The two B’s of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, came up with the idea of writing a musical/concept album based on a chess match between American and Russian grand masters. With the help of Tim Rice, who had worked with Andrew Lloyd Weber on Jesus Christ, Superstar and Evita, the concept became Chess. They decided to release the album in 1984 to raise funds to stage the musical on the West End stage. One song from the musical, "One Night In Bangkok," was released as a single which reached #3 in the US and Canada in 1985. It was sung (or rather rapped) by Murray Head, brother of Anthony of Taster’s Choice (in Europe, Nescafé Gold Blend) coffee commercials and Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame, while Anders Glenmark sang the chorus.
I really liked the song, but soon discovered that the only way to get the song was to buy the whole album (the record store either didn’t carry the single or didn’t have it in cassette form). The song was great; the album, not so much. But that’s my opinion, and it clearly differs from that of all the other people that bought it and/or had seen the musical. I’m proud to be in the minority.