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    Default A-ha calling it quits after current tour

    I guess this is it....

    OSLO (AFP) Norwegian pop group A-ha, which achieved world fame with its hit single "Take on me", will disband after a farewell world tour next year, it said Thursday.

    "A-ha has decided to call it a day," the group said on its official website.
    "Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else -- and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music," the band added.

    "Take on me" topped charts in 27 countries including the United States when it came out in 1985. Since then, the group has sold 35 million copies worldwide of its nine albums.

    A-ha is behind recognisable songs such as "Hunting High and Low" and "Crying in the Rain".

    Singer Morten Harket, keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy had split up for many years in the 1990s before making a comeback in 2000 with the single "Summer moved on".

    "We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career anyone could hope for," the trio said, stressing they were "retiring as a band, not as individuals."

    Throughout A-ha's history, 15 of its singles made it onto the 10 best sales in Britain list, according to its label Universal Music.

    This year, the group produced a new album called "Foot of the Mountain".
    Norwegian music professionals quoted by local media said A-ha was Norway's greatest musical export "since Edvard Grieg", a classical composer and pianist who lived from 1843 to 1907.

    "Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one's ways. Now it's time to move on," the group said when announcing their farewell tour.

    Dates have not yet been announced, but A-ha will play in Norway for the last time on December 4 of next year in Oslo.

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    Never heard of them.
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    well it's about time....
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Never heard of them.
    Yes you have. If you were alive in the 80's and had a radio or TV, they were everywhere.

    The biggest hit "Take On Me" was not only a radio darling but it was an MTV star due to the uniqueness of the video blending live action and 2D drawings into a cohesive film.

    Beyond all that, the lead singer can hit high notes that most female singers can't reach.

    Here's a pretty bad rip of the video I was talking about:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AXNBR2smPY

    They are much bigger in Europe and the U.K. though.
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!

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    Still one of the better music videos ever made.
    If you will it, dude, it is no dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Yes you have. If you were alive in the 80's and had a radio or TV, they were everywhere.
    I have no recollection of the 80's.
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    http://www.spike.com/video/family-guys-take-on/2676204

    Here's a different take of "Take":D
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    Great band, loved their music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vc69 View Post
    http://www.spike.com/video/family-guys-take-on/2676204

    Here's a different take of "Take":D
    LOL! That's awesome.

    I LOVE that song, and the original music video. If you search for it on youtube, there's also a version to the original video, but with words that match the video. I don't know how, but the dude sounds just like the original.
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    It was a cherished memory for sure. One consistent theme, looking back, if you compared A-HA, Wham, Pesudo Echo, and others, what do you see?
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    I only knew of that one song, I never knew they were still together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I have no recollection of the 80's.
    You would have to have been in a coma not to hear them. Even then, I would think some of their songs would give you deja vu's. :p

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    I have no reason to live anymore... goodbye cruel world......










    I can almost bet I am the only one in here that ever saw them live in concert ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    if you compared A-HA, Wham, Pesudo Echo, and others, what do you see?

    a lot of big 80's hair and bad fashions :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    a lot of big 80's hair and bad fashions :p
    :D Yup!:D
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    Didn't they tour with "Flock of Seagulls" at one time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    if you compared A-HA, Wham, Pesudo Echo, and others, what do you see?
    All those guys were Freddie Mercury's groupies.

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    Don't forget MJ Thriller Red Jacket...
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    I have no recollection of the 80's.
    you were asleep in your tomb, a different dark angel was running the coven........still bad, still nationwide.

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    They could do worse. Freddie Mercury was one hell of a talented performer! For a man he had an incredible vocal range.

    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
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    Freddie was one of a kind. Great talent, great music (well, some of it not that great :)).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrizz View Post
    They could do worse. Freddie Mercury was one hell of a talented performer! For a man he had an incredible vocal range.

    Very much AGREE!!! I was not taking a shot at Freddie as I like Queen. I was J/K around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    I only knew of that one song, I never knew they were still together.
    A-ha's "Sun Always Shines On TV" was the follow-up single to "Take On Me" and it was, at the minimum, a top-20 single....depends on which chart you were looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    It was a cherished memory for sure. One consistent theme, looking back, if you compared A-HA, Wham, Pesudo Echo, and others, what do you see?
    Politically incorrect thoughts :p

    On a higher note "Sheer Heart Attack" is my fav Queen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbnJH95QCKk
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    Quote Originally Posted by danger boy View Post
    a lot of big 80's hair and bad fashions :p
    it was bad because you're judging it from today. Back then, it was "THE" coveted look...:p
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    Quote Originally Posted by polkatese View Post
    it was bad because you're judging it from today. Back then, it was "THE" coveted look...:p
    Plus "Take Me On" was a hot club jam (in the 80's) ;)

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    What happened to Oran "Juice" Jones or Gregory Abbott?
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    We saw them last night, in a word, amazing!

    Morten's voice hasn't changed in 25 years, he sounded live just like he does on his albums from back in the 80's, my wife and I were floored. Every note, every high and low, just perfect. They were on stage for 2 hours playing non-stop.

    Finally, on their last night in the states at the end of a 25 year run my wife and I were treated to one hell of an awesome show. This band was one of our most favorite and we listened to them a lot back in the day, finally seeing them live is something we will never forget. My daughter, 13, loved it. She wants me to load up all my CD's into iTunes for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-P View Post
    We saw them last night, in a word, amazing!

    Morten's voice hasn't changed in 25 years, he sounded live just like he does on his albums from back in the 80's, my wife and I were floored. Every note, every high and low, just perfect. They were on stage for 2 hours playing non-stop.

    Finally, on their last night in the states at the end of a 25 year run my wife and I were treated to one hell of an awesome show. This band was one of our most favorite and we listened to them a lot back in the day, finally seeing them live is something we will never forget. My daughter, 13, loved it. She wants me to load up all my CD's into iTunes for her.
    Sounds great, Ron! Just out of curiosity, were they performing as a trio, or were there other musicians playing?

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    They had a drummer and guitarist towards the back of the stage behind the three.
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