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May 6th, 2008

Battle Of The Videos: Round 12 @ 09:50 pm

D'ohhh, how could you vote against Elevation in the last round?! Seems we've got a community full of Larry lovers here. :p


The videos are:

Vertigo [YouTube link]
They're in the desert to dismantle an atomic bomb.

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own [YouTube link]
Bono on a trip down memory lane.

City Of Blinding Lights [YouTube link]
It's a private show...

Vote for your favourite VIDEO, not your favourite song!

Poll #1183671 Battle Of The Videos: Round 12

Which video is your favourite?

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
City Of Blinding Lights

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)
Round 7 - Zooropa / 1995 singles
Round 8 - Pop (part 1)
Round 9 - Pop (part 2) / Best Of 1980-1990
Round 10 - All That You Can't Leave Behind (part 1)
Round 11 - All That You Can't Leave Behind (part 2) / Best Of 1990-2000
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Date:May 6th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
I was pretty disappointed with the HTDAAB videos in general. Vertigo was a brilliant single, but the video leaves me feeling kind of... meh. It just looks a bit crap, really - if you're going to go with a crazy CGI video, at least make it impressive! And as for City Of Blinding Lights, that's just the height of laziness. One of the most gorgeous, evocative songs they've created in years, and they give it... a plain old performance video. Not even performance footage mixed in with other images. ARGH! The wondrous ways in which they could have illustrated that song... if I wanted to see them just playing it on a stage, I'd watch a frigging concert DVD! What a wasted opportunity. As you can see, it still annoys and upsets me. :p

So anyway, I voted for Sometimes. It's not one of my favourite videos either, but it's a very personal tribute (Bono in his childhood bedroom, etc) which is so sweet and appropriate to the song. Plus it gets major bonus points for Bono in a goooorrrgeous red shirt. :p  (I'm sure this video didn't used to have Bono singing along with himself, though? I find it quite annoying, but I could only find one version on YouTube without it, and that wasn't much better as the audio and video were slightly out of synch all the way through.)

Edited at 2008-05-06 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 7th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hate the City of Blinding Lights video (I've probably only watched it a total of 7 times or something) it's just so boring. Even a regular concert performance would be better than this psuedo one.

And Vertigo, while groovy, is pretty pointless.

At least SYCMIOYO is touching and poignant and interesting.

PS. The original video always had Bono singing over the first verse. If there's one without it, somebody probably edited it theirself, hence the unsynching.
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Date:May 7th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I'm almost positive it just had a regular studio soundtrack when I originally saw the video (can't remember if it was on TV or online, now). Bono sounds so ridiculous singing over himself like that, I'm sure I would have noticed and remembered it!  It'd be interesting to see if I taped it anywhere at the time, but I can't be bothered to check at the moment.
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Date:May 7th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Date:May 8th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I definitely agree with you. It was very refreshing to see the brilliant U218 videos (I'm very fond of both Saints and Window); I was starting to get the feeling that U2 had grown tired of getting interesting angles and ideas for their videos. But then again, it's U2; it was silly of me to consider that possibility :)
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Date:May 9th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
I love the song "COBL", but meh on the video.
Vertigo was good.
My pick is "Sometimes...", just because of the backstory. Bob :(

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