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April 23rd, 2008

Battle Of The Videos: Round 3 @ 11:14 pm

Unsurprisingly, The Unforgettable Fire is winning the last round by a mile. What is surprising is how close the rest of the voting is - I thought version 1 of Pride was the obvious runner-up, but it's only just ahead of A Sort Of Homecoming!  I wasn't expecting that video to get any votes at all, to be honest - I didn't think there was anything special about it, as great as the song is. Anyway, on we go!


The videos are:

With Or Without You [YouTube link]
Bono looks scary, swings guitar around. Edge... quietly thrusts against his.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [YouTube link]
Vegas, baby. Bono: *makes nuisance of self* Edge: *IGNORES* Larry: *sings* Adam: "Screw you guys, I'm goin' home!"

Red Hill Mining Town [YouTube link]
Fans wait 20 years to see Bono sweatily over-emoting while Larry whacks a post over and over again.

Where The Streets Have No Name [YouTube link]
U2 fought the law, and the law won. Eventually.

In God's Country [YouTube link]
Black & white footage of Americaaa, etc. Denim Bono becomes Leather Bono!

Spanish Eyes [YouTube link]
Tour madness, revisited. Best moment: Bono's "WTF!" face when his microphone unexpectedly makes a bid for freedom.

Remember you're voting for the best VIDEO, not the best song...

Poll #1176016 Battle Of The Videos: Round 3

Which video is your favourite?

With Or Without You
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Red Hill Mining Town
Where The Streets Have No Name
In God's Country
Spanish Eyes

Voting still open for:
Round 1 - War and before
Round 2 - The Unforgettable Fire
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Date:April 23rd, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
With or Without You is such a timeless video/song. It stands the test of time.
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Date:April 23rd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I just saw Red Hill Mining Town for the first time the other night and yeah... pretty much my favorite right now. And the canaries! Oh, the canaries... but they're all great, love 'em aaaall!
Date:April 24th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC)
It definitely has my vote for funniest U2 video...not sure beyond that though.
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Date:April 23rd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Streets is probably my favorite music video of all time. I don't know why, I just adore it. Great song + shenanigans = greatness!
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Date:April 23rd, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Unexpected!Rooftop!Concert FTW!
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Date:April 23rd, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I find the Red Hill Mining Town video hysterical. I cannot watch it without bursting into fits of laughter, but ultimately-I voted for streets.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Me too. Releasing the canaries in slow-mo! Hilariously awful. No wonder it was never released.

Streets go my vote too.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Streets is my second-favorite U2 video of all time.

Bono was just at his friggin complete bad-assliness in that video. The whole thing is just awesome.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for these polls! I'm really enjoying these flashbacks and am surprised I haven't seen some of these videos before.

Is 'In God's Country' the only video that didn't have the rest of the band in it? Bono's all by himself; not even a little leftover canary to keep him company!
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Date:April 24th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Glad you're having fun with them!

I totally didn't notice that. Interesting!
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Date:April 24th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
But it's so ha-ar-ard to choose! There are so many personal memories attached to these videos by now that it's hard to just see them for them.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I have to go with With or Without You. It's my favorite song, so I suppose the boys could have been dressed up as clowns in the video and I would love it. Luckily it's a gorgeous, haunting piece of film. :o)
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Date:April 24th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I voted for "Streets" (favorite song ever and just the most randomly awesome punk rock moment), but I just wanted to give a little shout-out love to Bono's hat in "In God's Country". I have one that looks a lot like it. :D
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Date:April 24th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
This was a tough one between With or Without You and Streets.

(Edge... quietly thrusts against his. oh god i love that bit)

I like the moodiness of WOWY and I love having learned the gleeful fact that Morleigh is superimposed over the boys. But the video for Streets wins for sheer audacity and general awesomeness and great crowd enthusiasm. I was always happy when it played on MTV.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
I can definitely see why Streets is a favourite here, but I grow tired of straight-up performance videos. Yeah, it was monumental and exciting at the time, but after awhile my brain kinda goes "Eh, I've seen it."

My first thought was With or Without You, because Bono looks delicious (even though he never touches a single string on the guitar he's wearing) and it's all dark and moody and mysterious and pretty.

But then I saw In God's Country there, and I was like heeeey, that's a good video! I love all the Americana footage, and I especially like when Bono goes all leather Bono. That, my friends, is what we'd get if it were possible for JT-Bono and Pop-Bono to have a baby. And it's hot. The ponytail and the hat and the leather jacket and even the little shadow of facial hair. Mmmm. Just those short clips of leather Bono make the video worth my vote.
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Date:April 24th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
i have to admit, i almost voted for red hill mining town just for that description. "Fans wait 20 years to see Bono sweatily over-emoting while Larry whacks a post over and over again."
that was really funny.
but come on- with or without you video? i would have paid more money than i have to have been there!!
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Date:April 24th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is far from being my favourite song here, but overall I think it has the best video. It's just so hilariously wonderful, with Bono's antics and Adam openly mocking the song towards the end. :D  I like the bit where it bursts into colour as well, that's a really nice touch.

My runner-up choice would be With Or Without You. I love the couple of bits where Bono does his scary eyes toward the camera (totally gives me chills down my spine!), and it's a beautifully elegant video that complements the song perfectly. I do kind of lose interest after a while, though, as there's not a *whole* lot to look at.

Personally, I've never understood all the fuss over the Streets video. I appreciate that it must have been a cool thing to witness (especially if you were watching from a nearby window!), but at the end of the day, it's just the guys performing a song on a rooftop. They have plenty of videos that are much more artistic / funny / clever / otherwise deserving of praise...
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Date:April 24th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Also: I can't believe no-one has commented on how adorable the Spanish Eyes video is.
U2 hitchhiking (unsuccessfully, WTF?)!
Edge's raised eyebrows!
Bono riding an imaginary horse!
Larry pulling silly faces!
Bono sticking his tongue out!
Edge laughing!
The random mic stand incident!
Bono playing an imaginary violin with a pool cue!
I'm not understanding how this video has only received two votes thus far.

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