This week on 20 Jazz Funk Vids, we bring you the self-directed music video for U’s U2.
Created from layers of classical samples, looped and folded into recognisable sounds in alien tempos, U2 is Bernard Herman doing a strictly 2-step soundtrack. U2 is Industrial music if it didn’t go on to influence Techno but instead found its way to South London in the 90s. And finally, U2 is the waltz and the horror of fin de siècle Vienna (where these sampled records were found), refined, cultured and possessed of horror.
The video for U2 is similarly constructed from incongruous samples. Old footage of clouds forming; people travelling; train stations; pigeons riding on a rotating advertising (or informational) display. At the centre of it all, a drunk/disturbed man moves about a train station. Sometimes interacting with the camera, more often, lost in his own world. His movements sometimes syncing with the underlying music, his words sometimes appearing in the mix.
This is the hallucination that snippets of reality, snippets of the sampled truth conjures. A portal between the dislocated present and the past we can not possible know, but that we can possess for a reasonable price.