The A-Ha song ‘The Sun Always Shines on TV’ came out in 1985 and while A-ha has produced numerous top songs since then, this song is generally regarded as A-ha’s best.
The A-Ha song ‘The Sun Always Shines on TV’ was the first A-ha song to feature the use of a drum machine (on the whole album it replaced their drummer, though on this song A-ha stuck with a live drummer). A-ha used techniques for this song that they had never tried before and there was much indecision over which version of the song to use as A-ha were not completely satisfied with their work. The original demo recording of the track was actually based around one piano note and a drum machine, A-ha felt that they had created a song with an atmosphere of both sadness and the future. A-ha’s producer, Alan Tarney, was not completely happy with A-ha’s demo recording of the track either and A-ha decided to rerecord it after A-Ha listened to it in between themselves one morning. A-ha eventually ended up with a combination of A-ha’s demo version on the body of Alan Tarney’s recording. A-Ha believes that they managed to create a modern sound by including elements from more recent records into their song, which is how A-ha created the track that we all know and love today.