Take On Me

“Talking away, I don’t know what I’m to say, I’ll say it anyway. Today’s another day to find you…”

They were Norway’s biggest export since the Vikings, and when A-ha burst into our consciousness in 1985, they took our radios by storm. One, single, synth-filled tune suddenly had all of us playing air keyboard on our desks and trying our damnedest to hit what might just be the highest note ever recorded by a human male.

“Take On Me” first hit the Billboard charts in the summer of ’85, nabbing the top spot in mid-October for one week. In all fairness, though, it might have ended up as just another throw-away 80s pop hit, if it wasn’t accompanied by what is still one of the most innovative and creative videos of all time.

Director Steve Barron had, two years earlier, given us Michael Jackson’s landmark video for “Billie Jean”… but even that little number paled in comparison to what we had here:

The video for “Take On Me” ended up taking home six moon-men at the MTV VMAs that year, but though it lost out to Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” as Video of the Year, we know who the real winner was.

We ♥ Take On Me.


~ by weheart80s on October 19, 2011.

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