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Saying goodbye to a-ha

Saying goodbye to a-ha

Growing up gay in the 1980s I often listened to techno-pop in my room and dreamed of escaping. The souring falsettos of bands like Erasure, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, and a-ha kept me grounded back then. I escaped into music.
Unlike the other aforementioned bands, a-ha all but disappeared from American radio and record store shelves by the 1990s. But not so in the rest of the world. In the 2000s the band scored massive hits all over Europe. The Norwegian supergroup remained relavent everywhere else across the globe. With synth stabs and the Morten Harket’s soaring falsetto, the greatest pop’s ever seen, the band made infectious and tightly-produced records.

At their New York show this past Saturday night the band did not disappoint.

A Q&A with a-ha's Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

A Q&A with a-ha's Paul Waaktaar-Savoy

a-ha, Norway’s techno-pop icons, played three nights in a row last week in NYC and are currently touring the US, for the second and last time. They’re calling it quits after this year-long tour. The band’s songwriter, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, answered some of my questions prior to the show. A review of the show can be found here tomorrow.

You’re touring the world one last time, including three nights in NYC. What has been the crowd response to your farewell tour?
We just did a month down in South America which was really quite special. We went in thinking our last show would be in December but of course, every show is the last show. A lot of people go out of there way to show what we have meant to them over they years.

During the first decade of the 2000s you recorded some brilliant albums (Lifelines, my fave) and were treated to success all over the world, but your music was hard to find for US fans. Will the American shows feature the albums that may not be as familiar to US fans?
Yes, the show will feature songs from all our 9 albums. We’ve recorded well over a hundred songs by now and it’s getting tricky to pick what to play. For some reason or another, we only toured the U.S. once. This is our second tour. I’m glad we got the chance to come back.