The video shows lead singer Michael Hutchence revealing the lyrics on cue cards, tossing each one aside as the next line comes in. This is an homage to the Bob Dylan video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues,"
which he made in 1965 with director D.A. Pennebaker.
This video was combined with the "Need You Tonight" video and aired together (they are separated on YouTube because more views = more $). They were both shot by Richard Lowenstein, a fellow Australian who cast Hutchence in his 1986 movie Dogs In Space
In September 1988, while INXS were at the peak of their powers, the "Need You Tonight/Mediate" video took home five MTV Video Music Awards, including Video Of The Year and Viewer's Choice.