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A-Ha

Pal Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen, formerly of Bridges formed a-ha in the early '80s. Morten Harket joined the duo, and they left for the now "legendary London flat" (so called because of its state of disrepair) to make it. By late 1983 they had achieved part of that goal by signing to WEA. "Take on Me" took three times to become a hit in the U.K., eventually hitting number two in November 1985. Going one better in the U.S. mainly due to the wide exposure of its stunning video on MTV, which fused animation with real-life action, their only further hit there was "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." which became a U.K. number one in early 1986 helping take the album Hunting High and Low to the Top Ten.

Mostly an album of synth pop, the press were quick to dismiss them as a teeny bop sensation; however, there was more to a-ha than met the ear in Waaktaar's writing, and a more mature effort, Scoundrel Days, was released in October 1986. More focused, it had a stronger band feel thanks to its live drumming, displayed to great lengths on "The Swing of Things and lead single "I've Been Losing You" -- a shock to critics at the time. Further striking imagery accompanied "Cry Wolf." After a world tour, a-ha supplied the soundtrack to the James Bond flick The Living Daylights. A remix appeared on their third album, Stay on These Roads, in 1988. Considered lackluster, Stay on These Roads did feature some interesting lyrics in "Blood That Moves the Body," regarding the over-intense affection the Japanese had for popular icons in their kamikaze-like suicides. On a lighter note, one of the famous quotes of this period came from Waaktaar: commenting on Def Leppard's success with Hysteria, he scoffed that a-ha were more rock & roll!

In 1990, a-ha were commended by the Everly Brothers for their rendition of "Crying in the Rain" from their fourth album, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which was largely ignored in the U.K. due to a shift in interests toward dance and the Manchester scene. 1993 heralded some much needed new blood in the U2 terrain of "Dark Is the Night" from the Memorial Beach album. Following the unfortunate lack of success following Memorial Beach, Furuholmen retreated into the art world while Waaktaar released the album Mary Is Coming with his new band Savoy. Seven years after the release of Memorial Beach, a-ha issued Minor Earth Major Sky in summer 2000. 2002's Lifelines sold well in Europe and was followed by a lengthy tour, documented on the live album How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head, which was released in 2003.

A year later the band celebrated their 20th anniversary by releasing Singles 1984-2004, a collection that would put them back on the U.K. Top 20 Albums chart. In July of 2005 the band performed in Berlin as part of the massive worldwide event Live8. In November they released the new album Analogue. It was supported by a worldwide tour that included gigs in Russia and a festival in Chile. The group's ninth studio album, Foot of the Mountain, was released in 2009. ~ Kelvin Hayes, Rovi
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I remember in highschool in drama class I had to dance to a song and act it out and I chose Dream Myself Alive. LOL
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Kiss your hand 10 times
Post this on 2 other songs
Look at your hand
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I freaking love this song so much and the music video ^^
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i was born in the wrong generation
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Miss the 80"s
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A-ha are a good pop band. I Love there music is good. i am starting to love there music are very good i rock this band.
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Take On Me Take Me On!!!!!!!!!! !
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This group right here (OMG) love it LoL❤️
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Such a cool group of guys they knew how to party
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I love the music video for Take On Me.
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i Love a-ha so mush I want to see them on tour in the pack Senter at timberlane high school to entertain the all levels grades students/sta f f I want to get the tickets online for free i will be in please to see a-has good music they made i will rock it
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niamh2002
Take on me
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love this song
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Miss the 80"s!
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One of my many favourite 80s song,I love the 80s my childhood memories :-)
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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Great music
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100,000 people,
I'm the one they blame
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Brings me back to the 80s good times
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I dream my self alive as I stand here and die with the time for living passing me by my breath falls out in wanton sigh feeling the death that gave my hope wings to fly crash down like so many lies though my thoughts leave no room for good byes my life ends and it begins but its only on the other side that I find out why
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One of favorite 80's songs
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I Cry to this song since me and my best friend who moved singed this song together ��
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Love this song❤
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Love this song it reminds me of my childhood
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Take on me take me on!!!!
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xD it does
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Go to KFC and Take on Me plays every ten minutes.
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Take on me!LOL.Love it
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The video Takes me on get it?
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@Alexjordan7 9 so true...that video is awesome
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This song had a great music video
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Take me on!!
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Take on Me.
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brianwlmsn
As good as it gets for the 80s...outsta n d i n g !
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Follow me for music you might like. I like the song.
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Too cool to be fully appreciated at the time. Go to iTunes and sample their stuff, f**ked up good, no lie.
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80 the best of music !
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Mmmmm, yeah........ . . T a k e On Me NOW. A-Ha ... Hahahahahaha h a
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Always on in the bars in Olongopo, PI...
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I'm in love with the 80's.
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Take on me
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rourri
check out the post 80's albums... they are really good. Also Morten's solo work as well. Morten's daughter Tomine has a phenomenal voice and has released 3 singles so far.
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Apparently, a-ha is that good ( I only listened to "Take On Me", lol)
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Totally miss the 80s feel
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Love the 60's, Love the 70's. Love the 80's. Like the 90's, Dislike the 2000's. Hate the 2010's. What comes after Hate?
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Love the 80s
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Morten is so dreamy <3
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Me to Julie. Follow me for music you might like.
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I like the regular song than the extended version of Take On Me!
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Love the music video for Take me On
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