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April 12th, 2006

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I'm currently feelin: calm calm
I'm currently hearin: Night and Day - U2

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Date:April 12th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)

As I mentioned recently, in my opinion the Steel String Remix (from the One single) is by far the best version of Night And Day, so I'll save most of my general comments for the day that remix hopefully gets featured in its own right!  For now I'll just concentrate specifically on the RH&B version, and of course the accompanying video...

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I still have the transcript of a Yahoo Chat that Bono and friends took part in (during Adam's 40th birthday party!) on 12th March 2000. At one point supermodel Helena Christensen stepped in for a few minutes, and was asked to name her favourite U2 song, to which she responded: "Night And Day. It was on Red Hot And Blue ... Oh, God, I can go on, but I must say Night And Day, that was the most beautiful version of that song ever."
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Totally agree with Helena - my Mum owns copies of the song as performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and IMO neither of them comes anywhere close to U2's rendition. The Ella one was alright (but not really my cup of tea), the Sinatra one completely dire. Of course I may be partly biased as I wasn't familiar with the song before I heard U2's cover, but I really think they breathed a whole new life into it, and made it *sexy* like it ought to be. It's hard to believe such sultry lyrics had ever been wasted on bland, passionless recordings... trust U2 to recognise and emphasise its best qualities!

I think that's a good description you gave, calling it an "Achtung Baby preview". It does have the same dark beauty as that album, and it's a great example of the thrilling dance-flavoured rock that would become familiar to U2 fans throughout the 90s. My kinda music!

This particular version has a much creepier feel than the Steel String Remix, thanks to that booming intro and ominous horror-movie chords. Which is pretty cool, and contrasts nicely with the softness of the first "Night and day..." line — the sonic turmoil seems to mirror Bono's angst over this elusive lover, with pain and pleasure in equal measure. Overall it kind of makes Bono sound like a dangerous stalker, which is interesting because I'm pretty sure that wasn't the original intention of the song. And the weird razorblade video certainly adds to that effect!  (Ugh, that part *really* makes me wince - I'm seriously squeamish. :p  How fantastically evil does Bono look during the "burning... burning, inside of me..." section, though, when he comes over to seduce the camera?  Remind you of anyone....?)

But yeah, I don't think this version sounds as clean and lush as the later remix, and I prefer it feeling purely amorous without the sinister overtones. I want to dirty dance to it, not slit my wrists. ;p
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Date:April 13th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Overall it kind of makes Bono sound like a dangerous stalker

You just hit the nail on the head!

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