45. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"
Co-produced by British trip-hop artist Nellee
Hooper, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" dates back to the Zooropa
sessions – on the album's cover, it's referred to in distorted purple
letters spelling "ISSMEKILLM." It emerged in 1995 as the lead single
from the Batman Forever soundtrack – a rare move into blockbuster work
for Bono and the Edge, who had previously done music for artier films by directors
like Wim Wenders and Robert Altman. Though Bono originally balked at the idea,
the Edge said, "I figured it'd be good for us to be involved in something
that's basically throwaway and lighthearted." The gamble paid off, and it
ended up a bigger hit than anything off Zooropa, thanks to a track that
gave their Nineties dance flavors a woozily anthemic feel. Bono sings, "They'll
want their money back/If you're alive at 33." On the PopMart tour, the
band made stark reference to the dark side of fame by projecting Warhol-esque
images of celebrities, many of whom had died young, including Jim Morrison, Ian
Curtis, Kurt Cobain and Tupac Shakur.