April 11 [7:55 EST] -- U2 has recorded a cover version of the Beatles "White Album" track "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" for use in an ABC-TV show that airs this weekend.
The show, titled "Gun," is in six parts with each segment featuring the work of a different director. Robert Altman ("The Player," "Short Cuts," "M.A.S.H.") and MTV alumnus Ted Demme ("Beautiful Girls," "The Ref," "Who's The Man") are among the directors who tell the tale of a handgun as it moves from one hand to another.
"Gun" airs at 10 p.m. Saturday night.
The familiar sounds of U2 also turn up (along with music from the band's longtime collaborator Brian Eno) in a new MTV series premiering this Sunday night called "Zoo-TV." Of course, the three-part series is based on the high-tech concept that U2 developed for the group's 1994 world tour.
Among the producers and directors involved in the half-hour show (which airs on three consecutive Sundays)
is the video remix group called Emergency Broadcast Network.
Each installment tackles a different subject, with some treated satirically. The first show, which airs this Sunday, deals with interactivity, and television itself, the second explores the body, and the third asks the question: "What is the alternative to alternative culture?"
Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is featured in the series' third installment, and had plenty to say to the Zoo-TV folks about the notion of "alternative" bands.
"The most popular alternative bands on a national, commercial scale are more, you know, commercial," Cobain said. "They're more clean, like Pearl Jam and stuff like that. That's the same thing that happened with punk rock. Punk rock was really aggressive and raunchy, and those bands got signed by major labels, and it didn't do too well in the mass media, and
so then all these punk rock bands turned into new wave bands." [QuickTime, 1.2MB]
The triple-barrel blast of "Zoo-TV" on MTV gets underway at 11:30 p.m. this Sunday night.