I’m in shock. Mildly, anyway. I just got this in my email from a-ha’s official website:

With the current album ‘Foot of The Mountain’ enjoying both commercial success and critical acclaim, A-ha has decided to call it a day.

As a consequence, A-ha will not be releasing any further albums in the future.

The band would like to thank their fans and everyone who has contributed to their amazing journey, and say:
‘We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for.
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. We are retiring as a band, not as individuals.
Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one’s ways. Now it is time to move on.’

Wow. We shared a quarter of a century together.
You were my first compact disc, you came to my school discos, you kept me sane on wet Lake District holidays.
You popped in while I was at University, you played at my wedding (on CD, because we couldn’t afford to fly you to Cape Town and still have the lamb on the menu) and at the birth of my child (as an mp3 file, for obvious reasons); a child that I then named after your lead singer. 
You are my most played band on iTunes. By a country mile.

And now you leave me for humanitarian work and politics? Politics??


15 thoughts on “Choked

  1. *Sigh* So I guess the sun really does only shine on TV. Bummer… I wonder if their humanitarian works will take them to SA… to a squatter camp near you?
    .-= Helga Hansen´s last blog ..Brain Drain =-.

  2. Gutted!

    I will have to go Hunting High and Low for my CDs/MP3s tonight or I might find it hard to Stay on These Roads and end up Cryin in the Rain.

    You were there when Mary Ellen made the Moment Count and while I was Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale, backpacking through Europe. You scared The Living Daylights out of me when you first vanished from the music scene, but luckily The Sun always Shines on TV and I caught you on Top of the Pops.

    I was Barely Hanging on when Out of the Blue came Green and the Scoundrel Days were over! You were back In the Swing of Things. How Sweet it Was to have you back! But your Little Black Heart was not in it. October is here And You Tell Me that the Weight of the Wind is too much. Summer Moved On and so has A-Ha.

    Dark is the Night
    .-= Delboy´s last blog ..The iPhone Is The Hitchhiker’s Guide =-.

  3. HH > Not K-pu. The other one.

    Delboy > You have WAY too much time on your hands.

    DW > Harket is quite a cute name, I think.

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