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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

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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A-ha invest millions in Norwegian talent contest
Synth-pop veterans offering prizewinners 1m kroner and an opening slot on their farewell tour

Sean Michaels

07, Jul, 2010 @10:42 AM

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Oslo: Norway's music and festival paradise

Oslo is heaving with quirky venues, record shops and festivals

Olaf Furniss

30, Jan, 2010 @12:05 AM

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Coldplay and A-ha side project announce debut album
If you were expecting Apparatjik to sound like Viva La Vida meets Take On Me, then you are going to be sorely disappointed

Sean Michaels

24, Nov, 2009 @10:17 AM

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