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:
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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...
Known worldwide for his incredible fingerstyle guitar covers of popular songs, Alexandr Misko performs a-ha's 1985 hit "Take on Me" in his latest video.
The 20-year-old Russian musician writes, "This song is a tough one to play, but i tried my best!" (He's humble to boot!)
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"Take on horn" is YouTuber Kyrne's humorous take on a-ha's 1985 hit "Take on Me" and it's pretty funny.
And who remembers this gem? If 2008 was the last time you watched the literal version of the "Take on Me" music video, it's high time you give it a look again. I had forgotten how good it is!
Now my face hurts from smiling so much.
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Norwegian band a-ha recently took to the stage to sing an acoustic version of their 1985 hit song, "Take On Me." It's nice to hear that lead singer Morten Harket can still hit those high notes after all these years.
The band will begin an MTV Unplugged acoustic tour through Europe in early 2018, followed by a full-electric tour in the summer.
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I lived through the eighties and I approve of Trixi Studios’ "Take On Me" iOS (proof-of-concept only) app which turns your surroundings into a pencil-sketched, a-ha-style music video using augmented reality. The Chicago-based team created it with Apple's ARKit, which is a suite of developer tools launched in June that adds AR to apps.
Here's a-Ha's original music video, in case you're feeling as nostalgic as I am:
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