Hunting High and Low
"Take on Me" is a song by Norwegian new wave band a-ha. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's first studio album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985. The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation, which includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums and synthesizers. 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/live-action combination called rotoscoping. The video won six awards, and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. The single flopped twice: the first release in the UK charted only at the number 137, the second re-release in the country had no success again. Warner Bros. Records released the song for the third time one month after the music video had been published, and it finally went to Billboard Hot 100. The second music video for "Take On Me" won six awards at 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It used the rotoscoping technic, and 3000 frames were drawn which took 16 weeks to complete.
A-ha Lyrics "Take On Me" From The Album: "Hunting High And Low" (1985) Talking away I don't know what I'm to say I'll say it anyway Today is another day to find you Shying away I'll be coming for your love. OK? Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) I'll be gone In a day or two So needless to say Of odds and ends But I'll be stumbling away Slowly learning that life is OK. Say after me, "It's no better to be safe than sorry." Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) I'll be gone In a day or two Oh, things that you say. Yeah. Is it life or just to play my worries away? You're all the things I've got to remember You're shying away I'll be coming for you anyway Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) I'll be gone In a day Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) I'll be gone In a day Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) Writer(s): Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket, Paul Waaktaar-savoy