 26, 2021

Is it merely coincidental that the timing of ABBA's great comeback — their return with Voyage on November 6 — happens to pretty much correspond with the heyday of spooky season?

YouTuber Brian David Gilbert thinks not, and has taken it upon himself to reimagine the Swedish pop sensations' oeuvre as sung by haunting Halloween villains. He does so under the name AAAH!BBA, of course.

In a video saga that somehow only began yesterday (October 25), Gilbert has now uploaded multiple spook-heavy reworks of ABBA classics. Beginning with a vampire's rendition of "Lay All Your Love on Me" (except blood, obviously), the musician works his way through a catalogue of five of the group's greatest hits — and counting.

Obviously, "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" and "Under Attack" didn't need much help at all to get into the spirit, but "Money, Money, Money" as "Mummy, Mummy, Mummy"? Simply inspired. And lest we forget "S.O.S." from the perspective of everyone's favourite sinister swashbuckler Captain Hook.

Gilbert introduced the first video in the series by writing the following explanatory statement:

Many years ago, Brian David Gilbert made a shocking realization about a famous Swedish pop group. Their melodies were impeccable. Their lyrics: remarkable. Their style? Divine. And yet, just below the surface, a sinister truth lay hiding. With very little alteration, nearly all of their hits could be performed by Halloween villains. Frightened of what he learned, Brian buried his discovery in the dark recesses of his mind and swore to never share it with the world. Until now...

Well, now we — knowing me, knowing you — know. And with great power comes great responsibility.

Take in the devilishly catchy horrors of AAAH!BBA below.

Last week, ABBA released their new single "Just a Notion" after previewing it on TikTok earlier this month.

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