Don't Dream It's Over
"Don't Dream It's Over" is a song by the Australian rock band Crowded House, recorded for their 1986 self-titled debut studio album. The song was written by Neil Finn, released in October 1986 as the fourth single from the album; the song, described by AllMusic as a "majestic ballad", became the band's biggest international hit, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1987. "Don't Dream It's Over" was a great success in Neil Finn's native country of New Zealand, where it peaked at Number 1. It topped the charts in Canada, while in Australia it peaked at No. 8. In Continental Europe, it reached No. 6 in Norway, No. 7 in the Netherlands, No. 13 in Germany. In America the single was topped only by "I Knew You Were Waiting" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. In May 2001, the Australasian Performing Right Association celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best New Zealand and Best Australian songs of all time, as decided by APRA members and an industry panel.
"Don't Dream It's Over" was ranked second on the New Zealand list and seventh on the Australian list. Nick Seymour said at the time of release, "You think the song is gloomy? The record's about not giving up hope and succumbing to the effects of the mass media and consumerism, but there's an over-riding positive view in all our songs." The music video, directed by Alex Proyas, features some surreal special effects such as household objects – including shattering crockery – and film reels that float in the air, with lead singer Finn playing a guitar and walking through the same house during different time periods while his bandmates are either performing household chores or playing various backing instruments. It was nominated for Best Group Video, Best Direction at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, earned the group a Best New Artist award. "Don't Dream It's Over" written by Neil Finn. "That's What I Call Love" written by Paul Hester. All tracks on vinyl are from the album Crowded House, except the extended version of "Don't Dream It's Over".
7-inch vinyl"Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03 "That's What I Call Love" –3:3912-inch vinyl"Don't Dream It's Over" – 6:10 "Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03 "That's What I Call Love" – 3:397-inch US vinyl"Don't Dream It's Over" – 4:03 "Something So Strong" – 2:511995 UK CD1 1996 Netherlands CD - All Live tracks from Phil Jupitus Show at BBC GLR 21st June 1996"Weather with You" – 4:35 The only B-side track in other UK editions"Into Temptation" – 4:48 "Locked Out" – 2:041996 UK CD2 - All Live tracks from Phil Jupitus Show at BBC GLR 21st June 1996"Four Seasons in One Day" – 3:08 "In My Command" – 4:14 "Pineapple Head" – 3:40 Neil Finn: lead vocals, guitars Nick Seymour: bass guitar Paul Hester: drums, backing vocals Mitchell Froom: keyboards In 1991, Paul Young covered "Don't Dream It's Over" on his compilation From Time to Time – The Singles Collection. Young's version featured Paul Carrack. "Don't Dream It's Over" – 3:56 "I Need Somebody" – 4:00 "Don't Dream It's Over" was the second radio single released in promotion of the album Divine Discontent by Sixpence None the Richer.
The commercial single release features the B-side "Don't Pass Me By,", recorded during the sessions for Divine Discontent. Their version was included in the 2003 compilation album Smallville: The Talon Mix. US Commercial Single"Don't Dream It's Over": 3:39 "Don't Pass Me By": 3:26Radio Promo Single"Don't Dream It's Over": 3:39 "Don't Dream It's Over": 4:04
TLC is an American girl group whose original line-up consisted of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990, the group was successful during the 1990s despite numerous spats with the law, each other, the group's record label and management, they scored nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", "Unpretty". The group recorded four multi-platinum albums, including CrazySexyCool which received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. TLC became the first R&B group in history to receive Million certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan for FanMail. Having sold over 85 million records worldwide, TLC is the best-selling American girl group and second worldwide to the English group Spice Girls. VH1 ranked TLC as the greatest female group, placing them at number 12 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Billboard magazine ranked TLC as one of the greatest musical trios, as well as the seventh most successful act of the 1990s. The group's accolades include five career Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards. Twenty years after their debut, TLC was honored with Outstanding Contribution to Music at the 17th MOBO Awards and Legend Award at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan. All three members of TLC are considered irreplaceable by the other members, each of them has contributed to the group. Following Lopes' death in 2002, instead of replacing her, the remaining members chose to continue as a duo. On June 30, 2017, they released their fifth eponymous self-titled album TLC, it was intended to be their final studio album, but they clarified they will not split up following the album's release and will continue to perform together. In 1990, Georgia–based record producer Ian Burke and one of his clients, a teenager named Crystal Jones, came up with a concept for a girl group with a tomboyish, hip-hop image, similar to the blend of contemporary R&B and hip hop music of new jack swing act Bell Biv DeVoe.
