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March 31st, 2006

Song Of The Day - Flashback Friday @ 01:51 pm

Ooof. This is a hard one to take seriously for even the most diehard of fans.

Inside Out

is a mercifully short track (1:26), disjointed and desperately off-time. Larry sounds like he's about to break an arm trying to keep everyone in line and Edge is quite clearly on another planet or enjoying some other reality, one where he's fronting the Beatles covering The Byrds. I'm not even sure why they'd included this on the '78 demo tape; it's kind of frightening in just how bad the infant u2 could be.

Astonishingly, interpretations of the lyrics can be found all over the net. I don't know how much I agree with some of them -- anyone else wanna take a crack?

Late at night
When the motion beats down
I feel so low, oh no

I lived a lie
For a thousand years
We start to cower, oh no

I said oh no, baby don’t
What you got to do it for
Can’t go on

She says oh no, baby don’t
Let me take me out here
Thank you man

You can think you're so high
When the moon is way down low
Take your time, feel fine
Those ladies are so darn high
Oh no no no

You gamble inside out
Forever inside out

Discuss, lemme know what you think... we now return you to 2006, when u2 lets us know when they're going to destroy something on stage beforehand!
[Boston, 12/04. Bono: "This may be crap..." :D]
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Date:March 31st, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Actually, this makes me think of the Kinks and the Kingsmen more than the Byrds. Exuberant, off-time, teenage garage rock. It sucks, especially when you know what they're capable of now, but I've a soft spot for it.

(Dig your icon, btw. Mifune is teh isht.)
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Date:March 31st, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
ooo, good point w/the Kingsmen especially.

Heheh.. Mum raised my brother and I on Kurosawa/Mifune samurai films... made understanding just how much Lucas took from Hidden Fortress when he made Star Wars a lot easier since we'd seen HF first.. ;)
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Date:March 31st, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
I just wanted you to know that I am enjoying these Flashback Friday posts so much. I love hearing them when they were young and raw and, let's face it, kind of bad. It only makes what they have become more amazing.

So: thanks. ;-)
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Date:March 31st, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thankya muchly! The aim is to have some fun :)
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Date:April 1st, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Dear God.

I can just imagine Bono swaying idiotically about and Larry scowling at Adam and Edge with knees knocking, trying his best to look cool.
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Date:April 1st, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
WOW. Ha. Random Cowbell.
That was... AMAZING.

In all sense of the word.

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Date:April 2nd, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
Seems I'd never heard this one before!  It's not on the early demos compilation I've got.

I can hear the Kinks thing for sure, in Bono's vocal style. God, it's weird to think that all these 60s/70s bands were a recent influence on U2 at the time!!  I sometimes forget just how long they've been around for.
Also... is it just me or is that bass riff somewhat reminiscent of the song Gay Bar by Electric Six?!

You're not wrong about how jaw-droppingly terrible U2 often were in their teenage years - how they went from THAT to everything they've accomplished since, I'll never know. This particular track actually sounds quite fun for the most part, IMO, but holy heck that section just before the vocals come in is godawful!!  For a moment I wondered if it was perhaps *meant* to have a really bizarre rhythm, as it's hard to believe they could be that unsynchronised on a recorded demo, but it does indeed seem to be a collective fuck-up. :D

Lyrics... the ones you found seem to be correct in places, but I disagree with a few lines too, not that I can come up with anything better!
~ For sure "We start to cower" is wrong - it's driving me mad trying to figure out what he's actually singing, it sounds more like "But to stow"???  It's most likely *something* that rhymes with low, but I can't think of a line that fits.
~ I think "Let me take me out here" is actually "Let me check reality", but I've no idea what the line after it is.
~ "Take your time" isn't right, the first word sounds more like "Make" or something else beginning with M. I think the rest of that verse is wrong too, but again I can't decipher the real lyrics - I initially heard the last line as "Oh lady, my soul's on fire", but when I listened again, the final word definitely seems to be "higher" which makes less sense. Argh, Bono, who taught you to speak?!
~ The penultimate line is anybody's guess, but it sounds more like "tumble" than "gamble" to me?

Musically, it's quite an enjoyable song on the whole - it would be a good singalong number if we only had a clue what the lyrics were, and the bit near the end where Adam plays alone for a few seconds is really cool. Not too sure about the guitar solo just before that, though, it sounds *so* unlike Edge's style - makes me think of the Rolling Stones or something!  And yeah... cowbell is never a good sign. *ggls*

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