Nothing changes on New Year’s Day

“New Year’s Day” was released in the winter of 1983 on U2’s third album, War. This has always been my favorite U2 song and I wanted it to be my first video of 2014 (though technically uploaded and shared in 2013).

I used to repeat this song endlessly at some parties, road-trips, etc….and when I was making the video I was thinking of some of my old friends that were subjected to the obsession. I say two things to them now; 1.) Sorry I made you listen to “New Year’s Day” so many times; and 2.) be glad it wasn’t “Maniac” or “Pass The Doutchie”….actually never-mind, it’s really they who should be thanking me! 😉

(and yeah, this video is way more “new year’s EVE” and the girl than new year’s DAY and the Polish solidarity movement…hope any hardcore U2 fans will forgive the transgression? 😉

As always HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible….THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to everyone for watching….wishing you a great New Year’s Day, and an even better rest of the year! 😉

The album has come to be regarded as U2’s first overtly political album, in part because of songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “New Year’s Day”, as well as the title, which stems from the band’s perception of the world at the time; Bono stated that “war seemed to be the motif for 1982.”

While the central themes of their earlier albums Boy and October focused on adolescence and spirituality, respectively, War focused on both the physical aspects of warfare, and the emotional after-effects. Musically, it is also harsher than the band’s previous releases. The album has been described as the record where the band “turned pacifism itself into a crusade.”

War was a commercial success for the band, knocking Michael Jackson’s Thriller from the top of the charts to become the band’s first #1 album in the UK. It reached #12 in the U.S. and became their first Gold-certified album there. While poorly received by British critics at the time of release, War has since gained critical acclaim. In 2012, the album was ranked number 223 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Upon its release, several reviews were negative in the UK. NME made a parallel between 1980’s Boy and War, saying “where Boy shone and flowed War is dull and static, and where Boy propelled lucid pellets of fire and imagination War cranks out blank liberal awareness.” Critic Gavin Martin wrote that after the single “New Year’s Day” (that he considered as “their finest single since “I Will Follow”), “the album declines quite dramatically”. Martin concluded: War is “another example of rock music’s impotence and decay”. Sounds shared a similar point of view, recognizing that the two singles were “by far the strongest tracks” on War. “For the remainder, they are a (dejected sounding) mixture of the incomplete, the experimental (in the simplest sense) and the plain sub-standard.” At the opposite in the USA, Rolling Stone published a favorable review. Critic J.D. Considine said: “Generally, the album’s musical strengths are largely the product of well-honed arrangements and carefully balanced dynamics. Even as the Edge spins increasingly sophisticated guitar lines, he maintains the minimalist bluntness that sparked Boy. And while bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. have swung to more dance-oriented rhythms, their songs hurtle along with the sort of brusque purposefulness more frequently associated with punk.” Considine pursued: “the songs here stand up against anything on the Clash’s London Calling in terms of sheer impact, and the fact that U2 can sweep the listener up in the same sort of enthusiastic romanticism that fuels the band’s grand gestures is an impressive feat. For once, not having all the answers seems a bonus.”

The album finished in 6th place on the “Best Albums” list from The Village Voice’s 1983 Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. In 1989, War was ranked number 40 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Albums of the ’80s”. In 2012, the album was ranked number 223 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. That same year, the album was listed at number 94 on Slant Magazine’s “Best Albums of the 1980s.”


All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true it’s true…
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I…I will begin again
I…I will begin again

Maybe the time is right
Oh…maybe tonight…

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day

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“Hey Hey there’s a snowman….Hey what a snowman”

Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s to everyone! Thank you all for your kind words for the videos

“Snowbound” was released on the album …And Then There Were Three, their ninth studio album, in the spring of 1978. The three mid-perid Genesis albums (after Peter Gabriel departed and before they traded their heavy progressive sound for a more pop-orientated and commercial one) are by far my favorite the band ever recorded (yes, that does include the more critically acclaimed Gabriel years!). I’ve done several other videos for tracks from those albums and included some of my personal thoughts for them.

After some requests for a Christmas video, I actually went in and (almost) finished one for my favorite Christmas song (“Step Into Christmas”). I was surprised and disappointed to find that this song would be blocked worldwide (strange since Sir Elton’s music seems happy to be shared and allowed to play?…but I believe I can understand why this particular track is more tightly controlled.) I thought about re-working the vid to another song, but the thought of re-rendering the numerous effects to other art didn’t make me feel any joy…so it will have to wait until another time. Next idea was to kill two birds and do “Snowbound”….Christmas-y AND another favorite mid-period Genesis track! 😉

So here is my Christmas song, ALTHOUGH…it’s not really a Christmas song at all and is actually a very dark tale.
(If you’re interested I found this great lyric interpretation by Jamie Snuggles | 2/16/13

*****This is (to me) great example of the visual story telling ability of many of the earlier Genesis songs. It has a rather Grimm’s feel to me, in that the story teller is describing a traveler who chooses a poor night to sleep outside and is encased by an unexpected winter snowstorm and subsequently dies during the night from exposure. The local children arrive in the morning to play, (“here they come to play their magic games”) only to discover a “snowman” on their playground. What follows is something best left to the imagination (“Carve their names upon his frozen hand”)(‘Here in a ball that they made/ From the snow on the ground,/ See it rolling away/ Wild eyes to the sky”)(They’ll never never know”) also the line (“pray for the Snowman”) infers that this was once a living person) or within the confines of a horror movie scriptwriter’s mind. The score is gentle and soothing, but the story is anything but.*****)

It’s a beautiful song and I hope you enjoy the video.

Special thanks to everyone who’s art contributed to this new art….THANK YOU!!!

And THANK YOU for watching!!!


Lay your body down upon the midnight snow,
Feel the cold of winter in your hair
Here in a world of your own,
In a casing that’s grown
To a children’s delight
That arrived overnight.

And here they come to play their magic games
Carving names upon your frozen hand.
Here in a world of your own,
Like a sleeper whose eyes
Sees the pain with surprise
As it smothers your cries
They’ll never never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey, Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Smiling faces tear your body to the ground
Covered red that only we can see.
Here in a ball that they made
From the snow on the ground,
See it rolling away
Wild eyes to the sky
They’ll never, never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey there goes the Snowman
Hey,hey there what a Snowman
Hey there lies the Snowman
Hey he was a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey,there goes the snowman
Hey,hey there what a snowman…

And a few alternate thumb captures:

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More Genesis vids:

Many Too Many – Genesis HD 1080p

Me And Sarah Jane – Genesis HD 1080p

Heathaze – Genesis HD 1080p

Your Own Special Way HD 1080p

Ripples – Genesis HD 1080p

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