They chose the studio of musician, producer, and soon-to-be-manager, John Ratcliff, because it had a Space Invaders machine. The band says the name A-ha comes from a title Paul contemplated giving to a song; he was dithering between the title "A-ha" and "A-hem".
John Ratcliff introduced the band to his manager, Terry Slater, and, after a few meetings, A-ha had two managers. Morten was looking through Paul's notebook, and came across the name, which he liked, and immediately decided that was the right name.
But that's not why I needed to score an interview with the members of this particular band, or why I bought tickets to see them three nights running at their sold-out shows in New York.
You see, my wife is not a particularly big music fan.
Only one group that makes her as much of a B-side-collecting, bootleg-hoarding, trivia-amassing music geek as I am. But if you live on one of the world's other major landmasses, a-ha are a certifiably big deal.
"Take On Me" may have the only big hit a-ha ever had Stateside, but around the globe, it was just the , was a Top Five smash in the UK, and an equally massive success throughout Europe, South America and Asia.
Their second studio album was Scoundrel Days, followed by Stay on These Roads and East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
The band then issued the commercially disappointing Memorial Beach, after which the band went on hiatus. Since 1998, A-ha has released four studio albums and several compilations.
Or perhaps it could be simply stereotypical Scandinavian angst. In certain ways we never do, in that we are not cut out the same way. Magne is recovering from a bad night as he suffers from atrial fibrillation (a complaint which causes an abnormal heart rhythm) and even in his slightly tired state (for which he apologises) he chimes with Morten.
The likeable Morten, a father of five, (three with his ex-wife, one with a former partner and a daughter with his present partner, Inez Andersson) laughs a lot. "I wouldn't say there is an animosity between us but there is a recognition of different attitudes to things, " he says, all ruffled hair and far younger looking than his 47 years. Even if we, as a-ha, have stopped, the music continues." In recent years the band have enjoyed a re-appreciation of their music and their performance at the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed their debut album Hunting High And Low and the album Scoundrel Days, garnered rave reviews.
Morten Harket (born 14 September 1959) is a Norwegian musician, best known as the lead singer of the synthpop/rock band A-ha, which released ten studio albums and topped the charts internationally after their breakthrough hit "Take on Me" in 1985.
A-ha disbanded in 2010 after they played their last gig in Oslo.
Morten Harket was married to his ex-wife, Camilla Malmqvist on February .