A-ha really are a good band. I recently bought their new album - Analogue. It's ok. Ok, so they're an ok band. Yet, they have their moments of sheer brilliance that make them one of my favourites. Maybe it's just a throwback to the "Take On Me" video, which was one of the most memorable visions of my childhood introduction to music video.
I've been listening to their best-of album today. "Take On Me", with its really obvious hook, which you might sing along with at full blast, is actually riddled with subtleties - to get it to be forceful, you have to play it loud. This is much better than the soulless approach of forcing a hook down your throat that happens with modern manufactured bands (Sugababes anyone?). Equally, the song "Hunting High And Low" is still one of those numbers which immediately grabs me the moment it comes on. Good stuff.