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Posted: 21 Jul 09, 18:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A-ha frontman in an interview feature in the London Times 'Play' magazine (18th-24th July 2009)'Guest List' feature cites Queen twice as a major influence:

Vocalists: Freddie Mercury. "A great range, and also a great approach to singing. He knew how to use the media - not by taking it seriously, by understanding how unimportant it really was. I think he was a deeply honest man. I never met him properly but he was a good friend of my former manager, who always loved him".

Albums: A Night at the Opera - Queen. "This was a real climax, although I loved some of the earlier Seventies stuff too. What strikes me more than anything else about Queen is character. Technical singing is secondary to flamboyance doesn't mean much to me. Character is everything."

Ed: A-ha are one of my favorite bands!!!


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Posted: 21 Jul 09, 20:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great quotes. A-ha is the band that did Take on Me, right? Did they do anything else worth noting? Not knocking the group, but I don't know much else about them other than they seem like a perfect one hit wonder.

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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 01:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



doxonrox wrote:

Great quotes. A-ha is the band that did Take on Me, right? Did they do anything else worth noting? Not knocking the group, but I don't know much else about them other than they seem like a perfect one hit wonder.

I'm not an expert on A-ha but it's surely not the case that they're a one hit wonder. They have several hits(google them and you'll probably recognise more titles) and albums. They even made it to the Guiness book of records for playing to the largest paying audience, fot what that is worth of course:-)








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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 05:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote







I'm myself coming from Norway, and this came as no suprise to me. Morten Harket has been a long-time Queen fan, he even performed Bohemian Rhapsody in the late seventies, in full costume in homage to them, long before he became famous with Aha. You will notice this influence and respect in the following performance of "Love of My Life":



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXbzlrqcyvg



- In my opinion the best cover version of Love of My Life ever captured.



Morten Harket also performed "Killer Queen" and "Love of my life" on another occasion when "Kunstnerenes Hus" (The Artist's house) opened in 2004-2005(?), but a recording has never appeared. 



Aha is Norway's biggest band, and their latest album recently released is by many ranked as maybe their best. They are indeed not a one-hit-wonder band, as they have worked together for over twenty-five years, and released a bunch of successfull singles including: "Hunting High and Love", "The Sun Always Shines on Tv", "Stay on these Roads", "Summer Moved On" and "Forever not Yours", and the list goes on.



As for Morten Harket as a singer, he is brilliant, one of the best in today's music business. On a personal level, at least from the media's point of view, he is seen as a nutcase. He is probably a nightmare as an interview object, he never sticks to the case, always ending up with philosofical ramblings and existencial, over-the-top opinions. Some of the interviews are quite sick.. :)























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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 09:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Aha Norway's biggest band Thomas?!!

What about Secret Garden?

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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 09:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hehe... Secret Garden are huge, and I respect them and what they have achieved. But it depends on how one defines the term "biggest band". I'm afraid I have to make a generalization, and argue that I think that Aha is considered to be Norway's most sucessfull band in terms of recordsales, adulation, fans and wide reach worldwide. It's not the correct way to measure bands like this, just my opinion :)

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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Thomas Tønnesen wrote:

Hehe... Secret Garden are huge, and I respect them and what they have achieved. But it depends on how one defines the term "biggest band". I'm afraid I have to make a generalization, and argue that I think that Aha is considered to be Norway's most sucessfull band in terms of recordsales, adulation, fans and wide reach worldwide. It's not the correct way to measure bands like this, just my opinion :)

I agree, Thomas

I live in Spain, and A-ha has been always "present" here while Secret Garden had their time many years ago ... in fact I didn´t remember them until they´ve been mentioned in this thread.

So, by the standards you wrote and I´m quoting above .. yes, A-ha is considered, at least in my country, the biggest band in Norway


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Posted: 22 Jul 09, 23:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My fav a-ha song is Minor Earth Major Sky.

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Posted: 23 Jul 09, 03:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always loved Morten Harket's voice. His version of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is amazing... Maybe even better than Frankie Valli's.



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Posted: 23 Jul 09, 08:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A-Ha are a fantastic group, didn't they have quite a decent tour of the UK last year?


