In 1984, Norwegian pop band a-ha struggled to get the first version of their now-iconic song "Take on Me" to chart. And record sales of the single were dismal at just 300 copies. The video itself? Eh.
Now I Know reports that it was the band's new music video that made a revised version of the song soar:
A-ha’s version of Take On Me was the #1 single in the U.S. and nine other countries in 1985, and their pencil-art video linked above won six MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for two others, including Video of the Year. But that all almost never happened. The song that topped the charts was a re-release of an earlier version that the band released in 1984, and that version failed to make it into the top 100 singles on the U.S. Billboard chart. The pencil-art video is widely credited with giving the song the necessary boost...
The Treble, an alt-rock band out of Winnipeg, has taken inspiration from iconic music videos from the 1980s. Their recently released music video, for the single “No Secrets (There For You),” features shot-by-shot re-creations of a bunch of them. Probably the ones that will be most familiar are a-Ha’s “Take on Me” and DEVO’s “Whip […]
While presenting the Oscar for live-action short film in 1988, Pee-wee Herman is interrupted by “giant robot mechanical monster,” aka ED-209 from the 1987 film RoboCop. Then things get weird… in a good way. Just watch: (Pee-wee Herman)
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When the COVID-19 threat hit in March, most Americans didn’t have much of a choice about their new work-from-home existence. But now that a majority of the workforce have settled into their new routines, it may be hard for many to snap back to the daily commute and the office grind again. And the numbers […]