The Music Of Music Videos Essay

1085 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Music videos have become very prominent since the 1970s, and one music video that really intrigues me is Norwegian rock band A-ha’s “Take on Me”. Released in 1985, “Take on Me” was a huge hit for A-ha, although the band failed to create future songs with similar popularity. Even though the band was only relevant for a short period of time, their song is generally considered to be one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. The genre of the song was new wave, which was popular at the time, and the instrumentation is easy to dance to. The high pitch vocals that lead singer Morten Harket belts out in the chorus are also memorable. What made the song famous, however, was not necessarily the music but the video. The music video is unique in that most of it consisted of hand-drawn, stencil animation. The animation contained 3,000 drawings and took 16 weeks to complete. It wasn’t something seen before in other music videos, and it seemed very appealing to many viewers. Before assessing the music video, I want to summarize the lyrics of the song. The lyrics are described as a romantic fantasy, and I agree with the label. The song is about the lead singer who is in love with a woman, but has no clue on how to describe it. He is determined to reach her and hopes that she could do the same, because the opportunity can disappear. This is highlighted during the chorus:
“Take on me…

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