Friday, February 03, 2012

North Korean Version of "Take on Me"

Unless you've been living in the DPRK, you probably have seen or heard about some kind of strange and funny North Korean videos. Most of the time they feature young kids playing and singing traditional folk tunes or patriotic songs. But now all the way from the Kum Song School in Pyongyang, we have a group of accordion students playing A-Ha's big 80s hit "Take on Me":

This performance is a part of "The Promised Land" project by director and artist Morten Traavik. You can read more about this production at Creative Intelligence Agency and at Barents Spektakel 2012.

UPDATE: Some readers have already written in and Anna from Tokyo wrote: "Didja notice how the phone rang immediately after they finished the song? Probably it was the new Best Kim (aka "The Young-Un" and "Kim Jong Iliberace")

Kim Jong Iliberace

demanding their immediate arrest and incarceration for playing that "foreign devil's music."

We also have an update from the almighty Taro, the lame who says "Japan is always better than Korea! See irrefutable proof":

And, obviously, that is correct as everyone knows that the Japanese are superior to all other humans. But don't forget that Pyongyang North Korea is ‘better’ than Tokyo!


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  1. As said before:
    North Korea is best Korea. This is the peoples song. This "group", a-ha, stole it from poor struggling North Korean peasants, who have sung it for the last 1000 years. It was suppressed by the imperial powers and just recently perfected.

    1. LOL. How could we have ever overlooked that supreme truth??? ;)

  2. The first verse of that song goes -

    We're talking away
    I don't know what
    I'm to say I'll say it anyway
    Today's another day to find you
    Shying away
    I'll be coming for your love, OK?

    Does this mean that there will be more kidnapping or some kind of attack on South Korea? Hhhhmmm...

  3. Japan is always better than Korea!
    See irrefutable proof at:

  4. I was listening to this group when they were still underground. They're pretty obscure and I'm surprised you would have heard about them.

  5. They have yet to hear the original.

  6. This IS the original. Please refer to Mr. T's above comment. ;)