Friday, March 06, 2009

friday candy: a video and a story

Why this is sweet: My childhood overlapped a time when basic cable didn’t include Mtv. I also grew up during a time when Mtv still had VJ’s and played videos – but everyone my age says that. In the mid-1980’s my family had about 13 cable channels. Other than the normal network affiliates the only other channel I remember having was The USA Network. However, my best friend at the time, Kym, had all kinds of fancy channels. The first R-rated movie I remember watching, “Purple Rain”, I saw at her house. We also danced around her basement to Poison, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Ratt, and Motley Crue.

The summer before I began the eighth grade, my family moved to Bowling Green. Not only did we get a new family television that summer, with my first ever remote control, we got a lot of the fancy cables channels that my friend, Kym, had back in Shepherdsville. Finally (FINALLY!) I had Mtv. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. The week that we got our new TV and our fancy new cable channels Mtv began running ads for the world premiere of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” video. It was an event. Especially for my 13 year old self. In the course of a three minute video a new world was opened to me and my musical tastes were forever changed.

I have a hard time believing it’s been 22 years since I first saw my U2 video. “Still Haven’t Found” remains one of my all time favorite U2 songs. Since Tuesday I have been engrossed by their new album, “No Line On the Horizon”, and have been listening to it pretty much non-stop. So, in honor of where it all began for me…

The Candy: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2


John said...

"Still Haven't Found" is U2's best song. Interestingly, the music on the video was sped up for the shoot -- it's about a half step higher than the record's D-flat.

Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. said...

Thank you, Mr. Musicologist. You are always teaching me something new!

Eric Coomer said...

Wow, I didn't know that.

I remember the world premiere of this. But, I remember the premiere of "Where the Streets Have No Name" even better. 22 years? Really???