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April 5th, 2006

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sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: uncomfortable uncomfortable
I'm currently hearin: Mofo (Matthew Roberts Explicit Remix) - U2

I was sitting around sometime yesterday going "What song should I do for SOTD tomorrow?", when it hit me...

"Mofo (Matthew Roberts Explicit Remix)" from the Mofo Promo single

How is this mix different? It's over three minutes longer, the music is different, and there are some changed/added lyrics (most notably being Bono's actual use of the F word, oh noes!)
You know, whenever there are two versions of a single song, I tend to find that the ULTIMATE would be to combine the two. For example, Xanax and Wine vocals with Fast Cars music. Or in this case, the Explicit mix lyrics with the original Mofo music.

The song starts out with a minimal trance beat, immediately followed by a distorted, slowed electronic voice talking. Okay... By the 30 second mark, the voice stops, and the beat begins to build. Now you're in for nearly two minutes of solid, repetitive music. Not necessarily bad, but I'm into vocals, and it could probably stand to be about a minute shorter.
Speaking of which, the outtro is a minute and a half of similar solid beats. Again, this could stand to be shorter, but their similarity to the intro beats rounds out the track.
First, lemme just list the lyrical differences between the studio version and this mix:
Edge's backing vocals start directly in the first first, rather than the second.
In the second verse, Bono mixes up the lyrics of the second line into the first one, making it sound a bit repetitive. No idea why he did that, and it bothers me slightly.
The chorus is completely changed to trancy repetitions of "Mother, mother sucking rock and roll, mother, mother fucking rock and roll" and "Giving your soul for gold"
The third line of the third verse is changed to "Bass suit, bug shades, blue boogie motorcade".
The "Show me, mother" outtro is completely gone.
The last three and a half minutes of this song are completely different than the studio version. As said above, the original outtro is gone. Instead we get several repetitions of the new repetitive chorus. The best part of which, I'd have to say is the "Mother fucking rock and fucking roll" breakdown at the 5:49 mark. (Fun memory associated to that part. I was playing the song for my mother, who wasn't really paying attention, but when it got to that part, she looked up at me and said "This is U2?!" Like OMG, Bono said the F word =O). The final outtro is a repeat of "Mother fucking rock and fucking roll"
I'd have to say, that, as much as I love hearing Bono use the F word, I really, really, miss the original music. Especially Edge's jet-engine guitar.

For fun, I'll just add that I have another memory associated with this song. The "video" for Mofo on the Best of 1990-2000 DVD uses the Punk Phorce Mix of Mofo, which is quite similar. When I was first getting into U2, I knew nothing of Pop or PopMart. I had the DVD before I even had any U2 CDs, and Mofo was one of the first videos on it that I watched (because I looked at the back of it and went "Whoa, a song called 'Mofo'? Neat!"). I watched the video (a mass of PopMart footage edited together with the song. Let's just say... I was freaked out a bit. I couldn't understand the lyrics, the trance beats freaked me out, I wondererd what had happened to Bono's hair, and the entire PopMart set (costumes included) blew me away. How naive I was. Pop is now my favourite U2 album (and tour!)


This, this fashion
This, this fashion
This fashion
This, this something special


Looking for to save my save my soul
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Looking in the places where no flowers grow
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Looking for to fill that God shaped hole
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Mother... mother sucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...

Holy dunc, space junk, staring into the flash
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Wh-wh-white dopes on punk s-staring into the flash
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Looking for the baby Jesus under the trash
(Been around the front... been around the back)

Mother... mother sucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother... mother fucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...

(Been around the front... been around the back)
Giving it all for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold

Mother... am I still your son
You know I've waited for so long to hear you say so
Mother... you left and made me someone / Mother...
Now I'm still a child, no one tells me no

Mother...

Looking for a sound that's going to drown out the world
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Looking for the father of my two little girls
(Been around the front... been around the back)
Bass suit, bug shades, blue boogie motorcade
(Been around the front... been around the back)
I'm still looking for the face I had before the world was made
(Been around the front... been around the back)

Mother... mother sucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother... mother fucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother... mother sucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother... mother fucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...

Mother fucking rock and fucking roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...

(Been around the front... been around the back)
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold
Giving your soul for gold

Mother... mother sucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother... mother fucking rock and roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother fucking rock and fucking roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...
Mother fucking rock and fucking roll
(Been around the front... been around the back) / Mother...

Mother fucking rock and fucking roll
Mother fucking rock and fucking roll
Roll roll roll

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From:canadanne
Date:April 5th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)

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I love both this version and the cleaner Phunk Phorce Mix!

I agree with you about the plain repetitive beats going on for too long - that's the one weakness of these remixes, I get impatient waiting for some variation. Still, it's very danceable and it gives you a whole new angle on an already brilliant song, which is what the best remixes should do. It's like the evil version!  I think one of the best moments is the crash of drumbeats around the 2:06 mark and again at 4:45 - if memory serves me correctly, the video has that part perfectly synchronised with Lara Croft opening fire on the big screen, which is *so* cool!

Another great quality of the remix is how languorous and raspy Bono's vocals are - just listen to the way he sings "Mother... mother suckin' rock and roll" in the first verse. He sounds even more world-weary and cynical than he did on the album version - YAY! :)

I've never been entirely sure how accurate the "Giving it all for gold / Giving your soul for gold" transcription is. The Interference lyrics archive had it down as "Giving it up the ghost / Giving itself a ghost", which was clearly nonsense. For ages I was fairly convinced it was "Give me yourself or go", but turning the volume right up and listening closely, that only sounds right on certain lines - most of them do sound more like "Giving your soul for gold". The first line is definitely wrong though...

Speaking of new lyrics, I love the "Bass suit, bug shades, moon boogie motorcade" (or whatever it is) line. It's *almost* as cool as the lemonade line they used on the album. 8)

Most amusing part of the song: "Mother fuckin' rock and fuckin' roll!". Because you can never have too many fuckin's. *g*  I always loved that part of the Phunk Phorce Mix where it just goes "Mother.... rock and.... roll" (it sounded cool like that!), and I never even realised those long pauses were where they'd blanked out swear words. Made me giggle with juvenile glee when I eventually heard the uncensored version!

Also, how excellent is the way they distort the final line into "Mother fuckin', rock and fuckin' rrrrrroll-roll-roll-roll.... ro-oll"?  I just *love* that effect, I think it's done really well!

Pop Mofo is of course the definitive version of this song, but I do enjoy these particular remixes rather muchly.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:April 7th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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Love the remix. I'm a fan of longish remixes though, so the repetitive nature of the mix doesn't bother me at all.

Okay, now call me a bit slow, but I totally didn't realize that Mofo was on the Best Of DVD. At least, I never noticed it before... I think I know what I'm watching before bed tonight though. :)

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