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July 20th, 2005

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zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: numb numb
I'm currently hearin: seconds - u2

Today's Selection is...

*sigh* "Miami" from Pop


I just don't like this song. And I had my hopes up for it when I bought the album. I'll give U2 a break, since they "only went there for a week." Nonetheless, half the stuff they say about Miami is wrong. I have yet to meet someone with a southern accent. The petrol is anything but cheap (fine fine, it was '97. Probably still not cheap though!)
And movie sets. What movie sets? Just a whole bunch of outdoor shots, thank you very much. Where the heck is Colin Farell anyways? Pink and blue suits? Nice shout out to Miami Vice, Bono. We all know what you were watching in the 80's. ;)
Image hosted by Photobucket.comAlright enough hating on the lyrics. Musically the song is different, slow and actually, kind of nice. Bono sings it kind of hauntingly until the very end when it turns to rock at 3:56 (Miami!!). Adam gets the award for being awesome and constant in the background. If there's anything we like in Miami, it's really, really, really, loud bass.



//Miami


Weather 'round here chopping and changing
Surgery in the air
Print shirts and southern accents
Cigars and big hair
We got the wheels, petrol's cheap
We only went there for a week
Got the sun, got the sand
Got the batteries in the handycam...

Her eyes are swimming pool blue
Dumb bells on a diving board
Baby's always attracted to the things she's afraid of
Big girl with the sweet tooth
Watches the skinny girl in the photo shoot
Freshmen, squeaky clean
She tastes of chlorine
(Miami), my mammy

Love the movies babe
Love to walk through the movie sets
Get to shoot someone in the foot
Get to smoke some cigarettes
No big deal we know the score
Just back from the video store
Got the car and the car chase
What's he got inside the case
I want a close up of that face
Here comes the car chase

I bought two new suits... Miami
Pink and blue... Miami
I took a picture of you... My mammy
Getting hot in a photo booth... Miami
I said you looked like a Madonna
You said maybe...
Said I want to have your baby... baby, baby
We could make something beautiful
Something that wouldn't be a problem
We could make something beautiful
Something that wouldn't be a problem
At least not in Miami

You know some places are like your auntie
But there's no place like
Miami, my mammy
Miami, my mammy
(Keys are in the car)
(Miami, my mammy)
Miami, my mammy

(Shake, shake down)
(Shake down...)
I suppose you either love this song or hate it.
I would still take Will Smith's silly and stolen "Miami."
 
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From:got_edge
Date:July 20th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)

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Yea, we don't see much pink & blue in the ghettos of Fontainebleau.

Love the outro. And Adam?
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From:zoostation
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)

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lmao

Well we can't expect much. I mean, is U2 really going to travel to see Don Carter's? Or Sunset Place?
I wish South Beach would just become it's own city and leave Miami alone.

I almost picked Edge just for the outro. But I hit repeat and listened to the bass. Most excellent.
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I've listened to this song only once, and I don't like it either. It actually scared me a bit...^_^
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From:eeviolet
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
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it's interesting that the consensus seems to be "dislike." i've had the song stuck in my head lately and i pulled out POP this morning just to listen to it...plus, my other favs on the album: mofo, gone, if you wear that velvet dress.

i think watching allen ginsberg read miami also changed my opinion of the song from when i first heard it...his voice just adds some more magic & spice...i often transplant that into my listening of the song when i can.

just some thoughts...
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From:zoostation
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Well no one is going to stab you for liking it.
:)

Mofo and Gone happen to be some of my favorites on Pop as well.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:July 20th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, the only song that really stood out for me on that album was "Discothèque," because I really appreciate a good bassline like that. ^^
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From:eeviolet
Date:July 20th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
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oh no, i didn't figure anyone would... ;-)
yeah, mofo has to be one of my favorite U2 songs of all time...
and gone is good to listen to when you're raging...
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From:drive_away18
Date:July 20th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I like mofo too...a lot of u2 fans i know hate it
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From:rockingthemike
Date:July 20th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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I like "Miami". I wouldn't say it's one of the best tracks from Pop, but it certaily stands out more than "Wake Up Dead Man" or "The Playboy Mansion".
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From:got_edge
Date:July 20th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
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I love the end of 'The Playboy Mansion'

"Then will there be no time for sorrow" and onwards
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From:rockingthemike
Date:July 20th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
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it's one song I've just never been able to get into.
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From:hard2explain8
Date:July 20th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
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OJ is more than a drink! I love that song.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 20th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I suppose you either love this song or hate it.

