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April 10th, 2005

Unpopular Opinion Alert @ 09:20 pm

corianderstem:
Okay. So everyone's all giddy because "The Ocean" made an appearance in concert.

Me? I had to go back and pull out "Boy" to see which song "The Ocean" actually was. Yeah okay, it's cool they're pulling out a kind of obscure track. But if they're going to dig back in the catalogue, pick something that's an actual song, not just this short, atmospheric half-song thing.

Are THEY playing it because the die hard fans will jabber about it for weeks, or because they thought it deserved to be played live? Because honestly, listening to a not-very-good-quality MP3 of it, it barely sounded like much of anything.

We could go on and on about old songs we'd rather hear in place of it, but maybe I'm just misjudging the popularity of this song. Do you guys actually dig the song, or is it more of a pleasant surprise reaction?

Is it "Ooh, they're playing The Ocean! I love this song!"

Or is it more of "Hey, they're playing The Ocean! I never thought they'd play this one again!"
 
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From:purple_irises_
Date:April 11th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
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A little of both. I love the song and it was a pleasant surprise.
From:_crimson_nails
Date:April 11th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
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I have to say I agree. I had to think for a moment and try to remember which song The Ocean even was. It wasn't one of my favorites...
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From:socialcrazed
Date:April 11th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
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I love the song, personally. I find it to be very pretty. I haven't heard any of the recent concert mp3's of it, so I don't know how well it's holding up in concert.
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
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How dare you say ANY of that!


(((just kidden!!!)))
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From:corianderstem
Date:April 11th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I know! I'm so obviously a HORRIBLE fan. ;-)
From:sabneraznik
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
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Love the song!
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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Combination of shock, OHMYGOD, and liking the song... and it worked really well in the setlist.
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From:ajamison
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:50 am (UTC)
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I love the song. Anything from Boy/October will make me go crazy.
From:derangedmylove
Date:April 11th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC)
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good question.im guessing both. also they always say how boy and bomb are simialr in a way of being their "first record" and they are going back to the basics thing. but i think they doing shock too, esp with rotating setlists, a reall frist of u2
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From:camiloj
Date:April 11th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)
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I'm a long time U2 fan and I was alot more impressed with Gloria, An Cat Dubh, INto the Heart, and Electric Co being added to the setlist than "The Ocean"!
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From:digitalelf
Date:April 11th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
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UGH WHY DIDN'T THEY PLAY GLORIA AT MY SHOWS?

Gloria over hearing New Years Day for the fifty-billionth time, ANY DAY!
From:loopaygirl
Date:April 11th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
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the latter. they really do have better boy songs they could use. like Twilight.
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From:sirensong984
Date:April 11th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
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It's actually my second favorite on the album. And I thought they'd never play it. A great combination and result.
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From:volare
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I love it for its place in my life, the pictures it made in my mind when I listened to it on that white cassette tape, the quiet melancholy peace that I always wondered...exactly how did those four guys know how to make a song that sounded just like I felt....... to one lonely adolescent in the early 80s.

I'm from Boston. I was never far from the ocean shore myself and listening to The Ocean I could feel the raw salt air, smell the tang of it, feel the wet sand and see the grey day, grey sky, grey water lapping against my feet and wondering why they wouldn't listen....to what I said...

Just me... by the sea
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From:corianderstem
Date:April 11th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's lovely. It makes me want to sit and listen to the song now.
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From:digitalelf
Date:April 11th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
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I'd rather hear The Ocean than I Will Follow. But then again, I'd prefer to hearing anything (other than Pride) off of Unforgettable Fire than anything off of Boy.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 12th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)

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But if they're going to dig back in the catalogue, pick something that's an actual song, not just this short, atmospheric half-song thing.

That's exactly what I've been thinking too. Now, I like The Ocean, it's a pretty little song. And I admit I've never heard it done live, so it might surprise me by being amazing. But I just can't imagine how it would work in concert... it's a short filler track drenched in sound effects, it's not exactly an upbeat anthem. It baffles me that they'd choose to perform this rather than, say, A Day Without Me, or Another Time Another Place, or Twilight... any of those would surely be more thrilling. (To a lesser extent, I'm also baffled as to why they've chosen An Cat Dubh / Into The Heart rather than some of the more exciting Boy tracks. Why go for the slow numbers that nobody can bounce to?)

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