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Posted: 27 Jul 09, 15:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A-ha...what a great band!
I think Morten is one of the greatest singers on Earth.

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Posted: 27 Jul 09, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I used to listen to A-HA some time ago,you forgot to mention some good songs too:the cover "Crying in the rain" "I call your name" "Early Morning" " Move to Memphis"


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Posted: 30 Jul 09, 17:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Thomas Tønnesen wrote:



I'm myself coming from Norway, and this came as no suprise to me. Morten Harket has been a long-time Queen fan, he even performed Bohemian Rhapsody in the late seventies, in full costume in homage to them, long before he became famous with Aha. You will notice this influence and respect in the following performance of "Love of My Life":


Thank you very much for this information. I believe that A-ha is a great band and Morten is a great singer. Though their most well-known song certainly is Take On Me, they`ve made a lot of other wonderful songs.
And do you mean that Morten as a person is just weird and eccentric, crazy, or rather nasty?






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Posted: 30 Jul 09, 17:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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A-Ha are a fantastic group, didn't they have quite a decent tour of the UK last year?

A-ha are coming to Moscow in November. Could you give me advice. Should I go to their concert? Are their concerts worth it? (or a bit monotonous?)





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Posted: 30 Jul 09, 21:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I´ve seen them once,if I were you I would go for sure.


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Posted: 31 Jul 09, 11:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



L-R-TIGER1994 wrote:

I´ve seen them once,if I were you I would go for sure.

Thanks a lot!!! I will!







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Posted: 31 Jul 09, 14:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote







"And do you mean that Morten as a person is just weird and eccentric, crazy, or rather nasty?"



First of all, I don't consider Morten to be nasty in any way. Crazy? It depends on how you define the term. He is indeed from an outside perspective quite weird and eccentric. One who can really tell you a whole story even though the answer can be short and concrete. He can turn the easist answer into a philosofical and life-depending story, something that makes you gasp after air. He kinda floats around in space.



He can be quite funny though :)



Interview with Harket 2003:



Morten: I tend to fall into a parallell condition. And then I'm not quite good you see,



NRK (TV channel): Are you doing it right now?



Morten: Yes, now I'm scattered. But right here it is not neccessary to be completely focused, because we aren't really talking about interesting things..



and:



NRK evening news wants to know if this means Morten "moves further into the landscape of belief." 

Morten: It is not really a religious matter. It is the attempt at a logical thinking that is about nothing, in other words, the concept of nothing. Because nothing in this world, so I can not quite understand how this world can exist either. Because. . . in all simplicity as the collapses everything to nothing. If you put it into the equations and the like, then it all goes bad.



Sorry for bad translation, no time, but hopefully it gives you a clue... He is quite cosmic!





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"And do you mean that Morten as a person is just weird and eccentric, crazy, or rather nasty?"



First of all, I don't consider Morten to be nasty in any way. Crazy? It depends on how you define the term. He is indeed from an outside perspective quite weird and eccentric. One who can really tell you a whole story even though the answer can be short and concrete. He can turn the easist answer into a philosofical and life-depending story, something that makes you gasp after air. He kinda floats around in space.



He can be quite funny though :)



Interview with Harket 2003:



Morten: I tend to fall into a parallell condition. And then I'm not quite good you see,



NRK (TV channel): Are you doing it right now?



Morten: Yes, now I'm scattered. But right here it is not neccessary to be completely focused, because we aren't really talking about interesting things..



and:



NRK evening news wants to know if this means Morten "moves further into the landscape of belief." 

Morten: It is not really a religious matter. It is the attempt at a logical thinking that is about nothing, in other words, the concept of nothing. Because nothing in this world, so I can not quite understand how this world can exist either. Because. . . in all simplicity as the collapses everything to nothing. If you put it into the equations and the like, then it all goes bad.



Sorry for bad translation, no time, but hopefully it gives you a clue... He is quite cosmic!





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Posted: 31 Jul 09, 16:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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It was really interesting to read your post! I especially liked the place about "parallel" condition. Quite weird! I think I can understand what kind of person Morten is. Thank you, Thomas! And I will go to A-ha concert in November.



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Posted: 02 Aug 09, 00:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote