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February 28th, 2006

Song of the Day @ 12:33 pm

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Welp, my SotDs are becoming a trend. As a late-comer to this game, I am finding it increasingly difficult to get inspired over what is left to me. Occasionally I find bouts of inspiration (with my live Stay post). But usually, I'm left with the songs no one likes. :-P I'm not trying to be pouty, but I'm avoiding repeats here. Whenever I go look at a post in the archive, I find myself thinking "Yup... they said it all." Or if the poster didn't, it was covered in the thread. So in researching my selection today... I find I am once again left with the version you'd throw out in the trash. Boo hoo.

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?
dum dum DUM!
The Templre Bar Edit Rawr!
*turns on sound effect of people screaming*

Ah radio-friendliness. Sometimes it's a good thing (like OOTS, in my opinion). And other time's it isn't. As any true fan of any group would go "Edit?? Why would I want LESS of a song?" I suppose we can't help it, Bono just keeps writing and writing, the studio version tops out at 5:16. The favorited remix is 4:51. But heaven forbid we have anything longer than 4 minutes on the radio at once (and yet we get 10 minutes of commercials). So our edit comes out at a curt 3:58, and cuts out some of our favorite parts.

Like the verse that begins "The deeper I spin...". It's gone! But it's good stuff, Bono quiets down, near talking, and it's almost sensible. "Listen to me, I'm talking here." And we jump right over "Don't turn around"s into "come on now love, don't you look back." Whereas (last week's) Yahweh increased the build-up unnecessarily, this one denies us our crescendo. Then we come back to "Don't turn around," almost as an afterthought... but fade out nearly immediately.

Just a very condensed version of one of U2's best. So we need to change radio trends, or Bono's writing habits. Maybe we'll just give him shorter pencils...


Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses? (Temple Bar Edit)

You're dangerous 'cos you're honest
You're dangerous, you don't know what you want
Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
For any spirit to haunt

Hey hey, sha la la
Hey hey...

You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a piece of glass left there on a beach
Well you tell me things I know you're not supposed to
Then you leave me just out of reach

Hey hey, sha la la
Hey hey, sha la la

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Well you stole it
'Cos I needed the cash
And you killed it
'Cos I wanted revenge
Well you lied to me
'Cos I asked you to
Baby, can we still be friends?

Hey hey, sha la la
Hey hey, sha la la

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

Come on now love
Don't you look back

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna taste your salt water kisses?
Who's gonna take the place of me?

Don't turn around
Don't you turn around again
Don't turn around
You gypsy heart
Don't turn around
Don't turn around again
Don't turn around
And don't look back



(And I'm keeping my default non-U2 icon for this one, 'cause it fits the mood of my pre-song intro. Pbbth.)
 
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From:zoostation
Date:February 28th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Haha, that "shorter pencils" comment made my day.

I don't like the way this song was restructured at all. I'm pretty sure the band might say the same thing, assuming it was just a producer that remixed it.
Or maybe they love it to pieces. Either way it's weird sounding and it kinda ruins the greatness of The Temple Bar Mix.

Anyway, time for this!
¿quién va a montar sus caballos?
¿quién va a ahogarse en su mar?
¿quién va a montar sus caballos?
¿quién va a tomar mi lugar?
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From:volare
Date:February 28th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)

::HHHHHIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS::

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and it kinda ruins the greatness of The Temple Bar Mix.

GOD yes.

On a tangent... Temple Bar itself is fucking brilliant. I wish we had places like it in the US's cities.

http://www.temple-bar.ie/ for the uninitiated
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From:davefilkins
Date:February 28th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
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YES! I agree 100%.

And shortening a song is one thing... But fading out during "Don't turn around..."?

Whose f***ing idea was that?! =P
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From:boriel
Date:February 28th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
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for the uninitiated, is there either version of this song on gmail yet? the only mix i've ever heard is the album finished version. thanks
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From:canadanne
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)

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I think I pretty much summed up my feelings about the Edit when we were talking about the Temple Bar Remix: "Meh. It *kind* of works, to redesign the song as a shorter radio-friendly single, but it's far less effective than the full-length version with everything in the right order." Yeah... I wouldn't say I'm one of the people who finds the Edit unforgivably outrageous, but I'd never play it myself, what would be the point? The middle section is my favourite part of the song, and I expect a lot of people would agree.
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 1st, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
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The middle section is my favourite part of the song, and I expect a lot of people would agree.

Er... The ...deeper I spin... bit?

Oh, God, this version's like missing a finger or something...

I like the longer edit of the song better.

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