The compact disk is 25 years old this year. Abba's "The Visitors" was the first. Oh joy. Here's a much-praised account of its rise and fall:

Record company insiders are aghast at the demise of what was, for the last two decades of the 20th century, their golden goose. And some of them know that they were partly responsible for killing it.

You know what's coming, don't you? Here's "The Visitors" played to the fight scene from "Aliens."

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