Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A-Ha, "Take On Me" 1986

From Wikipedia...
"Take on Me" was estimated to have sold 7-9 million copies worldwide; it peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart. Sales were aided in the U.S. by a music video on MTV that mimicked the truck chase from Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil and the climactic scene from the Ken Russell film Altered States. The video used a sketchy animation / live action combination called "Rotoscoping" (in which the video is first shot on normal video, then each frame is hand-traced over to give the animated effect) that tells a fantasy thriller story to the song. At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards "Take on Me" won in six categories. It was also nominated for Best Video Of The Year at 1986 American Music Awards.

2 comments:

Patti said...

I loved that song....

Bonds756 said...

How can u not love this timeless classic! The video is still amazing the way it combined real life and not even a cartoon, but more of scetch-art of that dude with the 80's style "Cha Cha Net" hair. How bout the new Taco Bell commercial bringing back that other 80's classic "Ill stop the world and melt with u." I love that jam too! "DOOONG DOOONG DOOOOONG!"