U2 VidWorks – Get On Your Boots

If the comments I’ve heard from fellow U2 fans are to be believed, “Get On Your Boots” is probably the least-liked song that U2 has ever recorded. Twelve years after the song’s release, I still hear people complaining about the song and how much they hate it, but I never hear anyone mention the video. Personally, I think that “Get On Your Boots” is a fine song…not the band’s best ever but not bad, either, and I think that the video is simply amazing. There is a whole lot going on in this video. The song starts out with some images of the universe in motion, with a different image behind each member of the band. As the first verse kicks in, the image behind Bono changes to a cityscape, with bright neon signs advertising both a boardwalk and a casino. A woman’s lips appear on the far right of the screen, followed by moving images of the “fun fair” that Bono is describing in the lyrics, complete with rockets being launched. Next, we see the band playing in front of a field full of candy apples, with a large foreboding skull on the left of the screen and a billowing dark cloud behind the apples. Next, as Bono and Edge sing about “sexy boots,” there are scenes of models wearing military-style clothing strutting their stuff behind the band while tanks fire their ammunition. This is all in the first thirty seconds of the video, and the action doesn’t slow down for the duration of the video. The video does a good job of bringing to the fore one of the song’s messages, which is that “women of the future hold the big revelations.” This is definitely a pro-feminine video, with images of women ending wars and bring peace to the world all the while lava gushes and stars explode while U2 plays their song. Instead of the lyric “you don’t know how beautiful you are,” they could almost be singing “you don’t know how powerful you are,” while a fist adorned with a “ONE” bracelet is raised in defiance in the background. Of particular note is the imagery during the middle eight, where there is some phenomenal CGI. The sky turns red, signaling a crisis, as Bono slams his microphone stand down, shattering a pane of glass, then liquid burbles and gurgles all around. As the song launches back into high gear, Bono punches the corner off of a stone in one of the coolest graphics I have ever seen. There is so much to take in here that I fear it would take two or three times my allotment to fully describe everything that happens, so I will just give an admonition to readers to check the video out, even if you hate the song. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you witness. In closing, I will just say that I am really looking forward to seeing this video in 1080p or better when the YouTube refresh gets around to the No Line on the Horizon album in a few months. Thanks for reading.

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Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.

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