The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (16.12.85)


The 7" release of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." features a shady group-shot (Magne, Morten and Pål) by Jonathan Lennard. In the lower left corner, a black a-ha-logo is printed on the image of a light brown piece of paper that seemingly is attached to the background by two pieces of beige tape. The song title is written in white across the top part of the sleeve. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. UK 7"
The background of the reverse is white and light `brown paper' effect (the brown covers just over half of the sleeve), and the effect of using tape as an adhesive is repeated by placing a beige piece of tape on the mid right side. All information is written in black letters, and a small picture of the "Hunting High And Low" album is placed in the lower middle position.

The 7" version of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." is slightly edited (4:42) and some sounds are different. This is fairly obvious at the beginning, just a second before Morten starts to sing "I reached inside myself..". The flip of this single release is the non-album track "Driftwood" (2:58) produced by a-ha.

Also available is a limited edition sun-shaped picture disc featuring the same track listing as the regular release. The disc has individual pictures of the band members in the middle of the red, yellow and orange sun-image. The reverse is red with all information in yellow letters. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. UK 7" Picture Disc
In order for the release to be complete the original 10" PVC sleeve and "a-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV W8846P"-sticker should both be intact. A tasty collectors item is the extremely limited edition uncut disc which offers neither official PVC or sticker, but actually is a 12"-sized jewel of an item for the fortunate few.
Last, and this time least, is a 7" square flexi disc with an introduction by a-ha followed by the "U.S. Dance Mix" of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." (4:33). The disc which offers a yellow and orange sun-image plus individual pictures of the band members features black and pink titles.

The disc came free with the 29th March '86 issue of the English music magazine "No. 1". The previous week the same magazine offered a 7"-sized 6-page booklet "a-ha person 2 person" featuring answers to questions and additional information on the band members.

The Sun Always Shines On T.V. UK 7" Flexi Disc
The Sun Always Shines On T.V. UK 7" Flexi Booklet

The cover of the UK 12" is the same as the 7" except that it mentions the extended version and the b-side on both front and reverse. There are two different UK 12" releases available of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V."-single. However the difference can not be detected by just looking at the cover. Some copies come with a "U.S. Steve Thompson Dance Mix"-sticker but not even this detail gives away the difference. When listening to and measuring the times of the tracks the differences become evident. While the so called "U.S. Steve Thompson Dance Mix" (8:25) starts off with a percussion drum beat (grooves finish approx. 1.5cm from record centre), the shorter extended version (7:09) which is the rarer one, features a slow piano intro. before the steady drum beat commences (grooves finish approx. 2.5cm from centre of record). Another 12"-release comes with a limited edition poster featuring a multicolour group-shot (Morten, Magne and Pål from left to right pictured in full length) by Robert Erdmann. The 24"x36" poster promotes the "hunting high and low"-album in white letters and larger a-ha logo in red.

