80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Bands/Artists ~ Morten Harket

I am going to feature at least one criminally underrated band or artist each week. To qualify, the band/artist must be well-known for one 80’s song, leading unsuspecting (and clueless) people like me to wrongfully determine that they were “one-hit wonders,” never to be heard from again.

A-Ha/Morten Harket

The band A-Ha was known here in the states during the 80’s for the quirky tune “Take on Me” featuring impossible vocals, lots of synthesizer, and an animated video that blended real footage with sketchy line drawings. A delightfully funny send-up emerged on YouTube not too long ago, inspiring me to look further into what the band had produced in the 20 or so years following.

I was stunned by the treasure trove that I uncovered. Morten Harket, at times along with A-Ha, and at other times solo, has been very prolific musically speaking. His voice has remained a remarkable instrument of range and emotion, and his songs have evolved over time to be relevant and current. Added to this, the man has hardly aged physically.

From the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, a truly beautiful song with an impossibly long note:

A-Ha ~ Summer Moved On (via Peremarquette1225 on YouTube)

Jump ahead ten years to 2008 and yet another album release. This video is a live performance of “Darkspace” from Morten Harket’s latest album “Letter From Egypt.” Lower, darker and moodier, Harket’s voice is still strong and satisfying:

Morten Harket ~ Darkspace (via Oximets on YouTube)

Dear Santa, if you’re listening: I’d really love to have “Letter From Egypt” for Christmas.

8 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Bands/Artists ~ Morten Harket

  1. Glad you are back, I love following the trail of artists that were thought by the masses to having nothing else worthwhile. The “hidden” material is often far superior IMHO.




  2. Hey Ed,

    Thanks once again for the encouragement. You’re quick, too. I just finished editing this post and voila! there was your comment. πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to listening to your show (a-hem…shameless promotion coming up) on Tuesday from 8 pm -10 pm on http://www.cfrc.ca πŸ™‚

    All the best and thanks again,


  3. Hey Robert!

    Good on you! All the best and thanks for keeping me updated on your whereabouts. I’ll fix the link in my blogroll accordingly. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything left to import, but starting over has its advantages. πŸ™‚

    Cheers and please keep in touch,


  4. Heya (((e-Mann))))

    I’ll give your buddy’s site a look when I get home later on. Thank you for your kind words!

    All the best,


  5. Hi, I found your blog researching the web for anything A-ha or Morten Harket (being a fan since the 80s). I strongly agree with you that A-ha hve been shamefully underrated by medias. Did you know that they released a new album last july and that it did (and is still doing) rather well in Europe’s charts? The title of the album is “Foot of the mountain”, check it out!

    I just would make a little remark about your blog: Morten Harket seldom wrote lyrics or music when in A-ha (he just cooperate on “Take on me” and “Stay on these roads”). In the early 90s he had to get out of A-ha to find his creative vein and start a solo career (the same was for his colleagues Paul Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen). Then, after they reunite in 1999, he wrote some songs for A-ha, alone or in cooperation with Magne Furuholmen. But he can’t be seen as the “author” of the A-ha’s music (in the new album there are no songs by him), especially in the Eighties. He’s always been “The Voice”.

    But you have to say… what would be A-ha’s songs without his voice? πŸ˜‰


  6. Hello Brynyld,

    Thank you for taking the time to come by and leave a comment. I appreciate the additional informaion on Morten Harket and Ah-Ha.

    I have the album “Letters from Egypt” and I have “Foot of the Mountain” on order from Amazon. I ordered it along with a Simple Minds album that they won’t have until October, so my delivery has been delayed. I haven’t heard anything from “Foot of The Mountain” but I know it’s going to be great. I love Morten Harket’s voice, so I know I will love this album, too.

    You are right – there would be no Ah-Ha music without Harket’s voice. He is a truly gifted singer/musician.

    Again, thank you for your thoughts.



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