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April 30th, 2008

Battle Of The Videos: Round 7 @ 09:38 pm

canadanne:
Even Better Than The Real Thing is in the lead for the second Achtung Baby vote, just. It's a closely fought battle with Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, which is proving more popular than I expected. I'm also surprised people have actually voted for the Love Is Blindness video!


ROUND 7: ZOOROPA / 1995 SINGLES

The videos are:

Numb [YouTube link]
That Edge sure has impressive concentration skills... either that or the show he's watching is *really* damn good. :p  If only we could see the outtakes from this video...

Numb (Video Remix) [YouTube link]
We can't sell the same thing to the same old crowd forever!

Lemon [YouTube link]
A study of MacPhisto in motion.

Stay (Faraway, So Close!) [YouTube link]
U2 as guardian angels in Berlin. And if you look, you look through me... and when I touch you, you don't feel a thing.

Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me [YouTube link]
The band get animated as ZooTV comes to Gotham City...

Miss Sarajevo [YouTube link]
Is there time to be a beauty queen?


Vote for your favourite VIDEO, not your favourite song...

Poll #1180434 Battle Of The Videos: Round 7

Which video is your favourite?

Numb
20(24.1%)
Numb (Video Remix)
2(2.4%)
Lemon
15(18.1%)
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
37(44.6%)
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
8(9.6%)
Miss Sarajevo
1(1.2%)


Voting still open for:
Round 1 - War and before
Round 2 - The Unforgettable Fire
Round 3 - The Joshua Tree
Round 4 - Rattle & Hum / Miscellaneous '87-'90
Round 5 - Achtung Baby (part 1)
Round 6 - Achtung Baby (part 2)
 
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From:notasecretagent
Date:April 30th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, this one was hard. I like them all. :) In the end, though, Bono falling down in the middle of the street wins. Hooray, Stay!
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From:canadanne
Date:April 30th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
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All the videos from Zooropa are amazing, it was definitely their creative peak in that respect. Numb is like forty kinds of brilliant, it's so funny and packed with randomness (not to mention great straight-faced acting from all involved!). Reading about the filming process in Bill Flanagan's book just makes it even more hilarious. Then there's the Stay video, which is absolutely beautiful - the lovely visuals, the idea of the band as angels, how it ties in so perfectly with the film, the way it brings the lyrics to life (especially the last line with Bono literally crashing into the road). If that video wasn't competing in such a strong group, it would get my vote for sure. HMTMKMKM and Miss Sarajevo have excellent videos too, both ideally suited to their purposes.

That said, how could I vote for anything except Lemon? Quite possibly the best video ever, on so many levels that I would barely know where to start.
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From:lucy_u2
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I also think that Lemon is one of the best videos EVER. Top 3 for sure. Pretty fucking amazing.
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From:scruby
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Numb and Lemon both have got great videos but I love the video for Stay (Far away, so cloe) the best.

I'm really enjoying this poll! Thank you for doing it. (:
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From:canadanne
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm enjoying it too - thanks everyone for playing! :)
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From:rickysbaby
Date:April 30th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Yes! This poll rocks!
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From:lucy_u2
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Even Better Than The Real Thing is in the lead for the second Achtung Baby vote, just.

I was shocked with that many votes for Who's Gonna Ride. I wanted to vote for the Perfecto Mix, to be honest, but in this case I had to give it to the closest thing. LOL Interesting how I think the remix is even better than the real thing. ;)
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From:lydia_petze
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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This one was really difficult. I ended up going with Numb, but I could has easily have gove with Stay or HMTMKMKM.
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From:kilikinav
Date:April 30th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Ugh I was dreading the Zooropa rounds--so difficult! I love Numb, Lemon, and Stay, but ultimately Numb gets my vote. How can it not? It's Edge! Getting tortured!
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From:supacatie
Date:April 30th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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This was more difficult than I thought. I went for Stay in the end, almost went for HMTMKMKM or Lemon.
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From:rickysbaby
Date:April 30th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)

NO CONTEST.

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"Numb" is my favorite video of all time of any band. No contest here.
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From:sapphires13
Date:April 30th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Numb has extreme WTFery, but Stay is utterly gorgeous. Beautiful cinematography, beautiful story, Bono with a ribbon in his hair, and the whole band as guardian angels. I love it.
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From:kashmir87
Date:April 30th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh goodness, this is by far the most difficult batch for me so far. I just don't know which one to choose, really.
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From:starfoozle
Date:April 30th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Gah, definitely the hardest batch. I'd have to go with Lemon, though. I'm completely enamoured of the vid for so many reasons, it's rediculous. The whole thing is strangely gorgeous, and I love the subtitled commentary.

Numb's a really, really close second. Poor Edge. *laughs* His powers of concentration never fail to amaze me.
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From:anirien
Date:May 1st, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
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Wow glad to know I'm not the only one who had trouble picking a favorite from these. They're all such great videos. I really love "Stay" and "Lemon" but I had to go with "Numb" for the sheer hilarity and all the stuff going on in the video. I love the bit when Larry shoves Edge off screen. And Paul McGuinness makes a cameo.

I have to say though if HMTMKMKM hadn't had the movie clips I might have had to go with that. The multiple Batmans playing cellos at the end always cracks me up. There's some very interesting meta going on in that video: Bono being edged off a building by the press, falling with his halo and then turning it into the Fly glasses and all the while to the lyrics "They want you to be Jesus/ and go down on one knee/ but they'll want their money back if you're alive at 33."
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:May 1st, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
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Had to give it to "Stay", because it's just the most beautiful video they've ever done (and ♥ to Wim Wenders), but big honorable mention to "Lemon" for MacPhisto and the Eadweard Muybridge tribute!
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From:sirartemcamelot
Date:May 1st, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
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Numb is my favourite! and I also like the Sweetest Thing.
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From:serena_vox
Date:May 2nd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
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I love Numb and Lemon quite a lot (I almost voted for Numb) but Stay definitely got my vote. It's such a beautiful video and definitely one of my favourites of all time.
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From:tinamachina
Date:May 2nd, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
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Hard choice!
I picked "Hold Me Thrill Me..." because it's BATMAN! How can you not vote for Batman?
Plus Mr. MacPhisto vs. Fly.
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From:moydrumm
Date:May 4th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Noooooo... Why put "Lemon" and "Stay (Faraway, so Close!)" together? :(

I watched Lemon like a ZILLION times or so... It's flawless... But Stay has that real Berlin feeling in it (great work Wim Wenders!)...

Ah well, I'll go with Lemon...
From:christycorr
Date:May 5th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
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This one really is ridiculously hard. Aah. How to pick between Stay, Lemon and Numb? All three are perfect! Damn it.

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