Take On Me" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The self-composed original version was produced by Tony Mansfield, and remixed by John Ratcliff. The second version was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album Hunting High and Low (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums.
Take on Me" is a song by Norwegian new wave band a-ha. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's first studio album Hunting High and Low, released in 1985. The original "Take on Me" was recorded in 1984, and took three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in November 1985.
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Produced by Alan Tarney & John Ratcliff. Album Hunting High and Low. Take On Me Lyrics. We're talking away I don't know what I'm to say I'll say it anyway Today's another day to find you Shying away I'll be coming for your love, OK? Take on me (take on me) Take me on (take on me) I'll be gone In a day or two. So needless to say I'm odds and ends But I'll be stumbling away Slowly learning that life is ok Say after me It's no better to be safe than sorry
A-ha wrote and recorded the first version of this song in 1982 with the title "Lesson One" - it had different lyrics but contained the basic keyboard riff. In 1983, the song got the attention of industry veteran Terry Slater, who became their manager and helped them secure a contract with Warner Bros. Records later that year. Patterson told us: "We started on a-ha's 'Take on Me' - the project began with my animated film Commuter, which won the student academy award in 1981 - it's done in the same animation style. The Christian punk band MXPX covered it on their 1995 album On the Cover. Reel Big Fish released their cover in 1996, which was used in the 1998 movie BASEketball. It's a popular song at their concerts.
Take On Me is an earlier recording different to the version on "Hunting High & Low". Band name written as 'AHA' on the labels. Distributed by WEA Records Ltd. A Warner Communications Co. Made in UK Track durations not listed on the release. Other Versions (5 of 13) View All. Cat. A number of rough demos that followed, were pushing the idea further - one of these exists under the title "Lesson One", which might appeal to the fans of the minimal wave genre, but something about the very "Lesson One" also sounds like a bandwagon jumpers' song.
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|W9146, W 9146, 929146-7||a-ha||Take On Me (7")||Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records||W9146, W 9146, 929146-7||UK||1984|
|7-29011, 9 29011-7, 920 268-0||a-ha||Take On Me (12", Single)||Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Inc.||7-29011, 9 29011-7, 920 268-0||Germany||1984|
|92 9146-7||a~ha*||Take On Me (7")||Warner Bros. Records||92 9146-7||Spain||1984|
|W9146T, W 9146 (T), 920268-0||a-ha||Take On Me (Long Version) (12")||Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records||W9146T, W 9146 (T), 920268-0||UK||1984|
|920 268-0, W 9146 T||a-ha||Take On Me (Long Version) (12")||Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records||920 268-0, W 9146 T||Europe||1984|