'You don't know how you got here
You just know you want out
Believing in yourself almost as much as you doubt You're a big smash
You wear it like a rash
This 1995 single, from the soundtrack to the Batman Forever movie, was a track the band started writing during the Zooropa sessions in 1993.
Bono described the song, which went to No. 2 in the UK and No.1 in Ireland and Australia, as about 'being in a rock band'. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for 'Best Original Song.'
The track became an ever-present during the encore of the PopMart Tour in 1997 and a live version from the show in Mexico in 1997 was released on the limited-edition CD, Hasta La Vista Baby, produced for Propaganda subscribers.
The video for the single, directed by Kevin Godley and Maurice Linnane, featured the band as cartoon characters performing in Gotham City, with Bono battling between two of his onstage personas - The Fly and MacPhisto.
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" was the lead track off the Original Soundtrack 'Batman Forever' which also included Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" and contributions from PJ Harvey, The Offspring, Mazzy Star, Massive Attack and Eddi Reader. In 1996, "Hold Me, Thrill Me..." was nominated for two Grammy Award's, 'Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rock Song.
Release Date: 05 June, 1995
Produced By: Nelle Hooper, Bono & The Edge
Engineer: Robbie Adams and Flood
Label: Island Records
Between The Lines
"The post-ZOO TV U2 seem like the perfect musical amabassadors for Hollywood's third installment of the Batman saga, BATMAN FOREVER. Just like Bruce Wayne, they are so constantly play-acting (is he Bono or is he The Fly?) that "reality" seems to veer with perspective; and just like original director Tim Burton's Gotham City, U2 now exists in a vacuum driven by old vices and new technologies. So, "Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me," the band's T-Rex meets SoulIISoul contribution to the album, holds up equally well as a U2 track and as the film's theme, exploring the dualities of superficial contentment and inner turmoil."