Haven’t done a guilty pleasure post in a while, so I figger it’s time.
“Take On Me” was the one with that video. Y’know the one . . .
The band’s awful name, A-Ha, told you nothing about them. Nor did the song reveal much; it was confectioner packaged pop, as much a child of the 1980s as a progenitor of it. I was sick of this song within weeks. It was more played out than Tears For Fears’ “Shout.”
And if it comes on the radio today, I won’t switch the station.
The “star” cover of this tune is AC Newman–the New Pornographer–wh0 makes it even more melodramatic that it was to begin with, and adds strings. Here’s the direct DL link, and streaming info:
AC may be the big name celeb, but I really dig this version more. It’s by Phonte of Little Brother with Carlitta Durand. Awesome. Here’s the direct DL link, and then streaming info:
Then of course there’s the mash up version. Jay-Z, Outkast, and other folks over an A-Ha sample. Direct DL and stream:
And, in the zip file below, you’ll find a few more takes on the tune:
Reel Big Fish. This is the popska aggressive horn section sound you’d expect. The song gets an edge from it that I’m sure is intended to be ironic. Not better than the original, but at least it doesn’t make you want to hear the original, either.
Down the Line. These dudes add a reggae flavor, but it’s like hick reggae. With a string section. I’ve never heard of these guys, but I really like their take on Take On Me.
Whatnot. An upbeat, pop version on acoustic guitar and bongos.
Envelope 3. For the closer, the most experimental cover here. A 25 minute instrumental. It’s actually very cool if you take the time to listen to it . . .
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