Jones put out a call for two more girls to join her in this trio. Her request was answered by Tionne Watkins, a native of Des Moines, who had moved to Atlanta with her family at a young age, Lisa Lopes, a rapper who had just moved to the city from her native Philadelphia, with a small keyboard and $750. Calling the group 2nd Nature, Jones and Lopes began working with producers Jermaine Dupri and Rico Wade on demo tape material. Through a connection at the hair salon where Watkins worked the group managed to arrange an audition with singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, who had started her own management and production company, Pebbitone. Impressed by the girls, Reid renamed the group TLC, with "TLC" being an acronym for the names Tionne and Crystal. Reid arranged an audition for them with local record label LaFace Records, run by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Reid's then-husband, Antonio "L. A." Reid. Antonio Reid saw potential in Watkins and Lopes as performers, but felt that Jones should be replaced.
According to Jones, things began to unravel for her after Pebbles denied the group the opportunity to take home the contracts that Pebbitone had drafted. Jones did not want to sign before having the contract reviewed by others and a lawyer. In contrast, Watkins' recollection of Jones' departure is that both she and Lopes asked Jones to leave the group before their initial contracts were negotiated. On February 28, 1991, Watkins and Lopes signed production and publishing deals with Pebbitone, with Perri Reid becoming their general manager; as they looked for a replacement for Jones, the two-member TLC made its first recorded appearance on a track for LaFace act Damian Dame's self-titled 1991 LP. Pebbles found the third member in one of Damian Dame's part-time backup dancers. Thomas was signed to the act in April 1991 and to maintain TLC's name as an acronym for the girls' names, Watkins became "T-Boz", Lopes became "Left-Eye", Thomas became "Chilli"; the girls were signed to LaFace in May through the production deal with Pebbitone.
TLC was set up to go into the studio with Reid and Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Marley Marl producing their first album. The new trio debuted as backing vocalists on "Rebel", a track on Jermaine Jackson's sole album for LaFace, You Said, their debut album, Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, was released on February 25, 1992, by LaFace/Arista Records; the songs on the album are a blend of funk, hip-hop, R&B, similar to the new jack swing sound popularized by producer Teddy Riley in the late 1980s. The album was a critical and commercial success, being certified quadruple-platinum for shipments of four million copies in the United States, it scored three top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Baby-Baby-Baby", "What About Your Friends", as well as the top 30 single "Hat 2 Da Back". TLC's debut album, chiefly written by Dallas Austin and Lisa Lopes, consisted of playful lyrics, with some female-empowering songs, it was characterized by Thomas' alto vocals and Lopes' soprano raps.
The musical formula was augmented by the girls' brightly colored videos and curious costuming: each girl wore wrapped condoms on their clothing. During TLC's first national tour, as MC Hammer's opening act,Lopes and Thomas discovered that Watkins had sickle-cell anemia, an ailment which she kept a g
Jump (Van Halen song)
"Jump" is a song by American hard rock band Van Halen. It was released in December 1983 as the lead single from their album 1984, it is Van Halen's most successful single to date, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song differs from earlier Van Halen songs in that it is driven by a keyboard line although the song does contain a guitar solo, spliced together from multiple takes. David Lee Roth dedicated the song to martial artist Benny Urquidez; the synth line was written around 1981 by Eddie Van Halen but it was refused by the other members of the band. In 1983, producer Ted Templeman asked Roth to take a listen to the unused song idea. Riding around in the back of his 1951 Mercury, with band roadie Larry Hostler driving, Roth listened to the song. To come up with a lyric for it, he remembered seeing a television news report the night before about a man, threatening to commit suicide by jumping off a high building. Roth thought that one of the onlookers of such a scene would shout "go ahead and jump".
