V: (Video) Take On Me

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So needless to say
I’m odds and ends
I’ll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is okay
Say after me
It’s no better to be safe than sorry

I had an issue finding a song for today’s letter, so I decided to choose the most memorable video of 1984. It is actually the most memorable video of the ’80s! A-ha’s video for “Take On Me” is such an amazing video and still looks awesome after all of these years.

The song was originally released in October 1984 but took an entire year to make it on the charts. It was re-released in 1985 and that version finally topped the charts in October 1985 at No. 2 in the UK and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

The video was all over MTV in 1985. According to Wikipedia, it featured a “pencil-sketch animation / live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which the live-action footage is traced over frame by frame to give the characters realistic movements. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete.”

The video for “Take On Me” won six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards: Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction in a Video, Best Special Effects in a Video, and Viewer’s Choice.

Wikipedia Fun Fact: “As of April 2018, the music video has almost 623 million views on YouTube.”

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U: Wo”U”ldn’t It Be Good

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I got it bad
You don’t know how bad I got it
You got it easy
You don’t know when you’ve got it good
It’s getting harder
Just keeping life and soul together
I’m sick of fighting
Even though I know I should

Another one of my letters that I had a hard time coming up with a song. I LOVE this song so much and knew it had to be included somewhere, so I decided to stick it here at the letter “U”.

When I think of New Wave this song always springs to mind. With its synthesizers and funky sound, this song is the perfect ’80s New Wave tune.

“Wouldn’t It Be Good” was Nik Kershaw’s most popular single release. It spent three weeks at No. 4 on the UK charts and became a hit throughout Europe. It was also a Top 10 hit in Canada and just missed the Top 40 charts in the US.

The cover version of this song by Tina Arena is also one of my of all time favorite songs. It is a piano ballad that really brings attention to the lyrics, which are really sad. I love sad songs and this one is so perfect! Tina Arena does an amazing job with this song!

Wikipedia Fun Fact: “Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid in London’s Wembley Stadium in July 1985.”

T: Thriller

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It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurkin’ in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You’re paralyzed

THE song from the ’80s and especially 1984 was Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. I LOVED Michael Jackson, this song, and my lavender Michael Jackson Thriller shirt. All three were pretty rad!

“Thriller” was released in January 23, 1984. It entered the charts at No. 20 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at No. 4. I can’t believe this was not a No. 1 song! It did peak at No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and has sold over 4 million copies in the US. 

The music video was so memorable and was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards awards in 1984, winning awards for Viewers Choice, Best Overall Performance and Best Choreography. It also was listed as being the “Greatest Music Video” by both VH1 & MTV and named one of “The 30 All-TIME Best Music Videos” by TIME magazine.

S: Sister Christian

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Sister Christian
Oh the time has come
And you know that you’re the only one
To say okay

This is one of my favorite songs from the ’80s by one of the favorite and most underrated bands of the ’80s. “Sister Christian” was written and sung by the band’s drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister, Christy.

I had the opportunity of seeing Night Ranger in 2016 and they were amazing! They can still rock like they did back in 1984.

“Sister Christian” was released in March 1984 as the second single from Night Ranger’s album Midnight Madness, which is a great album! It peaked at No. 5 (can’t believe this wasn’t No. 1) on Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on the charts for 24 weeks. It was also ranked No. 32 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s.