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October 17th, 2005

Moving right along... @ 09:38 pm

zoostation:
I've got a series of questions for the community to answer. Not polls, like canadanne did because quite honestly, I'm not that crafty.
    List five songs you wish/pray/hope U2 will cover and why.

The why can just be, "Well it's my favourite song and I'd die all over if Bono sang it." But more precise explanations are better. :)

A comprehensive list of songs U2 has already covered can be found here.

Get as weird as you like.
ETA: By covers I mean like, U2 is playing a song written and performed famously (or not so) by another band or artist.
Like...
U2 deciding to play "Fix You" by Coldplay at one of their venues. That would be a cover.
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From:zoostation
Date:October 18th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC)
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1. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" by The Police
I honestly don't get why I love this song so much. Quite possibly because I giggle at what the video looks like in my head (I haven't seen it). I think I'd "die all over" if Bono was playing a teacher.

2. "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
A staple song of high school reunions, golden anniversaries and cheesy home movies. I can't think of any song better for the boys to play when they hit their 60's with a flashback of 40 years in music. Yummers.

3. "Sexbomb" by Tom Jones
It's no secret that Bono is a Tom Jones fan, he wrote a song for him (according to Bono in Conversation). This song is incredibly dirty and I love it.

4. "Touch Me" by The Doors
Honestly, I really want to see what they can do to this song. I think a little Bono!Ali!love could do some wonders to the vocal track.

5. "Come Together" by The Beatles
Come on. COME ON. If there isn't a more perfect song for U2 to ever cover... Can you hear the Adam bass? CAN YOU HEAR IT?
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From:themegs
Date:October 18th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
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"Come Together." - That would completely kill me.
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From:boriel
Date:October 18th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
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1. City of blinding lights - its a song so filled with hope and light, its uplifting. i just cant decide if i want them to open with it (like in vancouver where i went) or save it till later

2. Gone - i hated Zooropa and Pop for a very long time, up until about 3 months ago actually, and then i actually listened to them and found some hidden gems - like Gone. I missed the Pop tour and Elevation tour due to ignorance, and I"d love to hear this one live just once.

3. 40 - they have to close with this one in portland! the way they use it to lay a blessing on the audience, to leave the stage one by one, to shine the spotlight on the audience and make it seem as if they are thanking us all personally for being there....it just sets such a spiritual conclusion for the entire night...and it thrills me when they do this

4. Running to Stand Still - just does something to me is all.

5. Mysterious ways (can live without it, but...) why? Edge. Edge foot stomping. Edge smiling with foot stomping :)
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From:zoostation
Date:October 18th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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Mmmm...you missed the point. I'll try to clarify above.
From:onebadkite
Date:October 18th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
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I want a U2 Christmas album!

O Holy Night - Bono can belt 'em these days, and I have yet to find a version better than Celine Dion's. Go-fer-it, Bono!
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - 'cause it would just be funny, maybe sung by Edge?
Jingle Bell Rock - every rock band Christmas album has to include this.
Happy Christmas - it's very Bono-esque in message, and could be very well done by the guys.
The Christmas Song - because we all need a little warm and fuzzly U2 on each album.
and I would crap my pants of Larry, Edge, and Bono did an a capella version of Carol of the Bells... I could die right then

But for a non-holiday song, Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" came up once in a conversation, and I'd like to hear it... just because I wanna see the guys go all out hair/glam rock, and give Larry a 38 piece set.
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From:zoostation
Date:October 18th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
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We still need Edge in antlers.
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From:spicedrum
Date:October 18th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
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Just one for now:

Under Pressure by Queen f. David Bowie.

