Way back in 1982, a trio of Norwegian musicians formed a band called A-ha and left Norway for the bright lights of London to see if they could make a career for themselves in the music business. The front man was Morten Harket accompanied by Magne Furuholmen, the keyboard player and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy on guitar. The unlikely threesome ended up at the studio of musician and producer John Ratcliff and legend has it that they were enticed by the prospect of his Space Invaders arcade machine. They must have really loved Space Invaders because they ended up hiring Ratcliff and his manager, Terry Slater, to manage their own band.
Two years after arriving in London, A-ha debuted with their first single “Take On Me” which reached number two in the UK charts and number one in the US charts. The accompanying music video, now considered to be one of the best music videos of all time, helped to boost the popularity of the song and featured and featured a young woman drawn into a fantasy comic book adventure along with lead singer Morten Harket.
For some reason, A-ha never really made it big in America and are still considered as something of a one-hit-wonder with “Take On Me” being the only one of their songs to actually make it into the top ten. However, in the UK it was a very different story and the band's very next single “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” from their debut album “Hunting High and Low” made it straight to number one in the UK charts.
The next four singles from A-ha all made it into the UK top ten and by 1987 the band reached the peak of their career when they wrote the theme tune for the new James Bond film “The Living Daylights”. One more top ten track followed this with “Stay on These Roads” but after that their popularity began to wane and the chart positions began to decline. A-ha continued performing together right up until 2010 when they announced that they would split.
Back in 2009, we had the pleasure of interviewing A-ha ahead of their concert at the iTunes festival in London and since one of our team had a massive crush on Morten Harket, we thought it would be best to send her along or we'd never hear the end of it. Here's an interview with A-ha conducted by our rather nervous and excited reporter!