Cher stole the show in the new Mamma Mia movie, playing Meryl Streep’s character Donna’s mother and performing an incredible rendition of hit ABBA song ‘Fernando’.
But now, weeks after confirming she’ll be releasing a full cover album of some of the band’s biggest hits, she’s finally dropped a short teaser for first song ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ – and it couldn’t be further from the original.
The 72-year-old star has put a disco spin on the 1970s song – which was also sampled in the 2005 Madonna single ‘Hung Up’ – and while many social media users rushed to praise her version, others claimed it was too similar to Madonna’s hit.
The 40-second snippet has a very modern spin, possibly more reminiscent of Madonna’s take on the tune than ABBA’s, with Cher’s unmistakable tones heard in the lead lines – all with an echo behind her.
She first released the track list for her cover album a few days ago, which includes the Swedish group’s hits ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Dancing Queen’ – but a release date for the album is yet to be confirmed.
Speaking on the US Today show recently, she told host Kathie Lee Gifford: “After I did ‘Fernando,’ I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!”
She added: “It’s not what you think of when you think of ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way.”
Her rendition of ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ was widely praised on Twitter when she first shared the teaser, with one fan commenting: “I’ve just been listening to Cher’s new single – ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man Afer Midnight)’ – and it’s exactly what we want. Vocoder! Belted out money notes! Dance beats appropriate for those of us 29 and over!”
Another added: “I just heard 40 seconds of @cher’s GIMME GIMME GIMME and i’m here to tell you 40 better seconds don’t exist in 2018,” while one wrote: “40 seconds of Cher’s ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ and I’m in a puddle, imagine what this album is going to DO TO ME.”
However, others weren’t so sure, with one Twitter user writing: “We’re listening to @cher’s cover of ABBA’s Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! in the office and @lew_and_i’s reaction: ‘But this is Madonna’?”
Replying to some comments, Cher also revealed which song she’d covered in tribute to the original band, writing: “Waterloo is homage to Benny & Bjorn…many of them are my version of their dreams.”
It comes after Cher’s cover of ‘Fernando’ went internet wide following her appearance in the latest movie, with fans praising her for her incredible vocals throughout.
Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, the mother of Streep’s character Donna. Meanwhile, Andy Garcia plays Fernando in the romantic comedy musical – and he goes on to duet with Cher on the hit song itself.