With no music, A-Ha's "Take On Me" video is dark and disturbing


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/10/with-no-music-a-has-take.html


#2

Fabulous even with the sound off. Love that animation style.


#3

aren’t we all, Pesco, aren’t we all…


#4

And hilarious! Just when I thought nothing could beat the Elvis musicless video.


#5

The literal video version is the definitive one, surely.


#6

Despite the 80’s ish weirdness, I have always thought this to be an excellent video. The story and animation are timeless.


#7

Her headtilt at the beckoning hand always seemed odd to me. She switches from “Omigod, a fucking hand just reached out of a newspaper comic!” to “Hey, he’s kinda a cute, who cares if this is the most disturbing thing I’ve ever experienced. Let’s go!” in less than a second.


#8

When was it not dark and disturbing? Especially the literal version!

Pipe wrench fight!


#9

Between this and the Shittyflute version…FIGHT!


#10

Welp, that’s the next 37 minutes and 8 seconds taken care of for me. Gonna go listen to the whole album now.


#11

Then you should love this:


#12

Always liked this version myself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZpKPrUKn1U


#13

I really liked this video when it came out because I was working on my undergrad degree in fine art and reading all the comic books I could find at the time. It was a true artifact of time and place.


#14

I never really watched this closely, so I missed the Altered States reference at the end:


#15

Nice!

And then there’s the Brothers Quay stop-action (artist: His Name Is Alive):


#16

What’s really disturbing is that an entire iconic music video got made based on the idea that comic books look like that.


#17

Used to great effect in the leftovers t’other night (spoilers)…


#18

OMG I was just going to post that! I only just noticed it from this musicless video

:smiley:


#19

#20

It actually is a pretty damn good album.