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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.

With a-ha's debut album mainly consisting of synth pop, the press were quick to dismiss them as a teeny bop sensation; however, there was more to the group 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. The year 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. Released in 2002, 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 a-ha 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. In 2009, upon issuing their ninth studio album, Foot of the Mountain, a-ha announced that they would be retiring. However, they returned in 2015 with a new album, Cast in Steel, followed by a world tour. ~ Kelvin Hayes
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Selected Discography

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Track List: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon

1. Crying In The Rain

2. Early Morning

3. I Call Your Name

4. Slender Frame

5. East Of The Sun

6. Sycamore Leaves

7. Waiting For Her

8. Cold River

9. The Way We Talk

10. Rolling Thunder

11. (Seemingly) Nonstop July

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Track List: Stay On These Roads

1. Stay On These Roads

2. The Blood That Moves The Body

3. Touchy!

4. This Alone Is Love

5. Hurry Home

6. The Living Daylights

7. There's Never A Forever Thing

8. Out Of Blue Comes Green

9. You Are The One

10. You'll End Up Crying

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Track List: Scoundrel Days

1. Scoundrel Days

2. The Swing Of Things

3. I've Been Losing You

4. October

5. Manhattan Skyline

6. Cry Wolf

7. We're Looking For The Whales

8. The Weight Of The Wind

9. Maybe, Maybe

10. Soft Rains Of April

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Track List: Cast In Steel

1. Cast In Steel

2. Under The Makeup

3. The Wake

4. Forest Fire

5. Objects In The Mirror

6. Door Ajar

7. Living At The End Of The World

8. Mythomania

9. She's Humming A Tune

10. Shadow Endeavours

11. Giving Up The Ghost

12. Goodbye Thompson

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Track List: Hunting High And Low

1. Take On Me

2. Train Of Thought

3. Hunting High And Low

4. The Blue Sky

5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale

6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.

7. And You Tell Me

8. Love Is Reason

10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain

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Track List: Take On Me (Kygo Remix) (Single)

1. Take On Me (Kygo Remix)

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Oh my gosh!!! I love this song! Which one is Pal Waakater or whatever?
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whoo! best song ever!
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80s is the best music now will never be like the 80s NEVER!!!!!
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Classic
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This song never gets old! I love it!
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Love how this song is tropical ! I like both versions but I have to say I'm liking this way better!!!!

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Awesome.
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Used this song in my cocktail hour at my wedding
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Yes
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I can listen to Aha all day long, their songs are awesome, great lyrics. Paal is a genious, Mags an artist and Morten...wel l , he is a lot of things and still hot!!!
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take on me sorry
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take me on is awesome
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One of the most underrated bands of all time, they are awesome!
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:))
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80's music is fun music.
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Classic just wonderful!
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Bloody good mate's
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Love this song!
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A great song, with a great beat.
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Good
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Yassss
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Love the 80's. The songs made no sense, but are still better than the crap we have today.
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I love them and all there song's
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I can airflyboy
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Arghhhhhhhhh ! ! ! !
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The best band ever!!! Can't wait to them in concert for their 2016 Cast In Steel tour!!! Woohoo!!!♡☆: ) : >
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Can anyone read this
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I dont know what to say but I will say it anyway
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here we go remember ?
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Jam, jam, jam, I can hear this song all day long!!
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PHUCKIN love this song and video.. Not big into Aha but this song is the shiit
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One of my favs!!!
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Love the video
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The Video was a true ground breaker!
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This is my mom's favorite 80s song. I love this song so much!!
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love this 80's band.
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Definitely 1 of the coolest songs and video ever made.. Ol school
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I love A-Ha ;p
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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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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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