Scoundrel Days

adf28bacd7a0efadd8bd7110_LHard to believe it was more than 20 years ago today since a-ha released their second album, “Scoundrel Days,” the follow-up to their global monster LP, “Hunting High And Low” featuring that one terrific pop song with the coolest video ever. As noted, I am an unapologetic a-ha fan. You don’t know what you’re missing. Can’t say I love Coldplay, but they credit the band as their primary influence. Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and The Pet Shop Boys are fans too.

And “Scoundrel Days” remains their masterpiece, a dark, sweeping collection of Norwegian angst and opera, fueled by Paul Waaktar-Savoy and Mags gift for synth scope and melody, topped with Morten Harkett’s soaring voice. I particularly adore the seasonal track, “October” with Harkett’s whispering vocal backed by the evocative electronic sounds of Waaktar-Savoy at his very best. While the album fared poorly in America, sealing their fate here as “one-hit wonder,” the sincere Autumnal pop epic was eagerly received globally. Still, the eco-conscious third single from “Scoundrel Days” ended up a top 20 club hit in the states and number 40 on the charts, a tribute to such an odd song. As a-ha represent the spectral ambiance of the October country, here’s “Cry Wolf”:

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