U2 ~ "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" '95
Directed by Kevin Godley & Maurice Linnane
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" Single by U2 from the album "Batman Forever: Original Music from the Motion Picture"
Released: 5 June 1995
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" is a 1995 single by U2 from the Batman Forever soundtrack album. A number-one single in their home country of Ireland, the single reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. Bono described it as being about "being in a rock band" and "being a star".
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" has its origins in the sessions for the band's 1993 album, Zooropa. The song's title comes from a play on the classic song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" and is actually visible (along with the titles of other discarded demos) on the cover of Zooropa in purple text. The song was played on every show of the PopMart Tour as part of the encore, and was not played again until the 2010 leg of the U2 360° Tour, opening the second encore.
The animated music video to the song (interspersed with clips from the film) featured the band performing in Gotham City, with Bono battling between two of his alter-egos from the Zoo TV Tour: "The Fly" and "MacPhisto". The band also chases the Batwing, using a yellow supercar and their guitars as flamethrowers.
At one brief point of the video, a neon sign can be seen that reads "Mister Pussey's". An edited version of the video from Universal Music Group uses the words "Mister Swampy's" for the same sign. In another scene, the band is walking down the street when Bono is run over by a car (driven by Elvis) while reading C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. The next scene shows Bono in the hospital flatlining and about to die, when a bolt of red lightning strikes his heart monitor turning his skin white, his shirt red, and causing his fingernails to grow, thus transforming him into MacPhisto. The video ends with an orchestra of Batmen playing the outro on strings. It was directed by Kevin Godley and Maurice Linnane.
U2: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.http://www.u2.com
© 1995 Island Records UK.