A-ha – Hunting High and Low (1985)
Every few years, a pop culture reference brings Take On Me back into the spotlight:
– In 1999, Reel Big Fish covered the song in the film BASEketball
– Then there was the memorable Family Guy clip:
Until now, I’ve often wondered (but never researched) what lead singer Morten Harket is singing in the fourth line of the chorus.
Two lyric sites seem to agree on, “Take on me, take me on, I’ll be gone, in a day or two.” Incidentally, according to similarly questionable internet evidence, the chorus lyrics to Corey Hart’s Sunglasses at Night appear to be: “Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades (oh no), Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades (oh no) (I can’t believe it)…”
Back to Take On Me: impossibly high falsetto, great synth (especially the breakdown), a tune that should bring a smile to most.
The rest of the album is hardly filler with The Sun Always Shines on TV being one of the better supporting numbers. Though it’s not terribly difficult to guess which decade it belongs to, for what it is, this record works quite nicely.
A strong enough effort for A-ha to further entrench their status as my favourite Norwegian trio.