As disco became a dominant musical trend during the mid- to late '70s, Abba songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson began writing songs in this vein to keep the group's sound current. In the process, they produced a number of enduring dance-pop favorites. One of the best ABBA songs in this vein is "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)," a song that pairs a melodramatic and very adult lyric tailored to appeal to discotheque regulars with an infectiously dance-pop melody. The lyrics cover familiar disco territory with their first-person tale of a search for love on the dancefloor, but the music that backs them up gives the tale a surprisingly dramatic feel. The verse melody is unusually stripped-down for an Ulvaeus/Andersson song, bouncing back and forth between a few notes again and again to give it a funky, dance-friendly feel. However, Ulvaeus and Andersson do indulge their usual classical music affectations on a dramatic pre-chorus bridge before launching into a chorus that reverts back to the rhythm-dominated style of the lyric melody. The song's infectious disco feel was further enhanced on Abba's recording of the song by a lush production that layered swirling strings over a densely rhythmic backing track that fleshed out its funky bass line with a tapestry of programmed synthesizer lines. This futuristic sound appealed to disco fans, making it a big worldwide hit. More importantly, its accent on electronics prefigured the rise of post-disco dance music and this made it a very influential record for techno musicians. The most notable sign of its influence is an excellent cover by Erasure, who maintained the song's sense of high drama while pushing it deeper into the fully electronic sound of 1980s dance music. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" works just fine in either version, proving it is a disco song with staying power.