Though the mark of Swedish pop supergroup ABBA was by far most pronounced during the '70s, the pop genius behind the band continued to pay dividends for '80s music, particularly in the form of this great tune from 1983. This solo effort from the generally brunette member of ABBA's lead vocals tandem always seemed like a pretty major '80s hit to me growing up, but it actually fell just short of making the Top 10 on either Billboard's pop or mainstream rock charts. As such, it has likely been left behind a bit when it comes to '80s pop standards, both in terms of reputation and airplay.
Any resulting obscurity surrounding this song is quite a shame, as "I Know There's Something Going On" is an example of a great confluence of '70s and '80s talents. Written by former Argent member and capable songwriter-for-hire Russ Ballard, the track benefits also from clean yet appropriately foreboding production by superstar Phil Collins. Though quite distinct from the ABBA sound, the synthesizer foundation of the song employs the best of Frida's hitmaking past and yet forges ahead with a lyrically downbeat exploration of suspicion and anxiety that can certainly be connected to her group's impending breakup the same year. For some reason I always used to think this was a Bananarama tune, but truly its sinister edge should have alerted me immediately to the falsehood of that notion. Luckily, it's never too late to benefit from '80s music's enlightenment.
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