This week in 1985, Norwegian synth-pop group A-ha scored the top spot on the U.S. charts with “Take On Me.” The music video for the song gained wide exposure on MTV for its memorable and cutting-edge pencil-sketch animation method 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.
At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for “Take On Me” won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year.
A-ha are the only non-British, non-American performers who have written and performed a 007 James Bond official theme song – “The Living Daylights” from the movie with the same title.
A-ha played together for the very last time at Oslo Spektrum on 21 August 2011.