Posts from 29th September 2000

Sep 00

If you enjoyed

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If you enjoyed this ‘Jessica Simpson’ piece, then you’ll certainly want to read this interview with Daphne And Celeste. Incidentally, apologies to my readers for being down: this is, needless to say, nothing at all to do with me.

T is for…..”Take On Me”

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T is for…..”Take On Me” by A-Ha. I was at a festival at the NFT this Spring celebrating the 100 Greatest Music Videos. One of them was this, of course: line drawings, racing cars, beautiful girls with highlights and tragic boys in leather. We all laughed but I thought it was as effective now as it had been then, the perfect match for Morton Haaket’s breathy singing and his band’s serious-pretty pop, generic before its genre even really existed. And now it’s back, in the hands of A1, part of a slew of 80s remakes greasing up our charts. “Take On Me” – technical, sexy but vulnerable too – is the Ur-Song of the Boybands, just like Madonna’s remarkable “Into The Groove” has every girl group song ever sung hidden in its beats. And A-Ha’s video is still the most romantic representation of the sad fan-star dyad to ever make it to screen.