wowaweewah…thank you for an overwhelmingly kind response, people! i woke up yesterday to a record-label in a panic over my insta(nt)-release. they’re now scrambling to get the track out on other platforms, so stand by for more info as and when i get it – in the meantime, enjoy the exclusivity!
That’s why it’s out all over the place now. It’s upset a few people – mainly all of them Americans – but that is the nature of free speech and incisive political comment.
And I know it’s about the current state of America, but:
“No bridge across divides; a drunken joyride, With a monkey at the wheel…”
…really does seem to sum up a lot of the planet at the moment.
After a lot of teasing, they finally shared the tour poster yesterday:
And the idea sounds pretty awesome:
Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy will be performing in An Evening With format, with an interval. For the first half of the concert, they will play new and old, familiar and less-familiar songs. Then, after returning to the stage, they will play the ten songs of their 1985 debut album Hunting High And Low in the running order of the original release.
Which, as I recall from my cassette tape days is this:
Take On Me Train of Thought Hunting High and Low The Blue Sky Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale The Sun Always Shines on T.V. And You Tell Me Love Is Reason I Dream Myself Alive Here I Stand and Face the Rain
But it’s always been a privilege for me to see a-ha in concert, and I’m happy that they’re still around and – hopefully – producing even more new material. While this all sounds very special, the surprising omission of a South African leg on the tour, together with the frankly terrifying state of the South African Rand means that we won’t be going along this time.
Still, if they’re going to do all their albums this way, there’s always the 2020 Scoundrel Days tour to consider. And then another 8 to follow that…
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:
Still, I bet his neighbours are glad that he’ll be gone, for a day or two.