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A-ha - Stay On These Roads (1988)

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“Stay on These Roads” is a song by Norwegian band A-ha. It was their first single from the album of the same name ...

“Stay on These Roads” is a song by Norwegian band A-ha. It was their first single from the album of the same name and was released in early 1988. It achieved success in many European countries.

“Stay on These Roads” was released in the spring of 1988 and became the most successful single from the Stay on These Roads album, along with “The Living Daylights” on the UK charts. The song did not hit the national charts in the United States, but was a significant hit across Europe. It went to number seven in Germany, number three in France and Iceland, and number two in Ireland. In Norway, the song was the band’s fourth number one single. “Stay on These Roads” was A-ha’s seventh and final top five showing in the United Kingdom, reaching number five on the chart edition of March 27, 1988. It would also prove their last top ten hit in the country for almost two decades, as they did not score another UK top ten hit until eighteen years later in 2006.

A Roland D-50 was used on this song—the sound patch is called “Staccato Heaven”—the wind sound during the instrumental was made on either a Roland Juno 60 or Juno 106 synthesizer.

The versions on the 7″ vinyl and the 3″ CD single (“7 inch Version”) are identical to the album version.

A-ha played the song at Oslo Spektrum on 21 August 2011, performing for a national memorial service dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Norway attacks.

The official music video was directed by Andy Morahan and was filmed in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The band are riding on the bikes and take a break in a petrol station.

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