The Sun Always Shines on T.V.
by a-ha

Album: Hunting High and Low (1986)
Charted: 1 20
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  • Pal Waaktaar, a-ha's guitarist and writer of this song is quoted in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh as saying: "The Sun Always Shines On TV was written on one of those down days. Me and Mags (Furuholmen, keyboards) were in a hotel watching English television on a rainy day and the guy announcing the program says, 'It's a rainy day but, as always, the sun always shines on TV.' The song is about the power of television and the way television presents life."
  • The video continues the story of the "Take On Me" video. At the beginning, Morten Harket turns back into a comic book character and then it shows television-like credits. >>
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    nathan - l-burg, KY
  • Andrew Wickham, the Warner Bros. A&R exec who signed the band to the label, listened to his secretary when she said the tune would be a hit. "She convinced him to make room for it," Waaktaar explained. But the sun wasn't shining on the band when it came time to record. "When we recorded it, we were really sick with influenza. Magne and Morten were lying in the studio on camping beds with high fevers."
  • This was used in the trailer for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.
  • This won two trophies at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1986: Best Editing in a Video (for editor David Yardley) and Best Cinematography in a Video (for Director of Photography Oliver Stapleton).
  • A live version was recorded for a-ha's 2003 album, How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head.
  • The band performed this at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998.
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Comments: 3

  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesJuly 5, 2015 - Last July 3, a-ha released their latest song Under the Make-Up which is listened to by almost all a-ha fans... but me, I'm stuck to this song!!! What a very dramatic voice Morten has! I feel like winter is all around me when it's raining over here in Philippines just by listening to his voice in here (ye, The Sun Always Shines on TV!) This song is truly remarkable! Thank God it got played FIRST TIME ever in a radio station I'm listening to so I was able to record it in my phone! A-ha-hoo!!
  • Rodimusben from Harrisonburg, VaThe epic sound of this song betrays the more pedestrian subject matter. Nevertheless, catchy and memorable stuff from a great band.
  • Linda from Oudenaarde, BelgiumThis song was covered by Milk Inc, a Belgian dance act.
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