Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Sun Always Shines on T.V. by a-ha

Highlighting again the disparity in artist and song performances in different markets, a-ha's second single, "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." was a bigger hit in the UK than it was in the US, where it only peaked at number 20 and is largely forgotten today (I can't remember how many times I've seen a-ha referred to as a one-hit wonder lately.) If you're familiar with the famous video to "Take On Me" then you'll recognize this as the bitter sequel to that one. Morten Harket is dragged, sadly, back into his comic book world, leaving his girlfriend alone.

Apparently Morten Harket and the girl from the music video actually dated in real life for at least a few months. Curious.

Because of "Take On Me" a-ha is often seen as a relatively happy, upbeat band, but much of their catalog was actually pretty melancholy. The next three singles from the Hunting High and Low album after "Take on Me" all had that vibe either wistful at best or bitter at worst vibe; "The Sun Always Shines" was followed up by "Train of Thought" and "Hunting High and Low".

A-Ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV
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