A-ha has unveiled a 4k restoration of their revolutionary rotoscoped video for his or her Eighties smash, “Tackle Me.”
A-ha famously launched two variations of “Tackle Me” and two movies for the track. The primary arrived in 1984, whereas the second appeared on the Norwegian outfit’s 1985 debut album, Looking Excessive and Low. The video for the second model of the track was directed by Steve Barron and used rotoscoping — a mixture of live-action and pencil animation — to inform a fantastical love story.
As a press launch for the 4k model of “Tackle Me” notes, most music movies from this time had been edited in tape format, whereas this clip was uniquely restored from the unique 35mm movie reels. A-ha additionally shared a brief side-by-side video to point out how the 4k restoration has made the clip extra vibrant and crisp.
Upon its launch, “Tackle Me” topped the Billboard Scorching 100 and the video grew to become a mainstay on MTV. Virtually 35 years later, the clip’s revolutionary look continues to compel viewers and it’s primed to hitch a choose group of older songs to achieve 1 billion views on YouTube. Different pre-2000 tracks to hit the milestone embody Weapons N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
In November A-ha shared a three-part docuseries that delved into the making of “Tackle Me,” each the track and video. A month earlier than that, the band discovered themselves pulled right into a minor controversy when President Donald Trump posted a video on Twitter that additionally used rotoscoping in a manner that recalled the “Tackle Me” video.
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In an interview with Rolling Stone, keyboardist and co-songwriter Magne Furuholmen mentioned, “You wish to watch out about deciding who’s allowed to do what with what you place out on the earth. …We make our music for everyone. We didn’t intend to make our music a part of a divisive marketing campaign and, all issues equal, would have most popular it to not have been.”