When Love Comes To Town (1988)
Directed by Phil Joanou.
Featuring B.B. King and shot on location in Fort Worth, Texas, November 1987 (featured in the Rattle & Hum film). Also the winner of the "Best Video from a Film" award at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Directed by Richard Lowenstein & Lynn-Maree Milburn.
Shot in Los Angeles, September 1988.
"Shooting and lighting by myself against a black cyc in a recording studio during the mix of Rattle & Hum. One band member at a time. First thing I'd lit since film-school. Acting like I knew what I was doing. Trying not to let anyone see that I couldn't operate the light meter. Bono flicks through channels on a TV remote. A three person crew in the streets of LA. The Million Dollar Hotel. My trusty old Bolex camera. Now Bono wants one. Editing in a suite at the Chateau Marmont. Enough with the channel flicking already. The extended 12" video version is the best piece of agitprop scratch editing to come from my hands..." - Richard Lowenstein
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1987)
Directed by Barry Devlin.
This video was filmed on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 1987.
"Is this the cheapest video ever shot? Our lighting rig consisted of two inkies, we shot about fifteen minutes of film and the documentary crew who were filming "Outside It's America" at the time, did it on their night off. On the other hand we did have 50 million gigawatts of Las Vegas to supplement the inkies; those fifteen minutes were spent with U2 being funny and wicked; and the crew included The Very Great Declan Quinn, and Pam Yates, both of whom went on to have huge careers in film. Cheap or not, it was fun, got nominated for MTV Awards in 5 (count 'em ) categories and gets to accompany my favourite U2 song, bar none. All together now... "I have climbed the highest mountains...". Lucky me." - Barry Devlin
Where The Streets Have No Name (1987)
Directed by Meiert Avis.
Filmed on the rooftop of a liquor store on the corner of 7th and Main street in Los Angeles, California.
"Problem. Reaction. Solution. Order out of Chaos. The video is maybe the best implementation of Post Modern Chaos Theory Marketing. It has been copied a hundred times, but never with the same innocence and surprise, which is where the magic is. What you see is exactly what happened that morning, almost in real time. Paradoxically, we planned this down to the last detail, even spending a week re-enforcing the roof structure to make sure that it wouldn't collapse if fans got up there. Getting busted was an integral part of the plan. We had a backup generator up on the roof so that we could keep shooting in case the authorities pulled the fuse on the primary generator, which they did, very quickly. In the background you can see we rebuilt the sign from the Million Dollar Hotel to create some interest, just in case no one showed. The whole thing was pure rock and roll. Thank you to the fans and authorities who made it happen, safely, and the Beatles." - Meiert Avis
Red Hill Mining Town (1987)
Directed by Neil Jordan.
Filmed in London, February 1987. Considered by many to have been the "holy grail" of unreleased and rare music videos. It finally was officially released after 20 years on the remastered edition of The Joshua Tree collection in 2007. The song is based on the 1984 Miner's Strike in Britain where families and communities were torn apart by the poverty of being on strike and the struggle to keep families together as men became broken with guilt, alcohol and a loyalty to the cause.
With Or Without You (1987)
Directed by Meiert Avis.
Filmed in Ardmore Studios, Bray, Ireland, October 1987, this music video was the winner of the "Viewer's Choice Award" at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. The projected images seen throughout the clip were shot by Matt Mahurin.
"A great song and performance that transcend the insane in-camera techniques involved in the execution of the video. It was a magical set to be on. We turned on the banks of huge film projectors and saw the layered giant gauzes light up with dream images. This was the first nipple on MTV. Edge must have noticed, but nobody else did. I wanted to visualize Eno's depth atmospherics, use negative space and restraint to let the feeling of longing haunt the video. Larry, Edge and Adam understood and delivered this perfectly. Bono, thankfully, got bored and took off in a whole other direction after the bridge. This video still takes me to the fair. Thank you Matt Mahurin." - Meiert Avis
Sun City (Artists United Against Apartheid with Bono) (1985)
Directed by Kevin Godley, Creme, Jonathan Demme & Hart Perry.
Filmed in New York City, November 1985.
Little Steven arranged the album with Arthur Baker. Notable artists that participated on this song other than Bono included Miles Davis, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen.
Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984)
Directed by Donald Cammell.
Filmed at the SFX Hall, Dublin, August 1984.
"The director of Pride, Donald Cammell, was a friend of Michael Hamlyn's, and introduced by him to the band. Donald was particularly well known for writing and co-directing, with Nicholas Roeg, the cult 60s film 'Performance' starring James Fox and Mick Jagger. The video is fairly straightforward and polished for the time, a performance piece filmed in St Francis Xavier Hall (the SFX Hall) just off Mountjoy Square in north Dublin, one of the very few regular concert venues for punk and rock bands in Dublin at the time. I mainly remember the 1984 hassle of getting the East Link toll bridge raised in synch with the helicopter and holding up the north-south Dublin traffic in the process. It will be interesting to view the river Liffey from the same helicopter position at the end of the video in a few years time, when the new U2 tower will stand, three times high, beside the toll bridge." - James Morris
Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live from Red Rocks) (1983)
Directed by Gavin Taylor.
Filmed in Red Rocks, Colorado, June 5, 1983.
"Mist and heavy rain descended over Red Rocks in Colorado as a young Irish band prepared to perform for their American fans. The rain was so heavy the water had to be swept off the stage and support bands cancelled for safety reasons. The spirits of U2's fans weren't dampened, and the scenes of them walking through the mountains to the venue was reminiscent of a pilgrimage. The band was determined not to let them down and decided their concert would go ahead. As it turned out the weather gave the concert a magical atmosphere. Under such terrible weather conditions we were very lucky that the helicopter was able to fly and captured some breathtaking shots. The local press reported "Was this a religious gathering or a rock concert". The band's performance was magnificent and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' unforgettable. I recall, before the concert started Barry Fey, the promoter, thanking the fans for coming and saying "You're all going to be a part of history" - how right he was! And how proud I am to have shared the experience." - Gavin Taylor
A Celebration (1982)
Directed by Meiert Avis.
This video was shot in and around Kilmainham Gaol prison in Dublin. This prison was famous for being in several films including 1993's "In The Name of The Father" (where Bono was featured in the soundtrack).