Roth bounced this suggestion off Hostler. Instead of being about a threatened suicide, the words were written as an invitation to love. Roth told Musician magazine that Hostler was "probably the most responsible for how it came out."Ted Templeman recalls that "'Jump' was recorded at Eddie Van Halen's studio. " Donn and Ed put the track down alone in the middle of the night. We recut it once in one take for sonic reasons. Dave wrote the lyrics that afternoon in the backseat of his Mercury convertible. We finished all vocals that afternoon and mixed it that evening."Live performances of "Jump" were preceded by Eddie's synthesizer solo "1984". During the reunion tour with Roth, the two songs were used for the band's encore. Roth waved a large red flag during the synth section while the stage was still coated in dark cover lights. According to Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, " Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from'Kiss on My List' and used it in ‘Jump.’ I don't have a problem with that at all."
The music video for "Jump" was directed by David Lee Roth. It is a straightforward performance clip, much like many of the hard rock videos of the time, it was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, won "Best Stage Performance" for the video. It is played before the start of each home game of Olympique de Marseille and Brøndby IF; as part of the goal celebrations it is played every time A. C. Milan scores a goal at San Siro; the original Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League played "Jump" on the arena PA system as the team came onto the ice. They used the song until the team's departure for Phoenix after the 1995–96 season. On the team's return in 2011, public outcry for use of the song was ignored, as the team's management company True North Sports and Entertainment wished to create a break with the past, considering the previous Jets a different organization from the new Jets. However, in 2016 True North resumed the use of "Jump", this time as the team's goal song whenever the Jets score a goal at Bell MTS Place."Jump" was the theme song for the introduction of Chicago Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV in 1984 and 1985.
"Jump" was ranked number 15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. The song was listed by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." David Lee Roth – lead vocals Eddie Van Halen – guitar, backing vocals Alex Van Halen – drums Michael Anthony – bass, backing vocals This song was covered by Aztec Camera in the B-side of their "All I Need Is Everything" single. List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1984 Songfacts entry Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, jazz, hip hop and alternative rock, their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their signature anthem "Cult of Personality", which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1990, they were named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards and won their second Grammy Award for their follow-up album Time's Up. After disbanding in 1995, Living Colour reunited in late 2000. English-born guitarist Vernon Reid had formed a number of bands, after a few years, he formed Living Colour in New York in 1984. Reid assembled a number of bands under the name Vernon Reid's Living Colour from 1984 to 1986. Reid was well known on the downtown New York jazz scenes because of his tenure in Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society.
Early band members included bassists Alex Mosely, Jerome Harris and Carl James, drummers Greg Carter, Pheeroan akLaff and J. T. Lewis, keyboardist Geri Allen, vocalists D. K. Dyson and Mark Ledford, with Reid singing lead vocals himself; the band's sound was vastly different from the songs that showed up on their major label recordings. Material from this period included instrumental jazz/funk workouts, politically pointed punk rock burners, experimental excursions via Reid's guitar synth, an early version of the song "Funny Vibe", reworked for their debut album Vivid. In 1986 a stable lineup was formed, consisting of vocalist/actor Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Muzz Skillings, drummer Will Calhoun, the band hired managers Jim Grant and Roger Cramer. Soon after, the band became experienced at touring, including performing regular gigs at the club CBGB. Vivid, released on May 3, 1988, gathered sales momentum only when that year, MTV began playing the video for "Cult of Personality".
The album reached No. 6 on the U. S. Billboard 200 chart. On April 1, 1989, the band performed on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Four months the band gained further exposure as an opening act, along with Guns N' Roses, for The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour. In 1990 the band's second full-length album, Time's Up, featured songs in numerous musical contexts; the album reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200, won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Other guests included Little Richard. In 1991, Living Colour joined the inaugural Lollapalooza tour, released an EP of outtakes entitled Biscuits. In 1992, Skillings was replaced by Doug Wimbish; this new line up released their third full-length album, Stain, in March 1993. The album reached No. 26 in the U. S. a further drop since their debut. Despite retaining their strong fan base, Living Colour disbanded in January 1995, after failing to settle on a common musical goal during sessions for their fourth studio album. Four of these tracks were included on the compilation Pride.
