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a-ha begs you not to lose your train of thought on National Comic Book Day



Are you celebrating National Comic Book Day today? If you are not, you can still give a nod to animation in '80s music videos by learning about an influential video by a-ha, and no it's not Take On Me.  

Whether you love or hate a-ha's Take On Me, the song was a number one smash and the video is still considered one of the most popular of the MTV era, however the origins of a-ha's Take On Me video actually begin with the video for Train of Thought.

Train of Thought, while the third single released off the Hunting High and Low album, was actually conceived as a video before Take On Me was filmed and created. A California School of Arts (CalArts) student named Michael Patterson created the animation for Train of Thought that was so positively received by the band that they commissioned Patterson to incorporate the same concept for Take On Me. a-ha first released Take On Me in 1984 as a non-album hit single in their home country of Norway. In 1985 it was repackaged as the lead single for a-ha's Hunting High and Low album and successful attempt of world domination. Patterson and his wife Candance Reckinger, would quickly become one of the hottest names in video and are also responsible for creating MC Skat Cat in Paula Abdul's Opposite Attracts video along with directing other non-animated videos like Suzanne Vega's Luka.  

While a Top 10 hit in the UK, Train of Thought did not chart in the U.S. and the video for the peppy number might be a good change of pace if you have tired of Take On Me. While most in America have regulated a-ha (incorrectly) as an one-hit wonder, the band plows on and just a few weeks ago they released their tenth and latest album Cast In Steel  that has sold well in Europe.  a-ha is also touring all over the globe in support of Cast In Steel - except for North America.

[Last modified: Friday, September 25, 2015 8:57am]


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