Not really... I don't love it, but I like it. *g*
The first half of Pop, I adored from the first listen. The last three tracks also caught up quickly, and Gone was OK, though it's never been a personal favourite of mine. The only tracks that took *ages* to grow on me were Miami and The Playboy Mansion. I thought Miami sounded completely weird, and not in a good way - no emotion of any description, it barely had a tune, and the lyrics were just odd. There was something cold and hollow about it.
I got there in the end with it, though. It's not one of their finest efforts but I quite like it now - it's fun to sing along with.

Favourite line: "Baby's always attracted to the things she's afraid of". I can so totally relate to that!

Other favourite bits include: the way the guitar picks up for the "car chase" section, the contrast of the slow and sexy bridge (gotta love the "Getting hot in a photo booth" and "We could make something beautiful..." lines), the bit where Bono finally starts screaming "MIAMI!!!", and the "Shake! Shake down" bit at the end.

I've no idea what the point of this song is. But it's got a good bassline, it's fairly catchy, and it's not as bad as some people make it out to be. Worth persevering with.
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From:aloneinthelight
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I love the song, its so moody and extrememly visual. Its a bit dirty, and i like that.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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"Miami -> Florida -> South Beach -> The Birdcage -> Robin Williams... Bono does not look like Robin Williams!"

And that is my train of thought of the day.

I find this song to be a bit dull at the beginning, but once it begins to pick up, I like it.

But whenever I hear the final "ba-ba-ba..." in the song, I always think Robin Williams.
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From:u2bpbear24
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
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hahaha! thats a great thought process!!!
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From:claudiathefish
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Happens every time I hear this song. Every single time.
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From:corianderstem
Date:July 20th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I like the song more than I used to, but don't love it. It's certainly very interesting, and different than what U2 usually does, so it gets major points for that. I love the music to it, and the way it rips open at the end, but I very, very strongly dislike the lyrics (and yes, I realize it's supposed to be a stream-of-consciousness thing), and the vocal line. The "Miami/My Mammy" thing has to be the most embarrassing lyric ever uttered by Bono.

although it kind of rocked live, and the transition between Miami and Bullet was AWESOME.
From:proops
Date:July 21st, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
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that song is simple and i love the bass, i think its great. i mostly just like the music though, heh, and the end when it all picks up.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 21st, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)

Very Fun

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"Big girl with the sweet tooth
Watches the skinny girl in the photo shoot
Freshmen, squeaky clean
She tastes of chlorine"

Come on, the lyrics describe the scene around the Versace mansion perfectly! Yes, there is the 'Miami Vice' influence- a show that featured 'Pride' once in an episode, I might add- but I rather enjoy it. This song has a challenging sound, probably being a leftover from the 'Passengers' project, but is lovely because it's adventurous.

I consider it a perfect score for an imaginary program featuring fast cars and flashy suits, and if you follow the guys trucking the oranges, you'll find the cowboy shirts and southern accents. This song is fun and descriptive.
From:leelee_cakes
Date:July 21st, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
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Just a note on the accents issue-you gotta consider where Bono's perspective is from. I'm Canadian and to me? EVERYONE in Florida has a southern accent. So to Bono, that's probably how it sounds. Gotta consider where the boy's are coming from-Florida and Miami must have seemed really different to them!
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From:zoostation
Date:July 21st, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
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EVERYONE in Florida has a southern accent.

That's Florida. Yes, the northern part of Florida has a Southern accent. But Miami is anything but.
Miami is just...I don't know. There are basically like 4 different accents here. On the beach, from the old folks, you'll find a New Yorkish "Coffee Talk with Linda Richmond" kinda sound. But it's rare.
There's the "recent arrival" accent (there are actually several kinds of these, but you wouldn't notice unless you were hispanic).
There's the (UGH) stupid stupid stupid "MIAMI" accent. It sounds like the worst butchering of the English language. Done by people who were born here, but try and pretend that they are not. It has an awful "sing-songy" tone to it. It's just mocking and ugh, disgusting.
And finally there's what I call normal Miami accents. They sound like people speaking it normally. New York without the New York in it, Boston without the Bawwwston in it, California with out the California in it. It's just normal everyday English.
If you're interested I'll demonstrate using my microphone later. ;)

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