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August 4th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 06:23 pm

zoostation:
I'm currently feelin: numb numb - what do you think!
I'm currently hearin: Staring at the Sun - U2 (very Pop phase right now)

Today's Selection is...

"Numb" [Mike Hedges Mix] from The Best of U2: 1990-2000


Image hosted by Photobucket.comI love love love love love this song. This song solidified my love for U2. And it's not even regular U2. Edge is nothing shorter than godly in this song. While the original is great, it's got all that industrial sound to it. It fits, but it's lacking. This is where the "New Mix" comes in and saves the day. Bono sings a bit more in this one, and Larry's upped up his vocals too. (My favorite part! I blast it to hear him irregularly say "I feel numb").

Backstory: Edge wrote this song during his divorce from his first wife. The song really fits in with the whole Zoo TV era. Especially if you watch the "Emergency Broadcast System" music video. (Sub-par to the real music video)


// Numb
[Edge = Normal, Bono = Italics, Larry = Bold]

[Indecipherable female whispering]
[Edge:] (... you could say that exactly in fact it's quite a hard thing to ...)
[More indecipherable female whispering]

Don't move
Don't talk out of time
Don't think
Don't worry
Everything's just fine
Just fine

Don't grab
Don't clutch
Don't hope for too much
Don't breathe
Don't achieve
Or grieve without leave

Don't check
Just balance on the fence
Don't answer
Don't ask
Don't try and make sense

Don't whisper
Don't talk
Don't run if you can walk
Don't cheat, compete
Don't miss the one beat

Don't travel by train
Don't eat
Don't spill
Don't piss in the drain
Don't make a will

Don't fill out any forms
Don't compensate
Don't cower
Don't crawl
Don't come around late
Don't hover at the gate

Don't take it on board / (What are you doing in there?)
Don't fall on your sword
Just play another chord
If you feel you're getting bored
It's like
I feel numb

Don't be heavy / Gimme some more
Don't be kind
It's not that bad / Gimme some more of that stuff love
Just try and unwind / I feel numb
Gimme some more
Too much is not enough yeah

I feel numb

Don't change your brand / Gimme that feeling
Don't listen to the band
Don't gape / Gimme what I don't get yeah
Don't ape / I feel numb
Don't change your shape / Gimme some more
Have another grape / Too much is not enough
I feel numb

Gimme some more
A piece of me, baby
Gimme some more
Gimme some more of that stuff love
Piece of me
Yeah, yeah yeah


I feel numb
Don't plead
Don't bridle
Don't shackle / Feel numb
Don't grind
Don't curve
Don't swerve / I feel numb
Lie, die, serve

I feel numb
Don't theorize, realise, polarise
Chance, dance,dismiss, apologise / I feel numb

I feel numb
Don't spy
Don't lie
Don't try / Feel numb
Imply
Detain
Explain
Start again / I feel numb
I feel numb

I feel numb
Don't triumph
Don't coax
Don't cling / Feel numb
Don't hoax
Don't freak
Peak
Don't leak
Don't speak / I feel numb
I feel numb

I feel numb
Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest

I feel numb
Don't project
Don't connect
Protect
Don't expect
Suggest

I feel numb
Don't struggle / Gimme some more
Don't jerk
Don't collar
Don't work / Gimme some more of that stuff love
Don't wish
Don't fish
Don't teach / Gimme some more
Don't reach
Too much is not enough
I feel numb

I feel numb
Don't borrow / Gimme some more of that
Don't break
Don't fence / Gimme some of what I don't got
Don't steal
Don't pass
Don't press
Don't try / I feel numb
Don't feel
Gimme some more

I feel numb
Don't touch
Don't dive
Don't suffer
Don't rhyme
Don't fantasize
Don't rise / I feel numb
Don't lie

Don't project
Don't connect
Protect / I feel numb
Don't expect
Suggest
Feel numb

Don't project
Don't connect
Protect / I feel numb
Don't expect
Suggest
Feel numb

I feel numb...


--The ending to me always sounds like "I feel good" which I personally think fits in better with the song as a whole.--

Icon is snaggable. So are these two. So I've spoiled my debut, sue me.
1//Image hosted by Photobucket.com 2//Edge is being loved. WITH BONDAGE! Such slash! I really don't even care for slash, but the way this icon came out (and I certainly didn't mean for it to happen) was too funny to pass up!
 
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From:xxradiohead
Date:August 4th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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It's possibly one of my favorite songs. And the video just makes me laugh. The whole purpose of it was to throw anything at The Edge to try and make him react and you can see him supressing a smile throughout half of it. I think its time for my heart to melt.
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From:zoostation
Date:August 4th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
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He cracks the goofiest grin when he's touching the ropes around his face. I had an icon of it, but I deleted it to fit in this one, which I like much more cause it's Edge AND Larry.
He's such a cutie.
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From:hbpen
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Something tells me I NEED to see this video!
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From:zoostation
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Yes you do.

