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MUSIC: Three teenagers living in small-town 1970s Norway go on to become one of the 80s top-selling acts, and music pioneers in the process.

There is one short part of this film, not more than a few frames, played without its initial sound. It shows the notorious moment when Jimmy Hendrix plays the guitar with his teeth. The clip is placed where the band members remember their early musical influences. But with the clips of The Doors, Uriah Heep, and Freddy Mercury…we hear their music, only Hendrix is silent and covered by the voiceover explaining that «certain bands can amaze you, but you can’t copy them». It’s not about copying, of course. This detail represents the essence of a-ha’s success; that is, they literally «silenced the guitar» when, at their beginnings, the two founding members, Pål Waaktaar-Savoy and Magne Furuholmen, decided that the latter will start playing the . . .

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Melita Zajc
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