Sunday, May 9th, 2010
"The Sun Always Shines On TV"
Delays cover a-ha
Rate Your MusicYes, this is two a-ha covers in a row, but come on – they’re breaking up after this tour, and then there’ll never be occasion to post any of their songs again. And plenty of you wanted the tickets to their show at Massey Hall tomorrow night, so don’t pretend you’re too cool for them. Congratulations go out to Dimitri and Samuel for winning the tickets, by the way.
As for this tune, the original isn’t as famous as their most famous song – otherwise it would be their most famous song – but it is probably my favourite (and apparently also U2’s – scrub to 1:25). It was also selected for re-interpretation by Britan’s Delays for a 2006 Q cover compilation CD that payed tribute to 1986, when “The Sun Always Shines On TV” topped the UK charts in January. Their version moves at a more droning, mechanical pace and strikes a more melancholic tone, but is still grand in its way. It works.
Delays will release their new album Star Tiger, Star Ariel on June 21. a-ha calls it a day in December. The Toronto Star has an interview with guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.