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March 5th, 2006

In behalf of the new ones... @ 04:09 am

inklingfair:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Since volare is doing a Friday Flashback/Weekend Wayback theme already, I think I'll do SOTD flashbacks - the old old SOTDs - either different versions of the song, or some other interesting facts about the song that haven't been brought up.

[EDIT: There we go... I must switch to Photobucket. This just gave me an idea! Maybe I can post the old SOTDs' music video screencaps - like "Favorite Music Video Moments" - during Sundays. Let me know if that's a good idea :)]

So today, I'd like to pay homage to the first SOTD post, by hue126: I Still Haven't Found What I'm looking For.

There are actually two different R&H (gospel) versions - the album one, and the one in the actual film. The one I'll be discussing is the film's ISHFWILF.




Edge:
Well, we wrote the song, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, which is a gospel song pretty much. It doesn't sound much like a gospel song the way we do it, but if you look at the lyric and the basic music, that's exactly what it is. We got a cassette from a friend of ours at Island Records of a gospel choir covering the song, and it sounded like - it sounded totally different, but it sounded really exciting and new. So we travelled down to Harlem and visited this church in the middle of Harlem where this choir were going through a rehearsal, and we played with them, and got the idea to do a kind of combination arrangement.

ISHFWILF begins.

Larry:
My own conga. My verra own conga.(I always griiin at this...)

Bono:
I have climbed the highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run (Bono's voice seems to be a bit strained here)
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

And the choir joins in:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

Bono again:
I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
You're burning like a fire (Choir: Burning hot as fire)
This burning desire (Choir: Burning with desire)
I have spoke with the tongue of angel
I have held the hand of the devil
It was warm in the night (Choir: In the night)
I was cold as a stone (Choir: Cold as stone, ooh- oh) (Here Larry is shown tapping away at his Verra Own Conga)



Bono and choir:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

Bono:
All right.
Sing with me. Yeah, yeah!

Choir stands up:
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (The woman up front starts singing along, shaking her tambourine)
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (One of my favorite bits: Adam is shown smiling his upside-down smile and clapping)


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (Edge stops playing guitar and starts clapping along)

(Here we go, gospel)
I believe (I believe)
In kingdom come (kingdom come)
All the colors bleed into one
Oh, I believe it
(When you look at the background, Adam is clapping enthusiastically while Larry is sitting rigidly with arms crossed. Wonder why?)


But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (No, no, no, no, whooo!)
But I still haven't found what I'm looking for (Searching high, searching wide)
No I still haven't found what I'm looking foooooooor (I'm the one breathless, watching that woman hold that note)






I like this version better than the one in the R&H album - well, because I feel it's more intimate and spontaneous, which is the way gospel songs should be. And Adam relaxed and clapping - what a heartwarming sight to see. Bono's drunken-I'm-a-rock-star-in-church swaying is fun to watch.


*nostalgic sigh*
 
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 5th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
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Arrgh! image links are down again. Bear with me... *types furiously*
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From:canadanne
Date:March 5th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)

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Awesome post!
I think I shall have to dig out my R&H video in order to review this one properly. It's been a while since I had a chance to watch it. :)
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 5th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to do a comparison of ISHFWILF video and album versions, but someone else might want to do it :) One thing I noticed - Adam plays bass in the album version, but not in the video...
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From:canadanne
Date:March 11th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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Probably one of the coolest scenes in the film - it's amazing how they're totally restructuring one of their classic songs, and yet it comes out so naturally as if it was written that way all along. Really successful collaboration, and it's fun to watch them all getting so into it!  Bono and the choir sound awesome together, I love the way they picked out key phrases to sing back at him in the second verse (the "cold as sto-o-o-one" bit is especially cool). And the a cappella vocals towards the end are striking.

Heheh, who *doesn't* grin at Larry and his verra own conga? ;)  Adam always makes me giggle with his funny expression and swaying/clapping, he looks soooo geeky there.... I'm also amused by Bono with his foot seemingly glued to the chair!

The performance in the film is great, but I think the version on the album slightly edges it for me, maybe just because I've heard that version many more times so it's burned into my brain as the "right" one. I like the fact that it's longer (e.g. that extra verse in the middle where the band kicks in, and repeating the first verse with the choir responding), plus the female lead gets to sing a bit more and her amazing vocals are stronger in the mix. But yeah, not taking anything away from the film version - I just happen to think they did it justice on the album as well!

I've always thought this kind of choir treatment is what Stuck In A Moment needed live, incidentally - that song's a bit limp with just the band performing it, but a backing choir could really give it some body and heart. Imagine all those soulful voices singing "And if the night runs over..."
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From:rational_twists
Date:March 5th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Adam is clapping enthusiastically while Larry is sitting rigidly with arms crossed. Wonder why?

Can you really see Larry doing anything else? ;)
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 5th, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Aye that is a magestic version. Don't really like like LP version as its been so edited in the studio it sounds so wooden.

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