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

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9 Comments on "Mad World Hoboken"

5 years 7 months ago

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

5 years 7 months ago

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.

5 years 7 months ago

Michael Gondry was here? 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.

5 years 7 months ago

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