Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Music: Ah-Ha - Take On Me


"a-ha is a band from Norway. They initially rose to fame during the 1980s, but have had continued success in the 1990s and 2000s.

a-ha achieved its biggest success with their debut album and single in 1985. Hunting High and Low peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard charts and yielded an international number-one single, "Take on Me", earning the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. Hunting High and Low was one of the best-selling albums of 1986.[2] In 1994, the band went on a hiatus. After a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, the band returned to the studio and recorded 2000's Minor Earth Major Sky, which resulted in a new tour. In 2002 the band released their seventh studio album Lifelines. Analogue is their newest studio album and is their most successful studio album in the UK since East of the Sun, West of the Moon and has been certified silver.
The music video, directed by Steve Barron, utilizes extensive rotoscoping. It begins as a young woman (played by actress Bunty Bailey in a London cafe, reading a comic book about competitive motorcycle racing.

The winner of the race, played by the band's lead vocalist Morten Harket, winks at the girl from the page. The cartoon reaches through the comic book, pulling the girl into his animated world. Through a creative effect they both view each other through a mirror which shows them (and the band members) alternately in live action and animated.

1 comment:

illnoise said...

Has there really been a better music video since 1985? How freaking well does that video hold up?

But why didn't Morten have a passenger? Or if he did, why did he throw Morten under the bus when it was time for the showdown with team #13?