Pretty Girls Make Saves

As videogames go indie, Outtakes imagines a few likely pairings.

Unintentional hilarity: A toss-up between his skin-tight leotard and the spoken-word slam-poet breakdown in the middle, featuring mic echo on the word free.

Redeeming quality: Makes Keenan seem much less threatening today

U2

Now: The biggest rock 'n' roll band in the world

Then: Skinny rockers roaring through "The Fool" — a blistering early original akin to early Echo and the Bunnymen — on an Irish talk show

Unintentional hilarity: One of the critics describes U2's sound as "a curious amalgam of heavy metal and new wave and maybe a Bowie influence in there too."

Redeeming quality: Besides the fantastic song? Well, the band's youthful enthusiasm and bright-eyed energy are impossibly infectious.

R.E.M.

Now: Influential alt-poets who still tug at the heartstrings live

Then: Camera-shy college rockers debuting with their first music video, the now-disowned "Wolves, Lower."

Unintentional hilarity: The awkward angles, slow motion, dim lighting, and artsy freeze-frames make the clip appear to be a chin-stroking student's disastrous senior thesis.

Redeeming quality: Again, the tune. Its burnt-orange jangle and cryptic lyrics still burn with mystery and optimism today. Annie Zaleskie

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