New Day (Wyclef Jean & Bono) (1999)
Directed by Kevin Godley.
Filmed in New York City, November 1999.
Proceeds from the sale of the single went to Net Aid, an organization set up by Cisco Systems and the United Nations to help the poorest nations in the world, as well as Wyclef's foundation which aids refugees.
Sweetest Thing (1998)
Directed by Kevin Godley.
Filmed in Dublin, September 1998. Bono apologizes to his wife Ali (seen at the beginning of the video) because he forgot her birthday. Featuring Boyzone and Bono's brother Norman (the cook).
Dublin - phonecall: "We want to shoot something simple and low key in a barber's shop" was the brief. First thoughts... All U2's hairstyles From BOY to POP. Each of the band getting new haircuts on camera. An exchange of haircuts, Adam with Edge's, Bono with Larry's, blah blah etc etc. CUT TO:
Dublin video meeting: The barber's shop concept is dead. We're now staging Bono's apology to Ali for forgetting her birthday and we're not talking chocolates and a bunch of flowers. Producer Ned O'Hanlon, who arrived thinking scissors and wigs, is turning a funny colour as we're planning to shoot one, continuous tracking shot featuring half the population of Dublin and an elephant.
Dublin - shoot: We're losing the light. Bono, plus hand puppet, has delivered 11 takes of Buster Keaton magic but the diva bitch elephant from hell (Belgium actually) hasn't, as yet, deigned to appear in a single shot. Dublin - post: Thank fuck for take 12. - Kevin Godley
Perfect Day (Bono & Various Artists) (1997)
Directed by Gregory Rood.
Shot in London, December 1997, this unique music video captures dozens of musicians in support of BBC's charity fund for "Children in Need". Artists included in the video are:
00:25 Lou Reed
00:35 Bono (of U2)
00:39 Sky (of Morcheeba)
00:47 David Bowie
00:51 Suzanne Vega
00:56 Elton John
01:10 Lesley Garrett (opera singer)
01:17 Burning Spear (reggae singer)
01:21 Bono (of U2)
01:25 Thomas Allen (opera singer)
01:29 Brodsky Quartet
01:33 Heather Small (of M People)
01:39 Emmylou Harris (country singer)
01:44 Tammy Wynette (country singer)
01:48 Shane McGowan (of The Pogues)
01:52 Sheona White (young musician of the year, 1997)
01:55 Dr John (R&B singer)
02:00 David Bowie
02:05 Robert Cray (blues singer)
02:09 Huey (of Fun Lovin' Criminas)
02:15 Ian Brodie (of Lightning Seeds)
02:24 Dr John (R&B singer)
02:28 Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads)
02:34 Emmylou Harris (country singer)
02:39 Courtney Pine (jazz saxophonist) & BBC Symphony Orch
02:55 Brett Anderson (of Suede)
03:03 Visual Ministery Choir
03:05 Joan Armatrading
03:08 Laurie Anderson
03:16 Heather Small (of M People)
03:25 Tom Jones
03:58 Lou Reed
Staring At The Sun (Miami Version) (1997)
Directed by Morleigh Steinberg.
U2 were unhappy with the first video, directed by Jake Scott. This rare video was shot by Morleigh Steinberg, Edge's future wife.
Save The Children (1995)
Directed by Earle Sebastian.
Filmed in New York City, October 1995, Bono observes the street life around the sex shops of Times Square as he reinterprets this Marvin Gaye classic.
Miss Sarajevo (1995)
Directed by Maurice Linnane.
Filmed in Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy, and Sarajevo, Bosnia, this video is a montage of three different events: the beauty contest described in the song, the original performance from the 'Pavarotti and Friends' concert, and a tour through the streets of war-torn Sarajevo, under gunfire from the nearby troops.
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (1995)
Directed by Kevin Godley & Maurice Linnane.
From the soundtrack to the movie Batman Forever. Bono battles between two of his alter-egos from the Zoo TV Tour: The Fly and Mr. MacPhisto. This was intended to parallel the conflict between Bruce Wayne's ordinary playboy persona and his crime-fighting Batman persona.
Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (1993)
Directed by Wim Wenders.
Filmed in Berlin, October 1993.
The song became an invitation for Wim Wenders for his film "Faraway, So Close", and Wenders also directed the video which was shot in October 1993 in Berlin. It shows U2 as guardian angels who climb down from the sky, a young band while playing their own songs to help. "There is a unique connection between Rock'n Roll and film," Wenders says, "It's great that these energies unite because the two media are best to investigate the spirit of the times and places. I think Bono feels the same way. If one has seen ZOO TV or PopMart, it becomes clear, how much both are connected with reflection about media, language and the future of the pictures. Something happens in U2's music, and in Bono's way of thinking, which is very closely connected with my work." At the scene of the "angel hits the ground" Wenders says in the video: "I was easily shocked when I saw Bono fall on the ground, but he had not injured himself - he was protected." - Martin Wroe
Directed by Mark Neale.
This video was filmed in black and white with a grid-like background as a tribute to Eadweard Muybridge. Muybridge was a photographer who was the first person to successfully capture fast motion on film, using his device, coincidentally named the Zoopraxiscope.
One (Berlin version) (1992)
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
Filmed in Berlin, February 1992.
"What you see in the beginning of the video are circles, U2 stand in a circle and you see the circle of the lamp. A circle is 'one'. That is one reference to 'ONE'. Some others: "Father, Son and Holy Ghost are 'One'. That explains the presence of Bob, Bono's father. And then man and wife are "One" so I have played with that a little bit, each of the band is at some point a woman. There are two cars, one female and one male. Both painted by me by the way. It's all filmed in Berlin where the wall had just come down so that city had become 'one'. There are references to being out of balance when you are on your own although that is open to interpretation, but you see Bob standing on a see-saw. In one image he is standing in front of what was left of the wall at the time, with the year 1955 painted on it where it says '1' underneath. That is also a reference to me but no-one got that I guess. ONE is the video where I have put more time, energy and emotion into than any other video, and when the band turned the result down, it was not an easy time for me. I re-edited it for them but to no avail. Fortunately, they came back on their decision four months later and released it to the world, and I am very grateful for that as I believe it is their best video. But that is a subjective view I know. I have since restored it to its original version but the version on this compilation is the one that was released to MTV." - Anton Corbijn
Mysterious Ways (1991)
Directed by Stéphane Sednaoui.
Filmed in Morocco, October 1991.
"The band wanted to make a video about another culture, another world, paying hommage to Arab culture. With my Egyptian background I was totally into the idea. I chose Fes, a 1500 year old Moroccan city, for a deeper, authentic atmosphere. I hoped that everything would unfold while shooting, but as we started our first day's shooting, as I led crew and band through tiny labyrinthal streets of the Medina, I started to panic: was bringing U2 to Fes making any sense? I wanted U2 to merge with the Arab culture, and not have it look out of place, without making them look stupid, and possibly insulting the Arab world. All day they patiently followed my directions, but every set-up seemed touristy. On the second day, to avoid any more stress, I started with just Bono. I set him up against a beautiful wall and managed, with the help of a distorted mirror, to suggest the kind of blending of the two worlds that I had been looking for. A way to take reality out of both the band and the city, to create a dream, a mysterious place between real world and fantasy. Finally, I was getting somewhere. Bono looked at the takes and got very excited. I was hugely relieved and kept shooting the entire day through the distorted mirror, or any type of glass, that would give that perfect surrealistic layer to every image." - Stéphane Sednaoui