Train of Thought (A-ha song)

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"Train Of Thought"
Single by A-ha
from the album Hunting High and Low
B-side "And You Tell Me" (Demo Version)
Released 24 March 1986
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 4:11 (7")
6:56 (12")
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Pål Waaktaar
Producer(s) Tony Mansfield
A-ha singles chronology
"The Sun Always Shines on T.V."
"Train of Thought"
"Hunting High and Low"

"Train of Thought" is a song by Norwegian band A-ha. It was released as the third single off the Hunting High and Low album. The lyrics for this song were based on the existentialist authors and poets Gunvor Hofmo, Knut Hamsun and Fyodor Dostoevsky - Pål's favourites at the time.

It was A-ha's third consecutive top ten single in the UK, reaching No. 8. It was not a pop hit in the United States, but a 12" single featuring a remix of the song appeared on the Hot Dance Club Play charts. The single sold 500,000 copies worldwide. Another remix by Steve Thompson was released in 1986.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Candice Reckinger and Michael Patterson. The video concept was designed by the same producers who brought "Take on Me" into the video mainstream. The black-and-white footage and animation in the "Train of Thought" video actually predated the "Take on Me" single, and was the inspiration for the animation in the "Take on Me" video. It originated as Michael Patterson's student film at CalArts, which went on to influence a generation of MTV videos.

Most of the video was the old animated footage, interspersed with live parts with A-ha filmed during a break in the band's tour.

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 14
Irish Singles Chart 5
Australian Kent Music Report 47


  1. ^ "British Single Chart". UK Top 40. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Chart. Retrieved 7 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "German Singles Chart". Charts-Surfer. Retrieved 7 June 2008. [dead link]