It's over at http://www.launch.com if you are interested.
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From:hbpen
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Sure!! Do you know if it's for d'l or only stream?
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From:zoostation
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
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Stream only.
:(

I'd offer to upload, but all I have is the Lego Version. lol
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
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NUMB!
Oh, how I love Numb in all of its incarnations. This song fascinated me when I first heard it on the 1990 - 2000 Best-Of, and when I saw the video... I was just in love. It's nothing like any of the U2 songs I normally like, but it was just so... cool.

And I love how the real music video is sort-of the Story-Of-U2 up until that point.

And um, love the first icon. It's so hilariously sad.
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From:sapphires13
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Oh god, that second icon just reminds me..

Well, Numb is another of those few U2 songs I remember from my childhood (alongside Lemon, One, Mysterious Ways, and Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me).

I would've been 8 in 1993, my brother was 14, and our oldest sister was 16. My brother loved U2 in the Zooropa era, and Numb was his favourite of their videos. Now that I'm the big U2 fanatic of the family, we were watching the Numb video together, and my brother mentioned something I totally didn't remember.
Apparently, back in the day, Numb was on, and our oldest sister was watching it. When Bono started rubbing his head on Edge like that, she yelled out "Oh my God! They are so gay!"

**dies laughing**
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From:canadanne
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)

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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!  I *adore* the album version of Numb (which is perfect), and I've heard some OK remixes of it, but this one is awful!  The ONLY thing it's got going for it is the extra Bono falsetto, but even that's not enough to make me want to listen to it. The "I feel numb" bits sound so appallingly bad and irritating that I can't believe they included them. All the good bits are completely drowned out by the backing vocals, argh... it frustrates me so much that they felt the need to include these terrible new mixes on the Best Of instead of the original versions. I can't help worrying that people who would otherwise have been impressed - and gone on to buy other U2 albums - will hear these inferior mixes and think "Nah, I don't think I'll bother getting any more". :/

GRRRRRR. Nobody ruins my favourite songs and gets away with it. :p

Icon is snaggable.

I misread this as "Icon is shaggable".
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From:zoostation
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
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I had a feeling you were going to disagree...lol

The icon is also shaggable.
From:anharaxiel
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
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you know, i love this mix a lot too. actually, i like any song where it sounds like bono's having sex with the microphone...nevermind. :-D

seriously though: right now, i've got a u2 playlist on my ipod, and organized alphabetically, when i'm listening to this version after the original version, i especially prefer this one. this mix just feels a lot more layered, which i've always felt was perhaps more equivalent to the emotional distress you feel under all the things that one is not supposed to do.

good song to drive to, as well. lol
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From:rockingthemike
Date:August 5th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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In it's original form, definitely the best track from Zooropa. It was this mix that got me hooked on the song, but like canadanne said, the original is better, even if it does sound more 'raw'.
From:walrusoct9
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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Definitely my favorite U2 video.

I didn't really care for he 'Best Of' remix much, but then again I'd been listening to Zooropa for years before that came out. (I did like how they reworked the 'Pop' stuff for that album though)
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From:zoostation
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)

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I did like how they reworked the 'Pop' stuff for that album though

Same here. Today I kept bouncing back and forth with "Gone" and "Staring at the Sun." The latter especially sounds amazing. Something about Edge's backing vocals during the chorus gives the song an even more upbeat note making the dichotomy even better.
And that "taking steps that make you feel dizzy" part from "Gone" sounds superb when it's just Adam and Bono duetting it together.
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
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Ah yeah Gone is amazing on Best Of! *loves it*
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From:julylorelei
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
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I really dig the Perfecto mix of this song that someone posted in this or the YSI community (can't remember which). Regardless, I've liked the song since the beginning. I remember seeing Edge do the song at the Grammys... just him on a stage in a purple suit surrounded by blocks of televisions... it was awesome. :)
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
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I wish I'd seen that! Bet it was really good.
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From:edgeucated
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, how I love this song as well. It's so awesome. And the video... it makes me laugh. I love how he's surpressing laughter for a good deal of it. Very, very cute.
From:onebadkite
Date:August 5th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
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Hm, I've only heard the Gimme Some More Dignity Mix and New Mix... and don't much care for them. *heads to 7-11 for a Slurpee or six*
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From:canadanne
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, the "New Mix" is by Mike Hedges.
From:onebadkite
Date:August 6th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC)
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Good deal... just... testing you.... that's it.
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
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I love this song too, and I LOVE the mix on the Best Of *nods*. I mean, I love them both, but yeah, this has the kick and the groove that made me sit up and go 'hell yes!'. Edge sounds so sexy (fangirlish moment, scuse me) and the video is brill! And so are your icons! So here's my Numb icon (tis also rather slashy!)...

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