It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane by The Ark is a song from 2000. This song by the Swedish rock band is the most famous and even today thousands of users search for it and listen to it on the web.
In recent years the frontman of the band Ola Salo sings this song live during his concerts. If you want to find out some more details, read on!
Who are The Ark
The Ark was formed in 1991. The leader is the singer Ola Salo. Their genre is alternative glam rock and they are considered the successors of ABBA.
It takes almost 10 years to get the deserved success, which comes in 2000 with the album “We Are the Ark”, with the Virgin label. In this album, in addition to “It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane”, we find other famous songs, such as “Let Your Body Decide”, “Joy Surrender” and “Echo Chamber”.
Subsequently, The Ark produced 4 more albums. The group officially dissolved in 2011.
The solo career of singer Ola Salo
Ola Salo continues his artistic activity today, dedicating himself to musicals (he played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar) and the composition of songs. He also served as judge on the program “The Voice Sverige” (a kind of Swedish X Factor).
What does the title “It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane” mean
The title juxtaposes two opposite meanings; it says that only a madman can remain sane.
The lyrics dates back to the late 1990s and well represent the changes taking place in that period within the youth world. There were still social and ideological walls and barriers to break down. There were many issues to be discussed openly: women’s rights, sexual and religious orientations, racism, new fashions, pollution and environmental protection. Mass society imposed the approval of individuals on schemes. Otherwise they were derided and criticized.
The Ark with this song invite young people to follow their heart and their nature, without hiding and without being afraid of the judgment of the older generations.
The music video It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane
The video received a Best Success Video nomination at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Stockholm.
The director is Magnus Rösman, famous for making some music videos for Northern European artists and for commercials of well-known brands (Mercedes, SAAB, Honda). For The Ark he also worked on the music video for the song “One Of Us Is Gonna Die Young”.
The colors of The Ark’s video “It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane” are predominantly blue and red. In the first part, the protagonist is the singer Ola Salo, who sings inside a deserted subway. He starts walking and goes outside. The other members of The Ark are also walking on the street and everyone is climbing the stairs of a building. On the roof of the skyscraper we see the whole band gathered together performing the last part of the song.
It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane by The Ark 20 years later
This song will never go out of style and singer Ola Salo still brings it to the stage. In this YouTube video the Swedish singer performs with black wings and sings “Calleth You, Cometh I” and “It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane”. In this video you can listen to the entire song during the Stockholm performance in 2020.
This is the video uploaded on the Facebook page of Ola Salo, which has over 40 thousand followers.