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Radio 73, side B, track 1: “Take On Me” by a-ha

a-ha - Take On MeOh, a-ha, I can tell you exactly what I’m thankful for, and it’s this song!  I haven’t listened to this song in awhile, a-ha, but I remembered right away when I started listening to it just now that this is one of the best songs ever made.  And I know I tend to get a little grumpy when it comes to music videos, and even though the video for this one doesn’t really have much to do with the song itself, it is one of the best music videos of all time.

This came out in ’85, when I was around 10 years old with no real access to MTV, but I saw this video somewhere and I was immediately enthralled.  I mean, a comic book come to life?  A comic book LOVE STORY come to life?  Set to this song?  Yes, please!  I just watched it again, and I still love it after all this time.  I might love it even more.  I’ll be honest, a-ha, I got a little choked up.  Something about that final scene where you’re smashing back and forth against the hallway walls, trying to become “real” and reach your lady love, coupled with the music, so goddamn great, a-ha!  And those bad guys with the wrench?  Really damn creepy.  And the scene where you’re singing to her in that window where depending on where you stand either one of you is animated or live action?

Seriously, a-ha, I’m going to spend the day eating pumpkin pie, watching the MST3K Turkey Day marathon, and weeping over how much I love this song.

lyrics to “Take On Me”

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