Ever wondered how “Take On Me” by Norwegian pop group A-ha would sound on an acoustic bass? Well, ponder no longer. Super talented YouTuber Davie504 has uploaded a bass-heavy cover of the track – one which shines a new light on the glossy track’s clever arrangement.
Using the instrument’s bottom-heavy sound, as well as its warm tone, the bassist breathes new life into the catchy cut. He utilizes slapping, picking, and plucking techniques to give the song a unique spin, making his way up and down the instrument with speedy, yet precise actions. In layman’s terms, he’s basically got the fingers of a centipede.
It’s not the first time that Davie504 has made a bass cover of a well-known song, in fact, it’s just one in a long line of intriguing versions which the YouTube star has produced. He takes elements synonymous with the song, and attempts to use it in his performance of the track. For instance, he plays Pink Floyd’s “Money” using actual money, performs Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ “Can’t Stop” for an hour without stopping, and delivers a seriously impressive medley of Tool songs using real tools.
“Take On Me” was featured on A-ha’s hugely successful 1985 LP Hunting High and Low – the group’s debut album which spawned other hit songs like “Love is Reason,” “Train of Thought,” and the sensational single “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.” The popular record also made A-ha the first Norwegian artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award.
Meanwhile, “Take On Me” was a monumental hit song in the ‘80s, helping to shoot A-ha into pop stardom. Using one of the greatest music videos ever concocted, the single reached the number 1 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, and hit the number 2 spot on the UK Singles Chart. The video subsequently went on to scoop up six awards at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.