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March 8th, 2006

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sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: good good
I'm currently hearin: HMTMKMKM (PopMart Mexico video) - U2

Special treat today, as promised.

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from the PopMart Mexico video

What makes this extra special, is that I'm evaluating this not only on the music, but on the performance as well. At the bottom of this entry, you'll find a link to a WMV file of the video clip. Mirrors would be appreciated (or even a YouTube upload ;P), as I won't be able to re-upload this at all, due to the computer problems I'm having. Also, if anyone has an MP3 of this performance that they could upload for everyone, that would also be appreciated.

It's quite interesting to listen to the studio version and this live version back to back. Edge plays this song so well that you don't even notice the absense of the extra string section.
However, Bono really is the star of this one (and appropriately so). His energy and performance really carries the entire thing, and adds new layers to it.

Perhaps I should start from the beginning. This song opens the final encore of the concert, and after a bit of darkness and silence, the audience is greeted by a sort of siren sound and the BatPhisto MacPhisto sign. The crowd goes wild. After being subjected to a 40-foot mirrorball lemon spaceship, this is somewhat normal.
After a moment, out comes Bono, coughing, sputtering, swearing, and in full bubble-suit. I could go into some somewhat Freudian theories about the signifigance of the bubble-suit, but I'll spare you. In short, this is almost the return of The Fly. The leather suit has gained some bubbles, the hair is shorter, and the sunglasses are different, but the attitude is the same.
Throughout the performance, Larry is being Larry, the PopTart Adam is looking extremely laid back and cool, The Edge is molesting his guitar, and Bono's bouncing around and being Bono. My favourite part is the middle eight. When Bono gets to the middle eight, he sings the first line, then stops and mimes devil horns and then a halo, before starting the verse over again. As he gets to the "crucifix", he holds his arms out (well one anyway, he's holding the mic in the other) as though he's hanging on a cross. There's also something somewhat stirring about the way he hangs his head when he sings the word "star", and he almost sounds sad when he sings it, as though he never wanted to be a star in the first place. It reminds me of a part in the Madonna song "Drowned World/Substitute For Love" (which is of a similar nature, about the balance between celebrity and trying to live a normal life) when she sings the line "I never felt so happy" in the saddest voice ever.
Rather than ending the song with a Bonogasm as the studio version does, we get a patented extreme Bono closeup and camera kiss, and then, Bono puts his sunglasses on the camera, as though to say "Now, you're a star" ;P After that, the screens show none other than MacPhisto primping in the mirror (from the ZooTV tour). Then all of the screens cut to cycling Warhol images of various stars (such as Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Elvis), along with a cartoon image of MacPhisto, before they all settle on images of Marilyn Monroe as the song ends with a bang (literally).



Fuck this!

You don't know how you took it
You just know what you've got
Oh Lordy you been stealing
From the thieves and you got caught
In the headlights
Of a stretch car
Now you're a star

Dressing like your sister
Living like a tart
They don't know what you're doing
Babe, it must be art
You're a headache
In a suitcase
You're a star
Ah ha ha ha ha

Of course you're not shy
It takes a crowd to cry
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me

You don't know how you got here
You just know you want out
Believing in yourself
Almost as much as you doubt
You're a big smash
You wear it like a rash
Star

Of course you're not shy
It takes a crowd to cry
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me
Ohhh

(Come on), Come on
Come on, kill me!

They want you to be Jesus

They want you to be Jesus
They'll go down on one knee
But they'll want their money back
If you're alive at thirty-three
And you're turning tricks
With your crucifix
Star

Of course you're not blind
It takes a crowd to cry
Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me

Oh yeah
Oooh, oooh
Come on kill me
Kill, kill me
Kill me, kill me
Come on
Kill me

Love!


