a-ha

Formed 1983. Disbanded 2010.
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Morten Harket Live in Session

The A-ha frontman performed two songs live for Sir Terry

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Biography

A-ha (stylized a-ha;) was a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar (guitars). The group initially rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and had continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s.

A-ha achieved their biggest success with their debut album, Hunting High and Low, in 1985. That album peaked at number 1 in their native Norway, number 2 in the UK, and number 15 on the U.S. Billboard album chart; yielded two international number-one singles, "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V."; and earned the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. In the UK, Hunting High and Low continued its chart success into the following year, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 1986. In 1994, after their fifth studio album, Memorial Beach, failed to achieve the commercial success of their previous albums, the band went on a hiatus.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of 25 – The Very Best Of

    25 – The Very Best Of 2010

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    Career-crowning retrospective released on eve of band’s retirement.
  2. Review of Foot Of The Mountain

    Foot Of The Mountain 2009

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    It is difficult to see where they go from here.
  3. Review of Analogue

    Analogue 2006

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    They're at their best at their darkest: the title track is the standout with its...
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