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March 24th, 2006

SOTD - Flashback Friday! @ 02:39 pm

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Sorry for the lateness, my IP's been dippy all day.. >;#

Today's Flashback Friday selection from the 1978 demo tape is

False Prophet



I can hear echoes of Twilight in this one. As is the case with almost all of these recordings, Edge and Larry are holding the entire shebang together by teeth and nails. Bono sounds VERY young here and very much as though he's trying to emulate Lennon's vocal tone circa Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Edge sounds a bit Roger McGuinn/The Byrds with some of his chords.
This one though, does to my mind show some of their determination to carve a unique sound just starting to grow, rather than the pure The Clash/Beatles/Buzzcocks they emulate elsewhere.

Lyrics are almost incomprehensible but "I know, I understand" can be quite clearly heard in the chorus.. Anyone up to the task of posting their interpretations?
 
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From:oddangel
Date:March 24th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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The only other lyrics I *think* I catch are "I realize who you are." But I could be completely off base.

What I find most fascinating about this clip is Edge's guitar. You can hear him begin to develop his signature strumming at the start of the song. It's slowed down, but it's definitely the Edge.
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From:boriel
Date:March 24th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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i realize who you are
20th century ___? (song?)
i know, i understand
i realize who you are

look around, look (alive?) boy
we talk of dreams, (i'd rather die)?
i know, i understand
what the world ___??

ah, ah, ah ummm dumm umm
ah, ah, ah ummm dumm umm
ah, ah ahaah ah
ah, ah, ah ummm dumm dumm? (lol)


thats the best i can hear, and i googled and there are no lyrics on the entire internet it seems... perhaps because bono is mumbling so bad that no-one wants to take the risk of guessing :)

neat to listen to some old stuff though, thanks for the opportunity
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From:canadanne
Date:March 25th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
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The transcript I just came up with looks much the same as yours:

I realised who you are
20th century star
I know, I understand
I realise who we are(?)

Look a while, look away boy(?)
It's often dreamed...(?)
or You talk of dreams...(?)
I know, I understand
What the world...(?)


I have no time to analyse this song properly tonight (or indeed until the end of next week, as I'm off on holiday in the morning!), but I'll see if I can fill in any more blanks when I have a chance to listen with the volume up higher. *g*
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From:canadanne
Date:April 2nd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)

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I'm fairly sure the second line of the second verse is "You talk of dreams of promised land", or something close to that. The fourth line is harder to distinguish, but I think it may be "What the world would demand"? This is the best transcript I can come up with:

I realised who you are
20th century star
I know, I understand
I realise who you are

Look a while, look away, boy
You talk of dreams of promised land
I know, I understand
What the world would demand


It does at least make some level of sense!

As for my feelings about the song... it's not really anything special, but it's kind of catchy and there's certainly nothing terrible about this one (well, apart from Bono's enunciation *g*). The way it gathers momentum at the start is quite nice, and the guitar is pretty good throughout - it's not too repetitive, there's a decent amount of variation. I can't say I particularly hear any similarity to Twilight, myself?
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From:specialcamper
Date:March 25th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
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I love flashback friday!!!
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 25th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
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Friday's becoming a favorite time of mine... Downloaded the song, and thought it sounded like one of the new bands I hear playing in our university's parking lots on Friday nights.

Do you do requests? I'd love to hear "Cartoon World" sometime :D I've wondered about it ever since reading about it in "Killing Bono".

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