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From:arcmorality
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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This track was one of the highlights of the PopMart tour. But not the version that's on the Mexico video. It sounds far too restrained/polished than any of the other versions to me. The studio tweaking makes you wonder how much of it is from the actual live performance. Bono yes, but Edge's guitar parts I'd have to question.
But again, the live versions that can't be disputed fucking rock! Will always remember totally not expecting it at the show I saw. Mind blowing.
From:youreanidiom
Date:March 11th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
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Best version I've heard from the few PopMart shows I have is the Tel Aviv concert.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 8th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)

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Oh hell yes. I love this performance but I've not watched it in ages - will love having an excuse to do so!
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From:canadanne
Date:March 11th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)

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So yeah.... this song, on this video, is one of the coolest things ever. I can believe that there are probably more kickarse performances of it out there, but this ain't too shabby!!

The opening sequence, with those deliciously familiar sirens and BatPhisto logos lighting up the darkness..... christ, I can't even comprehend how thrilling that must have been to witness "in the flesh". It's one of those moments where *every* hair stands on end and you could just drop dead from ecstasy on the spot. And that's before the song even starts!!  I'm not surprised the crowd are screaming like the Apocalypse has come early - I'd be doing the same thing, and it makes the unfolding scene even *more* exciting to watch. If I ever got to see a live performance of HMTMKMKM, I think my life would be pretty much complete.

Bono launches into a very theatrical (yet disturbingly realistic!) coughing fit. Half the audience are probably wondering what in the holy hell is wrong with him - doesn't sound like those ciggies are doing you too much good, B-man!

And then... "FUUUUUCK THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!"
What better way to kick things off?! :D

They were never gonna top the indescribably awesome studio version, but this is brilliance nonetheless. As you say, Bono's performance *makes* it, he throws himself into the song completely.... and it hasn't escaped my attention that he sings way more falsetto bits here than he does on the single! ;)  He hits all the high notes *beautifully*, which is a pleasant surprise given how much he seems to struggle during With Or Without You just beforehand.

My favourite part is the middle eight.

Oh, you and me both. The bit where he crouches down and playfully makes the devil horns with his fingers.... fuck. me. dead. And then the halo as well, as if he's trying on both looks and asking the audience which one suits him better!  From that point on, I sense MacPhisto permeating the whole performance, *especially* in the way he sings "Star..." after the crucifix line. There's no mistaking that particular doleful tone. And it's there again in the devilish smirk as he stands up after kissing the camera... ahh!

But wait, speak of the devil....

This must be the best moment of all. The inclusion of darling, beautiful Mr MacPhisto ("the brightest star in His sky...") on the huge screens during this song is just perfect and wonderful... I've always thought it must have been the most difficult thing in the world trying to follow up ZooTV, and these little references to it don't go unappreciated. Had I been a U2 fan at the time, and seeing PopMart live for myself, my reaction to that part of the show probably would have been similar to the way I felt seeing the Zoo babies on the screen during the Vertigo interval, except my entire head would have exploded.
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 8th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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The Bonogasms just slay me.
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From:ringlunatic
Date:March 8th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
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I so very much love this song live. They should add it to the setlist again!

This is an mp3 of the Mexico version:
http://s6.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1ZM7UFR2DXCIM2720HF53HB5FR
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From:hbpen
Date:March 8th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for sharing that! I loved it!!
*cough* *BonoPelvicThrusts* *cough* *faint*
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 9th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
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You should see the Discotheque performance ;P
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From:hbpen
Date:March 9th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
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I think that means you have an assignment. ;)
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 9th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
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Lemme know your e-mail address, and I can probably get that to you soon =P
From:leelee_cakes
Date:March 9th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much for this-how do you have it as a video? I've sadly never been able to see ANY of PopMart Mexico (can't find it and can't use eBay) so this was such a treat!
From:youreanidiom
Date:March 9th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
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I have to admit that I have never heard this song, live or studio. I have a version from Santiago and from Leeds (I believe) but as I just downloaded those shows a couple days ago I have yet to listen to them.

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