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The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

A-ha to battle it out with Jacko

Norwegian retro pop band A-Ha are expected to make waves later this week when they take on king of pop Michael Jackson in the album charts. The huge comeback album from the 80s pop band is heading for the top spot this weekend making it their highest chart position since 1988. The 'Foot of the Mountain' album is presently only being outsold by Michael Jackson's 'The Essential' which is currently seeing declining sales.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A-ha is top of the pops at itunes festival

DYR was able to join the A-ha fans at Friday night’s gig at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. The 80s band are back with a vengeance and the release of their ninth studio album, “Foot of the Mountain”.

It’s seems that everyone has an A-ha memory, even the support act Reammon, who’s lead singer paid tribute to the band for being the soundtrack to his first kiss!

As soon as Mags started playing those famous synth hooks we were transported back to the 80s, bopping and singing along to iconic numbers like Take on Me, Scoundrel Days and the bond movie theme the Living Daylights. And numbers from the latest album, including title track Foot of the Mountain, the Bandstand and Riding the Crest of the Wave were interwoven into the band’s energetic set.

If you didn’t make the itunes concert, each performance has been recorded and will be available to download exclusively on . You can get your hands on the new A-ha album from 27th July.

DYR recommends that if you want tickets to A-ha’s autumn UK tour, you’d better hurry.
The band is most definitely in the rock and roll hall of fame and, oh yes, Morten is still really hot!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

DYR interviews A-ha!

Check out the full inteview:

DYR caught up with A-ha’s lead singer Morten Harket and keyboard and guitarist Magne Furuholmen (‘Mags’) in a London recording studio. The band rose to fame with the launch of their first album ‘Hunting High And Low’ in 1985. The 2009 release, ‘Foot of the Mountain’, their ninth studio album, has all the hallmark driving synths, strong melody and melancholic lyrics, that fans will love.

Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, the third member of A-ha, has always been the band’s main songwriter. Ingenious lyrics have formed part of group’s songs with the themes of weather, love and dreams filling their writing. For example the 1985 single “Dream myself alive” and now one of today’s lyrics “Life is the dream you wake up to, dreams are the life from which you wake,” from the track “Sunny Mystery”.

Mags explained that both he and Morten now also write lyrics. “We are guests in the English language, and I’m really passionate about English.” Mags’ mum was an English teacher and he says that he has an appreciation of the precision and possibilities of the language and now only reads in English!

And the legendary synth hooks, well they keep the classic A-ha energy though-out the new 10-track album. Both Mags and Morten agree that with creativity “There’s no time limit to any of this at all.”

The band is playing the I-tunes festival in London on Friday 24th July and will return in the Autumn for three shows: Monday 2 Nov - National Indoor Arena – Birmingham, Tuesday 3 Nov - Manchester Evening News Arena – Manchester and Wednesday 4 Nov - O2 Arena – London

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

It's A Gag A Minute!

Looking for a book to take on holiday with you? Why not check out 'The Laugh Makers: A Behind-The-Scenes Tribute To Bob Hope's Incredible Gag Writers', available to buy here. Whether you're lounging poolside in Croatia or sitting on a beach in Cornwall, writer Bob Mills has the power to instantly transport you to a bygone era of "variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter and a seemingly endless parade of laughs."

Through 82 photos and countless anecdotes, Bob Mills tells of the goings-on behind the scenes on The Bob Hope Show, focusing on the show's talented gag writers. Celebrity gossip-mongers will be well satisfied, just as those after nothing more than a return to slapstick will be. Fans of the Bob Hope golden era should head to our page on Hee Haw for more information and the chance to leave your own memories of some of the great gag writers of all-time.

Let us know what you think - and have a happy holiday!