1999 - Savoy make mountains
1 "Take On Me" is voted third best video of all times in the "VH-1" poll. There are nearly 100,000 votes.
Paul and Magne are working on some demos for the new a-ha album in New York (end of Feb. / beginning of March - TBC).
7 Morten performs at the "Smuget" club in Oslo, Norway. The concert features many Norwegian artists including Silje Nergaard, DiDerre, Babelfish, Claudia Scott, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Lava and Sigurd Køhn. The concert commemorates the founder of Smuget, Gunnar Simonsen. Morten performs just one song "A Change Is Gonna Come".
Paul and Magne return to Norway to play the new a-ha demos to Morten.
23 a-ha have a meeting with their Norwegian and English managers.
6? The promo single "Jungle Of Beliefs" is released to Norwegian radio stations. It features vocals by Morten Harket; lyrics by Morten and Ole Sverre Olsen and music by Ragnar Bjerkreim. The single is taken from the forthcoming soundtrack album for the Swedish TV series "Cultures Span The World".
Magne, Paul and Kjetil Bjerkestrand go to New York to work on some more a-ha demos.
Morten is working with a Swedish producer on a dance / techno EP.
4 Magne contributes the painting "Everything Happens to Me" to
the art action in support of refugees at Rodhusgalleriet in Oslo.
a-ha are working on the demos for their new album. They have around 10 demos. The musicians working with a-ha are Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Sven Lindvall (bass) and Per Lindvall (drums).
Lauren Savoy completes a commercial for a Norwegian chain of plummers "Varme og Bad". Lauren is also at the planning stages of the shooting of a film based on the novel "Eden Close" by Anita Schreve.
11 a-ha present 5-6 tracks from their forthcoming album to a major European record company.
3 Morten opens for the band "Dance With A Stranger" at this year's "Hallingmarken" festival in Neysbyen, Norway. He sings "Spanish Steps", "Back to the Scenes" ("Tilbake Til Livet" in English), "Seven Years" and "A Kind Of Christmas Card".
7 Savoy's single "Star (I'm Not Stupid Baby)" is released as a promo single in Norway. Paul and Lauren are interviewed on the Norwegian radio station "Petre" (NRK).
a-ha are working at Rainbow Studios in Grunerløkka, Oslo, Norway.
3 Star enters the Norwegian Hit 40 charts at number 28.
Lauen Savoy gives birth to a baby boy "True August".
"Mountains Of Time" sells 11,000 copies in the first 5 days of its release.
Lauren Savoy is working on a new commercial.
1 "Mountains Of Time" enters the official Norwegian album chart at number 1.
Morten does a speech for Amnesty International on "Innsamlingsaksjonen '99" (NRK).
1 Savoy perform "Star" (playback) on the Norwegian TV show "TV 2000" (TV2).
Magne is part of the outfit "Cubus" who are designing art for the main square in Stavanger.
14 Morten performs "Engelen", "Natten" and "All Of You Concerned" live on the Christian TV programme "Halleluja!" hosted by Kjell Erik Moen (NRK1).
25 On Norway's "TV2" there is a documentary "Morten Harket: Min Jul" about East Timor and Burma which features Morten Harket.
The documentary includes the video for "Natten", clip from a
concert with Oslo Gospel Choir in Guatemala '97 and clips of Morten singing "Holy Ground".