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I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
July 24, 2009 12:26 PM   Subscribe

"I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight," a beautiful little moodful animated Larry Mullen Band music video.

It's not so much the song as its combination with a wonderful animated story by David O'Reilly (previously).
posted by WCityMike (33 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by rokusan at 12:34 PM on July 24, 2009


Not a particularly good song, that
posted by bedlam at 12:45 PM on July 24, 2009


Floodgates, open. Brace yourself.
posted by davebush at 12:51 PM on July 24, 2009


So you'll go crazy either way.

Deal with it, man.
posted by LogicalDash at 12:52 PM on July 24, 2009


It's embarrassing.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:53 PM on July 24, 2009


It's 100 pounds of awesome, you heartless fucks!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:01 PM on July 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


And I mean that in the nicest possible way.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:01 PM on July 24, 2009


Why do the choruses to all of the U2 songs off of the last few albums sound like Pepsi commercials?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 1:05 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


The video is great. The song is not terrible, but not very good, either. Bono's falsetto? Great on "Lemon," unbearable on this one. Just awful.
posted by The World Famous at 1:06 PM on July 24, 2009


Why do the choruses to all of the U2 songs off of the last few albums sound like Pepsi commercials?

Foresight.
posted by rokusan at 1:16 PM on July 24, 2009 [6 favorites]


Why do the choruses to all of the U2 songs off of the last few albums sound like Pepsi commercials?

You've perfectly phrased my distaste of U2's last few albums. They're like aspartame for my ears.
posted by Dr-Baa at 1:17 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Slack-a-gogo: "Why do the choruses to all of the U2 songs off of the last few albums sound like Pepsi commercials?"

Honestly, I've come to believe that all of their songs since POP are just commercial jingles they also happen to sell to the public in album format.
posted by shmegegge at 1:20 PM on July 24, 2009


I expected more of a story behind the name "The Larry Mullen Band." Something along the lines of Charlie Watts' "I'm not your fucking drummer. You're my fucking singer."
posted by Pronoiac at 1:24 PM on July 24, 2009


Hey you got your Bono in my Coldplay! Hey you got your Coldplay in my Bono!
posted by punkfloyd at 1:37 PM on July 24, 2009


Hey you got your Bono in my Coldplay! Hey you got your Coldplay in my Bono!

Yeah, because Coldplay is totally an original band that came up with its sound independently of anything that was done previously by any band produced by, say, Brian Eno or Steve Lillywhite. And Coldplay's sound certainly owes nothing whatsoever to anything that U2 had already been doing since the late 1970s.
posted by The World Famous at 1:41 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


My point is that the song sounds like U2 and Coldplay made sweet, sweet musical love and produced this turd.
posted by punkfloyd at 1:43 PM on July 24, 2009


It's not so much the song

Amen to that.
posted by blucevalo at 1:44 PM on July 24, 2009


My point is that the song sounds like U2 and Coldplay made sweet, sweet musical love and produced this turd.

My point is that Coldplay is a blatant U2 rip-off, and as such always sounds like it made sweet, sweet musical love with U2 and produced turd after U2-esqe turd. So I don't really disagree with your assessment.
posted by The World Famous at 1:49 PM on July 24, 2009


The song did nothing for me, but I thought the video was really well done. I've always liked animation that looks like hand drawn stuff as animated by computers (like Futurama's rotoscoped scenes or however it is that's done).
posted by JaredSeth at 1:51 PM on July 24, 2009


Bono's falsetto?

I did an aural double take when I heard that. I thought it was some kind of joke. They guy isn't really a singer but he isn't usually that bad. That sounded like someone who has both lost their voice and is working their way through puberty awkwardly.
posted by srboisvert at 1:53 PM on July 24, 2009


Actually, most of the songs on Horizon sound more to me like U2 made some sort of non-sweet love with Coldplay and produced turd after Coldplay-esque turd. So that's just another way of expressing the same assessment.
posted by blucevalo at 1:56 PM on July 24, 2009


I like the animation, kind of. The dog was cute.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:07 PM on July 24, 2009


Bono's falsetto?

The first time I heard this song, my reaction was "you'd be savaged by Simon Cowell during your AI audition for that".
posted by turbodog at 2:25 PM on July 24, 2009


Like the video but not the music? See David o'Reilly's Please Say Something for some solid innovation in the art of the CG animated short film.
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 2:56 PM on July 24, 2009


This is actually the first of four videos which U2 is reportedly releasing for this song.

I really REALLY like Redanka's Kick The Darkness Vocal mix of this song. You can listen to it at his MySpace page (fourth item down in the player to the right on the page).

Apparently the remix version is the one they've been performing in their 360 Tour shows in Europe.
posted by hippybear at 3:37 PM on July 24, 2009


Dr-Baa: You've perfectly phrased my distaste of U2's last few albums. They're like aspartame for my ears.

We can pretty much pin this problem down to the failure of POP in the US. That album pretty much was where they had been headed after Achtung Baby! and Zooropa, but for some reason the public didn't want to continue along the journey with them. All their albums since then have been retreat and assessment and backpedaling. It's a shame too. POP may be my favorite album of theirs. I'm wearing one of my POP-Mart tour shirts even as I type. :)

The newest album hasn't managed to grab me like I wanted, but it's growing on me.
posted by hippybear at 3:45 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have to go to bed now. I'd really appreciate if someone could explain to me what the story of the video is. Or is it just like a kind of Shortcuts? I have watched it a few times but am not sure if things tie up in the end. The girl got away from her abusive partner, the homeless guy got some food, the child found their dog and some other stuff......I would appreciate if someone could explain it to me, thats if it needs explaining!

Thanks.
posted by therubettes at 5:08 PM on July 24, 2009


Well if we're talking Coldplay, this new Coldplay video directed by Shynola is one of the most awesome animated videos I've ever seen. Seriously, watch it.

I thought about FPPing it, but then I would have to admit I FPP'd a Coldplay video.
posted by fungible at 5:19 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Objectively, as in comparing this to anything on Sirius's Alt Nation "Top 18", it's easily one of the best songs on the radio. Musically, it's competent, complex, contemporaneous. It's just not terribly groundbreaking where U2 is concerned... tho, to be blunt, once you have albums like Joshua Tree and Achtung, Baby in your canon, it's damned difficult to produce something that's merely good and not have it slagged to a small pile of ash.

Aside from that, I loved the animation. We need moar cartoon music videos. Moar!
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:32 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


therubettes: I think the video reflects some of the sentiments of the song without illustrating it directly. It seems to be a series of intersecting stories of people who are in need of someone to help them out of their personal darkness and into the light of companionship and love. The overlapping nature might indicate how we all have an effect on people even if we are not clear what that effect might be. Ultimately, all the story lines wrap up and the camera draws back so we find ourselves once again withdrawn from the micro picture and back to the macro.

I haven't watched this more than a couple of times, but I don't think there's a deeper meaning to it.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 PM on July 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Lovely... :)
posted by bullitt 5 at 8:58 PM on July 24, 2009


I think the new U2 album is a complete bust (and for context, I've liked something off of every U2 up to this point until now), but the video here does what a good video should do, which is make the song seem stronger than it is.
posted by jscalzi at 10:03 PM on July 24, 2009


Thank you very much hippebear excellently put.

I like the video a lot, it is 100% cute while at the same time not being too cute. Not a fan of U2's but for some reason the 'Every beauty needs to go out with an idiot' line I like.
posted by therubettes at 2:54 AM on July 25, 2009


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