The number one song on this date in 1985 was A-Ha's "Take on Me." I was twenty at the time, and I loved this video when it was released. It was the first music video to use the rotoscope process. Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films. Rotoscope output can have slight deviations from the true line that differs from frame to frame, which when animated cause the animated line to shake unnaturally, or "boil". The "boil" intentionally is a stylistic technique sometimes used to emphasize the surreal quality of rotoscoping, as in the music video "Take on Me."
This video was nominated for several MTV music video awards, including video of the year. It won the Viewers' Choice Award in 1986.
As a bonus, I have included the "Take on Me" literal video. It is hysterical!
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Until next time...