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March 23rd, 2005

Song of the Day @ 12:15 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: Alan Silvestri, "Cast Away"

Today's selection is

"Angel of Harlem" from Rattle and Hum (1988)

Thoughts: Well, now that I've heard the song, I'm so glad I did this with the community. I have to say that it has to be one of the happiest-sounding U2 songs I've heard in a long time. It just doesn't feel like typical U2. One of the commentators was right: there is a rockabilly feel to the song. Like, it's the perfect song to play at a jukebox in the middle of a bar with a dance floor so you could just get your boogie on. It sounds like the perfect road trip song, too. The vocals have Bono seeming to just stride along confidently with the accompianment. There's a sort of joyous overall feeling to the song that makes it immediately one of my favorites.

For those of you catching up, this is the third part of an ongoing series of daily voting on songs from the extensive U2 canon. I do not know when I will stop this...

First was "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", then "New Year's Day" yesterday. I will put the previous day's song on the next entry for the Song of The Day from now on.
 
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From:fulpakru
Date:March 23rd, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
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one of my all-time favorites. "she sings with heaaaaart, heart and, SOULLLLL YEAH YEAH!"

gives me chills. adore it. you must listen to it :)
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From:_serendipity
Date:March 23rd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
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that part is one of my all time favorite U2 musical moments.

great song. makes me feel like dancing.
From:carrie3078
Date:March 23rd, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
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agreed. That part is wonderful.

The song always makes me want to get up and dance, and sometimes I do.
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From:fulpakru
Date:March 23rd, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
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I busted it out at karaoke one night (thank you, vodka tonics) and it was so much fun to do that part!
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From:septembergrrl
Date:March 23rd, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I love this song. You should download it or whatever, seriously. It's a great song with a kind of rockabilly fill, excelllent use of horns, and a wonderful, smooth vocal performance. (Not a typical Bono one, in that the guy actually sounds, like, happy and self-confident.)
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From:septembergrrl
Date:March 23rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
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er ... fill=feel. Me no type so good.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 23rd, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)

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Agreed with the other comments left so far - a brilliant song that just fills you with joy. Beautifully structured and passionately performed... another great singalong track!

Kinda cool how it works equally well with and without the brass section (the full-on album version and the acoustic live version are both wonderful in their own ways).
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:March 23rd, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I sing so loud it hurts every time I listen to this song.
From:amerrydeath
Date:March 23rd, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
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I never really felt the song until I saw it live on the Boston DVD--WOW. I was rockin' out so much and I didn't even think I liked it that much. I think it's just a great, fun song that the band looks like they enjoy a lot.

That happens with a lot of songs, I think.
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From:bad_lemon
Date:March 24th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
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that happened to me, but with the slane dvd.
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From:intotheheart
Date:March 24th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
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I love this song. So much. Something about it just makes me feel like I'm walking down the street on a beautiful day.

Seeing it on the Slane DVD only furthered that, because the band had so much fun with the history of it :)
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From:hue126
Date:March 24th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)

Duly noted

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Judging from the overall enthusiasm of the track so far, I will take a listen soon (it's DL'ing right now) and get back to you guys.
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From:jenday
Date:March 24th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
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I think it's my favorite U2 song. It has everything! I was dancing around my room listening to it while I was cleaning yesterday. More involved thoughts to be posted later. I have to listen to the songs before I can really say what I'm feeling about them. :)
From:sabneraznik
Date:March 24th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
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Agreed with all of the above. All versions that I have heard are classic U2. With or without brass section, and all the lyric changes. It is a song of sex. It cannot fail to grab the attention. And honestly, has U2 EVER done a bad song? This life-long fan does not think so.
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From:forsberg21
Date:March 24th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
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I absolutely love this song. It's sweet, that's my opinion. I agree with what you say :)
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From:typewriterking
Date:March 24th, 2005 07:09 am (UTC)
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If I were a contestant on a talent show, that's the song I'd want to clear tryouts on.

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