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Videography FAQ

  1. Full Length Commercial Videos
  2. Commercially Released Video Singles
  3. Single Song Promotional Videos
  4. Solo Single Song Promotional Videos
  5. Other Videos
  6. Where was the "Mysterious Ways" music video shot?
  7. Who's in the picture on MacPhisto's dressing table in the Sydney Zoo TV video?
  8. Why was "Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World" left out of the Sydney Zoo TV video?
  9. What's all the fuss about the "Lemon" video?
  10. Who's the female singer in the "Stay (Faraway So Close)" video?
  11. Who's that woman at the beginning of the "Sweetest Thing" music video?
  12. Who are all those extras in the "Sweetest Thing" music video?
  13. The Boston 2001 DVD claims on the packaging it is from June 6th, but they perform "Stay" on the DVD which they did not play on June the 6th? What's going on?
  14. Why is the Edge slamming his guitar to the ground at the end of "Gone" during the June 2001, Elevation Boston DVD?
  15. How do I access the easter eggs on the Boston Elevation DVD?
  16. Why were "Mysterious Ways", "One" and "Pride" left out of the Boston Elevation DVD?
  17. How do I access the easter eggs on the Best of 1990 - 2000 DVD?

1. Full Length Commercial Videos

Listed by title, year, description, and formats available (LD - laser disc, VCD - video compact disc, DVD - digital versatile disc)

  • Under a Blood Red Sky: Live at Red Rocks. 1984. Live Concert video. VHS / VCD
  • The Unforgettable Fire Collection. 1985. Live and documentary footage. VHS
  • Rattle and Hum. 1989. Home video release of feature film. VHS / LD / VCD / DVD
  • Achtung Baby: The Videos, the Cameos, and a whole lot of Interference. 1991. VHS / LD
  • Zoo TV: Live from Sydney. 1994. Live concert. VHS / LD / VCD
  • Popmart Live from Mexico City. 1998. Live concert. VHS / VCD
  • The Best of 1980 - 1990. 1998. Video compilation. VHS / VCD
  • Elevation 2001: U2 Live from Boston. 2001. Live concert. VHS / DVD
  • The Best of 1990 - 2000. 2002. Video compilation. VHS / DVD
  • U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle. 2003. Live concert. DVD
  • Vertigo 2005: U2 Live from Chicago. 2005. Live concert. DVD

2. Commercially Released Video Singles

The following is a list of video singles that have been commercially released by U2.

  • Numb [August 1993] VHS
  • Elevation [June 2001] DVD
  • Walk On [November 2001] DVD
  • Electrical Storm [October 2002] DVD
  • Vertigo [November 2004] DVD
  • Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own [February 2005] DVD
  • City of Blinding Lights [June 2005] DVD
  • All Because of You [November 2005] DVD

3. Single Song Promotional Videos

Listed in chronological order.

