Friday, October 17, 2008

A different take on Take On Me

I'm showing my age here... Yes, I am a child of the 80's. But most of us in this special "age bracket" called Generation X remember fondly when MTV showed MUSIC VIDEOS... yes, believe it or not!

Gen Ex'ers who cultivated their musical taste during the video age probably also look back with a gleam in their eyes when considering videos which seemed absolutely avant garde during "our" time.

Some of these videos were so innovative that the first time we saw them, there was a collective "WOW" by gape-mouthed kids all across North America sitting transfixed in front of their non-remote TV's.

There were many, but "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits, "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel, and "Rock It" by Herbie Hancock were just a few of mine. (Ahem... we should not have to mention Thriller by the Gloved One. And hey, did anyone else really get the subtext when Michael tells the girl, "I'm not like other guys... no, I mean I'm different". heh heh heh)

Of course "Take On Me" by a-Ha was shot in a new technique which really fascinated not only me, but many others as well.

BUT someone has Karaoke'd this video/song with the literal translation of what is happening in the video! Toooooooo Cuuuuuute! I love it!
"I'm gonna kick some ass with my own pipe wrench"
I giggled for two minutes!



Did you watch it? No?
OK then... you're gonna miss out!

I remember seeing the original video and thinking that one part reminded me very much of William Hurt's freaky scene in "Altered States" (the familiar section starts at 1:02 in this clip - in the a-Ha video it starts at 3:48).

This changing of the lyrics is the kind of crap I would think of while watching these videos. I had a LOT of fun with Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately".

I wonder if other people have as much fun as I do with song lyrics?
There are whole songs that I can't remember the original lyrics. They've been replaced in my memory by improvised verse.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

OMG Snooker! Thanks for sharing that. I especially liked, 'Is this your house?'

We do that kind of stuff all the time, but usually the lyrics are about whatever we're going at the moment. It tends toward the absurd and/or vulgar, but it's always a good time.

Yelli said...

I totally needed a laugh tonight!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

P.S. Was it just me or was JJ's shoulder shrugging REALLY strange?

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Andrea said...

I remember music videos on MTV! My sister and her friend used to watch MTV every morning before school, the leaopard print on the background of the MTV logo. Def Leopard, Guns and Roses, Weird Al, ahh those were the days!