Does Your Mother Know

Song Review by

This up-tempo tune from the Voulez Vous album found songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson updating their love for 1950s-era rock & roll to fit the style of 1970s dance music. The lyrics, which chastise a girl who's a little too eager to become a woman, have a macho swagger worthy of an early-'60s Elvis Presley single. This macho feel is enhanced by a rockabilly-styled melody that flowers into a swinging chorus. However, a purely ABBA-esque pop element makes itself felt on a post-chorus bridge whose dainty, singsong feel adds a bit of pure ear candy to offset the song's otherwise rocking feel. It's the kind of song that would have been effective if done in a purely rock version, but ABBA's recording balances the song's rock elements with dance music touches to create an intriguing dance/rock hybrid: the chugging guitar riffs and the wild saxophone lines on the chorus uphold the song's rock element but tight, cymbal-heavy drum work and programmed synth lines give it a disco shading that makes it quite danceable. The resulting song became an international dance-floor favorite, but its rock & roll edge is strong enough that it would work just a well as a stripped-down rocker.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Voulez-Vous 1979 Polydor 3:13
No Image 1979 Atlantic 3:13
No Image 1980 Montery / IVE
No Image 1982 Polydor
Best of ABBA 1984 Silver Eagle Records
Gold: Greatest Hits [Video] 1993 Polydor
Gold: Greatest Hits 1993 Polydor / PolyGram 3:13
Thank You for the Music [1995] 1995 Polydor
Thank You for the Music [Box] 1995 Polygram 3:15
The Music Still Goes On 1996 Spectrum Music 3:14
Forever Gold 1998 Polydor / Polygram 3:15
Singles Collection 1972-82 1999 Polygram 3:13
The Originals 1999 PolyGram 3:14
25th Anniversary Singles Collection 1999 Polar Records 3:17
Complete Golden Collection 2000 Polygram 3:13
The Definitive Collection 2001 UTV / Polygram 3:13
The Songs of ABBA 2002 K-Tel Distribution 3:33
Real ABBA Gold [Musicbank] 2002 Musicbank
Johnny English [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2003 Decca / Universal Distribution 3:15
Voulez Vous/Super Trouper/Arrival 2003 Universal International 3:15
Todo ABBA: Sus Grandes Exitos 2004 Universal / Polar 3:13
Super Troupers: From Waterloo to Mamma Mia! [DVD] 2004 Universal International
The Complete Studio Recordings 2005 Universal / Universal International 3:15
Golden Years 2007 PHV
No Image 2007 Polydor
The Albums 2008 Polydor / Universal / Universal Distribution 3:15
ABBA Gold 2009 Universal Distribution 3:15
ABBA: The Vinyl Collection 2010 Polydor / Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:15
Hits, Vol. 3 Pickwick 3:12