I start with a confession, I’ve never been a big Batman fan. Not just Batman, pretty much any superhero. A friend of my son asked me recently who my favorite Marvel superhero is, and I was like “ummm, Superman?” and he had to tell me that Superman isn’t Marvel. I’m not against comics, I just tend to read ones that aren’t superheroes, I prefer things like The Walking Dead or various graphic novels that are a little more story driven.
So I say all that to note that I’ve never seen Batman Forever, the movie that features Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. I assume the song appears in the movie at some point, but I’m not sure. It could be in it, it could be over the credits, or it could just be on the soundtrack album to sell a few more records.
There’s a song which goes “Hold me, hold me”, from the sixties by Mel Carter, I’ve heard it many times but I never knew it was called Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me. I always assumed it was called Hold Me. Anyway, there is presumably some connection there, if only the title.
Bono describes the song as being the story of being in a rock band. I always thought it was about being a bad guy, but I do see what he’s talking about. My theory had been that the star was a bad guy who stole something from other bad guys, and the adventures they get in. Like I said, I didn’t see the movie, so didn’t know what the story was about, so had the vague idea that it was kind of following the plot of the movie. Of course, you can get that from the first verse, but the rest of it doesn’t make much sense to follow that plot line. So maybe this is another song that I have no idea what they’re talking about.
This is a neat rocking song. Definitely a bit of a throwback to the Zooropa album (the period when it was recorded), with the jumping and club music. There’s a few versions out there, and although I like the standard version, once again it’s the live that blows me away. The one from From The Ground Up, the live version from 360, is just great. The first couple of times I heard it, I immediately put it into my regular playlist. I love the intro and outro of it, with the whole “showtime” part. It seems like you can actually hear Bono playing the characters from the video in that version. He really does get into that MacPhisto kind of mood at times, and although just a couple of days ago I was being embarrassed by it, I think back and realize that it does tend to speak to some really good music from the band.
The video for HMTMKMKM is pretty good too. A mix of video from the movie and cartoon action featuring the band, Bono in full MacPhisto and The Fly characters. There’s action and interest and it’s really fun to watch. It’s not art, it’s not a great meal, it’s a kind of popcorn bad for you type of thing. Enjoy it for what it is, a bit of fun. A bit like I’ll Go Crazy, I guess.
My rating for Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me: 7 / 10