U2 Window in the Skies Music Videos

U2’s track “Window in the Skies”, released on the 18 album, and due to be released as a single on January 11, has been featured in a music video of edited footage of other performers. The song includes references to the Make Poverty History campaign, with lines like “all debts are removed”, and “Can’t you see what our love has done”. The music video includes footage of a wide range of performers ranging from The Who to Beyonce, alongside footage of African children.

U2 Window in the Skies child

Click on the image below to play the Modernista version of the Window in the Skies video.

Filming for Window in the Skies was directed by Gary Koepke, one of the founding partners in advertising agency Modernista!. Fresh footage largely consisted of crowd scenes at the Corner Hotel in Richmond, Melbourne, in which 300 lucky fans got to groove with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

Download the track from iTunes:
U2 - U218 Singles (International Version) - Window In the Skies

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Who’s in Window in the Skies

0.12 Frank Zappa
0.14 Hands on the piano
0.16 Billie Holiday
0.17 Simon and Garfunkel
0.18 Roy Orbison
0.19 P J Harvey
0.21 Ella Fitzgerald
0.22 Bob Marley
0.25 David Byrne’s white shoe from Stop Making Sense
0.27 Looking into grass
0.30 Double bass player
0.31 Louis Armstrong
0.33 Drummer’s foot
0.35 Run DMC
0.37 David Bowie?
0.38 Rory Gallagher or Dave Grohl?
0.40 Guitars
0.42 Lou Reed
0.44 Frank Sinatra
0.46 Wilco
0.47 Kanye West?
0.49 Mick Jones (The Clash)
0.51 Nat King Cole
0.55 Paul Cook, Sex Pistols drummer?
0.56 Keith Moon on drums
0.57 Rolling Stones
0.58 Nina Simone
0.59 Bon Jovi?
0.60 Marvin Gaye
1.01 Janis Joplin
1.02 Temptations
1.05 Sharleen Spiteri, Texas
1.06 Elvis Costello
1.07 The Ramones
1.10 Jimi Hendrix?
1.12 Topless cymbal player John Bonham from Led Zeppelin with Guster
1.13 Krist Novoselic on bass (Nirvana)
1.15 Dave Grohl on drums (Nirvana)
1.16 Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
1.18 Grass shots
1.23 Joe Strummer (The Clash)
1.24 Johnny Cash
1.26 Iggy Pop
1.28 Grass
1.31 Radiohead (Thom Yorke)
1.34 Mary J. Blige
1.36 Jane’s Addiction
1.37 Elvis Presley
1.39 Guitarist
1.40 Al Green
1.43 Morrisey
1.44 Beck
1.45 Beyonce?
1.47 Elton John
1.48 The Police
1.49 Run DMC?
1.50 Wu Tang Klan
1.51 Sharon Corr or Arcade Fire?
1.52 Beck?
1.53 The Temptations
1.54 Jack White
1.55 Meg White
1.57 Funkadelic
1.58 Kurt Cobain jumping
1.59 Nuclear explosion
2.06 Black and white crowd footage
2.07 Colour crowd footage
2.08 Drummer
2.10 Outside crowd footage
2.11 Bono in crowd?
2.12 Charles Mingus
2.13 Bass guitar player
2.15 Drummer hits cymbals Pete Doherty?
2.20 Keith Richards
2.22 Jimi Hendrix
2.23 Black and white concert
2.34 Grass footage
2.25 Lenny Kravitz?
2.28 Female singer?
2.29 Couples embrace
2.31 Chrissie Hynde
2.32 Alicia Keys
2.33 Ray Charles
2.34 Little Richard
2.35 Clash
2.36 John Bonham on drums (Led Zeppelin)
2.37 Smokey Robinson
2.38 Keith Moon
2.41 David Bowie
2.42 Billie Holiday
2.43 Smokey Robinson
2.44 ????
2.46 Elvis Presley
2.49 Robert Plant
2.51 Vladimir Horowitz
2.54 Ronnie Spector
2.56 dancing feet
2.58 Bare feet on stage
2.59 Bonham on drums
3.00 arm twirling band (Stars and Stripes)
3.02 Queen
3.03 Queen
3.04 Newport Jazz Festival
3.05 Black & White crowd footage
3.06 Rappers
3.07 Crowd footage
3.09 Guy in white trousers
3.10 David Byrne (Talking Heads)
3.12 White suit Chuck D from Public Enemy?
3.14 Chuck D claps hands with…
3.16 Flava Flav
3.21 Crowd
3.22 Jerry Lee Lewis
3.27 U2 in crowd
3.29 ???
3.30 Jay-Z
3.32 Crowd
3.35 Patti Smith
3.36 Apollo Sunshine
3.37 Steview Wonder on drums
3.38 Footage from Africa from When We Were Kings
3.43 Novoselic?
3.44 People walking
3.48 lead guitar – Prince?
3.49 The Edge in the audience
3.51 Bass player
3.52 Adam in the audience
3.57 African footage from The Constant Gardener
4.00 Red poppies
4.03 Frank Sinatra

