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Hunting High and Low (A-ha song)

Hunting High and Low (A-ha song)Description : Tony Mansfield"Hunting High and Low" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. It was released as the fifth and final single from the band's debut album, Hunting High and Low."Hunting High and Low" was released in the summer of 1986 and became the third most successful single from Hunting High and Low on the rock charts and one of the band's most recognizable and popular songs. The song didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but charted in Britain where its peak was #5 and in Ireland where i... Page:h

"Hunting High and Low"
Single by a-ha
from the album Hunting High and Low
B-side
  • "The Blue Sky" (Demo Version)
  • "And You Tell Me" (Demo Version)
  • "Train of Thought" (Reflection Mix)
Released2 June 1986
Format
  • 7"
  • 12"
Genre
  • Pop rock
  • new wave
  • synthpop
Length
  • 3:45 (Remix)
  • 6:03 (Extended Version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Writer(s)Pål Waaktaar
Producer(s)

Tony Mansfield

Alan Tarney
a-ha singles chronology
"Train of Thought"
(1986)
Hunting High and Low
(1986)
"I've Been Losing You"
(1986)

"Hunting High and Low" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. It was released as the fifth and final single from the band's debut album, Hunting High and Low.

Release and reception

"Hunting High and Low" was released in the summer of 1986 and became the third most successful single from Hunting High and Low on the rock charts and one of the band's most recognizable and popular songs. The song didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but charted in Britain where its peak was #5 and in Ireland where it peaked at #4.

The album version was produced by Tony Mansfield and is played with synthesizers, the single remix produced by Alan Tarney features an orchestra.

Coldplay has been known to perform this song in concert, with a special nod to the band of their initial inspiration.

"Hunting High and Low" is one of a-ha's most famous songs and is part of their live set. The song appears on the live album How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head.

Music video

This was the last video from the band's debut album which was directed by Steve Barron.

The UK TV show Blue Peter featured a making-of-the-video special on "Hunting High and Low" to demonstrate the morphing effects of Morten into animals.

The video starts with a lonely Morten walking across a snowy landscape which then cuts to a silhouette of the band in a studio with Morten on Vocals, Mags on Piano and Pål on Guitar. The film then cuts back to show Morten turn into an Eagle using animation and fly off across the snowscape into a city. With the orchestral part of the song starting the video then goes back to the silhouettes of the band, this time with an orchestra animated like a rotoscope.

With Morten now back again as a human he is seen standing on top of a cliff face about to dive off of it. When he does he turns into a shark and swims off across the ocean. As the film continues, a woman is shown on a beach who sees the shark and steps into the water. All of a sudden two hunters spear the shark and try to drag it onto the beach. As they do so, the shark turns into a lion and runs off into the wilderness. As the film moves toward the end, the silhouettes of Morten, Magne and Pal become full colour ... and a hunter is seen lining up the lion in his sights, about to shoot. The woman from the beach stops the hunter.

The basic idea behind the video is that love brings a man back in various forms to be near the woman he loves.

Formats and track listing

7": Warner Bros. / W 6663 United Kingdom

  1. "Hunting High And Low" (Remix) - 3:45
  2. "The Blue Sky" (Demo Version) - 3:12
  • Track 1 is produced by Tony Mansfield, additional production by Alan Tarney.

12": Warner Bros. / W 6663T United Kingdom

  1. "Hunting High and Low" (Extended Version) - 6:03
  2. "Hunting High and Low" (Remix) - 3:45
  3. "The Blue Sky" (Demo Version) - 3:12
  • Track 1 is produced by Tony Mansfield, additional production by Alan Tarney.

7": Warner Bros. / 9 28684-7 United States

  1. "Hunting High And Low" (Remix) - 3:45
  2. "And You Tell Me" (Demo Version) - 1:52
  • Track 1 is produced by Tony Mansfield, additional production by Alan Tarney.

12": Warner Bros. / 9 20478-0 United States

  1. "Hunting High and Low" (Extended Remix) - 6:03
  2. "Train Of Thought" (Reflection Mix) - 7:00
  3. "And You Tell Me" (Demo Version) - 1:52
  • Track 1 is the same version as the "Extended Version", produced by Tony Mansfield, additional production by Alan Tarney.
  • "Train Of Thought" (Reflection Mix) is the same version as the "Steve Thompson Mix" & "The U.S. Mix".

Chart performance

YearChartPeak
1986Australia (Kent Music Report)33
Austrian Singles Chart24
Belgian Singles Chart16
British Singles Chart5
Danish Singles Chart8
French Singles Chart4
German Singles Chart11
Irish Singles Chart4
Italian Singles Chart10
New Zealand Singles Chart25
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)9
Norwegian Singles Chart10

Year-end charts

Chart (1986)Peak
position
German Singles Chart58
Italy (FIMI)71

Certifications

CountryCertificationDateSales certified
FranceGold1986500,000

Covers

Hunting High and Low has been covered by several artists over the years, either recorded, live performance or both. Some of the artists that have performed this song include:

  • Coldplay
  • Alexandre Pires feat. Ivete Sangalo
  • Poor Rich Ones
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Kurt Nilsen
  • Edyta Górniak
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