  • I Will Follow (# 1) - October 1980, Meiert Avis, Dublin Studio
  • I Will Follow (# 2) - October 1980, Unknown, Live in London
  • I Will Follow (# 3) - October 1980, Unknown, Live in New York
  • Gloria - October 1981, Meiert Avis, Dublin
  • A Celebration - April 1982, Meiert Avis, Kilmainham Jail, Dublin
  • New Year's Day - December 1982, Meiert Avis, Sweden
  • Two Hearts Beat as One - March 1983, Meiert Avis, Paris
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - June 1983, Gavin Taylor, Denver, Colorado
  • Pride (# 1) - August 1984, Donald Cammell, Dublin
  • Pride (# 2) - July 1984, Barry Devlin, Slane Castle, Dublin
  • Pride (# 3) - August 1984, Anton Corbijn, London
  • A Sort of Homecoming - October / November 1984, Barry Devlin, locations across Europe
  • Bad - October / November 1984, Barry Devlin, locations across Europe
  • The Unforgettable Fire - January 1985, Meiert Avis, Sweden
  • With or Without You (# 1) - February 1987, Meiert Avis, Dublin
  • With or Without You (# 2) - February 1987, Meiert Avis, Dublin
  • Red Hill Mining Town - February 1987, Neil Jordan, London
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (# 1) - March 1987, Meiert Avis, Los Angeles, California
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (# 2 - longer version) - March 1987, Meiert Avis, Los Angeles, California
  • In God's Country - April 1987, Barry Devlin, Arizona
  • Spanish Eyes - April 1987, Barry Devlin, Arizona
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - April 1987, Barry Devlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) - November 1987, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Desire - September 1988, Richard Lowenstein, Los Angeles
  • Desire (Hollywood Remix) - September 1988, Richard Lowenstein, Los Angeles
  • Angel of Harlem - November 1988, Richard Lowenstein, New York City
  • When Love Comes to Town - March 1989, Philip Joanou, various locations
  • All I Want Is You - April 1989, Meiert Avis, Rome
  • Night and Day (# 1 & # 2) - November 1990, Wim Wenders, Berlin
  • The Fly - September 1991, Ritchie Smith and Jon Klein, Dublin and London
  • Mysterious Ways - October 1991, Stephane Sednaoui, Morocco
  • Until the End of the World - November 1991, Richie Smith
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing (# 1) - February 1992, Kevin Godley, Carnaby Street, London
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing (# 2) - May 1992, Armando Gallo, Los Angeles
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing (# 3) - July 1992, Ritchie Smith, Dublin
  • One (# 1) - February 1992, Anton Corbijn, Berlin
  • One (# 2) - February 1992, Mark Pellington, New York City
  • One (# 3) - March 1992, Philip Joanou, New York City
  • One (# 4) - March 1992, Mark Pellington, New York City
  • Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - September 1992, Philip Joanou, Chicago
  • Numb - July 1993, Kevin Godley, Berlin
  • Numb (Video Remix) - July 1993, Josh Pearson & Gardner Post
  • Love Is Blindness - July 1993, Matt Mahurin, U.S.A.
  • Lemon - September 1993, Mark Neale, London
  • Lemon (Bad Yard Club Mix) - October 1993, Mark Neale, London
  • Stay - October 1993, Wim Wenders, Berlin
  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - June 1995, Dublin
  • Miss Sarajevo - September 1995, Maurice Linnane, Modena, Italy
  • Discotheque (# 1) - January 1997, Stephane Sednaoui, London
  • Discotheque (Hexidecimal Mix) - February 1997, John Bland, London
  • Discotheque (DM Deep Club Mix) - December 1996, Stephane Sednaoui
  • Staring At the Sun (# 1) - March 1997, Jake Scott, New York City
  • Staring At the Sun (# 2) - April 1997, Morleigh Steinberg, Miami
  • Last Night on Earth - May 1997, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Please (# 1) - Date unknown, Anton Corbijn, location unknown
  • Please (# 2 - live) - July 1997, Ned O'Hanlon, Rotterdam
  • If God Will Send His Angels (#1 and #2) - October 1997, Philip Joanou, Chicago
  • MOFO (Phunk Phorce Mix) - January 1998, Maurice Linanne, Various U.S.A. / Europe
  • Sweetest Thing - September 1998, Kevin Godley, Dublin
  • The Ground Beneath Her Feet - February 2000, Wim Wenders
  • Beautiful Day (#1) - September 2000, Jonas Akerlund, Paris
  • Beautiful Day (#2) - September 2000, Jonas Akerlund, Dublin and France
  • Beautiful Day (#3) - February 2002, Live / NFL version with football highlights edited into video from Boston Elevation home video
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (#1) - January 2000, Kevin Godley, Los Angeles
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (#2) - July / August 2000, Joseph Kahn, Germany and Houston
  • Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (#3) - February 2002, NFL version with football highlights
  • Walk On (#1) - January 2000, Jonas Akerlund, Rio de Janeiro
  • Walk On (#2) - March 2000, Liz Friedlander, London
  • Elevation Remix - April 2001, Joseph Kahn, Los Angeles
  • Kite (Live) - June 2001, Hamish Hamilton, Boston
  • Electrical Storm - September 2002, Anton Corbijn, France
  • Vertigo (#1) - September 2004, Alex & Martin, Spain
  • Vertigo (#2) - September 2004, Apple iPod version, Mark Romanek, London
  • All Because of You (#1) - November 2004, Phil Joanou, New York
  • All Because of You (#2) - November 2004, NCAA football version with football highlights
  • Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - December 2004, Phil Joanou, Dublin
  • City of Blinding Lights - April 2005, Alex & Martin, Vancouver

4. Solo Single Song Promotional Videos

This list includes solo appearances by the band members in other single song promotional videos. The artist credited appears first, followed by the song name, the U2 members appearing in the video and the date.

  • Band Aid: "Do They Know It's Christmas", Bono and Adam (December 1984, London, Dave Bridges and Rob Wright)
  • Artists United Against Apartheid: "Sun City", Bono (November 1985, New York, Unknown)
  • Clannad: "In a Lifetime", Bono (December 1985, Donegal Ireland, Meiert Avis)
  • Bono / Gavin Friday: "In the Name of the Father" (November 1994, London, Kevin Godley)
  • Bono: "Save the Children" (October 1985, New York, Earle Sebastian)
  • Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen: "Mission: Impossible" (April 1996, Kevin Godley)
  • Various Artists: "Perfect Day", Bono (December 1997, London, Gregory Rood)
  • Kirk Franklin: "Lean on Me", Bono (August 1998, Mark Gerard)
  • Wyclef Jean and Bono: "New Day" (November 1999, New York, Kevin Godley)
  • Musique: "New Year's Dub", Larry and Bono (March 2001, Miami, Unknown Director)
  • AAAW: "What's Going On?", Bono (September 2001, New York, Jake Scott)

5. Other Videos

  • Do They Know it's Christmas: The Story of Band Aid (1984 VHS) Includes footage of Adam and Bono during the Band Aid recording sessions.
  • The Dubliners 25th Anniversary. (1987 VHS) Includes U2 performing "Springhill Mining Disaster".
  • Folkways - A Vision Shared. (1988 VHS / DVD) Includes footage of U2 performing "Jesus Christ" and footage of "This Land is Your Land" with Bono and Edge contributing.
  • Bringing It All Back Home. (1991 VHS) Includes footage of "Wild Irish Rose" by U2
  • Stop Sellafield: The Concert (1992 VHS) Includes U2 performing "The Fly" and "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
  • Classic Albums: The Joshua Tree. (1999 VHS / LD / DVD) Interviews and footage of U2 detailing the recording of The Joshua Tree
  • From a Whisper to a Scream: The Living History of Irish Rock. (1999 DVD) Includes interview clips with U2.
  • The Simpsons: Political Party Volume 1. (2000 VHS) Includes U2's appearance on The Simpsons.
  • Entropy. (2000 VHS) Movie contains live footage of U2 performing and spoken roles by Bono and Larry Mullen.
  • The Million Dollar Hotel. (2000 VHS / DVD) Story by Bono, and he appears briefly in one scene.
  • The Best of Old Grey Whistle Test. (2001 DVD) Includes U2 performing "I Will Follow" in 1981.
  • Eddie Izzard: We Know Where You Live Live! (2001 DVD) Contains U2 performing "Stay (Faraway So Close)" in Toronto during the Elevation Tour.
  • Superbowl XXXVI - New England Patriots Championship. (2002 DVD) Includes U2's half-time performance at the 2002 Super Bowl.
  • Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music Volume 5 (2003 DVD) Includes U2's 2000 performance of "Elevation"

6. Where was the "Mysterious Ways" music video shot?

In the Moroccan city of Fez. (M2)

7. Who's in the picture on MacPhisto's dressing table in the Sydney Zoo TV video?

Mario Lanza. He was an American opera-style singer in the 1950s. He had no formal training but sang in a light operatic style in several MGM musicals. He was touted as "the American Caruso." In fact, Mario was a truck driver from Philadelphia and could handle neither the stress of fame nor MGM's insistence that he sing like Caruso but weigh only slightly more than his leading ladies. He died of a heart attack in his mid 30's. Bono said in an interview with Spin magazine that Mario Lanza's singing impressed him as a child. [CB, MJS]

8. Why was "Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World" left out of the Sydney Zoo TV video?

There are a couple theories on this: 1) it was cut out so the show could fit on a 2-hour VHS tape; 2) it was cut because the girl Bono danced with during that song refused to sign the necessary waivers and releases allowing the band to include her image/performance on the video release; 3) it was cut because the girl Bono danced with was under 18 years old and Bono drank champagne with her on stage. [M2]

9. What's all the fuss about the "Lemon" video?

The video is a nod to photographer Edward Muybridge, who is credited with being the first to successfully capture photographs of fast motion. His work is said to be the bridge between still photography and motion pictures. His first work showed a galloping horse in motion and proved that the horse's legs are all airborne at the same time. His later work showed humans doing a variety of tasks, and he titled these "Walking", "Ascending an incline", and "Lifting a child from the ground and turning around" -- very much like the subtitles used in U2's "Lemon" video. Another similarity is the dark, grid-like background used by Muybridge which also shows up in the "Lemon" video. Ironically, the device Muybridge created to take these initial fast-motion images was called a Zoopraxiscope. If you want to see Muybridge's work, visit the UC-Riverside/California Museum of Photography web site. [K, JK, P, M2]

10. Who's the female singer in the "Stay (Faraway So Close)" video?

The actress who portrays the singer in the "Stay (Faraway So Close)" video is Meret Becker. She is a german actress. Her stepfather, Otto Sander, is in the movie Faraway So Close! by Wim Wenders, who also directed the video for U2. [S]

11. Who's that woman at the beginning of the "Sweetest Thing" music video?

That would be Bono's lovely wife Alison (Ali). He wrote the song as a gift for her to compensate for forgetting her birthday during The Joshua Tree recording sessions. It was released as a b-side to "Where the Streets Have No Name." He asked for her permission to clean it up (the original is not really finished) and release it with The Best of 1980-1990, and she agreed provided the profits of the single went to her favorite charity, Children of Chernobyl. The whole video is arranged as an apology to her. [QC]

12. Who are all those extras in the "Sweetest Thing" music video?

The Irish dancing extras are from the touring Irish step-dancing troupe Riverdance. Also, the Irish pop group Boyzone is in the video; they sing a few lines of the "oh oh oh" chorus at the beginning. Other extras include well-known Irish boxer Steve Collins, the Artane Boys Band, the Chippendales, and an elephant named Rani! Bono's brother (Norman Hewson) is in there, too. He's the chef. [SC, M2, RR]

13. The Boston 2001 DVD claims on the packaging it is from June 6th, but they perform "Stay" on the DVD which they did not play on June the 6th? What's going on?

Although listed as being from Boston on the DVD and video packaging, this show is actually made up of footage from two different concerts performed in Boston on June 5th and 6th, 2001, with some added footage from a third show on June 9th, 2001. The band wore identical clothing on both the 5th and the 6th to allow for the footage to be easily edited together. Below is a list of known edits between the two nights:

  • "Gone" is a mixture of footage from both nights. The main performance is from June 6th, but the ending with Edge smashing his guitar occured on June 5th. The edit can be clearly seen in the "Fan Cam" footage as we switch to a side view for the guitar incident.
  • "Kite" is a mixture of footage from both nights. The intro is from June 6th, but the song itself is from the June 5th performance.
  • "Stay" wasn't performed on June 6th, so that footage is definitely from June 5th.
  • The audio during "Elevation" is from June 6th, however many of the accompanying visuals of the crowd were from the June 5th performance.
  • All of the "Bono Cam" footage was shot on June 9th. That was the only show in Boston in which Bono wore the camera. The "Bono Cam" included a bulky backpack which was easily noticed.
  • "Where the Streets Have No Name" is from the June 6th performance, but the line "Going live to the NBA" and Bono throwing a basketball into the crowd have been edited out of the main DVD. This can still be seen in the "Fan Cam" footage.
  • The bonus footage from the opening night in Fort Lauderdale is indeed from that show, however the audio track is from another unknown concert.

The editing together of two nights footage is not new for U2. They did the same with the PopMart video from Mexico. In the footage from that show you can see one crowd member blowing bubbles from two differesnt spots on either side of the b-stage. [AS, CW]

14. Why is the Edge slamming his guitar to the ground at the end of "Gone" during the June 2001, Elevation Boston DVD?

See the Live FAQ for the answer.

15. How do I access the easter eggs on the Boston Elevation DVD?

There is one "easter egg" (a hidden piece of content on a DVD) on each of the two discs in the Boston Elevation DVD, and based on accounts from fans around the world who have posted tips and tricks on various mailing lists, and emailed U2faqs.com, the way you might access the easter eggs is somewhat dependent on what brand of DVD player you own. This is an overview of what fans have discovered.

Disc 1

Easter egg: the performance of the song "Elevation" as seen entirely from Bono-cam

How to access the easter egg:

  1. At the end of the "Making of" documentary when the Dreamchaser logo appears, you'll see a small image of Bono's face as "The Fly". Quickly click on that image. When you get to the screen with the flashing boxes, type 1, 9, 7, 6 and you should be taken to the easter egg. On some DVDs, you'll need to hit ENTER after each number.
  2. Alternatively, there's a cheat if the above doesn't work. As the DVD begins to play, hit STOP. Then on your remote, select DISPLAY or TITLE or whatever command allows you to skip directly to a certain track. You want track (title) 3. On some DVD players, once you hit STOP, you can go directly to the easter egg just by touching the "3" on your remote.

Disc 2

Easter egg: the performance of "Until the End of the World" as seen entirely from Bono-cam

How to access the easter egg:

  1. From the main menu, access the Help screen by clicking on the question mark. When you're at the Help screen, type 1, 9, 9, 1 and you might be taken to the easter egg. On some DVD players, you may need to hit ENTER after each number. This seems to be the more difficult of the two easter eggs to access, as many fans report this method doesn't work.
  2. Alternatively, there's a cheat. Actually, there are several: a) go to the Additional Tracks screen and immediately press 7 on your remote - the easter egg may begin; b) if that doesn't work, press ENTER after you type the number 7; c) if that doesn't work, you may need to hit some combination of PLAY and/or MENU on your remote.

Credit for this information goes to all the U2 fans who have shared their tips and tricks for finding the easter eggs -- far too many to credit by name.

16. Why were "Mysterious Ways", "One" and "Pride" left out of the Boston Elevation DVD?

"Mysterious Ways", "One" and "Pride" were left off the Boston Elevation DVD due to space constraints on the DVD format. Removal of these songs allowed the inclusion of both a PCM 2.0 (Normal Stereo) and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack on the DVD. The band wanted to provide fans with the Dolby soundtrack, so that fans could enjoy the enhanced experience. They did not want to cut down on the quality of the stereo soundtrack to accomplish this, and made the choice to cut songs from the concert instead. Ned O'Hanlon of Dreamchaser Productions, who produced the video, had the following to say: "Regarding the missing tracks. I've noticed quite a few comments about this on-line. A simple decision in the end. Space on the disc is the culprit. The band wanted PCM stereo for Disc 1 and this takes a huge amount of space. Something had to give... "

The removal of these songs from the DVD was also reflected on the videocassette releases of this show, and the main concert portion of the DVD and the video are identical. Unfortunately, these songs which have been cut from this release are not available on any other official release.[DV]

17. How do I access the easter eggs on the Best of 1990 - 2000 DVD?

There are "easter eggs" (hidden content on a DVD) on the Best of 1990 - 2000 DVD. How you access these may be dependant on the model of DVD player you are trying to access them on.

Easter egg: Footage from the making of the Last Night on Earth Video

How to access the easter egg:

  1. At the main intro screen for the Last Night on Earth video there are 8 pictures on the left side of the screen. Start on the Director's Name (Smyth underlined). Press the UP and LEFT buttons in order four times, to navigate through the pictures until the third photo down on the far left is chosen. You will see a brown outline around the photo when you have selected it. Then choose ENTER. The easter egg will begin to play.
  2. Alternatively, there's a cheat if the above doesn't work. As the DVD begins to play, hit STOP. Then on your remote, select DISPLAY or TITLE or whatever command allows you to skip directly to a certain track. You want track (title) 18.

Easter egg: A fish tank with swimming Trabant cars

How to access the easter egg:

  1. From the main menu, access the main screen for the One video. At this screen press '1' then enter and the screen will reload. Repeat hitting '1' and ENTER, two additional times and the fish tank will appear. The trabant takes some time before showing up, and if you leave it run long enough a two trabants will appear at the same time.

Credit for this information goes to all the U2 fans who have shared their tips and tricks for finding the easter eggs -- far too many to credit by name.