In all honesty, there aren’t many music videos that really do it for me. Of course, there’s the occasional video (YAWN’s “Kind of Guy”, Local Natives’ “Who Knows Who Cares”, Boys and Frogs’ “In Dreams”) that cracks me up, captures my imagination, and/or wows me with its artistic representation of the music. This is relatively rare, however, and tends to be driven by my love of the song, not the love of the video itself.
Enter U2, Bono, and John Madden. Of all the music videos in the world, why the hell do I affiliate high school with “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”? It’s hand’s down one of the tackiest videos released in recent history, yet there’s something so perfectly terrible about it. I’m not sure if it’s Madden’s shaking gullet, the endless U2 inside jokes, or the fact that Bono named the kicker after himself (Paul Hewson).
“Bono wrote the song about the suicide of his close friend Michael Hutchence, the late lead singer of the band INXS. The song is written in the form of an argument about suicide in which Bono tries to convince Hutchence of the act’s foolishness.
As Bono said in 2005, “It’s a row between mates. You’re kinda trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case it’s a row I didn’t have while he was alive. I feel the biggest respect I could pay to him was not to write some stupid soppy fucking song, so I wrote a really tough, nasty little number, slapping him around the head. And I’m sorry, but that’s how it came out of me.”
This video is without a doubt, my favorite music video of all time. I elect to explain via the images below.