U2 101 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

1394319982One of U2‘s most rockin’ songs is their single from the 1995 film Batman Forever, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The song’s title first appeared, in an obscured fashion, on the cover to their 1993 album Zooropa, and in many ways could serve to explain the ways in which Achtung Baby, it’s sibling album Zooropa, and their supporting tour ZooTV were all a reaction to the band’s earlier work and the critical responses to that work. I won’t bore you with the story about how and why the band “went away to dream it all up again” at the end of the 1980′s, but if you’re not familiar with events, listening to the lyrics of this 8195AGp0IfL._SL1244_song should give you a quick idea of the band’s mindset. Because the title appeared on the cover of Zooropa, we can assume that the song existed at least two years before it was released, but it’s not hard to understand why the band chose to not include it on Zooropa, which was an effort by the band to shy away from “pop rock” (IE non-experimental music) and “Hold Me, Thrill Me…” has a big, fun guitar riff that was sure to propel it up the charts. The song just didn’t fit in with the theme of the album, but when it was released, it proved to be one of the band’s most successful singles from the 1990′s, peaking at #16 in the US, and at #2 in the UK, eventually being included on the band’s Best of 1990-2000 compilation.

“Hold Me, Thrill Me…” made its live debut at the first show of the Pop*Mart tour and served as kind of a “where are they now” for ZooTV’s Mr. MacPhisto. Although Bono didn’t don the familiar face paint and gold lame suit for the song’s performances, he would often pretend to suffer from a coughing fit at the start of the song, as through the song’s singer was pulling himself out of mothballs just for that night, miming devil’s horns with his fingers to further clue the audience in, and MacPhisto did make appearances on the big screen while the band performed. An example of this performance can be found on the Pop*Mart Tour’s Live from Mexico DVD.

wTxNwCYiFh9WVL914AI3UTLuNAfter the Pop*Mart tour ended in 1998, “Hold Me, Thrill Me…” wasn’t performed live again until the third leg of the 360 tour, where it was played interchangeably with “Ultra Violet” in the remainder of that tour’s encores. One of these live performances saw release on the 2012 fan club release From the Ground Up, and the way the audience erupts into cheers as U2 launches into the song proves that “Hold Me, Thrill Me…” still has an audience. If “Invisible” is any indication, along with comments from the band members, I’m looking for the next record and tour to be upbeat and loud, and I would be surprised if that proves to be the case and “Hold Me Thrill Me…” doesn’t show up on the tour.

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    broadsword
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    One of U2′s most rockin’ songs is their single from the 1995 film Batman Forever, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The song’s title first appea
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    Chris
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    Hold Me was my first favourite U2 song back in 2003 when I got into U2. It is the last track on the Romanian Greatest Hits compilation Cassette I received back then from my aunt….I listened to all of it, liked it the second time I played it…this song went straight to No 1 in my top …I was blown away and glued to U2 for ever ! I said to myself U2 can’t do better until I bought the Achtung Baby Cassette later that year and became even more amazed by the full power, talent and effort of U2…as a result “Until the end of the World” became my favourite U2 song !

    Hold Me has absolutely nothing in common with invisible…Hold me shows us a U2 with Balls and taste for risk…ripping Edge riffs…furious beats, funky bass and a madness of contradiction depicted perfectly by Bono’s poetic talent through artistic imagery; furthermore there is another quality of this song: the power of suggesting an image that provides a fertile ground for the listener to paint his own imagery spawning new gardens with his own colours…These all bring something new in terms of what images they create but the honesty and total awesomeness indicate that “Yes Sir, It’s U2 !!! and WOW…they did it again !!!”

    This is exactly what U2 needed back then…an in-between albums rocking song to get us pumped up for the new album while they’re still working on it..Did it work back then? Hell Yeah !!! Did it work now with invisible ? Hell NO !!!

    U2 tried to do it again nowadays with Glastonbury! In my opinion they succeeded, in the form that it is..the song isn’t as good as Hold Me but it’s a rocking song ! If Edge could come up with a longer smashing solo…this song could be the in between albums song…It’s THIS song that should have been released instead of invisible !!!

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    joepit
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    This song rocks. Period! If the # CD is anything like this song, it will rock.

    #9112

    Chris
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    Also, does anybody know what does the title “The Screw Tape Letters” – written on the book that black-coat Bono drops when he gets knocked down on the street by Elvis in that extravagant car – mean ???

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    Chris
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    I hope Joe is talking about Hold Me and Glasto !

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    joepit
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    Chris you know I want U2 to ROCK out. So, yes I was talking about Hold me & Glasto.

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    Chris
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    I hope they will…I really wish the Album Will be Out in November and for it to be a ROCKING album !!!

    #9119

    Leeny
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    LOVE this song!!
    Love the rock madness!
    I heard it at all three 2011 360 concerts that I attended and would hear it at every future one if I could!!!
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    And Chris, The Screwtape Letters is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. It is a fairly short work (172pp), written by C.S.Lewis. It takes the form of letters written by Uncle Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood assisting in the work of recruiting humans to Hell. It is a highly entertaining masterpiece of literature and thought provoking in its treatment of the nature of sin. I would strongly recommend reading this book!!!!!!

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    Pam
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    With its heavy guitar riffs, this rock song is one of the most breathtaking masterpieces of U2´s catalogue. During the 360 tour it generated so much energy and I hope U2 will play it in future concerts again. Lyrically, this is another impressive example of Bono´s willingness to reflect on his stardom, the madness going along with fame and the expectations he has to face. Without doubt, it´s full of irony and self-mockery.

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    Chris
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    Thanks Leeny ! Pam: wonderful words !

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    Pam
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    Thanks Chris!

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