Bono and Edge would KILL on that song. Literally. I think I would die of happiness if they sang it in concert.
From:classyrocker630
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE YOUR ICON!
From:orcho5000
Date:October 18th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
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1. "Macho Man" - The Village People - A nice techy Pop-era version.
2. "Watching the Wheels" - John Lennon - This song could have been written by Bono, it's very "The Sweetest Thing", sweetly minimalist.
3. "Dancing Queen" - ABBA (an official studio version)- A nice, lush studio version would be so beautiful, giving the song such a deeper meaning.
4. "America" - Neil Diamond - The boys already have an admitted love of Neil (covering "Sweet Caroline" in concerts), but this song could combine their love of Neil with their love of America.
5. "Close to You" - The Cure - Honestly, I would just love to hear Bono's breathy tones try to match Robert Smith's.
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From:sapphires13
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
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I was seriously thinking about making an entry like this, but I'm lazy.

It would be a personal victory for me if U2 were to cover 99 Red Balloons.

**grins hugely**
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From:wire_tripper
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
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I can only think of "Zombie" by the Cranberries. i can just picture Bono's vocals working.
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From:rockbaby2
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
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1. The Rolling Stones - Shattered. U2 would rock at this, especially a live version.
2. Aerosmith - Dream On. C'mon. Imagine it if the boys covered this. Imagine the ring Edge would give to the guitar part - and Bono's voice over it.
3. Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia My Reflection. So the lead singer of Sisters really can't write lyrics - I'd love to see Bono rewrite them.
4. The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?. Again, imagine the qualities Edge could bring to this song - and Bono's growl, because I have a feeling Bono would elect to drop the key on this one and end up singing it low... *mrrr*
5. The Rolling Stones - Out of Tears. A beautiful tune and I think the boys could do quite a bit with it. :)
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
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How Soon is Now--Duuuuuuude.... *___*
From:egalite
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
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Just one song for now: "Unchained Melody".
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From:sapphires13
Date:October 18th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
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From:typewriterking
Date:October 18th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)

I mustered enough personality for a wishlist, just

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1. "Shelter From the Storm," Bob Dylan
2. Tunnel Of Love," Dire Straits
3. "Synchronicity 2," The Police
4. "I'm So Afraid" Fleetwood Mac
5. "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" Lenny Kravitz
I'd like to hear them try "whisky in a Jar" again, because it cracks me up to hear it.

Explaining my picks, these are all songs I believe they'd handle well. "Shelter" is much like ISHFWILF, and is a natural pick to perform, while the next two songs would be great stretched into jams. The fourth song sounds a tad similar to "Bullet The Blue Sky," while the fifth- just listen to it.

I know I didn't choose any ballads, and that's because they've never had a shortage of those in the past. Does "Fortress Around Your Heart" by Sting count at a ballad?
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 18th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)

Re: I mustered enough personality for a wishlist, just

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I love "Fortress Around Your Heart". That would be amazing.
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From:tinamachina
Date:October 18th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
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1) "America"--Simon and Garfunkel: It's just a great song, and if they want to interject that in "The Hands that Built America" one day, that'll be cool. I think I just want Bono to sing: "Toss me a cigarette, I think there's one in my raincoat." And Edge said, "We smoked the last one an hour ago." And the part about the New Jersey Turnpike.

2) While on the subject of S&G's "Bookends", "Save the Life of My Child" would be awesome. Imagine what Edge could do with the guitar, Bono's screaming "Good God, don't jump!!", Adam's thundering bass.
Lyrics to both songs above here: http://freespace.virgin.net/r.kent/lyrics/bookends

3) "Rock and Roll Suicide"--David Bowie. U2 were heavily influenced by the man, and this would be an incredible song.

4) "How Soon Is Now"--the Smiths. 'Cause that song is sex.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 18th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)

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Guh, #3 would be excellent, I adore that song. Imagine Bono doing the "Oh no love, you're not alone!" bit...
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From:whatsername_31
Date:October 18th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
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Hmm..ok....

1. "In My Life" by The Beatles, because it is such a beautiful song, and I really think Bono has the heart to do it justice vocal wise, and I would love to hear what the edge with do with it on guitar.

