Mad World Hoboken

It sure is a Mad World in Hoboken!

I heard this song the other day, and it reminded me of this post from many years ago, advising residents that the video was shot here in Hoboken back in 2004.

As 411 reader Cory said: “I was doing my daily duty of procrastinating and looking up videos on Youtube when I came across something that pretty much blew my mind. After listening to the song ‘Mad World’ by Gary Jules on my iPod, I decided to look for the music video. Lo and behold, I realized halfway into the video that it was shot in Hoboken!

Yes, what you see in the music video is Church Square Park from Garden St. between 4th and 5th!”

I forgot to add the exterior shot of AJ Demarest School to put the whole thing into perspective, so this is the view from the “bottom up.”

But one thing that has definitely changed in the 10 years since that video was made is that Church Square Park is now essentially Church Square Playground.

Demarest School Hoboken NJ

9 Responses

  1. NotBnR says:

    It’s actually a Tears for Fears song from the 80’s. The version from Donnie Darko is a cover/remake.

  2. nacholibre says:

    Donnie Darko = awesome soundtrack. Now I totally know why the **** there was a piano on my freakin’ roof!!

    Fact: Around 2:30, Midtown Authentic is the one twirling the black ribbon.

  3. th says:

    Michael Gondry was here? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0327273/ He is wonderful and creative. wow that’s a neat find. really elegant and simple video. why doesn’t the reporter or some media keep residents up to date with what’s going on in the city. I just watched Julie and julia last week and was surprised to see Hoboken’s train station doubling for Paris.

    • hoboken411 says:

      I have all Gondry’s DVD’s. He’s an inspiration and brilliant mind not many people quite “get.”

      You actually need to think about his methodology on how he crafts his pieces… I love it…

      In response to th who said:

      Michael Gondry was here? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0327273/ He is wonderful and creative. wow that’s a neat find. really elegant and simple video. why doesn’t the reporter or some media keep residents up to date with what’s going on in the city. I just watched Julie and julia last week and was surprised to see Hoboken’s train station doubling for Paris.

  4. Watchmaker says:

    Cool remake of a great old song. Thanks for posting 411!

  5. hoboken411 says:

    @th – I should add that – why do you give a crap what the outdated reporter does? They’ve been stealing concepts and ideas from me for a long time, and still cant execute properly.. F’em!

  6. jc5201 says:

    Great find 411! This song freaks me out. It has slow, wicked undertone and makes me feel like something bad is going to happen.

  7. Easy-E says:

    He directed a couple commercials I did VFX for, he’s quite a character…

  8. krewedetat says:

    I agree, great find. Someone at the Board of Ed must have known about this, but did not bother to advertise it as good news…

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