Variations

  • Australia: The 7" has the same front picture sleeve as the UK release except for the fact that the song title is placed slightly lower and the text itself is more compressed. The reverse features a different, lighter shade of `brown paper' and only the song title "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." is mentioned. In addition the Australian release does not have a picture of the album.
  • Brazil: There is a promotional 12" featuring other artists as well as a-ha.
  • France: The 7" has a slightly different cover (back and front). The front of the sleeve has the same design, but has "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." printed in much larger print across the top and there is an orange a-ha-logo in the top right hand corner. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. French 7"
    The reverse of the sleeve is white with a large picture of the album "Hunting High And Low" and only "The Sun Always Shines On T.V. Produced By Alan Tarney" written above it excluding the track listing.
  • Germany: The 7" is identical to the Australian release. The 12" is quite different from the UK release. The front has a beige background on which the same group-shot is placed. The black a-ha-logo is placed on the beige background along with the title of the song. The a-ha-logo has been underlined with a red crayon and another piece tape has been placed next to the logo. In addition a small red, white and blue Norwegian flag has been included in the lower right hand corner. The "piece of tape" on the back of the sleeve is smaller and on the left hand side rather than the right, the `brown paper' used is of a slightly different style, covering nearer 3/4 of the sleeve and the album picture has been omitted. The 12" includes an additional track, the "Instrumental Version" of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." (6:42).
  • Italy: There is a jukebox promo 7" available with b-side "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red. This record doesn't have a picture sleeve.
  • Japan: The 7" has a picture-sheet with the same photo as its European counterparts. Naturally there is some additional Japanese writing and both price and catalogue number are placed in the upper left corner. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. Japanese 7"
    The reverse features the lyrics in English to "The Sun Always Shines On T.V.", a black and white group-shot, album picture plus additional printed autographs and drawings by the band-members. Some copies of the 7" come with a fold-out questionnaire which features a small black and white group-shot and album cover on the front and large black and white group-shot on the reverse.
  • Peru: There is a 7" without picture sleeve with tracks written "El Sol Siempre Brilla En T.V." and "Madera Flotante", in a Peruvian printed record sleeve.
  • Portugal: The sleeve of the 7"-release is similar to the UK 7" except that the reverse of the sleeve is printed in black and white.
  • Spain: The front of the picture sleeve of the 7" differs only slightly from the UK release in that the writing of the title "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." is more compressed, also the sleeve is textured. However, the reverse varies considerably with its grey background, light grey piece of tape, no picture and finally, mentioning of only the title track. The front cover of the 12" is the same as the UK release except for the fact that "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." is the only track mentioned, plus the type of letters used are slightly different. The reverse of the picture sleeve is similar to the German edition except for the fact that there is a grey background for the information of the track listings. This grey background covers more than 2/3 of the reverse while the rest is white. In addition there is a 1/2 centimetre white strip at the very bottom of the sleeve on which the country of origin is printed. The tracks are the same as on the German release.
  • USA: The regular 7" release has the same sleeve as the Australian edition. The 7" promo comes in the same sleeve as the regular release, but has the same track on both sides of the disc.
    The sleeve for the 12" is the same as the German edition except for the text "Specially-Priced Maxi-Single" which is printed in capital letters in the upper left hand corner. The 12" features the same 3 tracks as the German edition. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. USA 12"
    There is also a promo US "Disconet DJ" 12" which features a different mix of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." (8:55) "edit by Stephen and Paul" plus tracks by eight other artists, the 12" plays at 33 1/3 RPM. This 12" comes in a plain white sleeve. The disc labels are dark pink and orange with black and white text.

    There is a "Disconet Dance Classics Volume #3" CD featuring the same mix of "The Sun Always Shines On T.V." (track 6) and eight other tracks by various artists. This CD was released in the late 80's. The disc is silver with black titles.

    The Sun Always Shines On T.V. Disconet USA 12"
    The Sun Always Shines On T.V. Disconet USA CD

7"

Australia   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 7-28846
Canada   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 92 88467
France   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 928 846-7
Germany   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 928 846-7
Italy   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 92 8846-7
Italy jukebox The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Holding Back The Years (Simply Red) Promo 253
Japan   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood P-2022
Peru   The Sun...(El Sol Siempre Brilla En T.V.) / Driftwood (Madera Flotante) 0728846-7
Portugal   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 1590157
South Africa   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood WBS 487
Spain   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 928846-7
UK   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood W8846
UK pic disc The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood W8846P (928 846-7)
UK flexi The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (U.S. Dance Mix) /
USA   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / Driftwood 7-28846
USA promo The Sun Always Shines On T.V. / The Sun Always Shines On T.V. 7-28846 / CAA 2911V1S

12"

Australia   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 0-20410
Brazil promo The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) and other artists WEA #47
Canada   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 9204100
Germany   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 920 410-0
Germany poster The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 920 410-0
Spain   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 920 410-0
UK   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version) // Driftwood W8846T
UK   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // Driftwood W8846T
UK poster The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // Driftwood W8846TW
USA   The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version = Steve Thompson Mix) // (Instrumental) / Driftwood 20410-0
USA Disconet Short Circuit - Band Of Gold / Ron Lovely - Don't Call Me // The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (8:55) / Bitchin 50's medley MWDN1106

CD

USA Disconet The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (8:55) + other artists DN 03

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