The Music Of Music Videos

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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…show more content…
In the start of the video, several comic strips present the start of a race. In the comic, Harket has his vehicle at the starting line. Other men which appear to be enemies are also behind the line. The music at the beginning creates a tense scene with percussion and some keyboard playing. A man beside the track raises the starting pistol and pulls the trigger. The vehicles immediately bolt and the music introduces the famous keyboard chord played throughout the song. The vehicles are racing one another, and the flagbearer at the finish line raises the flag to declare the winner. The video immediately moves on to the next scene, at a live-action café. A young woman is the one reading the comic, and it’s revealed in it that Harket is the champion of the race. He is also heard in the background singing the first verse:
“Talking away I don’t know what I’m to say I’ll say it anyway Today’s another day to find you Shying away, I’ll be coming for your love, OK?”
The first section of the song connects to the video when the picture of

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