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a-ha: The Movie review – Norway’s 80s pop pinups in dour, exacting details
The trio recount their formative years – and their fallouts – in this slightly dispiriting documentary

Wendy Ide

22, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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a-ha: The Movie review – Take on Me hitmakers relive the highs and the lows
An air of self-loathing and regret hangs over this 40th-anniversary documentary about the Norwegian trio who shot to fame in the 80s

Cath Clarke

18, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Identify A-ha moments to trigger fast climate action, say UK scientists
Using ‘tipping points’ can unlock the changes needed on energy, food and plastics, analysis shows

Damian Carrington Environment editor

09, Feb, 2022 @2:00 AM

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Day on the Green review: a-ha return with a melancholy take on their 80s hits
The Norwegian band are serious, not overplaying for the fun of the revved-up crowd, unlike fellow 80s stars Pseudo Echo and Rick Astley

Kirsten Krauth

23, Feb, 2020 @3:04 AM

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Drama at the deep end: leisure-centre play staged in pools and gyms
Dante or Die’s 80s-set touring show Take On Me celebrates community fitness centres and gives roles to locals

Chris Wiegand

20, Nov, 2018 @11:13 AM

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Gimme Gimme Gimmicks: the innovations that changed music videos
Shaking Chains have created an AI-powered video that changes with every play, but how does their attempt rank in the pantheon of music video gimmickry?

Jemayel Khawaja

30, Mar, 2017 @5:44 PM

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A-ha's Morten Harket: 'I'm not an entertainer, I'm an engager'
The A-ha frontman talks longevity, Kierkegaard, Uriah Heep, why John Barry rubbed A-ha up the wrong way, and an interesting metaphor about large breasts

Paul Lester

04, May, 2016 @10:04 AM

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A-ha review – stylish comeback triggers unadulterated joy
Rejuvenated pop pin-up Morten Harket threatens to trigger a mass fainting as he delights in his reunited band

Dave Simpson

27, Mar, 2016 @2:45 PM

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Peak box set: how Dylan inspired barrel-scraping of the most cynical kind
Completists might rejoice at the thought of Velvet Underground’s finest works receiving six-disc autopsies, but do T’Pau really deserve the same treatment?

Eamonn Forde

09, Oct, 2015 @12:40 PM

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Cult heroes: Alan Tarney, the greatest British pop producer you've never heard of
Whether on A-ha’s Take on Me, Cliff Richard’s Wired for Sound or St Etienne’s You’re in a Bad Way, his signature sound, full of warm synths and smooth harmonies, deserves greater recognition

Bob Stanley

30, Sep, 2015 @8:57 AM

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A-ha: how we made Take on Me
‘We were inspired by a Juicy Fruit advert and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra’

Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

15, Sep, 2015 @6:00 AM

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Ed Miliband's pop choices reveal a man of no musical taste
Pop critic Kitty Empire applauds the Labour leader for making his own choices … even if they are terribly naff

Kitty Empire

24, Nov, 2013 @12:06 AM

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