U2 Window in the Skies Single at Amazon.com

Window in the Skies DVD at Amazon.co.uk


Modernista! director/executive creative director/art director Gary Koepke worked with art director Nathan Naylor, director of broadcast Charles Wolford, associate producer Joyce Chen, production assistant Alejandra Ravassa, business affairs manager Jeff Estow, editors David Brodie and Max Koepke, assistant editor Julian Wadsworth.

Post production at The Mill, New York, was done by creative director Angus Kneale, producers Verity Grantham and Dan Roberts, and lead Flame artist Dan Williams. The art team included flame artists Dirk Greene, Richard de Carteret, Westley Sarokin, Gavin Wellsman, Mark French, Aska Otagke, Cole Schreiber, Smoke artists Jeff Robins and Tristian Wade, Combustion artists Jeanette Willford, Anu Nagaraj and Winston Lee, Telecine artists Fergus McCall and Sal Malfitano, support artists Gigi Ng and Mary Casey, 3D animators Ben Smith, Pete Hamilton, Kevin Ives, Jin Choi, Emily Meger and Wyatt Seavarese.

“It was a highly collaborative process” said Mill Creative Director Angus Kneale. The Mill New York assembled one of the more unique workflow environments for the project. Two editorial workstations were integrated into the Flame suite. Dan Williams along with a sizeable team at The Mill New York integrated all the footage and carefully finessed the lip-sync to match the lyrics. It was important to maintain the magic of the spot by producing mouths that felt natural and unaffected. A range of techniques were used, mostly simple time warps and speed changes. In some rare cases, complex mouth manipulations were performed in order to achieve the required sync. It was important that the work generated did not detract from the integrity of the video. In addition to the seamless effects work, the theme of light and red was used to tie everything together. Extra light effects were added to emphasize the melody of the piece and give the images their own rhythm.

Window In the Skies (Modernista Version) – U2 on iTunes

Nexus Version of the Music Video

Window in the Skies has been released in a second music video using photography from U2’s recent biographical book, U2 By U2. It’s known as the Nexus Version, directed by Jonas Odell, Film Tecknarna and Nexus Productions, with producer Lisa Möller, music producer Rick Rubin and production manager Isobel Conroy.

Click on the image below to play the Alternate Window in the Skies Music video.

U2 By U2 at Amazon.com

Window In the Skies (Nexus Version) – U2 on iTunes

Lyrics for Window in the Skies

Aaah, Aaah,
Ooh ooh…

The shackles are undone
The bullets quit the gun
The heat thats in the sun
Will keep us when there’s none

The rule has been disproved
The stone has been moved
The grain is now a groove
All debts are removed, ooh

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Love makes strange enemies
Makes love when love may please
Soul in a strip tease
Hate brought to its knees

Sky over our head
Can reach it from our bed
If you let me in your heart
And out of my head

Oh can’t you see what our love has done
[ these lyrics found on http://www.completealbumlyrics.com ]
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
Oh can’t you see what our love has done
What it’s doing to me

Oh oh oh hhhhhhhhhhh
Oh oh oh hhhhhhhhhhh
Please don’t ever let me out of here

I’ve got no shame
oh no oh no

Oh can’t you see what love has done
Oh can’t you see
Oh can’t you see what love has done
What it’s doing to me

Oh I know I hurt you and I made you cry
Did everything but murder but you and I
But love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize

Oh can’t you see what love has done to every broken heart
Oh can’t you see what love has done for every heart that cries
Love left a window in the skies
And to love I rhapsodize

Oh can’t you see?