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A Day in the Life of A-ha

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 January 1986

Fireworks, gold discs, spots, a lot of snogging, an interview in a pub, a TV-am film crew and two very nosey people from Smash Hits... ...

a-ha: Scoundrel Days

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 25 October 1986

HERE THEY are again. Norway's finest and the group who cleaned up after the chart fragmentation of Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, a-ha ...


Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 17 December 1986

A-ha play their first ever concert in Britain! The whole country goes 'wooooaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!" ...

A-ha: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, 3 January 1987


A-ha: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 10 January 1987

WHEN 3,000 prepubescent girls scream, pop analysis tends to gust into the dumper. Really, the scream is the only important thing, the moment when puffballs ...

Are A-ha still the Greatest Pop Group in the World?

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 1 July 1987

Three years ago they were penniless, living in London on salt and pepper sandwiches. Two years ago their first single 'Take On Me' had flopped ...

A-Ha Have the Last Laugh on the Teeny Tag

Profile and Interview by Lucy O'Brien, The Guardian, 14 December 1990

Groups come and go in a flash but the boys from Norway seem to have staying power. Lucy O'Brien reports ...


Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

Magne Foruholmen, b. 1 November 1962, Norway; Morten Harket, b. 14 September 1959, Norway; Pal Waaktar, b. 6 September 1963, Oslo ...


Interview by Stephen Dalton, The Times, November 2005

IN 2005, there are few cooler pop names to drop than a-ha. Coldplay and Travis are not just avowed fans but sometime collaborators with the ...

a-ha: Even Better than Spinal Tap

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Music Week, September 2009

FOR 25 YEARS, Norway's pop gods have harboured a deep, dark secret that even the most dedicated News Of The World smut-sleuth would never have ...

Synths For The Boys: A-Ha: The O2, London

Live Review by Joel McIver, The Quietus, 10 December 2009

Laugh all you like. "Norway, douze points", declares Joel McIver ...

a-ha: 25 – The Very Best Of

Review by Wyndham Wallace,, 6 August 2010

A DOUBLE CD celebrating the retirement, after 25 years, of what was once dismissed as a little more than a prototype Norwegian boy band seems ...

Their Valuable Hunting Life: The Rocky Road to A-Ha's Hunting High & Low

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 22 September 2015

Thirty years after a-Ha unveiled their debut, Hunting High & Low – and as they release a new album, Cast In Steel – Wyndham Wallace ...

The Highs and Lows of being a-ha

Retrospective and Interview by Jenny Valentish, Financial Times, 18 March 2016

How many farewell tours can one band have? Magne Furuholmen talks about stardom, group therapy — and why his music is more than just fluff. ...


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