M!ke (rockingthemike) wrote in u2,

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You call that essential?

I bought this great little book at Chapters yesterday called The Pocket DJ by former Spin editor and writer Sarah Lewitinn. It gives at least a hundred different kind of playlists for every genre and mood imaginable. It also lists playlists for 'essential' artists. For the most part I agree with the songs chosen for the artists. However, I do differ with the U2 one.

Beautiful Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
I Will Follow
Mysterious Ways
The Three Sunrises
Love Comes Tumbling
New Year’s Day
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
The Unforgettable Fire
Where the Streets Have No Name
With Or Without You
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Sweetest Thing
Two Hearts Beat as One
Walk On
Another Time, Another Place
Running to Stand Still

That is not essential; that is playing it safe. With the exception of three songs, all were singles/hits. U2 is one of those bands where in many cases, the album tracks not selected as singles are better than those released ("One Tree Hill" from The Joshua Tree comes to mind). Furthermore, they ignore a large part of their discography. Not a single song represents the albums October, Rattle & Hum, Zooropa or even Pop (Pop I feel is one of their best albums). There was too much emphasis on The Joshua Tree (4 songs), Achtung Baby (3 songs) and All That You Can't Leave Behind (3 songs), when the band has such a large and wide-ranging discography. Lewitinn does get points for putting a few of the lesser known tracks ("Another Time, Another Place", "The Three Sunrises" and "Love Comes Tumbling") and even a 'hit' that likely only but the hardcore fans will remember ("Two Hearts Beat as One"). Aside from that, the list is pretty predictable, and makes me appreciate the essentials collection I created all that much more.

x-posted from my personal journal
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