One of my best-hidden passions is for a-ha, which along with Alphaville deserves the title of most shamefully overlooked pop band of all time. Their debut album Hunting High And Low is one of my Top 5 of all time, including Madonna—every song on that record drives me crazy to this day, mostly due to lead singer Morten Harket's soaring, operatic voice, so mournful and emotive. Hearing him sing, I always feel like he doesn't even have to try, he just opens this throat and modulates the sounds.
This exquisite song's closing 20-second note (15 or so here) is the longest in UK chart history.
A crotch-tastic appearance in 2002 (age 42) on Graham Norton.
Fucking hot in his li'l denim caprisss!
Two other important facts had escaped me until today—for one, they have a new album dropping in June along with a tour. I'm going to have to figure out if I want to hunt them down somewhere. But the other fact is that Morten, lovely Morten, is apparently a huge "reactionary conservative" who has become a prominent anti-abortion spokesperson in Norway.
First, a favorite from their debut album, the title song, sung from Kiel, Germany, in 2007.
For comparison's sake, the original on a Japanese TV show in 1986.
Finally, a hauntingly beautiful acoustic snippet from Morten (who looks like a scrumptious lesbian here).
The original "Take On Me" video, with an extra-femme and extra-slithery Morten and "Heat Of The Moment"-esque gymnastics.
Age 48, still charming the broads.
Morten without many clothes: