All Videos

2011 Stay on these roads live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YClqllG1LU

  • Director: Matt Askem
  • Clip: 14:43
  • CD: Ending On A High Note
  • Album: Ending On A High Note
  • Single: None

2011 Summer moved on live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjFstWjdOA4

  • Director: Matt Askem
  • Clip: 5:02
  • CD: Ending On A High Note
  • Album: Ending On A High Note
  • Single: Summer Moved On (Live)

2010 Butterfly (the last hurrah) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZjXysUwmM4

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 3:40
  • CD: available on the album 25.
  • Album: 25
  • Single: Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)

2009 Shadowside  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IRMhLr9LAY

  • Director: Uwe Flade
  • Clip: 3:30
  • CD: available on the bonus DVD included with a special release in Germany
  • Album: Foot Of The Mountain
  • Single: Shadowside

2009 Nothing is keeping you here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn9wwyI-SCQ

  • Director: Uwe Flade
  • Clip: 3:03
  • CD: available on the bonus DVD included with a special release in Germany
  • Album: Foot Of The Mountain
  • Single: Nothing is Keeping You Here

2009 Foot of the mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FibJebSe-k

  • Director: Olaf Heine, Co-Director: Mik Rahner
  • CD: available on the bonus DVD included with a special release in Germany
  • Clip: 3:36
  • Album: Foot Of The Mountain
  • Single: Foot Of The Mountain

This was the first release from a-ha last official studio album. The video was recorded in Berlin and along the Baltic Sea. The song charted at #3 in Germany, and was named the theme song for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin

  • Director: Paul Gore
  • CD: never released on video
  • Clip: 3:50
  • Album: Analogue
  • Single: Cosy Prisons and Picture disk

This video is one of the more uncommon a-ha videos. It has never been released on DVD or CD singles. It was slated to be released on the German CD single, but this was canceled before the actual release. The video was filmed in London at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, which was a sewage pumping station built in the 1860s.

2005 Analogue (all I want) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_J5-gmhRA

  • Director: Howard Greenhalgh
  • CD: Analogue (All I want) many version
  • Clip: 3:49
  • Album: Analogue
  • Single: Analogue (All I want) and Picture disk

This was the first single released from “Analogue” in the United Kingdom. The song was originally entitled “Minor Key Sonata” and the demo was included on the single released in Europe. This is the second video made from the album “Analogue”, and both videos are recorded in black and white. Howard Greenhalgh has done over 200 music videos including Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun, Sting: If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, Pet Shop Boys: Go West, Puff Daddy: Come with Me, George Michael: Jesus to a Child and Counting Crows: Daylight Fading to name but a few.

  • Director: Jörn Heitmann
  • Clip: 3:41
  • CD: Bonus track on the CD-single
  • Album: Analogue
  • Single: Celice

A-ha took a turn from their usual video direction to a more controversial video for Celice. Shot in Berlin, and partially inside a working brothel, the subject matter for the video was human vices and temptation. Some of the topics included drug addiction, suicide, prostitution, masochism, unwanted pregnancy, and illicit affairs. Magne is quoted as saying, “The video is about people who have lost their direction in the hunt for meaning – and loneliness as a result of lost innocence”. The video is mostly shot in black and white with thermal imaging video enhancement. Two similar videos were made for Celice, one of which demonstrated female nudity and more background story for the more commonly seen video. Inspiration for the song was attributed to the popular novel, “The DaVinci Code” where a known torture device called a cilice (actually pronounced sill-liss) was used to punish one’s self for thinking impure thoughts. A-ha’s “Celice” is a double entendre for the torture device, and the name of a woman named “Celice” whose presence seems to torture the men. It was rumoured that the song would be in the soundtrack to the film, but this did not occur. The video topped #1 in 2 European countries and hit the top 50 in 8 European countries.

2003 The sun always shines on tv live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILWJRDmmrg

  • Director: Lauren Savoy
  • Clip: 1min sample
  • CD: The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live)
  • Album: How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head
  • Single: The Sun Always Shines On TV (Live)

A-ha originally performed this version as a part of their comeback at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998 along with a new song, “Summer Moved On.” This is the only song a-ha has ever re-released as a live recording, and it was the only single from “How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head” to be released. The video is also one of the few live action videos a-ha has actually recorded in concert with the footage taken from their “Lifelines” tour and the music recorded at the Netherlands’ Heineken Music Hall on 8 October 2002.

2002 Did anyone approach you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwg8HYfmhO0

  • Director: Lauren Savoy
  • Clip: 4:12
  • CD: Did anyone approach you?
  • Album: Lifelines
  • Single: Did Anyone Approach You?

Another video filmed by Lauren Savoy, which was shot at Ullevaal Stadion on 8 June 2002. The subject was the first concert on the “Lifelines” tour, dubbed an “Afternoon High.”This was the largest concert attendance in the stadium in Oslo

2002 Lifelines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCkbfyk6XGc

  • (Original Short Movie, 1991)
  • Director: Jesper Hiro, Based on the short film footage directed by Morten Skallerud
  • Clip: 4:24
  • CD: lifelines in green and red cover version
  • Album: Lifelines
  • Single: Lifelines

This was the second single to the last studio album, “Lifelines”. This video is based on a Norwegian short film: “A Year along the Abandoned Road,” directed by Morten Skallerud in 1991. Time lapse photography was used to make the video, 50 000 times the normal speed. The original film was 12 minutes long and was filmed over 105 days, and edited to fit the song length and scenes with the band members. The subject of the short film was Børfjord, a semi-deserted fisherman’s village in Northern Norway. The quote at the beginning of the video was taken from a poem written by the king of Norway.

2002 Forever not yours  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqdFTPyW5L0

  • (Original Short Movie, 1991)
  • Director: Harald Zwart
  • CD: forever not yours two version of cover
  • Clip: 4:06
  • Album: Lifeines
  • Single: Forever Not Yours

This was the first song released from the new album. “Lifelines”. The song was released on Valentine’s Day, ironically, considering the subject matter of the song. The video was filmed on location in Cuba. The theme of the video was based on the Biblical floods and Noah’s Ark. There are many famous faces entering the ‘VIP entrance’ in this video if you watch closely. You may spot look-a-likes for Desmond Tutu, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, and the queen of England, to name a few. The final scene once again is used for a-ha to make fun of themselves. The VIP entrance turns out to be an entrance to a work hall for the crew. Morten: ” ‘Forever Not Yours’ is one of those songs that sums us up. Melancholy, and at the same time uplifting – soaring.”

2000 I wish I cared https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhsZcxnwLB4

  • Director: Henrik Haugen
  • Clip: 3:32
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Live at Vallhall – Homecoming (as bonus)
  • Album: Minor Earth | Major Sky
  • Single: None

This song has the distinction of being the first web-based fully animated flash music video to be made available. Madonna was a close second. “I Wish I Cared” was featured on the TV series “Smallville” in the episode entitled “Dichotic.” Morten appears in this video, but the other band members do not. The video features phrases in various European languages, but the band has a clever pun when the phrase, “Your take on me scares me” flies through the screen. Paul: “When Morten sang, ‘It’s Not Fair’ in full falsetto, it was a bit much. Our suggestion (Paul and Lauren), ‘I Wish I Cared,’ gave the text a totally different angle.

2000 Velvet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQWZl21Ox5Y

  • Director: Harld Zwart
  • Clip: 4:09
  • CD: Minor Earth | Major Sky Maxi box
  • DVD: Live at Vallhall – Homecoming (as bonus)
  • Album: Minor Earth | Major Sky
  • Single: Velvet

This song was actually released on Savoy’s first album, “Mary Is Coming”. Savoy’s version was released as a single in the US, but got very little airplay. A-ha’s version of “Velvet” replaced Savoy’s guitars with sitars. The director of this video was Harald Zwart, who also directs Hollywood movies. The “licking version” got its name because a second version of the video features a kiss instead of the lick from the older nurse seen near the end of the video.

2000 Minor earth / major sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awnhonto-8s

  • Director: Philip Stölzl
  • Clip: 4:32
  • CD: Minor Earth | Major Sky Maxi box
  • DVD: Live at Vallhall – Homecoming (as bonus)
  • Album: Minor Earth | Major Sky
  • Single: Minor Earth | Major Sky

The special effects of this video made some fans question if the real lunar landing had ever occurred – in jest! This video was filmed in an abandoned mine in the Prague, Czech Repulic. The suits worn by a-ha in this video were reproductions of real lunar suits. They had been originally used in the movie “Apollo 13.” The theme of this video is based in reality; Paul and Magne have always complained that Morten is late to every meeting and concert and interview. In this video they thought it would be fun to leave him behind. For the “Minor Earth | Major Tour” this was the first song on the setlist. The song reached #1 in 3 European nations.

2000 Summer moved on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVl4qvHuY8g

  • Director: A. Berg
  • Clip: 4:05
  • CD: Minor Earth | Major Sky Maxi box
  • DVD: Live at Vallhall – Homecoming (as bonus)
    One Night at McCool’s
  • Album: Minor Earth | Major Sky
  • Single: Summer Moved On

This video was the first release from a-ha in more than 6 years, appearing on a new album for the first time in 7 years. The video was shot in Cadiz, Spain over the course of one very cold day in April, 2000. This was the first release from the album “Minor Earth | Major Sky.” The song was originally hastily written after a-ha agreed to a one-time reunion at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998. There had been a lot of bad feelings between the band members, and each was hesitant to reunite. The thunderous success at the concert in performing only 2 songs inspired the band to reunite after a 4 year hiatus to record their sixth album for release in 2000. This song became a #1 hit in much of Europe, but the album failed to be released in the US. This song was released in Canada and charted at #18.

1994 Shapes that go together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV8soEbJE0g

  • Director: Barry Maguire
  • CD: Shapes that go together two version in red and green
  • Clip: 4:13
  • Album: None
  • Single: Shapes That Go Together

When a new a-ha album did not appear, and solo albums began to be released, it was feared that this was a-ha’s last song. Ironically entitled “Shapes That Go Together,” there was a significant amount of discord within the band at the time of the song’s release. This song was released in February 1994. a-ha’s last concert of the 90s was held in June in Russia, with the band going their separate ways afterwards. This song was a-ha’s biggest ‘flop’ since the first release of “Take On Me.” It reached #27 on the charts in the UK, and was in the charts for 3 weeks total. It did not chart in the top 50 in any other country. This is the only a-ha song released as a single that never found a home on an album. The song was the official theme of the 1994 Paralympic games held in Lillehammer, Norway following the Olympic winter games a few weeks earlier. This video is not commercially available.

1993 Angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht0lPunQrTo

  • Director: Howard Greenhalgh
  • CD: Angel double cd with paper cover
  • Clip: 4:13
  • Album: Memorial Beach
  • Single: Angel

“Angel” was written as a wedding present for Lauren, Paul’s wife It is customary at Norwegian weddings that the husband-to-be profess his love for the bride in a unique way, and “Angel In The Snow” was Paul’s contribution. “Angel” appears on “Memorial Beach,” but unfortunately was recorded during a dark time in a-ha’s history. The band rarely plays any songs from this era in concert. The live version of this video is not available but ironically was performed at the Valhall concert released on DVD. It is unclear why this was the only song left off of the video. There were actually two versions of this video. The first version was very similar, but included a quick scene featuring two fans, one of whom won the MTV contest to be in the video. It was only shown a few times, and version two replaced it in rotation.

1993 Dark is the night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ZgER4uf3A

  • Director: Erick Ifergan
  • CD: dark is the night
  • Clip: 3:51
  • Album: Memorial Beach
  • Single: Dark Is The Night

The entire album “Memorial Beach” was recorded at Prince’s Paisley Park studios. There were two versions of this video released. The first version was actually banned by MTV and described as “too disturbing.” The second version of the video features more scenes of the band than the original. The scenes that were removed included people in various forms of bondage, such as being tied to sticks, making ambulation impossible. One scene in the original shows Morten’s head ripping through the skin of his abdomen. This video is not available on any video or DVD release. This was a-ha’s last song released in the USA as a single.

1991 Move to memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbF2swavgSA

  • Director: Erick Ifergan
  • Clip: 4:04
  • CD: move to memphis
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Memorial Beach
  • Single: Move To Memphis 7″ and 12″

This song was originally included on the “Headlines and Deadlines” compilation CD before being included on “Memorial Beach,” a-ha’s fifth album. This is the only video to clearly feature Morten’s long hair sported in the early 1990s. The abstract nature of this video was new for a-ha. This style was continued in other videos from the 1990s as well. The subject matter was quite a change for a-ha, featuring a drag queen and a man in sadomasochistic bondage. The LP version of “Move To Memphis” is slightly different than the album version. This video appears on some – but not all – versions of the “Headlines and Deadlines” VHS video, but on all versions of the DVD.

1991 There’s never a forever thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2yTIBd4aHA

  • Director: Lauren Savoy
  • Clip: 2:54
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: East of the sun and west of the moon
  • Single: Promo only

This song was never released as a single. Paul wrote “There’s Never A Forever Thing” for Lauren when her stepfather died. Lauren recorded this video depicting the plight of the homeless everywhere. A similar video had appeared for Phil Collins. It was reported that this video was placed on “Headlines and Deadlines” when “The Living Daylights” was not included.

1991 Sycamore leaves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTjvvfv3R2o

  • Director: Odd Arvid Strømstad
  • Clip: 5:07
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon
  • Single: None

This song was never released as a single. The video was taken as an excerpt from a recording on NRK – Norwegian television. This song has been recorded by Savoy, Paul’s band, as a remake. During the Lifelines tour, Paul sang the song live instead of Morten. Magne: ” ‘Sycamore Leaves’ is a little more rock-like in attitude, more Doors wannabe, but the song has the customary Waaktaar qualities in lyrics and melody.”

1991 I’ve been losing you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTm2wGTzDCc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL_GGtlSWbc each take from the same DVD one is a live version one is an unplugged

  • Director: Odd Arvid Strømstad
  • Clip: 4:51
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Scoundrel Days
  • Single: None

The video was taken as an excerpt from a recording on NRK – Norwegian television. This version of the song appears on the original release of “Headlines and Deadlines” but was not the original release of the song.

1991 Early morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxfJKBJA89A

  • Director: Michael Burlingame
  • Clip: 3:04
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon
  • Single: Early Morning 12″

This video is taken from footage recorded during the South American tour which included the Rock in Rio II show. Paul\s wife Lauren is also responsible for the making of this video. The rhythm section in the song was meant to appeal to and was inspired by the previous experience that the band had when on tour in South America. Some of the footage is behind the scenes stadium practices for the band. Magne: ” ‘Early Morning’ is practically custom-made for old Doors fans.”

1990 I call your name https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dksS0ldd-BU

  • Director: Michael Burlingame
  • Clip: 4:05
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon
  • Single: I Call Your Name 12″

This was released from a-ha’s fourth studio album, “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” The tour for this album set the record concert attendance in Brazil for a paid concert of approximately 200 000 attendees. This concert tour was filmed by Lauren and released as “Live In South America.” The video was shot during a mock studio recording session, and was filmed by Lauren. One of Magne’s favorite authors is featured in the video with his book sitting on the piano beside Magne. Sigurd Køhn played saxophone on this song on tour for a-ha during the 1990s (but he did not appear on the album). Sigurd – who also does not appear in this video – was one of the thousands of people killed during the tsunami of December 2004.

1990 Crying in the rain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-WPexVEujg

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 4:27
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon
  • Single: Crying In The Rain 12″

The theme of this video is a robbery gone wrong. This is actually the second version of this video, the first version did not feature any of the scenes of Morten singing alone. The video was filmed entirely with a specific technique of mobile cameras. This is the only commercially available song that a-ha has remade unless you include “Velvet,” first released with Savoy, or Magne’s “Dragonfly.” Following the success of this song, a-ha became closer to the Everly Brothers, who had originally written the song. They were each presented with a set of guitars by the Everly Brothers that a-ha continue to use. Morten’s solo career spawned from his ability to learn to play and write music from that guitar. The video was filmed in Big Timber, Montana.

1988 You are the one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wut994fxYA8

  • Director: Damon Heath
  • Clip: 3:28
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Stay On These Roads
  • Single: You Are The One 7″ and picture disk

This video was filmed in the United States and some of the scenes in the video were shot at the base of the former World Trade Center towers. The restaurant shown in this video is famous for more than this video. The restaurant was the workplace of one of the “Friends” and also “Spiderman’s” love interest. “You Are The One” is one of the very few ‘happy’ songs written and performed by a-ha. The song reached the top 10 only in Poland, but did make it to number 12 in the UK charts.

1988 Touchy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJqNM19ueMs

  • Director: Kevin Moloney
  • Clip: 4:32
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Stay On These Roads
  • Single: Touchy! 7″

This video was filmed in Deauville and Paris, France. One of the few ‘happy’ a-ha songs, fans have mixed reviews over its detour from the typical melancholic nature of the band’s music. The video features synchronized swimming, which was a recently added Olympic sport at that point. Songwriting credits for “Touchy” go to all three band members. This video is part of the DVD release “Headlines and Deadlines.” Magne: ” ‘Touchy!’ is best on video.”

1988 The blood that moves the body https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCQJdvLlGD8

  • Director: Andy Morahan
  • Clip: 4:07
  • CD: none for this version but remix 1991 was relased as cd
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Stay On These Roads
  • Single: The Blood That Moves The Body 7″ 12″ and picture disk

“The Blood That Moves The Body” was originally released June 6 1988 as the second single from Stay On These Roads. This song was re-released in 1992 with the remix version from Alan Tarney. The video remained unchanged. The song only charted in Poland. This video was filmed in Paris, France. The enigmatic lyrics of this song have been attributed to many things, including teen suicides in Japan and literary references to ‘eyes of a blue dog.’

1988 Stay on these roads https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWey1DBAchM

  • Director: Andy Morahan
  • Clip: 4:46
  • CD: Road Club remix only in japan
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Stay On These Roads
  • Single: Stay On These Roads 7″ and picture disk

This was the first release from a-ha’s newest album of 1988 of the same title. “The Living Daylights” – featured on the new album – had actually been released earlier with a slightly different version. a-ha went on a world tour promoting this album, which lead to some of the legendary concerts of South America over the next few albums. There were more videos from the album “Stay On These Roads” than from any other previous record. This is the last Top 5 ranked song in the UK, reaching #5 on March 27 1988. A 7″ single of this song was released in the US, but did not chart.

1987 The Living Daylight official video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de2rBeWNgFo
007 movie opening title video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51hP04kOE7Y

  • Director: James Bond movie directed by John Glen
  • Clip: 1min. sample
  • CD: none (the song is included in many 007 movie soundatrack and compilations in 1988)
  • DVD: The Living Daylights – Special Edition
  • Album: Stay On These Roads
  • Single: The Living Daylights 7″ with many covers and picture disk

“The Living Daylights” was from the Bond film of the same name. Unfortunately for a-ha, “The Living Daylights” was one of the least favorite 007 movies of Bond fans. The Bond theme creator had some fairly harsh words about a-ha on a late-night interview in 1987. He found working with the band exhausting secondary to the band’s insistence on using their own version of the song for release. Ultimately, John Barry was listed on the credits, and the initial release of the song was his version. A second version later appeared on Stay On These Roads. Paul claims that John Barry never contributed to the creative process, and should not have his name on the credits. The video was shot in the Broccoli studio in London, designed specifically for the Bond movies.

1987 Manhattan skyline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY2r28M1TrY

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 4:12
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Scoundrel Days
  • Single: Manhattan Skyline 7″ and picture disk

The subject of the video is newsprint, and features a connect-the-dot of the band, a crossword puzzle, a printing press, and articles from newspapers from around the globe.Some of the clips of the band were printed in the style of black-and-white newspapers, but are in a moving format.Magne: ” ‘Manhattan Skyline’ was perhaps one of the most inspired cut and paste projects that Paul and I did. I wrote the quiet part. Paul wrote the rock part. I thought I was doing a classic when I worked on the opening riff. Well, okay, it is a classic, actually.” The words on the newspaper at the end of this song, “Palme-saken nær en løsning?” translates as “Palme case nearly solved?” and was a real headline from the time discussing a still-unsolved murder of former prime minister of Sweden. The newspaper at the end is one of Norway’s largest papers, “Aftenposten.”

1986 Cry wolf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls3bOCkoMCI

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 3:35
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Scoundrel Days
  • Single: Crywolf 7″ and picture disk

This song was released as a second single from “Scoundrel Days.” The theme of the video was taken from the story of the boy who cried wolf – which was also the inspiration for the song. Paul: ” ‘Cry Wolf’ has my first decent word-picture: ‘He came from where the winds are cold and truth is seen through key-holes…’ Otherwise lots of bass, riffs and pure youthful force… not so much substance, perhaps”. Some of the lyrics from this song are credited to Lauren Savoy. “Cry Wolf” was filmed in Couches, Burgundy, France.

1986 I’ve been losing You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbg4JFdcbY4

  • Director: Knut Bry
  • Clip: 4:25
  • CD: none
  • Album: Scoundrel Days
  • Single: I’ve Been Losing You 7″ and picture disk

This song was released 22 September 1986 as the first single from the new album. There are two versions of this video. The more common version is shown on the “Headlines and Deadlines” DVD and VHS – a live version taken from NRK television. This video was filmed in concert and in a sound stage in California. “I’ve Been Losing You” is one of the few songs that a-ha has performed live before the release of the album.

1986 Hunting high and low https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6VaeFCxta8

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 3:45
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Hunting High And Low
  • Single: Hunting high and low 7″ picture disk with world tour 1986/87

This was the last video from the band’s debut album. The UK TV show “Blue Peter” featured a making-of-the-video special on “Hunting High and Low” to demonstrate the morphing effects of Morten into animals. The basic idea behind the video is that love brings a man back in various forms to be near the woman he loves. Coldplay has been known to perform this song in concert, with a special nod to the band of their initial inspiration.

1986 Train of thought https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vdOgObQvz8

  • Director: Candice Reckinger & Michael Patterson
  • Clip: 4:19
  • CD: none
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Hunting High And Low
  • Single: Train Of Thought 7″ and picture disk in shape of a train

The black-and-white footage and animation in this video was actually the inspiration for the animation of “Take On Me.” It originated as an art project for college, and went on to influence the generation of MTV. The lyrics for this song were based on the existentialist authors and poets Hofmo, Hamsun and Dostoevski – Paul’s favorites at the time. “Train of Thought” was released as the third single from the debut album “Hunting High and Low” on 24 March 1986. The video concept was designed by the same producers who brought “Take On Me” into the video mainstream. Most of the video was old footage with animation. The live parts with the band were filmed during a break in the band’s tour.

1985 The sun always shines on tv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ir9HC9vYg

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 1min. sample
  • CD: none for this version but live in 2003 as new single
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • Album: Hunting High And Low
  • Single: The Sun Always Shines On T.V. 7″ and picture disk in shape of a sun with red rays

This was a-ha’s second hit record, and the first #1 in the UK. The original version made #20 on the US charts, the highest charting since “Take On Me” was #1. The original video for this song was set in an abandoned cathedral. Actually, the building had never properly been used as such. It is located in London, England. This is the only song a-ha has ever re-released as a live recording, and it was the only single from the live album to be released. A-ha performed this song as a part of their comeback at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998 along with a new song, “Summer Moved On.” Paul: “… we wrote ‘The Sun Always Shines On T.V.’, that Andrew Wickham’s secretary felt was a hit. She convinced him to make room for it. When we recorded it, we were really sick with influenza. Magne and Morten were lying in the studio on camping beds with high fevers.”

1985 Take on me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914

  • Director: Steve Barron
  • Clip: 3:47
  • DVD: Headlines And Deadlines
  • CD: the definitive single colllection
  • Album: Hunting High And Low
  • Single: Take On Me 7″ with or without cartoon ink pages inside

Actually the second attempt on this video, the first release of “Take On Me”, which appeared only on 7″ and 12″ LP singles, was featured in the first video version. The most famous version of this song was mixed by Alan Tarney, but it was also the second attempt at making the song a hit. This video was shot at Kim’s Café and on a sound stage in London, England. After this video was put on rotation on MTV, the song quickly soared to number one on the US Billboard charts. This song was a-ha’s only number one hit in the USA, the week of 9 October 1985 after only being released 3 weeks earlier on 16 September 1985. This video was directed by Steve Barron, who collaborated on nearly half of all a-ha videos. The final scene in this video was based on the 1980 movie “Altered States.” Shortly after the video was completed, Morten was dumped by Bunty Bailey who is the love interest in this video – for Billy Idol.

1985 Take on me – first version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keOvm0wl1qI

  • Director: Unknown
  • Clip: 2:58
  • DVD: None
  • CD: the demo tapes 2004 (included as bonus cd in the biography “the swing of things”)
  • Album: Hunting high and low the deluxe edition 2011
  • Single: Take On Me (first version) 7″

This is the first version of the song that later went on to become a worldwide hit, yet only sold 300 copies in the first version. The flip side on the 12″ single was the only release of the song “Stop and Make Your Mind Up!” Although only the instrumentation changed, the remix by Alan Tarney gained heavy rotation on MTV. Many people refer to this version as the ‘Blue’ version because of the blue background. There was originally another idea presented for “Take On Me” before the final, popular version which involved a-ha singing in from of a large crowd of very young female fans. A-ha were reportedly appalled at the idea, and refused to make the video. This was reportedly another reason that the first version is often called ‘Blue’ because of the inappropriate content that had been suggested.

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