Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, '80s fans, but a-ha, the Norwegian band that gave us arguably the greatest music video of all time, is calling it quits after three decades and 35 million albums sold.
The band had one real hit: 1985's "Take On Me," which featured the inscrutable chorus of "Take on me/take me on" and whose sketchy animated-live action video won six Moon Men at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The feather-haired threesome—Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy—never again sniffed that kind of popularity in the states. The trio's only subsequent song of note was the theme to the James Bond film The Living Daylights. But outside the U.S., the band was hugely popular, at one point setting a Guinness World Record for attendance at a Rio show, besting crowds for Guns N' Roses and Prince.
After releasing its ninth studio album, Foot of the Mountain, a-ha announced the 2010 world tour would be its last and the group would disband at year's end.
A-ha will play its final U.S. date on May 16 in Los Angeles before heading back to Europe. The group's final gig will be in front of homegrown fans in Oslo on Dec. 4.
Good luck, guys.
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