Following the breakup, individual band members released a variety of solo efforts. Living Colour re-formed on December 21, 2000, at CBGB as a gig billed "Head>>Fake w/ special guests". Head >> Fake was the current bass project headed by Calhoun and Wimbish. Glover was on the bill to sing a few songs and Reid came on after three songs; the reunion was followed by the release of the band's fourth studio album, Collideøscope, in 2003, their first album not to chart in the United States, although it was critically praised. In 2005, Sony Records released Live from CBGB's, a live album recorded on December 19, 1989, as well as another best-of compilation, Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour, with songs from Vivid to Collideøscope. In August 2006, Glover took on the role of Judas Iscariot in a national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, touring with JCS veteran Ted Neeley. Doug Pinnick and bassist of King's X, filled in for Glover on lead vocals. Glover's tour of the musical ran through June 2008, he rejoined the band.
On September 22, 2006, Skillings joined the band for the first time in fourteen years when they played at a private party which drummer Jack DeJohnette threw for his wife Lydia. Wimbish was unable to come back from his base in London to play for the event, so Skillings agreed to take over for the special private event; the band performed a week-long European Tour starting on December 12, 2006. In May 2007, the band released their first live DVD - On Stage At World Cafe Live. On July 11, 2008, the band performed at the 1980s hard rock-themed Rocklahoma festival at Pryor, Oklahoma. Once again, Skillings performed with them in August 2008 for a Black Rock Coalition Band of Gypsys tribute in Harlem, they performed "Them Changes" and "Power of Soul". On October 25, 2008, MVD Audio and CBGB Records released CBGB OMFUG MASTERS: August 19, 2005 The Bowery Collection, a soundboard collection of songs from the Save CBGB's benefit show. On November 25, 2008, Inakustik and MVD released The Paris Concert, a DVD recorded at New Morning, in Paris, during their 2007 European Tour.
The band released their fifth studio album, The Chair in the Doorway, on September 15, 2009 on Megaforce Records. The album sold 2,800 copies in its first week and landed at No. 159 on the Billboard 200. This was the band's first album to chart since Stain in 1993; the band toured the world in
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.. Rooted in post-punk, U2's musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's effects-based guitar textures, their lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career; the band formed as teenagers while attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School, when they had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they released their debut album, Boy. Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album and the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Pride" helped establish U2's reputation as a politically and conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985.
The group's fifth album, The Joshua Tree, made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US to date: "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". Facing creative stagnation and a backlash following their documentary/double album and Hum, U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby, the multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band integrated influences from alternative rock, electronic dance music, industrial music into their sound, embraced a more ironic, flippant image; this experimentation continued through their ninth album and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour with the records All That You Can't Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group.
Their U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 is the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour in history. The group most released the companion albums Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, the former of which received criticism for its pervasive, no-cost release through the iTunes Store. U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists in history, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide, they have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, Music Rising. In 1976, Larry Mullen Jr. a 14-year-old student at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, posted a note on the school's notice board in search of musicians for a new band.
Six people met at Mullen's house on 25 September. Set up in the kitchen, Mullen was on drums, with: Paul Hewson on lead vocals. Mullen described it as "'The Larry Mullen Band' for about ten minutes Bono walked in and blew any chance I had of being in charge." Martin, who had brought his guitar and amplifier to the first practice but could not play, did not remain with the group, McCormick was dropped after a few weeks. The remaining five members settled on the name "Feedback" for the group because it was one of the few technical terms they knew. Most of their initial material consisted of cover songs, which they admitted was not their forte; some of the earliest influences on the band were emerging punk rock acts, such as the Jam, the Clash and Sex Pistols. The popularity of punk rock convinced the group that musical proficiency was not a prerequisite to success. In April 1977, Feedback played their first gig for a paying audience at St. Fintan's High School. Shortly thereafter, the band changed their name to "The Hype".
Dik Evans, older and by this time at college, was becoming the odd man out. The rest of the band was leaning towards the idea of a four-piece ensemble. In March 1978, the group changed their name to "U2". Steve Averill, a punk rock musician and family friend of Clayton's, had suggested six potential names from which the band chose "U2" for its ambiguity and open-ended interpretations, because it was the name that they disliked the least; that same month, U2, as a four-piece, won a talent contest in Limerick sponsored by Harp Lager and the Evening Press. The prize consisted of £500 and studio time to record a demo which would be heard by CBS Ireland, a record label; the win was an important affirmation for the fledgling band. Within a few days, Dik Evans was phased out of the band with a farewell concert at the Presbyterian Church Hall in Howth. During the show, which featured the group playing cover songs as the Hype, Dik ceremonially walked offstage; the remaining four band members returned in the concert to play original material as U2.
