26 ThePolecats 10 months ago I have the ability to enjoy a pop song much like I have the ability to enjoy a rock song. I can appreciate the songwriting qualities of each. ABBA's popularity also came at a time when I was residing in Europe and so I saw them through a different set of eyes perhaps then if I were residing in the States. As for the costumes, I think that there were two factors at work there: It was, after all, the disco era. Even here in the States, the costumes worn to discotheques would be considered hideously silly using today's standards. There was also a cultural aspect to this, I believe. It was always my observation while I lived in Europe that the Europeans had a simpler, more naïve view of entertainment while we Americans tended to be a bit more cynical and perhaps slightly elitist. When I would see some of the schlager singers and the songs that they would sing, I would often say to myself that there was no way that those songs would even make the charts in America. Yet, they were highly popular there. The costumes that the entertainers there would wear were also something that, at times, I thought would never be worn on an American stage. But, again, I think that that was just my American cynicism at work there. Me too. Pop song or rock song as long as I like it.Meatloaf, was on Politically Incorrect years ago and someone referred to The Beatles as a pop band and he took offense and said they were no pop band but a rock band. I get his point, but on another level I disagree with him. I say they were both pop and rock but not necessarily a "pop rock" band. The were a rock band, that is for sure but they could write pop songs and record them just as well as their straight forward rock songs. The Beatles were asked if they were Mods or Rockers and Ringo appropriately replied that they were Mockers. Take that Meatloaf. LOL. Nah Meatloaf seems like a nice guy. Now is Meatloaf pop or rock? That "I'll do anything for you ..." song was a big popular hit but he did start off as rock.