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Watch Weezer Tap Finn Wolfhard’s Calpurnia for New ‘Take On Me’ Video

Partly-animated clip nods to a-ha’s innovative rotoscoped video for Eighties smash

Weezer have teamed with Calpurnia – the indie rock band led by Stranger ThingsFinn Wolfhard – for a nostalgic new video for their cover of a-ha’s “Take On Me.” The track appears on Weezer’s new self-titled covers record, also known as The Teal Album.

In the video, Wolfhard plays a young Rivers Cuomo, an aspiring rocker done-up with massive metalhead hair, who leads Calpurnia through Weezer’s rendition of “Take On Me” in the living room of his parents’ house. In a nod to a-ha’s famous music video, the clip jumps between live footage and intricate pencil animations of the band’s performance.

The decision to tap Calpurnia for the “Take On Me” video is particularly fitting since the group notably covered Weezer’s classic “Say It Ain’t So” for Spotify’s Under Cover podcast last year.

Weezer surprise-released The Teal Album in January, eight months after they scored a surprise hit with their fan-demanded cover of Toto’s “Africa.” The album also includes renditions of the Turtles’ “Happy Together,” Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and more,

On March 1st, Weezer will release their 13th studio album, The Black Album, which was produced by TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Weezer will embark on a North American tour in support of the LP March 8th in Louisville, Kentucky.

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