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November 21st, 2005

Conspiracy Theory! OMG! @ 11:12 pm

sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: crazy crazy

Okay, I'm crazy, right? Quite crazy, in fact.

Somehow, in my head, I decided that Pop and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb are the same album. So I started coming up with this conspiracy theory.

It's really messed up. Please don't take the majority of this too seriously ;P

Now, it would be awesome if I could do this perfectly without mixing up the tracklistings, but it's not possible. Some of these are dead obvious, while others are quite stretched.

These are in the order of the Pop tracklisting, because it came first =P


Discotheque ------> Vertigo
Both are "out-there", fast-paced, attention-getting songs (with odd singular word titles) that on the outide, seem like quite a bit of fluff, but have deeper meaning underneath.

Do You Feel Loved ------> Yahweh and A Man And A Woman
It gets two ;P Just have a look at the lyrics of DYFL and Yahweh, Bono is instructing in both that his shoes/boots, shirt, and hands be taken.
Now look at the middle eight of DYFL, "Heavy rhythm, taking over, to stick together, a man and a woman, stick together, man and woman, stick together", sound familiar?

Mofo ------> Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own
This one's fairly obvious. Mofo is about Bono's mother, SYCMIOYO is about his father.

If God Will Send His Angels ------> Nothing
I tried, but nothing would fit.

Staring At The Sun ------> City Of Blinding Lights
Sort of a stretch, but there are some similarities there. In SATS, he's not afraid to go blind, and in COBL, he's well, being blinded XD

Last Night On Earth ------> All Because Of You
Okay, they're both track 6, and this is a HUGE stretch. They're both fast and energized though, so that's a commonality. Also, the chorus of both is pretty much a single line repeated three times.

Gone ------> One Step Closer
A slight stretch, but not by much. Both songs have a sad, desperate, almost depressing feel about them.

Miami ------> Fast Cars
Is it cheating to use Fast Cars? I figure it's okay, because by adding it to HTDAAB, they both have 12 tracks. Miami and Fast Cars are both sort of silly, fun, throw-away songs.

The Playboy Mansion ------> Crumbs From Your Table
Quite a bit of a stretch here. But they're both my least favourite song from their respective albums, so they have that in common anyway.

If You Wear That Velvet Dress ------> Original Of The Species
Huge stretch here, but they're both track 10 =P. There's also the "the last time you scratched at my door" and "you steal right under my door" lines, which are slightly similar.

Please ------> Love And Peace Or Else
The token political song on each album, though they're about different things.

Wake Up Dead Man ------> Yahweh
Both are pleas to God, though one is bitter and the other questioning, though joyous.

Nothing ------> Miracle Drug
Once again, nothing fit.



Now, that was pretty weird. And it's a pretty sucky conspiracy theory because I had to stretch it so far to make it work. We can conclude though, that Pop and HTDAAB are the same album roughly 50% of the time. Do You Feel Loved is attached to both A Man And A Woman and Yahweh, which is also attached to Wake Up Dead Man. And If God Will Send His Angels and Miracle Drug are both unattachable.

Am I totally mad? Yes, I think so =D
 
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From:davefilkins
Date:November 22nd, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)

I think you're a genius! =)

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"Playboy Mansion" and "Crumbs" are both about riches and our futile attempts to cling to money and fame... One just focuses on the rich; the latter, on the poor. Not so big of a stretch after all, methinks. =)

Also, I think "Angels" and "Miracle Drug" do go together hand-in-hand... in both songs, the boys are singing about how terrible the current state of things happens to be and offers a suggestion to how we can solve the problem. "Angels" is about social problems, such as stealing, lying, poverty, and drugs. The solution, they suggest, may be for God to send his angels. "MD" is about illness, specifically cerebral palsy, being cured only with this miracle drug. VERY close relation, I think.

