|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s pop new wave norwegian synth pop synthpop rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in early 1983 this Norwegian rock trio comprises Morten Harket (14 September 1959, Kongsberg, Norway; vocals), Magne Furuholmen (b. 1 November 1962, Manglerud, Oslo, Norway; keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar (b. Pål Garnst, 6 September 1961, Manglerud, Oslo, Norway; guitar). After several years spent playing in various Scandinavian bands, including Spider Empire, Soldier Blue and Bridges, they finally found the perfect pop combination and set about selling their image to the international market. Warner Brothers Records signed them, but the debut single, Take On Me, produced by Tony Mansfield, sold poorly. Undeterred, A-Has management elected to re-record the song with Alan Tarney at the helm. With the assistance of a brilliant promotional video, utilizing animated pencil sketches, the single reached number 1 in the USA and number 2 in the UK. The timing could not have been better, and during 1985 the trio neatly assumed the teenage...