Three musicians from Norway moved to England and formed A-Ha in 1982. Paul Waaktaar-Savoy played guitar, Magne Furuholmen played keyboards and guitar, and Morten Harket supplied vocals on their records. Paul wrote a song named A-Ha, and when the song didn’t appeal to the other members, the name was attractive enough to get used for the band instead.
The band worked on a song originally titled Miss Erie in 1984 and reworked the lyrics into Take On Me. They shot a video for the original version of the song, but it failed to attract much attention. A rerecorded version of the song with almost identical vocals but slightly different musical backup also failed to click, but in 1985 they released the song with a video that included rotoscoped artwork. The video helped earn the group eight MTV Video Award nominations. They won six of the awards, including Best Video Of The Year. The record peaked at #1 on the US Hot 100 in 1985 and reached #2 in the UK. The video is closing in on a billion views on YouTube.
Their second single, Love Is The Reason, failed to chart anywhere. In 1986, the group released their third single, The Sun Always Shines On TV. The start of the video for that single connected to their video for Take On Me but gave the couple a sad ending. The record only reached #20 on the Hot 100 but topped the charts in the UK and Ireland. The record also reached the top ten on the US Dance Chart and eight other countries.
The video for their next single, Train Of Thought, began where the video for The Sun Always Shines On TV ended, but the single failed to chart in the US. The group had one more single from their second album that reached #50 on the US Hot 100 but the band never got on the chart again after that.
The band continued to be successful in Norway (where they had nine number-one singles) and Germany (where they had even more top forty singles than they did in Norway). Some of their records also reached charts in other countries for over twenty years.
The band took a break beginning in 1994 so that members could work on solo projects, but they reunited in 1998. Several more breaks and reunions followed. The band was on the charts again as recently as 2010 and continues to tour as a group.
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