Thursday, January 12, 2012

a-ha - The Sun Always Shines on TV b/w Driftwood

I have been a longtime horn-tooter for the fact that a-ha's greatness extends beyond "Take on Me." This song is exhibit A for that fact. It was the second single from Hunting High and Low and was released as a single a mere two months after "Take on Me." I know "Take on Me" was bolstered by a classic video (that I have never seen, oddly enough) and I have no idea what the video for "The Sun Always Shines on TV" was or if it even had a video. The song itself is great and doesn't need the aid of MTV to make it better.

"The Sun Always Shines on TV" features soaring Morten Harket vocals and a great Pål Waaktaar melody. It's classic 1980's a-ha. The b-side "Driftwood" is less remarkable than the a-side. It's exactly the sort of b-side that begs no question as to why it didn't make the album.

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