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“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” is a 1995 single by U2 from the Batman Forever soundtrack album. It reached number two on the UK singles chart, number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts. The song was a worldwide hit, being nominated for an MTV Movie Award.
It started life as a track during the Zooropa sessions and was played to BP Fallon who wrote about it in his book “U2 Faraway So Close”. The song’s title comes from a play on the classic song “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me. ” The song was played on every show of the PopMart Tour as part of the encore, and was not played again until the 2010 leg of the U2 360° Tour, opening the second encore.
The animated music video to the song (interspersed with clips from the film) featured the band performing in Gotham City, with Bono battling between two of his alter-egos from the Zoo TV Tour: “The Fly” and “MacPhisto”. This was intended to parallel the conflict between Bruce Wayne’s ordinary playboy persona and his crime-fighting Batman persona. The band also chases the Batwing, using a yellow supercar and their guitars as flamethrowers.

At one brief point of the video, a neon sign can be seen that reads “Mister Pussey’s”. An edited version of the video from Universal Music Group uses the words “Mister Swampy’s” for the same sign. In another scene, the band is walking down the street when Bono is run over by a car (driven by Elvis) while reading C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The video ends with an orchestra of Batmen playing the outro on strings. It was directed by Kevin Godley and Maurice Linnane.


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