Last Night On Film

For the record, just because it’s a good fact and people ought to know it and many of you don’t seem to: The “old man” you’re seeing in the video for “Last Night On Earth” (on your brand-spankin’-new DVD) is, in fact, canonical American author William S. Burroughs, author of such vastly influential works as Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, and The Wild Boys. You may have heard of him. ;-D Burroughs died very shortly after his appearance in the video; in fact, it may be his last on-screen moment. Spooky.

24 thoughts on “Last Night On Film

  1. U2 filmed LNOE in my hometown of Kansas City. Shut down a highway to do it. They literally “stopped the traffic” to make the video downtown. I can’t wait to see the video…finally!! Any other K.C. U2 fans out there?

  2. U2 filmed LNOE in my hometown of Kansas City. Shut down a highway to do it. They literally “stopped the traffic” to make the video downtown. I can’t wait to see the video…finally!! Any other K.C. U2 fans out there?

  3. I’ve always been confused about this video. A random hot chick, a ronald reagan look-alike on a tank, W.S.B… what’s the point? I didn’t get the joke? I think this is their worst video, and the only thing that will change my mind is if someone can give me a good reason for all this crap going on or what it means. Didn’t the mayor of Kansas City (who was convinced to close it down), say after seeing the video that it was crap and he’d never do that again?

  4. I’ve always been confused about this video. A random hot chick, a ronald reagan look-alike on a tank, W.S.B… what’s the point? I didn’t get the joke? I think this is their worst video, and the only thing that will change my mind is if someone can give me a good reason for all this crap going on or what it means. Didn’t the mayor of Kansas City (who was convinced to close it down), say after seeing the video that it was crap and he’d never do that again?

  5. There is room for more discussion on the folks who worked with U2 during the pop days, and who passed on very shortly thereafter: Allen Ginsberg (also a beat generation writer like Burroughs) appeared on TV documentary in the US entitled “the year in pop” previewing the pop album. He was featured reciting the lyrics of “miami” from the rooftop of his east village apartment. Several days later he died. The appearance was reported to be his last on in public.

    If that wasnt enough – does anyone remember those funky digital backdrops used in the pop tour ?(cartoonesque palm trees and fighter planes ) Well the artist was someone very well know by the name of Roy Lichtenstein was commissioned to come up with these works. No sooner were the works on display next to the lemons each night but poor ol Roy L passed away too. Guess what – these images were his last reported works.

    All of this is before you consider the whole Joey Ramone passing? Anyone seeing a pattern here?

  6. There is room for more discussion on the folks who worked with U2 during the pop days, and who passed on very shortly thereafter: Allen Ginsberg (also a beat generation writer like Burroughs) appeared on TV documentary in the US entitled “the year in pop” previewing the pop album. He was featured reciting the lyrics of “miami” from the rooftop of his east village apartment. Several days later he died. The appearance was reported to be his last on in public.

    If that wasnt enough – does anyone remember those funky digital backdrops used in the pop tour ?(cartoonesque palm trees and fighter planes ) Well the artist was someone very well know by the name of Roy Lichtenstein was commissioned to come up with these works. No sooner were the works on display next to the lemons each night but poor ol Roy L passed away too. Guess what – these images were his last reported works.

    All of this is before you consider the whole Joey Ramone passing? Anyone seeing a pattern here?

  7. well One Tree Hill was written after the guy had died. it would’ve been quite horrid if they wrote a song about the death of some roadie while he was still alive. i would’ve been like “please, stop making this song about me. please. i’m still alive. i’m getting better. i’m happy. i think i’ll go for a walk.”

  8. well One Tree Hill was written after the guy had died. it would’ve been quite horrid if they wrote a song about the death of some roadie while he was still alive. i would’ve been like “please, stop making this song about me. please. i’m still alive. i’m getting better. i’m happy. i think i’ll go for a walk.”

  9. If I remember correctly, on the U2 Lovetown Special shot in Australia and shown on MTV a while back, (great special if anybody saw it) during “Streets”, William Burroughs appears in black and white during the beginning of the song and gives some sort of captivating discourse about patriotism and refers to Native American Indians. I remember, he is superimposed over an American flag and I’ll never forget that moment,you were really drawn into his words, the gist of which I can only vaguely remember: I’m sure that was William S. Burroughs.

  10. If I remember correctly, on the U2 Lovetown Special shot in Australia and shown on MTV a while back, (great special if anybody saw it) during “Streets”, William Burroughs appears in black and white during the beginning of the song and gives some sort of captivating discourse about patriotism and refers to Native American Indians. I remember, he is superimposed over an American flag and I’ll never forget that moment,you were really drawn into his words, the gist of which I can only vaguely remember: I’m sure that was William S. Burroughs.

  11. Yep, that was Burroughs….here in the US it was a Thanksgiving TV special in the ZOO TV era (on FOX and MTV), and I think the title of the work he reads from is “A Thanksgiving Prayer”. He has several spoken word CDs that are worth checking out…he also worked with REM and Nirvana among others. You haven’t lived until you hear his story about the man who taught his asshole to talk.

  12. Yep, that was Burroughs….here in the US it was a Thanksgiving TV special in the ZOO TV era (on FOX and MTV), and I think the title of the work he reads from is “A Thanksgiving Prayer”. He has several spoken word CDs that are worth checking out…he also worked with REM and Nirvana among others. You haven’t lived until you hear his story about the man who taught his asshole to talk.

  13. Wow, very interesting stuff… I remember reading about him meeting Kurt Cobain, and asking someone later why he never smiled, and I knew he was a great poet, but I never could understand the words to Thanksgiving Prayer until now… Man, very powerful, reminds me of XTC’s “Dear God”, except I think I like Burrough’s much better… I never owned the Cobain/Burrough’s thing, but I read it was his poetry over Kurt’s guitar feeding back… And I think it’s extremely rare now…

  14. Wow, very interesting stuff… I remember reading about him meeting Kurt Cobain, and asking someone later why he never smiled, and I knew he was a great poet, but I never could understand the words to Thanksgiving Prayer until now… Man, very powerful, reminds me of XTC’s “Dear God”, except I think I like Burrough’s much better… I never owned the Cobain/Burrough’s thing, but I read it was his poetry over Kurt’s guitar feeding back… And I think it’s extremely rare now…

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