Belated Take On Me News

Not sure how this one passed me by. But it has passed me by no more.

We’re off to Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and in particular to the Corio neighbourhood in which Alex Boros lives… well, lived…

Alex Boros might not live there anymore because he was jailed at the end of last year. “For what?” I hear you ask.

[waits expectantly…]

Thank you.

For this:

No adverbs necessary.

Hero.

Obviously, this is erroneous reportage: you can’t play the a-ha hit Take On Me too loudly. There is no upper limit to the volume for that particular track. Windows must rattle.

Filthy language aside, I think it’s pretty impressive that Mr Boros is on first name terms with the council official whose unfortunate task it is to come and ask him to turn it down a bit.

He’s wearing those sunglasses “because the bright light would trigger his migraines”, which is very much in the same vein as his insistence that he was playing his music so loudly simply “to block out his crippling back pain”.

Unsurprisingly, this cut no ice with the court:

Ouch.

Still, I bet his neighbours are glad that he’ll be gone, for a day or two.

A video

Busy day. Done lots. Achieved lots. But now tired, and leg hurts.
Stitches out tomorrow.

So, here’s a monochromatic acoustic lyric video from a-ha:

So much moss…

Because when life is just a bit of a struggle, it’s important to retreat to one’s happy place.
Smoky black and white images of Norwegian boathouses, coupled with that voice, seems to be mine.

Adulation continues…

I said it here.

And other people shared it here.

And now, just not quite a week later, it’s still happening. 😮

Look:

Isn’t he, though? Also:

And:

Ag, I don’t know about “melting the internet”. That sounds a bit like when the internet “destroyed Donald Trump” (Spoiler: it didn’t).

But it’s great that the band are getting some more airtime. And it’s nice that people are enjoying the stuff that I enjoy. Some sort of affirmation that I’m vaguely relevant, I guess.

Meh. I’ll take it.

TOM

I’ve noticed that several friends on Facebook are – independently of any input from me – beginning to share this post around, and the comments have been unerringly positive.

It was just last week that I was waxing lyrical about the new a-ha MTV Unplugged album, and this is the final song from it. As you might expect, the band finish all their concerts with this song.

Introduced as:

This is a rather different version of this song…
But you’ll still recognise it.

After a distinctly Karma Police first few bars, as you might expect, Morten simply nails the vocal over a beautifully different instrumental.
If you haven’t already heard it – this is your chance. 🙂

It makes me happy to learn that it’s not just me doing fanboy stuff. When a new version of a song from more than 30 years ago, sung by the same guys that did it back then, can still affect people this way – it has to be special.

UPDATE: lol.

Also:

And:

 

See? 🙂

This is a Good Day

I used to have Snoopy mug with that sentiment on it. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about today being a Good Day. And the reason that today is a Good Day is because there is a new a-ha album out.

Now, I’ve been wracking my brains, but I can’t recall if I’ve ever mentioned on the blog that I’m a bit of a fan of the band. And right now, I don’t have time to check, because I’m listening to the new a-ha album that came out today.

After 10 studio albums and 4 previous live offerings, several (or more) compilations, a lot of B-sides, rarities, remasterings and the like, and over a timespan of more than 32 years, you might be forgiven for thinking that I’ve heard it all. And, in actual fact, I have (albeit that there are two new songs on the album).

And of course, Unplugged albums are nothing new. But, without wanting to sound over the top, this acoustic album offers me something so weirdly unfamiliar. A wholly different angle to songs that I’ve heard so very many times. The version of I’ve Been Losing You – a song 30 years old – had me with tears in my eyes this morning: the sheer approachability of the lyrics, harmonies and emotion in this form is breathtaking.

Of course, I’ll be listening to it non-stop for the next [time span], until I think that there’s nothing more to discover. And then I’ll go away for a bit, before coming back and hopefully discovering a bit more.

But for this morning at least, every track is a completely new adventure and I couldn’t be happier.

This is a Good Day.