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|image=A-ha - Take On Me (1984 Single).jpg
 
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|imagecaption=The 1984 single cover of ''Take On Me''.
 
|imagecaption=The 1984 single cover of ''Take On Me''.
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A-ha is a famous Norwegian Synth-pop trio that is best remembered as the creators of their 1985 hit song ''Take On Me''. Some of their other hits include ''The Sun Always Shines On T.V.'', ''Cry Wolf'', and ''The Living Daylights'' The band was formed in 1982 and is still around. The band has 10 albums and is one of the most successful Norwegian bands.  
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A-ha is a famous Norwegian Synth-pop trio that is best remembered as the creators of their 1985 hit song "Take On Me". Some of their other hits include "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.", "Cry Wolf", and "The Living Daylights" The band was formed in 1982 and is still around. The band has 10 albums and is one of the most successful Norwegian bands.  
  
Their most famous song, ''Take On Me'' was originally known to have four different versions before the song we all know today, all of the earlier versions have been released on either a '''single or box set excluding one''' (which remains partially found). However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005 which has a clip in it with this lost instrumental.
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==Lost Instrumental==
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Their most famous song, '''"Take On Me" was originally known to have gone through several different variations''' before it became the song we all know today, a majority the earlier versions have been released in some form. However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005, which gives us a brief snippet of a demo that has never seen the light of day.
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This demo was recorded in 1983, it's unknown where it was recorded (possibly the Rendezvous studio or Nærsnes studio where a-ha recorded several other demos around the same time <ref>[https://www.discogs.com/a-ha-Hunting-High-And-Low/release/7540264 Info on the 2015 Hunting High And Low Boxset, lists several Rendezvous and Nærsnes demos]</ref>) and it sounds a good amount different compared to the officially released take. It's unknown if there was a version done which contained vocals from Morten or not, although it is definitely possible.
  
 
==Availability==
 
==Availability==
The final demo was recorded in 1983 at the Rendezvous studio Sydenham Australia it’s the first version of the complete song earlier versions of this song includes Lesson One and The Juicyfruit Song.
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An official release of this demo is entirely plausible, with a-ha having released multiple deluxe sets for Hunting High And Low as well as a compilation of pre-1985 demos in the past. It is also possible that it has leaked into traders' circles in the past<ref>[http://louvanhille.free.fr/A-HA/A-HAsonglist.html List of every a-ha song and each variation, including leaked early versions]</ref>, many bootlegged demos have been going around for a very long time now.
 
 
*Lesson One song has a different refrain and it was recorded in Naersnes Norway between September-November 1982 which could also hint it was recorded on October the song also featured different lyrics and chorus.
 
 
 
*The Juicyfruit song also has a different chorus from the previous one.
 
 
 
*Lesson One and Juicyfruit are both sold on the internet and are illegally leaked both of these have different mixings and the vocal version is different from the one on the official release. Another instrumental version with backing vocals by Morten Harket harmonies is also illegally leaked and sold on the internet. 
 
 
 
*The song version on The Swings of Things Dvd is 5 seconds longer and you can hear one band member talking.
 
 
 
*A remastered version was released on HUNTING HIGH AND LOW DELUXE (2010) and SUPER DELUXE (2015) editions.
 
 
 
===The original lyrics===
 
Do you take it ?
 
<br>
 
We're talking away
 
<br>
 
(Though) I don't know what
 
<br>
 
I'm to say I'll say it anyway
 
<br>
 
Today's another day to find you
 
<br>
 
Shying away
 
<br>
 
I'll be coming for your love, OK?
 
<br>
 
Take on me (Take on me)
 
<br>
 
Take me on (Take on me)
 
<br>
 
I'll be gone
 
<br>
 
In a day or two
 
<br>
 
So needless to say
 
<br>
 
I'm odds and ends
 
<br>
 
But that's me
 
<br>
 
Stumbling away
 
<br>
 
Slowly learning that life is OK.
 