2."Don't Go Away" by Oasis. Don't laugh. It is a cool song. I don't know what it would sound like , but I would love to hear it.

3."Run" by Snow Patrol. A very powerful song, and with U2's style added to it I think it would make it even more powerful

4."A Day in the Life" by The Beatles, another amazing song, coupled with the power and emotion of the band, it would be amazing. maybe the Edge could do a wicked long carry out note on the guitar instead of the ending piano chords in the original.

5."Tranatlanticism" by Death Cab for Cutie. Probably not their style, but I really like this song..so I am picking it. You never knwo what they could do with it...
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From:canadanne
Date:October 18th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Bono sang a bit of In My Life at the Elevation show I went to. So sad...
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From:axver
Date:October 18th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
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1. Recurring Dream by Crowded House: besides the fact it has awesome guitar, this song simply sounds like it was made for U2 to play.
2. A Change Of Seasons by Dream Theater: I just want to see Bono accurately remember the lyrics to a 23 minute song. (If I must make a reasonable Dream Theater request, then I Walk Beside You [which sounds U2 influenced] or The Silent Man.)
3. The Sound Of Muzak or Lazarus by Porcupine Tree: probably my two favourite non-U2 songs. The Sound Of Muzak is a wonderful attack on the modern music industry so I don't think U2 would do it (even though the song's true - but hell, they wouldn't do anything on this list anyway), but Lazarus is gorgeous and would sound great after something like Running To Stand Still.
4. Heavenly Pop Hit by The Chills: not only is this song cheery, it would be absolutely hilarious after something like Beautiful Day or Pride.
5. She's Lost Control by Joy Division: U2 have snippeted Joy Division before (Love Will Tear Us Apart and Transmission), so why not cover a whole song? I pick She's Lost Control just because it's my favourite Joy Division number.

And next time they rock into New Zealand, nothing would be greater than covers of Split Enz's I Got You and History Never Repeats. Except possibly Split Enz's Six Months In A Leaky Boat or the national anthem, Thomas Bracken's God Defend New Zealand. Bono singing Maori would be worth the price of admission alone!
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From:screendoor3
Date:October 18th, 2005 06:07 am (UTC)
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"Sex Bomb"-Flipper
"Arise"-Sepultura
I'll have to agree with "Heavenly Pop Hit," though I could see U2 pulling off "Night of Chill Blue" as well.
"Monkey"-Low
"Mother Made Me Do It"-Mark Mallman

I don't really like U2's covers, but these are the songs I'd like to see them attempt.
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From:reecord2
Date:October 18th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
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Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers - U2 are very good at songs that slowly build and climax, and this song is great at that. AndI would love to hear Edge's take on the guitar riff.

Maps - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - (you know, that one that goes "wait, they don't love you like I love youuuu") to be honest, I never felt the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ever actually performed their own song to it's fullest potential. I just think the Edge could do better with the faux-artsy guitar riffs, and Bono could sing it like he really means it, the vocals being the only part about this song that's nailed in the original version.


wow, that's all I can think of for now. k byebye
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From:bonoffee
Date:October 18th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
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I don't know about five, but I think... Hmmm..


I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye. Okay, it technically should never be touched by other artists. But I'd love to hear Bono sing it and Larry would sound amazing. I think.

Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding. Hey can you tell I love 60s soul/Motown brilliance? But, again, a song I adore and it could be done so subtly and sweetly by U2. "I left my home in Georgia..." Sigh.

Something by Elvis Because they love Elvis, Larry would probably expire from the excitement and it'd be COOL. Maybe All Shook Up or Heartbreak Hotel. OR OR One Night! That song is so sexy. Mmmm.

Yeah, man, that'd do. :)
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From:zoostation
Date:October 18th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Uggggg, can you imagine Larry singing Elvis? In the full gear? WITH THE HAIR?!

Guh.

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