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February 5th, 2006

Sunday SOTD! @ 08:43 am

inklingfair:
I'm currently feelin: mischievous mischievous

NB: I picked this song in honor of Adam Clayton. Because we ought to have more of His Poshness around these days.

Bono sings in 99% of all the U2 songs. The Edge sings backup most of the time, and takes the lead in "Seconds", "Van Diemen's Land", "Numb", and the bridge of "Miracle Drug". Larry sings backup in "Numb" (and who can forget "Dirty Old Town"?). Adam shies away from the mike most of the time, but speaks in "Your Blue Room".

And now I bring you the B-side where Adam finally sings (very faintly).

Granted, what he sings is so short it doesn't need an lj cut:

Endless Deep

Where do we go from here?
Where do we go from here?


(Oh, and listen to the scatting at the end - is that still Adam?)

Never has a U2 song been so appropriately B-side-ish. Even the title is a clever fit (it's simply an endless string of [deep] bass notes). I think Adam had a bass line that no one could make into a song... yet no one wanted to junk it - thus, the "Where do we go" lyric (I don't have "Into the Heart", so I just guessed).

Other theories: 1) Bono lost the lyric sheets, 2) There was a rehearsal, but only Adam was available. To make up for their absence, the rest of U2 recorded this song Adam wrote jamming solo. 3) The bass line is a message in code decipherable only if you listen to it standing naked and bathed in red light. (Okay, I think I ought to stop here...)
 
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From:sapphires13
Date:February 5th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
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**starts taking off clothes** Oh wait, I don't have a red lightbulb. Nevermind.

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From:inklingfair
Date:February 5th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)

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Tee-hee, hoped it wasn't too obscure a reference.
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From:zoostation
Date:February 5th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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He also sings it off-key. Bless his heart.

Also! For the extreme conspiracy theorist, or maybe not, maybe for psychos like me. The piano part reminds me of the the piano part on that website of SouthlandTales.com, for Richard Kelly's (The Director of Donnie Darko) new movie: Southland Tales.
I realized that the other day when I heard this song for the first time. I felt like I knew this song already and it made me feel creepy. Cause it's kinda creepy on the site. (If you are really interested, go to the site, skip the intro and click the bottom button that says Don't Touch Me).

I'm an odd one.
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From:inklingfair
Date:February 5th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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*goosebumps* I see what you mean.
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Conspiracy theories ;D
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From:alternatending
Date:February 5th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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How did I NOT know that Edge takes the lead in "Seconds"???

Mind telling me which verse?
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From:zoostation
Date:February 5th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
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Takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh
It takes a second to say goodbye
Say goodbye, oh, oh, oh, say bye bye
Where you going to now...

Lightning flashes across the sky
East to west, do or die
Like a thief in the night
See the world by candlelight


Bono's verse
Airforce Ranger part

And the last half of the song is done in duet style.
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I think. I'm known to be wrong sometimes.
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From:alternatending
Date:February 5th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
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It's kinda hard to tell their voices apart at that age to me... Maybe I'm hard of hearing.

Now, on Miracle Drug, I can tell... Weird.
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From:inklingfair
Date:February 5th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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:) Miracle Drug, I didn't know till I watched the Vertigo DVD. And Larry sang the oh-oh-yeah backup part, too. But Adam! I don't think they'd do "Your Blue Room" or "Endless Deep" live.
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From:zoostation
Date:February 6th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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Bono has shoved the mic into Adam's face during the Beautiful Day chorus before.
I think he might have sung, but he could have just lip synched the thang.
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From:canadanne
Date:February 6th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)

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I like this track very much. There's not a lot of deep analysis I can do, it just sounds really cool, with that kickarse bassline and spine-tingling piano. The vocals, sparse and off-key as they may be, fit in perfectly. It might be a simple track but it's got real atmosphere and attitude!

Favourite bits include:
~ The spooky intro
~ The change in bassline just before the vocals at 0:46
~ The intermittent high-pitched backing vocals that are clearest at around 1:07
~ Every time it plunges back into the thrilling main tune, like at 2:07
~ The scatting at around 2:18
~ The way the bass stutters its way from about 2:40 to the brilliant final stomp. It's got such a deeply satisfying end, especially with that trademark guitar flourish that crops up on so many U2 performances. :)

I used to play Endless Deep on a loop for hours when I was doing schoolwork, so that I'd have something enjoyable to listen to but I wouldn't be constantly distracted by wanting to sing along!
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From:inklingfair
Date:February 7th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
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Bass = lotsa LOVE. Kinda hypnotic, isn't it? Mmm... interesting idea; I'll try studying to that track.
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From:canadanne
Date:February 7th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Hypnotic is a good word for it!

Mmm... interesting idea; I'll try studying to that track.

I used to do it with Bass Trap too. Both worked well, I could have them on repeat for hours without getting sick of hearing them.

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