This is one of the first music videos I ever saw. When I was a kid we didn't have cable, so I never watched MTV, but there was a Saturday morning cartoon called "Kidd Video" that used to feature music videos at the end of it. I don't remember anything about the actual show, nor do I remember any of the other music videos featured on it, but I remember the one for "Take On Me" because I already knew the song and because it's just damn awesome.
Is it just me, or does the lead singer whose name I don't know have the most amazing vocal range ever? Seriously, how many other human beings can sing all the notes that comprise the chorus? On the occasions that I have sung this song in public (mostly karaoke) people always seem to be impressed when I hit the high notes, which is always somewhat mystifying to me, because I'm a woman. It would be much more impressive for me to hit the low notes, which I can't do.
It's funny, I've listened to this song more times than I can count, I've sung it at karaoke twice, and I still don't know all the lyrics. And even those I do know, I don't really understand. Exactly how would one go about "taking on" someone? What exactly does that involve? I don't know, and frankly I don't care.