In hard rock circles, there was no one harder than Lemmy.
The man behind Motorhead might have been as tough as nails onstage, but he did always have a sensitive side to him as well. Outside of the Little Richard and Chuck Berry he loved, his tastes also ventured towards Swedish pop.
After being interviewed for The Huffington Post, Lemmy mentioned that “one of my favorite bands is ABBA.”
This wasn’t just Lemmy screwing with the reporters either, with actor Earl Brown recalling Lemmy talking his ear off about the group saying,
“He turns to me at one point and goes, ‘Earl, have you ever listened to ABBA?’ And I think he’s pulling my leg, so I’m like, ‘F**k no.’ He goes, ‘Well, you missed out on the greatest sets of pop melody outside of Lennon and McCartney.”
The prying didn’t stop there, with Earl mentioning that he had a visual of Lemmy singing some of ABBA’s greatest hits to him with fellow actor Zach Throne saying,
“So Zach starts playing, and Lem is singing. And I kind of have this moment like, ‘Holy s**t, it’s Sunday morning, I’m drunk, and I’m listening to Lemmy sing ABBA.”
Some of that has rubbed off on some of Lemmy’s friends as well, with Dave Grohl confessing to crying when he heard the Swedes were coming back saying,
“When I saw that they were coming back and they had a record, I shot that link to 100 people I knew, then listened to the new song and wept like a baby. I cried like a baby. Oh man!”
The worlds of ABBA and Motorhead sound like they should be miles apart from each other, but Lemmy can appreciate the masterminds behind ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Waterloo.’ It’s just a shame that we never got the grizzly hard rock version of ‘Mamma Mia’ while Lemmy was still alive.