"Bad" from Live Aid (1985)
Thoughts: Being that I loved the studio album version of "Bad" from The Unforgettable Fire, it's only natural that I love its live counterpart that was made famous during the Live Aid concert. I gotta tell you that I prefer the polished studio version, but the drum beats in the live version make it a really difficult choice as to which is better. I am well aware of the fact that live versions take off in different tangents from the studio version and "Bad" in this case doesn't really lose anything by going off for six to eight minutes after the studio version ends. I just love the light, strumming guitar that just keeps going and going for minutes on end, as if the band just refuses to stop the magic and let it soak and saturate the air. How the guitar intermingles with the sparkly bells or synthesizers, whatever that is. It's wonderful stuff.