Interesting factsMorten and Magne worked in a psychiatric hospital in Oslo as orderlies before they formed a-ha, but that wasn't how they met... they met when Morten was in the audience at a competition for amateur bands, at which Bridges was performing and Morten helped Magne to find a job in a hospital.
The first release of Take On Me was sold only 300 copies.
Morten's first love was Bunty Bailey, the girl from the 'Take On Me' video. Unfortunately, she left him quite soon. Later she also appeared in Billy Idol's video.
The video for Suzanne Vega' song "Luka" was inspired by "Take On Me" video.
"This Alone Is Love" is based on the song "May The Last Dance Be Mine" by Bridges, 1980 (the group where Paul and Magne played before a-ha)
When a-ha was approached to compose and perform the title song for the Bond-movie The Living Daylights, Morten Harket was asked by the producers to appear in the movie because of his popularity. They wanted him to play a bad-guy, but he declined.
The DOORS heavily influenced a-ha. Here are some of today's bands, influenced by a-ha: Slickerball , MXPX, Reel Big Fish and Diva, Killer Shadows, Spectrum, Captain Jack, Vacuum, Cranberries (!).
"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" is the name of a norwegian folk tale.
Memorial Beach is the name of one place in Florida.
The song "Angel In The Snow" was actually written by Paul for his wife, Lauren in 1991, when they got married. This is the old norwegian tradition.
The sound quality of Morten Harket's "Wild Seed", recorded in Norway's Studio 1 was so crisp and clear that Canadian singer Celine Dione booked the studio for her next album.
The band owns one island on Maldives, and while Paul and Magne visit it quite rarely, Morten often spends there his holidays with children.
In 1999 Paul Waaktaar received an award: a-ha have been played 2.000.000 times on US radio-stations, which means 143.000 times a year since 1985!
Astronauts' suits from the "Minor Earth | Major Sky" video are the reproductions of the original NASA suits and were already used in the movie "Apollo 13". Their cost is about $25.000.