<br>
 
Say after me
 
<br>
 
It's no better to be safe than sorry
 
<br>
 
Take on me (Take on me)
 
<br>
 
Take me on (Take on me) 
 
<br>
 
I'll be gone
 
<br>
 
In a day or two
 
<br>
 
Oh the things that you say
 
<br>
 
Is it life
 
<br>
 
Just to play my worries away
 
<br>
 
You're all the things I forgot to remember
 
<br>
 
You're shying away
 
<br>
 
I'll be coming for you anyway
 
<br>
 
Take on me (Take on me)
 
<br>
 
Take me on (Take on me)
 
<br>
 
I'll be gone
 
<br>
 
In a day or two<ref>http://louvanhille.free.fr/A-HA/LYRICSTSWINGOFTHINGS.html#THE%20SWING%20OF%20THINGS%20ALBUM</ref>
 
 
 
The only possibilities of this being found is either if the NRK station has the full demo in its archives, or if Viggo Bondi, the man responsible for their 2004 album, "The Demo Tapes" has a copy.
 
  
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In November of 2019, a YouTube channel called "Pacalo" uploaded an instrumental take of the officially released 1983 demo alongside another unreleased demo. When asked where he got these, he responded with this.
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<blockquote>"Let´s say that I was on the righ(t) place at the righ(t) moment, and thanks to that I got many unreleased A-ha stuff years ago. I´ll be sharing some of it if I see that this stuff is appreciated on the channel!!"</blockquote>
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Since then, he has posted another unreleased demo take. Currently LMW user [[User:Spida|Spida]] is in contact with him to figure out what tracks he may or may not have.
 
==Gallery==
 
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   |description3 =The alternate instrumental version leaked online, rediscovered by YouTube user ''Pacolo''.
 
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[[File:Original Aha take on me lyrics1.jpeg]]
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==References==
[[File:Original aha take on me lyrics2.jpeg]]
 
==External Link==
 
*[https://a-ha.com/music/albums/the-demo-tapes A-ha website listing of ''The Demo Tapes''.] Retrieved 26 Oct '18
 
==Reference==
 
 
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Revision as of 00:10, 23 March 2021

A-ha - Take On Me (1984 Single).jpg

The 1984 single cover of Take On Me.

Status: Partially Lost

A-ha is a famous Norwegian Synth-pop trio that is best remembered as the creators of their 1985 hit song "Take On Me". Some of their other hits include "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.", "Cry Wolf", and "The Living Daylights" The band was formed in 1982 and is still around. The band has 10 albums and is one of the most successful Norwegian bands.

Lost Instrumental[edit | edit source]

Their most famous song, "Take On Me" was originally known to have gone through several different variations before it became the song we all know today, a majority the earlier versions have been released in some form. However, there is a Norwegian documentary from 2005, which gives us a brief snippet of a demo that has never seen the light of day.

This demo was recorded in 1983, it's unknown where it was recorded (possibly the Rendezvous studio or Nærsnes studio where a-ha recorded several other demos around the same time [1]) and it sounds a good amount different compared to the officially released take. It's unknown if there was a version done which contained vocals from Morten or not, although it is definitely possible.

Availability[edit | edit source]

An official release of this demo is entirely plausible, with a-ha having released multiple deluxe sets for Hunting High And Low as well as a compilation of pre-1985 demos in the past. It is also possible that it has leaked into traders' circles in the past[2], many bootlegged demos have been going around for a very long time now.

In November of 2019, a YouTube channel called "Pacalo" uploaded an instrumental take of the officially released 1983 demo alongside another unreleased demo. When asked where he got these, he responded with this.

"Let´s say that I was on the righ(t) place at the righ(t) moment, and thanks to that I got many unreleased A-ha stuff years ago. I´ll be sharing some of it if I see that this stuff is appreciated on the channel!!"

Since then, he has posted another unreleased demo take. Currently LMW user Spida is in contact with him to figure out what tracks he may or may not have.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

0:10 The snippet of the instrumental take that is available to the public (Talking from documentary removed with Audacity).
The officially released alternate 1983 demo take with vocals (Swing Of Things/The Demo Tapes CD).
The alternate instrumental version leaked online, rediscovered by YouTube user Pacolo.

References[edit | edit source]