Thursday, June 18, 2009

Music Video Thursday: "Where the Streets Have No Name", Before and After

Last week was a little crazy, so Music Video Thursday got an unscheduled break (oh, who am I kidding, nothing around here is "scheduled"). To try to make up for it, tonight's Music Video Thursday is a double-header "before and after" affair, with Where the Streets Have No Name from U2's classic 1987 album "The Joshua Tree". This video ended up winning the 1988 Grammy award for "Best Performance Music Video":

In 1991, the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys took this song and mashed it up with an old 1960s Frankie Valli single called "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (which shared a similar melody line in the chorus). Allegedly, upon hearing this version, U2's Bono was heard to exclaim, "What have we done to deserve this?" Personally, I kind of like it, but to each their own I suppose:

To the best of my knowledge, there was no Grammy nomination for this video.

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