I appreciate a song like Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of. You see, my daily goal for writing these things is 500 words, so when I get something like Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of I just have to repeat the title a few times and then I’m halfway to the goal. So if you see me writing Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of over and over, you’ll know that I ran out of things to say.
No, seriously, Stuck In A Moment (see what I did there?) is a really fun song, and a really good song. I think it’s fun because it’s very listenable, it’s bouncy and light and amusing. And it’s good because of the theme, the idea of being stuck in something and feeling that you’re trapped, but being able to realize that no, anything will change if you want it to. I guess you could say it’s the “it gets better” idea writ large. Or maybe the other way round, since I think Stuck came first.
So the song gets a lot of attention because of Michael Hutchence, being the idea that Bono is trying to talk to him, after Hutchence had killed himself. It’s something that I have actually read is not a good thing, the idea of telling a depressed person to pull themselves together, because it’s not that easy. But the message here is a bit deeper than that, because it’s not “get over yourself,” but rather that things will change, and you know they will, because that’s the way a person with depression lives. Bouts of depression, as they say, meaning they don’t stay there all the time. I’m no expert though, these are just my really generalized thoughts. But I would say, if you’re thinking depressed thoughts, get to the idea of the song. Or, better yet, call someone, there are people who can help you.
There are two videos for Stuck In A Moment. The first is fun, at a football game, with lots of references here and there, and I love Adam reading the soccer news, and Larry screaming his head off, and Edge being a klutz, and Bono leading the wave (although the wave sucks). It is very poignant, very nail on the head at the end. On the other hand, nowadays when I see it I can only think back to the Superbowl this year, and I realize that this video may be the story of my year (I’m a Seahawks fan).
The second video is kind of creepy, I don’t know why they made it. It is maybe 80% showing Bono laying down, panning around his head, kind of a loveliest of Bono closeups. It features a lot of bad lip-syncing, as you would expect to see from Bono, and a few shots of the band looking like a boy band. Can’t say I’m a big fan of this one.
I have a confession, there is one version I hate, it’s the Duals version where the band plays with Mick Jagger. I don’t know why, but I just can’t stand Jagger’s voice, and it ruins the song for me. This is literally the only live U2 song that I won’t listen to. Fortunately there’s another live version on From The Ground Up.
My rating for Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of: 7 / 10