Skip to comments.Video: A-ha's 'Take on Me' gets North Korean treatment
Posted on 03/07/2012 12:50:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
Five North Korean accordion players have breathed new life into A-has classic 1980s hit Take On Me with a video version recorded just two days after they heard the song for the first time.
The man behind the video, Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, said the musicians from the hermetically sealed totalitarian state were not previously acquainted with Norways foremost pop stars, who scored a massive international hit in 1985 with their breakthrough single.
It didnt seem like they had heard the song before, but they were extremely effective. They got the CD on Monday afternoon and the clip was recorded on Wednesday morning, Traavik told newspaper Verdens Gang.
The musicians performed the song at the Kum Song School in Pyongyang, where Traavik says they have also been practising other Norwegian classics.
The North Korean accordionists form part of the artists Promised Land project. They will join him next week for the opening of the Barents Spectacle festival in Kirkenes in the far north of Norway.
I’d like to hear their take on Falco’s “Der Kommissar.”
Show them the video and they will be amazed that someone can go into a comic book... once you explain to them what a comic book is.
Cat??! Alf wants to eat a cat? He must be a capitalist oppressor to be able to afford a cat.
I just watched the video. It’s still impolite to laugh, right?
Reminds me of cellist group, Melo-M.
The Final Countdown by Europe.
Mission Impossible theme
I’m looking forward to their full length version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” followed by “Purple Haze”
Nope, Small Wonder.
And a cafeteria and a cup-o-joe...
When the government figures out this was a decadent song these musicians could be killed.
Sweet and sad at the same time. Thanks for posting this.
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