Dik soon joined the Virgin Prunes, which comprised mutual friends of U2's.
Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison. Described by the critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the'80s," the group helped to pioneer new wave music by integrating elements of punk, art rock and world music with avant-garde sensibilities and an anxious, clean-cut image. Former art school students who became involved in the 1970s New York punk scene, Talking Heads released their debut album, Talking Heads: 77, to positive reviews in 1977, they collaborated with producer Brian Eno on a trio of experimental and critically acclaimed releases: More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, Remain in Light. After a hiatus, Talking Heads hit their commercial peak in 1983 with the U. S. Top 10 hit "Burning Down the House" and released the concert film Stop Making Sense, directed by Jonathan Demme, they released several more albums, including their best-selling LP Little Creatures, before disbanding in 1991.
In 2002, Talking Heads were inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their albums appear in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, three of their songs were included among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. Talking Heads were number 64 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". In the 2011 update of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", they were ranked number 100. From 1971 to 1972, David Byrne was a member of a duo named Bizadi with Marc Kehoe, he developed an interest in performing. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970–1971 term, the Maryland Institute College of Art in the 1971–1972 term.. Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth were alumni of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. There and Frantz formed a band called "The Artistics" in 1973. Weymouth was Frantz's girlfriend and provided transportation for the band; the Artistics dissolved the following year, the three moved to New York sharing a communal loft.
Tina Weymouth became the band's bass player. Frantz encouraged Weymouth to learn to play bass by listening to Suzi Quatro albums, they played their first gig as "Talking Heads" opening for the Ramones at CBGB on June 5, 1975. In a interview, Weymouth recalled how the group chose the name Talking Heads: "A friend had found the name in the TV Guide, which explained the term used by TV studios to describe a head-and-shoulder shot of a person talking as'all content, no action', it fit." That year, the trio recorded a series of demos for CBS, but the band was not signed to the label. The band drew a following and were signed to Sire Records in November 1976, they released their first single in February the following year, "Love → Building on Fire". In March 1977, they added Jerry Harrison of Jonathan Richman's band the Modern Lovers, on keyboards and backing vocals. During this time, Byrne asked Weymouth to audition three more times to keep her place in the band; the first Talking Heads album, Talking Heads: 77, received acclaim and produced their first charted single, "Psycho Killer".
Many connected the song to the serial killer known as the Son of Sam, terrorizing New York City months earlier. More Songs About Buildings and Food was Talking Heads' first collaboration with producer Brian Eno, who had worked with Roxy Music, David Bowie, John Cale and Robert Fripp. Eno's unusual style meshed well with the group's artistic sensibilities, they began to explore an diverse range of musical directions, from post-punk to psychedelic funk to African music; this recording established the band's relationship with Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. More Songs About Buildings and Food included a cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River." This broke Talking Heads into the general public's consciousness and gave the band their first Billboard Top 30 hit. The Eno-Talking Heads experimentation continued with 1979's Fear of Music, which flirted with the darker stylings of post-punk rock, mixed with white funkadelia and subliminal references to the geopolitical instability of the late 1970s.
Music journalist Simon Reynolds cited Fear of Music as representing the Eno-Talking Heads collaboration "at its most mutually fruitful and equitable". The single "Life During Wartime" produced the catchphrase "This ain't no party, this ain't no disco." The song refers to two popular New York nightclubs of the time. Remain in Light was influenced by the afrobeat of Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti, whose music Eno had introduced to the band, it explored West African polyrhythms, weaving these together with Arabic music from North Africa, disco funk, "found" voices. These combinations foreshadowed Byrne's interest in world music. In order to perform these more complex arrangements, the band toured with an expanded group, including Adrian Belew and Bernie Worrell, among others, first at the Heatwave festival in August, in their concert film Stop Making Sense. During this period, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz formed a commercially successful splinter group, Tom Tom Club, influenced by the foundational elements of hip hop, Harrison released his first solo album, The Red and the Black.
