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1985, July: “Take On Me” debuts on the US Billboard chart at #91, making a-ha the first Norwegian artist to enter the US charts.
Concurrently, the video is #4 in the US videos chart and one week later, the Hunting High And Low album enters the US Billboard chart at #167. 1985, August 30: a-ha travel to the US for a promotional tour, appearing on four TV shows, including “Solid Gold”, “Soul Train”, and “American Bandstand”.
1986, January 23: a-ha appear at the HMV store in London for a signing session. 1986, February 25: a-ha are nominated for the “Best Newcomers” Grammy award.
Their first live appearance on TV, they perform “Take On Me” and “The Sun Always Shines On TV”.
1986, May 8: a-ha perform four songs at the Kasino for the “Golden Rose Festival” in Switzerland.
On May 10, the music and media conference (IMMC) takes place in Montreux, where a-ha win the “Best Video” award.
“Whilst I love much of what a-ha have produced as a band in the intervening years, there is no escaping the fact that, especially live, it is the tracks from the very first album that really send a shiver down my spine.