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May 8th, 2008

Battle Of The Videos: Round 14 @ 11:07 pm

Meh, All Because Of You won the last round easily. I actually thought Original Of The Species would be more popular, oh well. Last bunch tonight, and then we'll vote on the overall winner!

ROUND 14: U218

The videos are:

The Saints Are Coming [YouTube link]
Hurricane Katrina: not as seen on TV.

Window In The Skies #1 [YouTube link]
Someone has waaaaayyyyy too much time on their hands. ;p

Window In The Skies #2 [YouTube link]
Love left a window in the skies... d'you see what they did there? (And why am I suddenly reminded of a Microsoft screensaver?)

Vote for your favourite VIDEO, not your favourite song!

Poll #1184854 Battle Of The Videos: Round 14

Which video is your favourite?

The Saints Are Coming
Window In The Skies (Version 1)
Window In The Skies (Version 2)

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
Round 12 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (part 1)
Round 13 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (part 2)
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Date:May 8th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Window in the Skies version 2. It's like a roller coaster ride through the first quarter of U2 By U2. I love the stark black and white composition, and all the little tidbits to watch for. It's really really well put together, and I could watch it over and over again. It's clearly modelled after The Beatles Free as a Bird video, but I think I like it better because it's a lot simpler, and uses all still photos. It's amazing how they took two dimensional photos and made them 3D.
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Date:May 8th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I really like the idea of that video, I just wish they'd taken it further. You think it's going to be an awesome journey through the history of U2 (HOW GREAT WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN!), but it ends up using the same images repeatedly. And super-early U2 isn't my favourite era, so the images they do include are of limited interest to me.

I went for version 1... generally I'd prefer to see more of the band in one of their videos, but you can't not be impressed by the editing here! And it's another one of those videos that makes the song seem a whole lot better, just by complementing it really nicely.
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Date:May 8th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
I probably should prefer the second version of Window in the Skies, but I don't. The first version is just so damn fun to watch! :o)
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Date:May 8th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
WITS V1 is a shout-out to music fans everywhere (not just U2 fans), and a tribute to the power of music. I love the glimpses of the lads in the audience -- that kind of "us, too" feeling that loops back into "U2", them being fans, themselves. It's one of my favourite videos.
Date:May 9th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Only 4 votes for #1... that's a bit surprising.
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Date:May 9th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I love the first version of "Window in the Skies" so much. The editing is amazing. I always thought this song sounds a bit Beatles inspired. (There is another version out there with shots of the Beatles in it because they didn't have permission for the footage when this version came out.)

I've never seen the second version before, it's pretty damn cool, making 2D photos look 3D.
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Date:May 9th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
The first Window in the Skies video is one of the best music videos I have ever seen. Period.
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Date:May 9th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
As much as I wished the events of Katrina happened like "The Saints Are Coming", I had to go with "Window" version one. The dubbing was near flawless. Plus cameo by Bowie. I'm shallow, say it.
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Date:May 9th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I can't believe that Windows V1 is winning! I find it so boring... However, I LOVED V2, the Nexus Version. (And hadn't seen it before this!)

But Saints still got my vote. It's awesome.
Date:May 10th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ah, damn. All three are way too good. I had to pick #1, of course, because it's all kinds of brilliant, but still, Saints is flawless, and #2 is pretty damn great. And yes, it definitely reminds me of that Windows screensaver.

The funny thing about Window in the Skies is that I don't consider it a particularly good song—it's all right, it's pretty catchy, but it's not wonderful—and yet...the videos made me love it that much more, and I listen to it far more often than I would if U2 hadn't released these two videos :)

Edited at 2008-05-10 01:40 pm (UTC)

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