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25 Years Ago THIS Was The ‘ Video Of The Year’ At The VMAs…

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“Need You Tonight/Mediate” – INXS

We sure have come a long way, haven’t we.

INXS beat out Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison and not one, but two, U2 videos to earn the top honor for the 1998 Video Music Awards.

  • The technical jargon for you film nerds:
    Director Richard Lowenstein made the visual effects by cutting 35mm film and photocopying the individual frames before re-layering those images over the original footage.
  • Fun fact:
    Lowenstein directed two U2 music videos that year too, but weren’t the two that went up against “Need You Tonight/Mediate.” (Those were “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.”
  • People at MTV really dug this video because:
    “Need You Tonight/Mediate” also won “Breakthrough Video,” “Best Group Video,” “Best Editing In A Video” and “Viewer’s Choice.” On top of the wins, it was nominated for “Best Concept Video,” “Best Special Effects In A Video,” and “Best Art Direction In A Video.”
  • INXS gave the crowd at the ceremony what they wanted:
    …and played “New Sensation.”

-Chris “I now know a lot more about INXS” Coyle, JACK Seattle

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