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March 28th, 2005

Song of The Day @ 05:21 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: cold cold
I'm currently hearin: U2 all day on 91X in San Diego

Today's selection is

"Vertigo" from How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (2004)

Thoughts: Were it not for the iPod commercials that made this tune famous, it still would have been one of my favorite vignettes from the last stupendous album. Constant radio airplay (though it has lessened now) also helps. Beyond that, it's a song almost in the same vein as the leadoff single, "Beautiful Day," from All That You Can't Leave Behind. It seems to soar from the driving guitars and crazy drumbeats. It helps also that the chorus is always catchy and, to me, is the perfect short U2 song. Not as anthemic as "Beautiful Day" but it's just the right length of time to make it enjoyable.

Enjoy the kickoff to the Vertigo 2005 Tour, everyone!
 
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:March 29th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
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I love this song, it's the type of song that can make people dance around like idiots and have no one really care. The radio stations around here don't get singles the day they come out (I believe the one I listen to, 103.9, didn't get a hold of it until almost 2 months later), so I downloaded it. I think I played it over 100 times before I changed the song. I love it. It's a great song.

My only problem with it is that the lyrics don't really have that...typical U2 lyrical form. There's not really any lines that you can identify with in it. And, the guitar part in it doesn't really do all that much, just the same stuff over and over again.

Not that I have a problem with that. Like I said, I love this song.
From:leelee_cakes
Date:March 29th, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
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My only problem with it is that the lyrics don't really have that...typical U2 lyrical form. There's not really any lines that you can identify with in it.

I totally get what you mean with this, but after hearing the boys talk about the song for a bit, I kinda think that might be the point. Like, it's just a moment in time, in a club, just going with the music, the drum beats.

Leelee
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 29th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
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I think the lyrics are interesting, if only because it's such a 180 from what they originally were. Have you heard the "Native Son" track, which was the original version of "Vertigo?" It's a very political track. I like that they shook all of that off and just made a great song, perfect for jumping up and down and shouting along to.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 29th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
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Yes, it's hard to decide how I really feel about Vertigo now, after hearing it so many times. I absolutely *loved* it to death when I first heard it... I was so indescribably thrilled that it was upbeat and dancey and rockin', as I had feared the new U2 material might be on the bland side. (I was never really overly impressed with Beautiful Day.)  But it doesn't sound so fresh and exciting any more because it's been played to death on the radio and everywhere... it's not the song's fault, but it does mean I don't often feel inclined to listen to it now. I also think it turned out to be one of the weakest songs on the album (which says a lot about the standard of the album, considering how good Vertigo is).

Favourite bits about the song -- the unmistakeable intro that always gets my head nodding, the great bassline, some cute lyrics, Bono's impressive vocals (who knew he could still scream like that?), and the explosive yeah-yeah-yeah-YEAH ending. :)

I must direct you to the best review of Vertigo I saw, by someone on the newsgroups: "a three-minute quickie"
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From:canadanne
Date:March 29th, 2005 01:48 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I also love the ambiguity of the "Jesus round her neck" line. That's clever.
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From:wydok
Date:March 29th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
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Our four year old loves singing to this song, too. But he started with Elevation.

If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, his answer, of course, is "Bono."
From:hot_coffee
Date:March 29th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC)
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I love the meaning behind Vertigo and the energy it incases. It's very cleverly written and the never-ending riff is addictiving.
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From:wydok
Date:March 29th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
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The first time I heard it, I wanted to like it, but I wasn't sure. My biggest concern was that it didn't sound complete; like it was an outtake or something. All those "yeahs" at the end seemed to be a second thought, as opposed to part of the song itself.

But the more I've heard it, and then reading about the "night club" = "world" interpretation, the more I like it. It's a great song to bounce around to, no doubt about that. Kind of like Elevation. Not my favorite on this album, but a good song nonetheless.

The Temple Bar remix on the HTDAAB DVD is also pretty amusing. Who knew Edge could make this song sound good on the banjo.
From:sabneraznik
Date:March 29th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
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I like that they went back to their somewhat punk roots with this, and the reference back to Boy is thrilling. Viewed in context with the album, however, it is not the best on it, in fact, personally, I think it is the worst. That's not to say it's not a good song- I believe U2 has never sounded a sour note, and it was perfect for its job, i.e. a ground-breaking single to go straight to # 1 and sell the album. But very rarely are such dead-ringer singles the best on their respective albums. However, it is a jubilant ride that I enjoy and seems as tho it will perform live better than it did in the studio.
From:sabneraznik
Date:March 29th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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Bullets rip the sky of ink and gold... they know that they can't dance at least they know... the lyrics are strong, esp. the second verse. That's really what makes me go back.
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From:bellanut
Date:March 29th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
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I was reading the lyrics to Vertigo today and was really struck by the line:

"a feeling stronger than a thought".

I often prefer their songs which are more about describing a moment, or telling a story, than stating something monumental. I think that might be why I prefer albums like Achtung Baby and Pop to The Joshua Tree and ATYCLB. Vertigo is a great example of this. Besides, it sounds really fucking cool and it only gets better the louder you have the volume.

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