Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 71 - A-ha - Take On Me

Probably one of the most memorable music videos from the 1980s, and definitely one of the best songs from that decade, Take On Me actually had a troubled start when the first version of the song failed to chart in the UK in 1984.  It failed to generate much attention for a second time when it was released again in a slightly different form in early 1985.  It wasn't until the third release in September of the same year that the song gained popularity and plenty of air time on the radio which resulted in the song reaching an impressive number 2 on the UK singles charts in October.

This song ranks highly in my list of all time favourite songs and hopefully a whole new generation will get to experience the song thanks for its use in the trailer of the new The Last of Us TV series.  Players of the game TLOU Part 2 will know that Ellie finds a guitar whilst exploring a devastated Seattle and plays (and sings) an acoustic version of Take on Me.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 70 - Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

This song takes me back.  Released first in the US in August 1982, this track made it to the UK in October of the same year where it peaked at number 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

It's a proper feel-good song that always brings back childhood memories.