Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Voulez-Vous 1979 Polydor 0:00
No Image 1979 Atlantic 4:49
Super Trouper 1980 PolyGram 0:00
No Image 1980 Montery / IVE
No Image 1982 Polydor
No Image 1991 4:48
Gold: Greatest Hits [Video] 1993 Polydor
Gold: Greatest Hits 1993 Polydor / PolyGram 4:52
Thank You for the Music [1995] 1995 Polydor
Thank You for the Music [Box] 1995 Polygram 4:48
Pure Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 4:50
Forever Gold 1998 Polydor / Polygram 4:48
Singles Collection 1972-82 1999 Polygram 4:47
25th Anniversary Singles Collection 1999 Polar Records 4:52
Complete Golden Collection 2000 Polygram 4:52
Party Power Pack, Vol. 5 2001
Various Artists
Pol 4:46
The Definitive Collection 2001 UTV / Polygram 4:50
The Songs of ABBA 2002 K-Tel Distribution 5:05
Real ABBA Gold [Musicbank] 2002 Musicbank
Name of the Game 2002 Spectrum Music 4:49
Voulez Vous/Super Trouper/Arrival 2003 Universal International 4:52
The ABBA Story 2004 Polar Records 4:47
Todo ABBA: Sus Grandes Exitos 2004 Universal / Polar 4:49
Super Troupers: From Waterloo to Mamma Mia! [DVD] 2004 Universal International
Woman [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 4:51
No Image 2005 Universal Distribution 4:50
18 Hits 2006 Universal International 4:51
Universal Masters Collection 2006 Universal Distribution
Number Ones 2006 Polar Records 4:51
S.O.S.: Best of ABBA 2007 Polar Records
Golden Years 2007 PHV
No Image 2007 Polydor
ABBA Gold 2009 Universal Distribution 4:51
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:43
RMF FM Najlepsza Muzyka: Na Imprezę 2010 2010
Various Artists
Magic Records 4:12
ABBA: The Vinyl Collection 2010 Polydor / Universal Distribution / Universal Music 4:49
Collected 2011 Universal 4:50
The Essential Collection 2012 Polar / Polydor 4:52
Hits, Vol. 3 Pickwick 4:47
Light & Dark: The Platinum Tribute Collection Klone
The Albums Bonus Tracks Polar Records