The Song That Became A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’

Take on Me

Most people remember the hit and famous song “Take On Me” by A-ha, but few know the evolution it took before evolving a 1985 chart-buster hit.

The song originated from Aha’s Pål Waaktaar’s and Magne Furuholmen’s previous band, Bridges. One of their tracks “Miss Eerie,” was originally called “Panorama.” This version had elements of what would later turn into “Take On Me,” that Magne Furuholmen created when he was 15 years old, inspired by Doors member Ray Manzarek.

After Bridges disbanded, Waaktaar and Furuholmen ultimately welcomed singer Morten Harket and became A-ha. The trio started working on demos, which includes a new version of “Miss Eerie,” later renamed “Lesson One” before it eventually became “Take On Me.”

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