Another Band Test

Okay, here we go. Name three a-ha songs. I was a big a-ha fan (still am, actually), so I can name a lotta songs from them. But I’m guessing my two audience members weren’t a-ha fans. So tell me, what are three of their songs? As always, no peeking.

8 thoughts on “Another Band Test

  1. Isaac Kelley February 12, 2021 / 12:42 pm

    I feel like these questions really just underline that we are half-a-generation out of synch musically.

    I cannot name three A-Ha songs. But I can name a bunch of Reel Big Fish songs, of which, their cover of “Take on Me” was their second biggest hit.

  2. joshwilson1977 February 12, 2021 / 1:57 pm

    Obligatory “Take on Me”. Also “The Sun Always Shines on TV”. After that, pretty sure I’ve never even heard a third.

    These are fun. Wish I could have you fellas over to join my wife and I for our usual Friday post-work music video happy hour, but you can check out our 3000+ video playlist. [] We (and by “we” I mean mostly Kristen) went through every 120 Minutes episode list and added every video, plus we’ve added hundreds of others. Clearly we need more a-ha though.

  3. ethanabides February 12, 2021 / 2:02 pm

    I have heard of Reel Big Fish. If I remember correctly, they didn’t impress me. But it’s been a looong time since I heard them. I don’t technically know any of their songs, except of course, “Take On Me”. Learned that one from you just now. So you’re saying it’s all a matter of timing? I can see that. Well, not ALL a matter of timing. I was into these bands (except for Wang Chung), and didn’t really know anybody else who was.

    As a direct result of posting these tests, I just bought a Simple Minds album, _Once Upon A Time_ (1985), which is the one I had when I was a kid. Good stuff.

  4. ethanabides February 12, 2021 / 2:06 pm

    Josh, for my Money _Scoundrel Days_ is the best a-ha album if you’re looking to get something. Their second album. The single was “Cry Wolf”.

  5. ethanabides February 12, 2021 / 2:35 pm

    Josh, I’ve poked around, and that is a fearsome playlist. I can’t get into it though. I looked at it for ten minutes, watched a few videos, and bought an album already. The Other Ones if you’re curious. Found it on Amazon. I knew their song “Holiday” but “We Are What We Are” was new to me. And I now have it. If I go through the whole list I’m liable to spend a shitload of money I don’t have, and I don’t have the willpower. 🙂

  6. Isaac Kelley February 12, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    Re: Reel Big Fish.

    They… are not real impressive. I like them more than they are good, because I’m a sucker for 3rd Wave Ska.

  7. Isaac Kelley February 12, 2021 / 2:44 pm

    Re: Video Playlist

    I love music videos. Love ’em! The idea of a weekly music video happy hour is a lovely one. I’ve been curating my own, much much smaller list of music videos, although I’ve been ripping them to a hard drive instead of creating a Youtube playlist. I am going to be rifling through your list like crazy.

  8. joshwilson1977 February 15, 2021 / 1:49 pm

    Post-DS9-blogging I was going to do some music video blogging but never worked up the energy. Maybe these posts will be inspiring.

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