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September 18th, 2005

Sunday Bloody Sunday @ 10:46 am

I'm currently feelin: nostalgic nostalgic
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Date:December 4th, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
This is one of several longish threads that I bookmarked *ages* ago and then never had the time to read through!

Better late than never...

1) What do you think of this song and the importance it plays to U2 being who they are today?
War came out in the year I was born, so I wouldn't really know what kind of impact it made at the time. But as other people have said, it's one of the tracks where they are most vocal about their beliefs, so I would say it's an essential U2 song. And what a kickarse way to open the album (the first really grown-up sounding album of theirs, with a real power and maturity to it). No wonder they were really starting to grab the world's attention by this point.

2a) Where did you first hear this song (and if you say Live8 where else)?
On the Best Of 1980-1990 collection, which was my first U2 CD. I bought it in 1999.

2b) Has anyone heard this song live and in person?
Yes, they played it at all the shows I've been to (one on the Elevation Tour and two on the Vertigo Tour). The Elevation performance was a little disappointing, it felt limp compared to other live versions I'd heard (notably in the Rattle & Hum movie), but the Vertigo perfomances were brilliant as Bono did the "NO MORE!" call-and-response this time. Plus it was very cool how everyone started singing the "Ohhh oh ohhh, oh-oh ohhh oh ohhh" tune as soon as they recognised the intro!  I couldn't believe nobody around me was really moving though, I don't know how you can hear that drumbeat without having the overwhelming urge to start marching on the spot.

3) Where do you rank this song against all other U2 songs?
I wouldn't say it's a personal *favourite* of mine, but there's no denying it's a bloody amazing song. It's lyrically powerful, it's fun to belt out at the top of your lungs, and it just *sounds* great!  I adore the drums and guitar riffs. Now that's what I call a song.

How do you make this song personal to you or what connections do you have with this song, if any?
I can't really think of anything specific, but I do totally agree with the anti-war sentiment - "I can't close my eyes and make it go away... how long, how long must we sing this song?". Bono's rant during the middle of the song in Rattle & Hum is dead right, I love how he spits out "And the glooorrry of the revolution!" in that enraged sarcastic tone. There's also the fact I just love singing this song, I think my voice is very well suited to the big angry War tracks!

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