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Take On Me
"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, remixed by John Ratcliff; the second version was produced by Alan Tarney for the group's debut studio album Hunting High and Low. The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars and drums; the original "Take On Me" was recorded in 1984 and it took two versions and three releases to chart in the United Kingdom, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985. In the United States in October 1985, the song became the only A-ha song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100, due in no small part to the wide exposure on MTV of its innovative music video, directed by Steve Barron; the video features the band in a live-action pencil-sketch sequence. The video was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. Pål Waaktaar and Magne Furuholmen began their music careers playing in a band called Bridges together with Viggo Bondi and Øystein Jevanord.
In 1981, the band produced Fakkeltog, an LP for which all of the music was composed by the group themselves, most of it being written by Waaktaar. One of the tracks rehearsed at this time was called "The Juicy Fruit Song", it included elements of the future "Take On Me", including an early version of the central riff. Soon after, Bridges disbanded. Waaktaar and Furuholmen relocated to London to try their hand in the music industry there, but after six months of disappointment they returned to Norway; the duo asked Morten Harket to join as lead singer. At the time, Harket was singing in a band called Souldier Blue, but he felt that his band was stagnating, decided to join Waaktaar and Furuholmen, they stayed together for six months, writing some songs and working on demo tapes, including "Lesson One", a new song based on "The Juicy Fruit Song" which would in turn evolve into "Take On Me". In January 1983, the trio returned to London in search of a recording contract; the band moved into an apartment in London and began calling on record companies and publishing houses.
After a few meetings with various A&R personnel, the band signed with a publishing house called Lionheart. A-ha returned to Norway to earn some money; when they returned to London, they left Lionheart out of frustration. They decided to record new demos, chose the studio of musician and producer John Ratcliff, intending to re-record five songs; the band signed with Ratcliff, who in return introduced them to Terry Slater. With this encouragement, the band managed to complete some songs, including "Take On Me". After a few meetings, Slater signed them with Warner Bros. Records; the band met with producer Tony Mansfield, an expert in the use of the Fairlight CMI, who mixed the demos with electronic instrumentation. The sound was not what A-ha had hoped to achieve, the album was remixed again; the band rushed to release "Take On Me" as a single in the United Kingdom but the single only charted at 137, the lowest-charted of all A-ha songs. After this, Warner Brothers' main office in the United States decided to invest in the band, gave them the opportunity to re-record the song.
Terry Slater convinced Alan Tarney to produce the new version. The song was soon completed and re-released in the United Kingdom, but the record label's office in London gave them little support, the single flopped for the second time. In the United States, Warner Bros. put the group on high priority, made the move to invest significant money in a revolutionary video for "Take On Me" using the audio version produced by Tarney. The single was released in the United States a month after the music video, appeared in the Billboard Hot 100. Magne played the main melody on a Roland Juno-60 "MIDI'd up" to a Yamaha DX7; the drum machine used on the second and third releases was a LinnDrum – Paul overdubbed real cymbals and hi-hat using this drum machine. Morten sang "Take On Me" using a Neumann U47 microphone as well as a Neve microphone pre-amp and Neve equaliser. AllMusic journalist Tim DiGravina described "Take On Me" as "a new wave classic laced with rushing keyboards, made resonant thanks to Morten Harket's touching vocal delicacy."
"Take On Me" is a synthpop song that includes acoustic guitars and keyboards. It moves at a quick tempo of 168.61 beats per minute. The lyrics are a plea for love, are constructed in a verse-chorus form with a bridge before the third and final chorus. With the chord progression of Bm7-E-A-D--A, the song is written in the key of A major. Harket demonstrates a vocal range of over two and a half octaves, he sings the lowest pitch in the song, A2, at the beginning of the chorus, on the first syllable of the phrase "Take On Me". As the chorus progresses, Harket's voice hits higher notes, reaching a falsetto and hitting the song's highest note at the end. There is a temporary change of markings in the drum pattern in the chorus, where for two bars the drums play in half time, returning to the same rhythm as before for the climax of the vocal line. A mix of a drum machine, the LinnDrum, acoustic guitars and electronic instrumentation serves as the song's backing track; the first release of "Take On Me" in 1984 includes a different recording, was featured in the first video, which shows the band singing with a blue background.
The second video, directed by Irish-born British film director Steve Barron, is the more recognized video for the song. It was filmed in 1985 at Kim's Café, on a sound stage in London; the video used a pencil-sketch animation /