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June 2nd, 2005

Song of the Day @ 08:58 am

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: Mofo - u2

Until the original poster can come back...

Today's Selection is...

"Mofo" from Pop.


This song is an attention grabber. I can see why people might call Pop their weak album, because it's really not for everybody. But those who do get it get to see a completely new side of U2. I love this song and it's trance-y club feel to it. I'm not sure exactly what the lyrics are supposed to mean but I read one theory that Bono wrote this to his deceased mother.
I like to drive fast when this song plays in my car radio. Like I'm in the Matrix or something.
Bono's vocals are great with the high pitched notes in "motherrrr!" and that same riff over and over again is extremely hypnotic.
Side note: This song was originally titled MRFR short for motherf*cker. Mofo sounds better, I think.


Lookin' for to save my, save my soul
Lookin' in the places where no flowers grow.
Lookin' for to fill that God-shaped hole
Mother, mother-suckin' rock an'roll.

Holy dunc, space junk cominí in for the splash
White dopes on punk staring into the flash.
Lookin' for the baby Jesus under the trash
Mother, mother-suckin' rock an' roll.
Mother. (scat singing)

Mother, am I still your son?
You know I've waited for so long
To hear you say so.

Mother, you left and made me someone.
Now I'm still a child, but no one tells me no.

Lookin' for a sound that's gonna drown out the world.
Lookin' for the father of my two little girls.
Got the swing, got the sway, got my straw in lemonade.
Still lookin' for the face I had before the world was made.
Mother, mother-suckin' rock an' roll

Soothe me, mother
Rule me, father
Move me, brother
Woo me, sister.

Soothe me, mother
Rule me, father
Show me, mother
Show me, mother.

Show me, mother
Show me, mother
Show me, mother
Show me, mother.


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From:specialcamper
Date:June 2nd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Ive been coming a little more in love with this long everytime I hear it.
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From:hard2explain8
Date:June 2nd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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This is one of my favorite songs on Pop- I also love If You Wear That Velvet Dress and Last Night on Earth. Hell, I love 'em all!
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From:zoostation
Date:June 2nd, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Same here! I listen to Discotheque and then skip to Mofo right away.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:June 2nd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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My favorite song on Pop besides Staring At The Sun.
I also like the Matthew Roberts explicit remix.
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From:cherrystarz
Date:June 2nd, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
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My boyfriend is crazy about POP. He says it's his second fave album by them. He listens to Mofo and Please all the time. :X
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:June 2nd, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this is a brilliant song! This song encapsulates everything Bono is as a songwriter. He's even said Mofo is him in a nutshell.

This lyric is the bridge between young and old Bono. It re-traces the emptiness of I Will Follow (I always thought it was very appropriate that IWF followed Mofo during Pop Mart shows), and anticipates the disorientation of Vertigo.

In my opinion, Bono's lyrics reached their peak on Pop.

Good choice!
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From:surfgirl83
Date:June 2nd, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
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I love this album! I don't really see how people could not like it, then again I can. It's a great album and I hope they go through with the re-recording of it! I love this song too!!
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:June 2nd, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
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Hello, I'm new and I wanted to comment on this song.

POP isn't one of my favorite albums. But I do enjoy some songs on it. MOFO was great live on the Popmart Tour. Pop Muzik bled right into MOFO, it was a great start to the show.

There's something about the lyrics

Mother, am I still your son?
You know I've waited for so long
To hear you say so.

that really bring a softness to such a different song. I remember being so shocked when I heard the album because it was essentially nothing like they'd really done before. It does have it's gems, however, like If You Wear That Velvet Dress and Miami.
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From:zoostation
Date:June 2nd, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I bought Pop specifically to listen to Miami and hated it. I don't know why. It didn't capture any kind of feel to my city. I'll listen to it now and again to see if something will stick out at me, but for the time being, I prefer Will Smith's "Miami" over u2's.
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:June 2nd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Ouch, man...that's harsh.

I don't know, there is something about the song I like. Especially the part where Bono screams Miami. It's a very different sound for them and I like it.
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From:zoostation
Date:June 2nd, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Really? Will Smith is that insulting?
*shrugs*

That song is like Miami's theme, forever. Overplayed on the radio, used in all the late 90's promos for Miami stuff. It grows on you.
I bought the cd.
It's better than "The Playboy Mansion".
:X
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From:sapphires13
Date:June 2nd, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, I love this song. I love the lyrics, I love the beat. So far I've loved everything I've heard from POP. I almost bought a copy of it I found at FYE for $7.99, but I decided I'd rather save my money and buy shoes.. (I love U2, but I'm also a girl and I love shoes too).
To me, this song is about so much, it's about his struggle to hold a relationship with God, his struggle to keep up with the glare of fame's spotlight, as a Christian, his struggle to find himself, and his evergoing struggle with the loss of his mother. All that in one song, no wonder it's powerful.
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From:canadanne
Date:June 3rd, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)

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Woohoo, thanks for resurrecting Song Of The Day!  I was missing it too. 8)

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Mofo!

I love Pop, but admittedly a handful of tracks took a while to grow on me, while others were just instantly amazing. Mofo was one of the instantly amazing songs!  I can't put into words how much it kicks arse, the intro alone is so thrilling, with that *awesome* bass and all the random bleepy sound effects. The vocals are brilliant (I agree with you about the "motherrrr" bits!). The depth of the lyrics is pretty impressive, it always hits an emotional chord when Bono starts referencing his parents and his childhood. I can totally relate to the line "Looking for a sound that's gonna drown out the world", and I also particularly love "Got the swing, got the sway, got my straw in lemonade". :D

I would probably faint from excitement if they ever threw Mofo into another live show - it was so damn excellent on PopMart!  I love listening to the version on Hasta La Vista Baby, with the "Move me a mountain" outro.

And I, too, am a fan of the Matthew Roberts Explicit Remix. Call me juvenile, but there's something really entertaining about Bono singing "Mother-fuckin' rock-and-fuckin'-roll!" <g>  I also love the censored version that is the Phunk Phorce Mix, it's just very cool.
From:leelee_cakes
Date:June 3rd, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
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I've never heard either of those remixes and "Mofo" is one of my favourite songs ever. Would you have them to share?
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From:canadanne
Date:June 3rd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I can upload the Matthew Roberts Explicit Mix for you. Don't have the Phunk Phorce Mix on the computer, just on the Mofo single.

I also have the Romin Mix and the Rock 2000 Mix if you (or anyone) wanted them.
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From:canadanne
Date:June 3rd, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Mofo (Matthew Roberts Explicit Remix)

If that link doesn't work (I got a "website not responding" message so I'm not sure if it transferred the whole file?), try this one.
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From:sirensong984
Date:June 3rd, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
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I say it over and over, but Pop (and more specifically a Popmart concert) made me a fan. It's something I just love, and I always carry my Pop booklet with me when I anticipate an encounter (like after a show).

Anyway, what I wanted to say..

You said: But those who do get it get to see a completely new side of U2.
And it makes me say: I like it because I see the classic and timeless U2, not a new side. :D
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From:wydok
Date:June 3rd, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
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About the lyrics:

The speaker loses his mother, and looks to fill the hole with music. In reality, the only thing that would make the speaker whole is God.

This may or may not completely represent Bono.

The first couple times I heard POP, I thought it was OK. Not their best, not their worst. It took until I actually read through the lyrics to understand how deep and meaningful this entire album actually is.
From:proops
Date:June 3rd, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
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i dunno about the lyrics, but i really really am in total love with the music/guitar on this song. a lot.

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