In August 2000, British-Norwegian boyband A1 released a cover of “Take on Me” for their second studio album The A List. A1 are an English-Norwegian pop group. The cover’s music video was directed by Stuart Gosling. It features A1 entering the computer world by putting on virtual reality glasses after finding out about a deadly computer virus. After flying for a distance, they find the virus and destroy it, saving the world. The video was inspired by the 1982 science fiction film Tron.
“Take on Me” was actually first presented by A-ha; was a Norwegian pop band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards), and Pål Waaktaar (guitars).
The original “Take on Me” was recorded in 1984, and took three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1985. In the United States, the song reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1985, due in no small part to the wide exposure of its memorable and cutting-edge music video on MTV, directed by Steve Barron. The video features the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action. The video won six awards, and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
Please compare these two music videos song “Take on Me” below. Enjoy.
“Take on Me” A-ha version
“Take on Me” A1 version