Excerpted from an article in Aftenposten today:

“A-ha is part of the history, where Norway is no longer an isolated place on Earth. Today, only few people can remember how hopeless everything seemed, when a-ha appeared on television the first time, in autumn 1984. Most people just smiled when they heard about these three young men who dared to have an ambition, a dream to make it outside Norway’s borders. So when ‘Take On Me’ reached the number one spot of The Billboard list in the US, it was not just a brag, but it was a milestone in the history of Norway. A-ha had made the impossible possible. From Manglerud to Mars. Many Norwegians tasted triumph in their stead, and felt rightfully proud of them. And that pride has not abated with the years. ”


“but back to what it is all about: the music. How did they manage this piece of art? (…) Music as a whole, the power of music, how it makes us better people, goes so deep, shapes identity, forges social connections, puts us in a euphoric position.”


You can Go anywhere on this planet and suddenly hear an a-ha song at a cafe, in a car, a house. You say the name Magne Furuholmen and suddenly, you are invited for tea in Bangkok; you mention Morten Harket in passing and the Buenos Aires cab driver stops the meter, you discuss Waaktaar-Savoy’s song ‘Velvet’ on a bench in New York and you find yourself a friend for life.”

“The greatest possible honor for a-ha is not this Cross of St. Olav, but it’s that people, none the least the new generations, continue to listen to their albums, that people will dream of creating something new, that they will get inspired, both by the band’s ambitions and by their music.”

Translation by Sabine Clement

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