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File this one under “shameless ripoffs.” In the mid-to-late ’70s, Brotherhood of Man were Britain’s answer to ABBA. Like their Swedish counterparts, BOM rose to prominence after a big win at the Eurovision Song Contest. The band also boasted two “intimidatingly beautiful” frontwomen and two furry-faced lads adding harmonies and instrumentation. However, not content to simply mimic ABBA’s style, they resorted to wholesale pilfering of ABBA’s song catalog. The most egregious example occurred in 1977, when BOM just so happened to release a ballad bearing the name of a Mexican boy that sounded remarkably similar to a certain 1976 ABBA smash. Homage, parody, or plagiarism? You be the judge. Perhaps British radio listeners couldn’t tell the difference: “Angelo” became a No. 1 hit in the UK and was one of 1977’s biggest hits.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.