Chass (sapphires13) wrote in u2,
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What with the upcoming DVD release, and the fact that this song has never been covered as a Song of the Day, I felt it was all too appropriate that I cover it:

"Night and Day" from the Red Hot and Blue album

Originally by Cole Porter, this song was covered by U2 in 1990 for the Red Hot and Blue album, a tribute to Cole Porter, which featured various artists, with proceeds going to AIDS research.
I haven't been a U2 fan all that long, and the first version of this song I heard was actually John Barrowman and Kevin Kline singing it in the movie-musical, De-Lovely, a Cole Porter biopic. It wasn't until a few days after seeing the movie with my brother, that he asked me "Did you know that U2 covered one of the Cole Porter songs in that movie?" And well, I naturally preferred the U2 version ;P

This song is truly an Achtung Baby preview. It's dark, and Bono is singing in his Fly voice. It must've been pretty strange to have been a U2 fan at the time. The Joshua Tree and LoveTown tours are over, and you're just waiting to see what the band is going to do next... and then Night and Day is released. Must've been a bit of a shock. Night and Day is actually darker in feel than most of Achtung Baby, musically though, it reminiscent of The Fly, Zoo Station, and even Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car.
Even if you were to remove Bono's vocals, there's something very ominous feeling about the music itself. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, either.
A video was also recorded for the original Red Hot and Blue VHS video release (and directed by Wim Wenders), and will be included on the forthcoming DVD rerelease (see above link). The video, like the song is rather dark, and can be viewed here on YouTube.
The video itself is something of an anomaly itself. Here we have U2 still with their late 80s look (Bono's suspenders, Edge's bandana), but their early 90s sound. Not a bad video though (except the part with the razor blade, which freaks me out). Bono sort of reminds me of Michael Hutchence in this video, hmm.


The tomtom
When the jungle shadows fall
Like the tick tick tick of the eye of the clock
You're standing up against the wall
Like the drip drip drip of the rain drops
When the summer shower's through
So a voice within me
Keeps repeating
You...

Night and day
You are the one
Only you beneath the moon
And under the sun
Whether near to me or far
It's no matter, baby, where you are
I think of you
Night and day

Day and night
Why is it so?
That this longing for you follows
Wherever I go
In the roaring traffic boom
In the silence of my lonely room
I think of you
Night and day

Night and day
Under the hide of me
Though such a hungry yearning
Burning inside of me
This torment won't be through
'Til you let me spend my life
Making love to you
Day and night
Night and day

Night and day

Night and day
Under the hide of me
Oh, such a hungry yearning
Burning, burning inside of me
This torment won't be through
'Til you let me spend my life
Making love to you
Day and night
Night and day

Night and day
Night and day
Night and day

Night, in night, in night and day
And in night, in night, in the night and day
Night and day
Night... and day

(Got to, got to)
Gonna go up and do it
Gonna be loving you
How I'm [gonn]a miss ya baby
Saving it all up


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