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Old 03-31-2006, 09:36 AM   #1
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What is the greatest U2 video????

For a long time I have wondered why U2's videos rarely do justice to the song they're for?
Don't get me wrong, some are truly great; All I want is You, Unforgettable Fire, A Celebration!!!!!, Streets, The Fly, Even Better than the real thing, Night and Day and my personal favourite, Stay, but others either just plain suck, eg the US version of Stuck In a Moment, Staring at the Sun, Elevation, Vertigo
I know that the band like to get very hands on with their videos and usually want to add clips of them playing live, but I feel that they sometimes should have a bit more faith with the directors vision. For example, Anton Corbjins version of One would have been much better if they hadn't included the band playing in Hansa and the same can be said for SOmetimes you cant make it on your own.
What do you think? Do you think that their videos could be a lot better?
What's your favourite and least favourite U2 video?
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unfortunately there is/are no "great" U2 video(s)!

but that's just my opinion...

the videos don't do justice to the songs...
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you've got to admit that the "A Celebration" video has something special:-)))
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you've got to admit that the "A Celebration" video has something special:-)))
haha, i thought we're only talking bout the 90's?!?!!

every video with a mullet haircut in it is brilliance, no doubt about that.


anyway, while imo they don't have "great" ones, i think the ones U2 do well are the ones they go with the extremes (either really simple or just out of your mind).

in that sense, i think "lemon" has a pretty cool video, when you watch it you just go wtf? or "mysterious ways", the video really reflects the mood of the song, you just wanna get up and shake that ass

a simple one i enjoy, for instance, is "one" (bar version). especially when he hits the "love is a temple" part and doesn't lip synch with it...very powerful. also "sycmioyo", pretty simple stuff...

videos that are total downers: stuck in a moment (what's with the ground rolling???), elevation (good U2/bad U2? seriously?), even better than the real thing (i just get dizzy, no need)...and some i cant think of.


one video i hate and love at the same time: "stay (far away, so close)". i love when the band plays and the boys support them (bono whispering in her ear, larry playing one drum stick)...i think that's a very cool idea, well done. might just be my favorite U2 moment video-wise. but i hate the whole bono-on-the-statue thing and when he bungee jumps down...looks )
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i got to agree - i don't think there's such a thing as a great u2 video.
there are some pretty cool ones but in comparison to vids other artists have come out with that just blow everything else out the water... u2 don't have one of them

personaly faves though: one, discotheque (really!), sweetest thing i love too and i'm a sucker for BD. i'm sure there are a few more as well, just can't think right now
oh and numb - i think thats as close to great as they get

don't get me wrong - u2 can make pretty and entertaining and enjoyable videos, there are hundreds of them... i just don't think there are any truly great videos.
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I always thought "If God Will Send His Angels" was an awesome video. Very simple but the images and enviroment fit the song well.
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I love Stay
I think it is an exceptional music video
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To is Please... can´t explain why but I when I saw it for the first time it brought tears to my eyes...
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Lemon My favourite.
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God Will Send his Angels
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
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I really liked:
The opening of NYD
The way sections of Bono singing was slowed down in Lemon
Last Night on Earth
Beautiful Day
The whole collection of stories in IGWSHA that I never noticed till I watched the director's commentary

Things I really didn't like:
Stuck in a moment (USA version)
Mysterious Ways
Staring at the sun


By and large I tend to think U2 videos are kinda average. They don't do really crap ones but nor do they do really legendary ones either. They don't even do 'so bad it's genius' ones a la Gun 'n' Roses's November Rain video.
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I always thought "If God Will Send His Angels" was an awesome video. Very simple but the images and enviroment fit the song well.
I like this one as well, and for the same reasons.






But Streets will always be my favorite.

For purely lickable band members, this one can't be beat.
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EBTTRT is obviously a good choice. It's kinda repetitive with the same camera shots. But the shots are so unique and cool that I never seem to mind.

Another one that I really love is I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For No one ever seems to enjoy this video but I think it's cool just because it's my two favorite things. Las Vegas and U2. Can't go wrong!
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Streets and WOWY stand out in the 80's for me.

Stay, One (bar) are my favourites in the 90s.

In the 00s, Beautiful day and Original of the species.

Honorable mentions Staring at the sun and Euro Stuck in a moment.
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Stay Faraway So Close

Of course, I love Beautiful Day and Stuck (Euro especially). And Walk On is great.
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'Where The Streets Have No Name'

Simply the best, I love the setting of the video, crowds, police.

But also "City Of Blinding Lights" because it reminds you of seeing the concert all over again.
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staring at the sun by ridley is my favorite music ever
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