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  • Award Snub: The video for "Take on Me" is one of the most awarded videos at the VMA's with 8 Moonmen. However, it did not win Video of the Year as the jury picked Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" (an equally good video, but one that has slightly aged and is not as iconic).
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Take on Me" and "The Living Daylights" are among their most recognized songs.
    • "Summer Moved On" shows how Morten Harket can hold a single note for 23 seconds nonstop.
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  • Covered Up: "Crying in the Rain", arguably.
  • Face of the Band: Lead singer Morten Harket is famous for both his powerful voice and his great looks. He even was offered a small role in The Living Daylights but rejected it because he thought they only wanted him to pose and look pretty.
  • Fake Band: Or "Fake Band Members", rather. In the videos for both "Take on Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on TV", the band is seeing playing with a drummer whose face is mysteriously never focused on note . a-ha never had a drummer, and has been a trio since its inception.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They have a huge Brazilian fanbase, and their songs (yes, not just "Take on Me") still receive airplay in local adult contemporary radio stations. Which led to...
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  • Moment of Awesome: The 1991 Rock in Rio performance, where they set the world record for the largest-ever audience attendance at a paid concert (approximately 196,000 people), outclassing bands and artists considered far larger at the time.
  • Narm:
    • The rather Purple Prose-y and cheesy lyrics of "Stay on These Roads". The melody itself is pretty, though.
    • Also, Morten should've really left the Big "NO!" out of the first chorus in "Manhattan Skyline".
  • Signature Song: "Take on Me", full stop.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "Manhattan Skyline", if you ignore the narmy Big "NO!" that Morten lets out in the first chorus.
    • The video for "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", in which the lovers reunited at the end of "Take on Me" are separated since the dude must return to the comic strip world, leaving his girlfriend all heartbroken.
    • "Slender Frame", due to its lyrics about a man urging his ex to leave him alone being so damn depressing.
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    • Their final video "Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)", where the three embrace at the end, turning into paper butterflies and flying off.
    • Their cover of The Everly Brothers' "Crying In The Rain," which was already miserable, but taken Up to Eleven as a "new romantic" song.
    • "Under The Makeup", the dreadfully depressing first single off "Cast In Steel", is about a man lamenting not so much the breakdown of his relationship but the fact that they can't go back to the way they were when they first met, to that level of love and happiness.

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