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The Sexiest Video U2 Has Ever Released
September 4, 2012 6:28 PM   Subscribe

In 2002, @U2's long since departed Answer Guy analyzed Anton Corbjin's video for the then new U2 single Electrical Storm. His analysis is insightful and entertaining.
posted by hippybear (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Stop tricking me into favouriting U2 posts, MeFi!
posted by Artw at 6:45 PM on September 4, 2012


I just wish I'd been the fly on the wall when they were describing the concept to the band, because Larry's a pretty ordinary-joe kind of guy; and I know at some point Larry MUST have reacted to some of the storyboards by asking the director "you want me to do WHAT? Are you bleedin' MAD?"
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:53 PM on September 4, 2012


Stop tricking me into favouriting U2 posts, MeFi!

Good try making it seem that hippybear isn't the fanboy behind most of the recent posts on U2. Which I wholly applaud, because I enjoy their music, but get down on the band for reasons not related to the music.

In short: hippybear, thanks for bringing more good music and musical discussions to light.
posted by filthy light thief at 6:59 PM on September 4, 2012


I want to see some analysis of the "All I Want Is You" video. Okay, so the little person climbs up to the tightrope in a bid to impress the girl he likes. The rest of the circus crew is watching in alarm, he slips off the rope and then the camera switches to a POV shot showing him...flying...over everyone under the big top. His soul flying up to heaven? No, in the next scene the girl is dead for no apparent reason. Did he fall on her? I prefer to believe he did.
posted by "But who are the Chefs?" at 7:03 PM on September 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just wish I'd been the fly on the wall when they were describing the concept to the band

Corbjin: Have you seen the video for "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak?

LMJ: Sure. I have it on an endless loop on one of the TV screens in my house in Malibu.

Corbjin: We're going to do that, but with a bathtub. Maybe put some performance shots of the band in there with it.

LMJ: That sounds pretty cool, but what if the girl's a mermaid, and there are fireworks?

Corbjin: Fine, I guess.
posted by The World Famous at 7:06 PM on September 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


Now, Mr. Mullen is in pretty good shape for his age, but you can't stand there and tell me that he has any chance of pulling a water-filled bathtub onto that beach.

At 1:14 you can see him trying to PUSH a water-filled ceramic-and-steel bathtub up the beach, while its legs are firmly entrenched in the sand. He obviously doesn't have a single clue because..."you want me to do WHAT? Are you bleedin' MAD? Do you know how much money I have? I have PEOPLE who DO this FOR ME!!"
posted by Zack_Replica at 7:11 PM on September 4, 2012


Why would you make out with a mermaid on a beach in a bathtub in an E-Lec-Tri-Cal Stoh-hooorm? 1. It'd just be frustrating because she's lacking the lady-bits to consummate the soggy love-making and 2. aren't they worried about a lightning strike? or even hypothermia? I also notice that Bono is still wearing his sunglasses throughout the whole thing. Frankly, I'm worried. The man needs to see his ophthalmologist posthaste.
posted by Zack_Replica at 7:23 PM on September 4, 2012


It seems to have a lot to do with boobies. Perhaps that's just my bias speaking though.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 8:22 PM on September 4, 2012


I never knew until recently that the mermaid is played by Samantha Morton, who played Deborah Curtis in Corbjin's wonderful film Control.
posted by 4ster at 8:35 PM on September 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have PEOPLE who DO this FOR ME!!"
posted by Zack_Replica
posted by wallabear at 9:20 PM on September 4, 2012


Yup, Zack_Replica totally said that.
posted by item at 9:31 PM on September 4, 2012


Yup, he pretty much did. Sorry Zack. It was a play on your username, for which I apologize.
posted by wallabear at 10:20 PM on September 4, 2012


No need to apologize, wallabear, it's all good.

You know, I wish U2 would go back and listen to War, Boy, and October (when I liked 'em lots - I'd heard a friend's copy of War when it first came out and we listened to it to death) and take a tangent off of those albums instead of, what sounds to me, just more of the Achtung Baby/Zooropa sound. I think they've done it to death and they've got enough money that they don't need to stick with the formula that got them all of that money. I thought that their music was soaring enough and didn't need the synths and extra production to take it further. But that's me.
posted by Zack_Replica at 10:59 PM on September 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Ha. I KNEW this was a hippybear post (not hatin)

FUN FACT: I am a Johnny-come-lately to The Joshua Tree (in its day I found the singles tepid and kinda still do) but have recently become somewhat obsessed with the oft-forgotten second side of that record, which for me begins with "Running to Stand Still" even though relaly it begins one song later. I have defintely become enamored with the underrated "Red Hill Mining Town"
What does this have to do with anything? Beats me.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:10 PM on September 4, 2012


Also No Line on the Horizon is an unfairly ignored record.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 11:12 PM on September 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I also notice that Bono is still wearing his sunglasses throughout the whole thing. Frankly, I'm worried. The man needs to see his ophthalmologist posthaste.

In all seriousness: He has. He has extreme photosensitivity in one of his eyes and his opthamologist is the one who told him to wear the sunglasses all the time.

don't care, still think he looks hot.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:15 PM on September 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


have recently become somewhat obsessed with the oft-forgotten second side of that record, which for me begins with "Running to Stand Still" even though relaly it begins one song later. I have defintely become enamored with the underrated "Red Hill Mining Town"

Achtung will always be my favorite album but Joshua Tree is a masterpiece through and through. And yeah, the big singles were all front-loaded but the back half is stellar too.
posted by kmz at 12:12 AM on September 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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