Cher to the NY Times: ‘I wasn’t a big fan of Abba in the ’70s’ 

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For those of you who love Cher like me, 2018 has blessed us with so much from the 72-year-old diva. Her no-holds-barred Twitter feed has taken 45 to task, but also given us her honest, emoji-packed and often funny thoughts. I mean, look at her review for the Lady Gaga version of A Star is Born. She’s a Roger Ebert in the making.

La Cher pretty much stole the show in Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again and will be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor for her career achievements. In addition, the musical based on her life, The Cher Show, opens on Broadway on December 3. If you need a musical Cher fix before that, fear not, as her cover album of ABBA hits, Dancing Queen, will be released on September 28.

Cher was recently the subject of a career-spanning interview with The New York Times, where she discussed meeting Sonny Bono, how she made the leap into acting, and so much more. This all coming from a woman who admitted, “I can’t hold back. It’s about character. My mom would beat me to death if I lied. I’m not starting now.” Here are some highlights:

On relying on her own instincts:
Before I met Sonny, I was very much a person who relied on her own instincts. But I was very young and just handed that over to Sonny. Then when I left him, I was real happy. But I started to make huge mistakes in front of everyone because I was still 16 inside. I hadn’t grown.

On her confidence as a singer:
I never feel confident. Off and on, I’ve felt good about my singing. But I’ve never been a huge Cher fan. I like doing it more than hearing it. So except for a couple of albums …

Cher on ABBA:
I wasn’t a big fan of Abba in the ’70s. Benny [Andersson] took the girls and used them like instruments. Sonny used to do that to me. He would carve out a place for them in the songs, and they would fit in that little place. But he didn’t give them space to sing the way they might have wanted to.

[My versions] are a lot freer. And it was a great time to do it. I’m a news junkie, and these are rough times. But when I was recording, I got swept up in the fun of it. The songs are silly and crazy, and for the album, I chose the ones that are saddest and the most fun.

On The Cher Show:
You have to know something more about me after the musical. That’s important to me. Listen, I didn’t have a play about myself before, and I was living very happily. So, I want it to be true and fun and like life is: Sometimes you’re great, and sometimes you’re pathetic. Sometimes you’re tired, and sometimes you break down. It should be like that. And nothing should be glossed over.

On her political tweets:
Trump voters don’t like me anyway. And I don’t blame them. I say terrible, true things about him. I hate him because he’s using his job to make money. But mostly, I hate him because he’s tearing this country down, and it’s going to take generations to put it back together, if we even can.

[From The New York Times]

Cher has already released her cover of “S.O.S.” from Dancing Queen. If it’s any indication of what the rest of the album is going to be like, I think both ABBA fans and Cher fans alike are in for a treat. Now, if I could only scrape together enough money to get to New York to see that show.

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  1. JanetDR says:

    I’m so there for The Cher Show!

  2. Kickit88 says:

    I always wonder what she would look like if she had aged naturally and not had so much work done. She is funny and talented, but it is so hard to look at her, her face looks scary like a puppet.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I love Cher. I hope I get to see the play. She’s awesome.

  4. Jess says:

    I love her more every time she opens her mouth. She is great on Twitter and so thoughtful. She did such a good job of tweetsplaining to Michael Ian Black why his defense of Louis CK recently was bullshirt.

  5. adastraperaspera says:

    Love her forever! She’s could be sitting in her beautiful house with her head in the sand, but she gets out there and takes part in life. Her twitter always reminds me of that scene in Moonstruck when she slaps Nic Cage and yells, “snap out of it!”

  6. Betsy says:

    I was all prepared to be offended on the part of ABBA, a group I have an irrational spot for, but she wasn’t wrong. I really like her.

  7. Susannah says:

    Her take on ABBA was really interesting. I never really thought of it that way before, that the women of the group were just sort of placed there in the songs without much input and how that paralleled her experience working with Sonny.

    • Snazzy says:

      I came here to say the same! I had never thought of Abba in that way…

    • holly hobby says:

      Well what she’s saying isn’t really false. The women were actually more talented than what they were shoehorned to sing. If you search for the Olivia Newton John ABC special with ABBA and Andy Gibb, on YouTube, you will see that one of the ladies (the brunette) was actually a trained opera singer. She even sung a few bars. You can’t tell from the songs that she had that kind of range.

  8. TJ says:

    I’m no Trump fan, but isn’t she using her job to make money, too?

    • Holly says:

      Most jobs are performed to make money. That’s fine; that’s acceptable as we are a capitalist society. The office of President is an exception, they get paid to do it but it’s not a job where your focus is making money. The president should be focused on running the country and the good of the people. It’s pretty shady when a current president is making money off those people, which Trump with is absolutely doing.

      • Susannah says:

        Cher uses her talents to make money, Trump abuses his position of presidential privilege to scam money.
        For example: “Trump, his campaign and Republican political committees have diverted millions of dollars to the president’s businesses – spending money on his airplanes, at his hotels, golf courses and restaurants, and even buying his Trump-branded bottled water. “
        Countries such as China have fast tracked trademarks so that Trump companies can do business in China , which they didn’t do before he was elected president.
        Other presidents have put their business interests in blind trusts even Carter did that with his peanut farm but not Trump, he’s profiting off being president.

  9. Jovi says:

    Canceled!!!!!!!! Jk, she is totally spot on. Dudes with weak voices don’t want to compete with someone with a real set of pipes.

  10. Valerie says:

    Not many people admitted to it if they were! I never thought of it that way.

  11. Wilder says:

    She did NOT steal the show in Momma Mia 2 for me. I found her totally distracting, in a bad way. Her face is frightening and she seemed so stiff and uncomfortable! Plus, am I wrong, or did she film her parts separately from the rest of the cast (except Andy Garcia)? Because it felt very much like there was a stand-in during scenes where she was talking to her grand-daughter, etc. Again, distracting.

  12. Moonstruck says:

    The Mamma Mia films look terrible but she was absolutely fantastic in Moonstruck, the best romantic comedy ever. Catch that if you generally avoid romantic comedies because it sends up everything. Cher was in her early 40s and Nicolas Cage was 24 or something and they had insane chemistry. Very good film that’s aged well – saw it again just the other day.