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March 24th, 2005

U2 Song of The Day @ 01:07 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: tired tired
I'm currently hearin: Collective Soul, "Why, Part 2"

Today's selection is "Lemon" from Zooropa (1993).

Thoughts: It's definitely a departure. In this case, I think it's brave for a band like U2 to experiment with different types of formats musically. Often times, rock bands will stick with their own sound (if it's unique enough to be entirely distinguishable from any other band) and churn out album after album, never getting the oppotunity to grow as musicians. That being said, I love the song's driving bass rhythm throughout the song and the very image-oriented lyrics. Yes, Bono does sound like someone else. But it doesn't deter from the song. I think the one problem with the song is that it's an epic seven minutes long and I think that time could have been sliced off on the song and it would not have lost its impact or become mundane.

Yesterday: "Angel of Harlem".
 
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From:pearsonstoaster
Date:March 24th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Great song, pretty funky, want me to send it to you?
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From:hue126
Date:March 24th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Sure. Is it in MP3 format?
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From:hue126
Date:March 24th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
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Scratch that. I just downloaded it.
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From:fulpakru
Date:March 24th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
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oh, this song. I have to admit it took me a couple of listens to really understand it and get into it. I read that it's about his mother, who wore a lemon-colored dress. it's very experimental-sounding and the bridge is gorgeous. another one you most certainly should check out :)
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:March 24th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
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My second favorite song on Zooropa. It's just so epic and weird. And the lyrics are lovely.
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From:_serendipity
Date:March 24th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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i think that (like most songs on zooropa), "lemon" is sexy...

there's just something about it.
love this song :)
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From:canadanne
Date:March 24th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)

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There are no words that could describe how much I adore this song. It's my joint favourite U2 song of all time. Everything about it is just so perfect... the shimmery intro that gives you goosebumps, the whole dreamy feel of the song, the beautiful poetry of the lyrics... and most of all, BONO-FALSETTO, the most wonderful of all Bono voices!  Plus the video is one of the best music videos I've ever seen, and the song will forever be associated with Mr MacPhisto, the love of my life. I'm always bewildered when someone says they don't like Lemon... it's *stunning*. (And the Perfecto Mix somehow manages to improve on perfection - that remix is pure ecstasy translated into musical form.)
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From:clayboy103177
Date:March 24th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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I love the Live in Sydney version...especially when it segues into With or without you...2nd best segue next to Running to stand still going into Where the streets have no name.
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 25th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
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TOTALLY. I also love the countermelody Bono does during the chorus, with the rising "Midniiiiiight ... midniiiiiight" until it climaxes with the glorious "Midniiiiight is where the day begins."

Bliss.
From:hot_coffee
Date:March 25th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
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Lemon is a wonderful song. U2 is more than amazing. They're like... yeah. There's no word to describe them. I love the very nice musical part near the end. The melody's catchy. My favorite part is the part where his voice goes a bit lower during the chorus because he sings really high during the whole song. The music video is stunning in fact I was thinking about it on my way home from school. The part where it says "Man Walking" kept on sticking in my mind. It's epic as someone else pointed out. I love his alterego.
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From:septembergrrl
Date:March 25th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
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Out of curiosity, what *have* you heard? I would understand all these "I have no opinion because I haven't heard the songs" if we were talking about b-sides or remixes or even obscure album tracks, but ... you're talking about huge, popular singles. And going by your userinfo, you aren't so young that you really have that as an excuse.

This isn't meant as a flame, I just don't get why you'd start this project before, like, buying or downloading the best ofs.

(And to answer your question: Eh. It's an interesting experiment, and I like the vocal track, and I respect them for trying it, but I wouldn't consider it a favorite.)
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 25th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
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I was wondering the same thing, actually.
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From:notasecretagent
Date:March 25th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
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Icon, woo!

Aaaaaand... to be on topic, I hated 'Lemon' the first time I played it, until 'midnight is where the day begins,' and after that I decided to give the rest of the song another shot. It's not my favorite, but I'd probably crap my pants (in a... um... good way, if you can imagine that) if they were to bust out with it in Chicago.
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From:hue126
Date:March 25th, 2005 06:46 am (UTC)

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Well, I would prefer to leave it a mystery, but uh, most of the more popular radio singles I have heard. I own How to Dismantle... and I mean, I'm not what most of you would consider a hardcore fan of the band but I do think they are one of the best bands in the world. Most of the music from them I have heard is also in MP3 format. I have not heard both Pop, Boy, October, and Zooropa so you guys can expect them not to be on there very much. I admit that two of the first four songs presented in this "project" has N/A stickers on them, but I wanted variety and not say, have flamers saying "well, all you're covering are albums you already have", that kind of schtick. I just thought it would be fun to see how different people react to some of the songs. I'm gonna do most of the major songs for those asking. A couple of live tracks, but mainly studio album stuff, not B-sides and remixes. It's only one a day, it's not like I do it every hour to clog up this great community with unnecessary posts.

It's planned out for the next two weeks and there are songs that I have heard and some that I have not on there so I don't want that feeling that I'm doing this randomly. I think it just seems to elicit this reaction (which I did expect would crop up) because there's a limited sample to look at. There are only four songs so far! Give it a chance. I mean, I myself enjoy all this input.
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From:septembergrrl
Date:March 25th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Explanation

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So... How to Dismantle, then singles and downloads from Achtung, War, Unforgettable Fire, the Joshua Tree and ATYCLB? That's not a terrible sample, actually. (And I'm not what most people would consider obsessive myself -- I don't have Pop anymore, and never owned Rattle & Hum or October on CD.)

The funny thing is, if you had stuck to stuff you owned, it probably would have taken longer for me to notice. Either way, I admire what you're trying to do to spark conversations.
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From:thirdstringpal
Date:March 26th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)

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I don't see the fact that you haven't heard some of the songs you listed as that big of a deal. I mean, come on, ehh, I don't wanna go on a big spiel...anyway, I think it's cool what you're doing. :)
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:March 25th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
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This song is very interesting. I love the guitar, and the lyrics are amazing. But, for some reason, the whole Bono going into falsetto for almost 7 minutes makes me feel a little strange. I can't really sing that high.

And, I love the way he says "Lemon" in the beginning. ^_^

The video is great too.
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From:slfcllednowhere
Date:March 25th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
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I don't understand why you're doing this if you don't even know basic studio album songs.
From:sabneraznik
Date:March 25th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
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One of my fave quotes of all time: "These are the days when our work has come asunder. These are the days when we look for something other."
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From:bellanut
Date:March 25th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
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Wow, there's so much love for this song! That's so great. I have fuzzy, albeit dirty, feelings for Zooropa and Lemon is probably my second favourite track after Stay. I like when they get away from their own sound and that they aren't afraid to experiment. One of the best intro's to a song *ever*.

"He turns his money into light to look for her"

Also, regardless of what songs you've personally heard, I'm glad you're doing this because I love seeing what other people think of particular songs.
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From:hue126
Date:March 25th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
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To allay the fears of all of those who think I'm certifiably nuts about doing this thing, the next five or six songs, all of them I have heard before and will have my thoughts on.

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