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March 19, 2009

A-Ha: One of my stranger musical interests from the 1980′s…

Filed under: 3,music,pandora — admin @ 10:36 pm

One of the things I love about Pandora radio is that it not only introduces me to new and interesting music and sound, but it brings back fascinating and mediocre classics from years long ago. One of those forgettable yet intriguing sounds would be that of the group A-Ha, a pop hair band from Norway (or Finland?) with a singer, who’s name I do not know, with a remarkable ability to hit a seemingly impossible octaves  (Falsetto?… or at least notes that shouldn’t normally be obtainable by the human voice.)  This, and a goofy pop sound with lots of synth, makes A-Ha one of my favorite groups from the 80′s, right up there with Duran Duran. There isn’t much substance or content here: just a unique and sometimes disturbing vocal sound. I think I first heard of A-Ha through the song ‘Take me on’, with the creative video of a girl reading a comic book, and from the comic book springs the high-note-singin’ leader of A-Ha, into the real world, until he gets bopped on the head with a wrench or something.  I’m sure it’s on Youtube somewhere, but I’m relucant to link it here, because it seems like most of the videos I link here are either taken down, or cause Flash to crash (but that’s a rant for another blog some other day.)  

 

Anyhow, A-Ha also did the theme song for ‘The Living Daylights’, one of the better of the James Bond films. I can’t think of much more beyond that, but as I listen to other of their “greatest hits” (greatest hits in Europe, maybe?) I’m finding that I enjoy these oddity songs as well that I’ve never heard of.  But I can’t help but wonder: how does he sing notes that high?

Anyhow, here’s a playlist from one of their greatest hit albums.  Good stuff, sortof.

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