Pickled Herring (Take on This!)

Published July 14, 2015 by authorbebedora

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Take on This!

—-Pickled Herring—-

     Every time a reporter comments on how young the lads *still* look—especially Morten—I have to chuckle.

Maybe it’s because the looks on their faces covertly let on to the fact that they are 937% done with hearing that question. Or perhaps it’s from the responses that come after. Whatever it is, I almost want to hear the dreaded observations from the reporters—just to see their reactions.

Mischievous, I know.

I’m sure they’ve heard it all. But to be honest, the interviewers do bring up a valid point. Now, we know that the boys don’t like to address their youthful appearances, but let’s face it—they really have aged incredibly well.

The sheer fact that, for most of the last decade Morten didn’t look a day over thirty-something, is incredible. And the last five years have been very kind as well. Let’s face it…they all look about fifteen years younger than they actually are. Maybe it’s the water in Norway; perhaps it’s the cold crisp air. Personally, I’d like to think that it’s a combination of fantastic genetics and a healthy lifestyle.

And the fact that they’re just drop-dead gorgeous to begin with.

Or…it could be one of many other hilarious options.

We’ve all heard the rumors.

Morten is a vampire? You do have to admit that most entities of the sanguine variety tend to have youthful appearances. I mean, who wouldn’t? Eternal life? Sleep all day, stay out of the sun. We all know too much sun is bad for you anyway.
Personally, I really don’t like confined spaces, so sleeping in a coffin would be out. And the whole blood drinking thing?

That’s a big fat no.

But Morten and his dry sense of humor took it all in stride. When Akira the Don brought it up in a 2009 interview, rather than shoo it off or be offended, our favorite Norwegian took it to another whole dimension.

“You just need access to the blood bank. You don’t have to…you know…”

Clearly he’s thought this through. He isn’t into biting necks. He understands the logistics of a clean blood supply.

Our quick-witted Norwegian lad had once again landed an epic comeback.

Reporters ask what kind of moisturizer they use, whether or not the freezer-like quality of Norway’s climate has anything to do with their youthful appearances throughout the decades.

I think one of my all-time favorites came from a morning talk show chat in 2002. Before I get into the details of what was said—and how Morten reacted—let me first just say that he was SMOKING HOT in this interview. Like, on fire.

//falls down//

Which, I’m sure, lead to the comment from the interviewer—who just happened to be a man.

The session started off with your typical intro by one of the two reporters. She gave your run of the mill intro about A-ha and Take on Me, and how the boys were back with a new album and single. She even mentioned to get in a crack about them being “the best thing to come out of Norway since pickled herring.”

And let me tell you, the female reporter wasted no time in getting into the subject that the lads have said time and time again they’re sick of talking about.

“Didn’t all that ‘sex god’ thing embarrass you?”

Aaaaaand here we go…

Morten’s expression says it all. It’s as if he was thinking, “Oh man, not again.”

“It does now.” He’s quick to point out that you can’t take any of that stuff seriously. I’m sure it’s haunted him his whole career—even life. I mean, he didn’t start being that handsome only when he decided to be a pop star. He’s been dealing with this his entire life.

But you could see from Morten’s expression after the fact that he was dreading the question/remark he knew had to be coming. I just bet he wasn’t expecting it from from a guy…

“You must know that you’re exceptionally good looking.”

I’ll even admit that I was shocked. Usually, it’s the women that are making those observations, most often with flushed cheeks. Some even fan themselves in Morten’s presence. And he sits there gracefully and accepts the affection.

But his response?

Pure Morten.


He admits it. He doesn’t try and deny it. He knows he’s a handsome man. His answer is short and sweet.

And then “let’s move on.” He’s a professional question-avoider. Just ask Terry Wogan. He’s obviously a little embarrassed by all the attention paid to his looks and seems just a tad relieved when the male host obliges him and changes the subject.

He’s heard that phrase in one form or another so many times that one might think he’s almost immune to it.


But he’s very quick to point out one very important fact.
“…but there’s a difference between us and pickled herring. We *are* fresh.”

And there you have it.

So, I guess it comes down to this secret: vampirism and a good moisturizer.

And maybe a little bit of pickled herring. As long as it’s fresh.

Keep that in mind, people.







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