I do think that HTDAAB is more similar to Pop than any of their previous albums, to which I attribute its lack of popularity amongst long-time fans at first. It still isn't looked upon as one of their better albums by many. However, to me, HTDAAB and Pop were their biggest stretches musically, lyrically, and, dare I say it, philosophically. =) (Yes, even with the album including a hit song where Bono screams "YEAH!" fourteen times in a row! =P)

Wow, now I won't be able to sleep... =P My roommate will probably have to wake me up for class again. Thanks for at least giving me something fun to fill my otherwise lonely evening! =)
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 22nd, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)

Re: I think you're a genius! =)

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Well at least I know I'm not crazy now. I thought there might be more between The Playboy Mansion and Crumbs From Your Table, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
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From:zoostation
Date:November 22nd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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You're on crack!
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 22nd, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Pshh, that's nothing! You should see some of my really screwed up theories.

#1. U2 are owned by Target. (They have the same logo, OMGWTF!)
#2. Miami is really about Liam Gallagher (Okay, not really, my brain just noticed the spelling thing)
#3. The Edge eats Rice Krispies with Sprite... oh wait, that was YOURS.
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From:zoostation
Date:November 22nd, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
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I didn't say he POURED his Sprite into his Rice Krispies. Maybe he has a Rice Krispies Treat with some Sprite. Whoa sugar rush!

Also, what did you do to the html on this page?! >:O
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 22nd, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
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Apparently it didn't want me to use a table. All fixed now.
From:onebadkite
Date:November 23rd, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
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I so need to trademark that line.
From:lumencuro
Date:November 22nd, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)

Really?

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That is some interesting stuff! I do not think that U2 is part of the bigger conspiracy, however... Also, I do agree that it is fun to compare albums to find some common themes and messages, etc. that are located in each. I once got an email saying that one of the songs on Pop was the same as one on Joshua Tree(?), just played backwards and the lyrics twisted around. I will try to find it... It was almost believable unless you were a hardcore fan that really knows the band. It was very entertaining to read, though.
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 22nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Really?

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Oh, speaking of backwards songs, Van Diemen's Land is played in reverse and sped up in the background of Wake Up Dead Man.

And listening to Mofo in reverse is REALLY weird.
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From:zoostation
Date:November 22nd, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Really?

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Oh, speaking of backwards songs, Van Diemen's Land is played in reverse and sped up in the background of Wake Up Dead Man.


SHUT UP!!!!!!
OMG. I've always wondered what that smack in the background is. I need to give it a listen after work.
From:lumencuro
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Really?

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...and what is the best way to listen a song in reverse? I usually get it via an alternative source. I have never 'made' my own version of a song in reverse. Any best ways of creating such silliness?
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)

Re: Really?

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The simplest way is to convert it to a wav file (using a file converter) and then open it in Microsoft Sound Recorder (you should find it under Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder) and then click Effects > Reverse.
From:lumencuro
Date:November 23rd, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)

Re: Really?

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Thanks, I totally didn't think about the media player on the computer!

I will have to buy me a new one soon, so that I don't have to continue to borrow one, use one at work, or whatever...
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From:signifiers
Date:November 23rd, 2005 12:23 am (UTC)

Re: Really?

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Download Audacity. Then, um, lemme see if I can remember how to do this...

Open the song you want to play in reverse (by going File --> Open, naturally) wait for it to finish importing. Then you should see the picture of the soundwaves... select the whole song (either by clicking and dragging or doing Ctrl+A). Then with it selected go to Effect --> Reverse, wait for it to finish (should take about half a minute) and then click the play button.
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From:hbpen
Date:November 22nd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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MOFO is about Bono's mom?? Woah.
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From:zoostation
Date:November 22nd, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Mother? Am I still your son? You know I've been waiting for so long, to hear you say sooooooo....

And some other lyrics I can't remember at the moment.
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From:sapphires13
Date:November 22nd, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Also:

Mother? You left and made me someone. Now I'm still a child, no one tells me no.
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From:zoostation
Date:November 22nd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that too.
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From:canadanne
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)

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Hahaha, this was excellent. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks about such daft things.... although even *I* don't have quite that much time on my hands!!
From:lumencuro
Date:November 22nd, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Hey, someone was bound to do it sooner or later...

At least it was was one of us fans to create it, so that it makes at least some sense. I agree that some were a stretch, but all interesting conspiracies are a stretch in some sense or another.
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From:carobanano
Date:November 23rd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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Sometimes I think ATYCLB and HTDAAB are the same album....but I don't feel like putting the effort into writing down that conspiracy theory. :P

I enjoyed yours, though. :D

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