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July 30th, 2006

why not? @ 02:57 pm


I was thinking about Bass Trap and how some people think of it as black and some think of it as pastel pink. Does anyone else find that as interesting as I do? I want to hear what images or colours various U2 songs bring to mind, the stranger the better. Doesn't even have to be visual- if a song tastes like soy sauce or feels like chalk, that's even cooler. No, I'm not on drugs, I'm just interested in synesthesia.

To start off, I'll think of a few things: Some Days Are Better Than Others sounds like a black background with a bunch of tiny neon colours zipping around. Elvis Presley And America, my favourite U2 song, is a myriad of deep aquatic colours of green and blue with blotches of black. Love And Peace Or Else reminds me of brown corderoy. Mercy is a bright, glowing, carnelian orange, like when you close your eyes and turn towards the sun.

If there was just a big old post about this, sorry- I've been on a vacation of sorts and very busy, so I haven't been reading my friendslist.
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Date:July 30th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
Some Days Are Better Than Others is indigo for me.
The Electric Co is goldish/orange
Beautiful Day is white
Even Better Than The Real Thing are all sorts of colours together
And that's all I can think of right now :)

I always associate colours with days of the week too.
Date:July 30th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, EBTTRT looks and sounds kind of like an incredibly messy room, doesn't it? Part of it might be the associations with the music video, though.

Me too. Thursday is tan suede, isn't that weird?
Date:July 31st, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
People besides me do that?

! Is Saturday red?
Date:July 31st, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Totally! Do some research on synesthesia, you might find you have it, and you can try to develop it. It's really fascinating stuff.
Date:July 31st, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
I know about synesthesia, but I never knew they did it with days of the week (I thought my week-picture was unique, haha). Or I might have, and forgotten it ;)
Date:July 31st, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Cool. Is Tuesday turquoise?
Date:July 31st, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
yes! more bluish, though. monday varies between yellow and blue (the yellow might be residual sunday yellow, since it's just so powerful).
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Date:July 31st, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
The days of the week are like this for me:

Monday - red
Tuesday - green
Wednesday - purple
Thursday - orange
Friday - yellow
Saturday - brown
Sunday - blue

And you are right about Even Better ... it's indeed probably because of the video :)
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Date:July 31st, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
october is shades of grey and brown - not the nice browns and greys of winter with the depth of color and variation, but the grey of fog - flat dull, damp, and the flat brown of dead leaves and dank earth.

Promenade is shades of violet, cornflower blue, lilac, very light scarlets

alex descends is black with swirls of cherry red and orange

three sunrises is indeed like a sunrise - starts out pale mauve and pale pink, then intensifies as a sunrise would

bad is just lots of white light - intense but warm white

good question!
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Date:July 31st, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Zoo Station makes me think of splotches of colors with a blacklight over them...just that sort of purple tint to the neon colors. No idea why, but it's just cool.
Date:July 31st, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Lemon, to me.... is yellow.

I win at the intarwebs. XD

In all seriousness, I guess my brain doesn't work that way. I guess I'm antisynesthetic. All the ones I've read so far, to me, don't seem right. The colors don't match up to the songs in my mind. So maybe I'll have to go off and ponder this a bit, and come back with a real response. Excellent topic!
Date:July 31st, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Get excited, I'll do the Joshua Tree. I think of it as an entire day, kind of... here goes

Where the Streets Have No Name - noontime, the sun is high in the sky. The song itself is black, though, as is most of JT. A little bit of red.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - late afternoon, an orangey color.

With or Without You - dark blues and blacks. Late evening, 9 O'Clock?

Bullet the Blue Sky - dark green and black. Midnight.

Running to Stand Still - again, blues and blacks. Early morning, 3 AM maybe.

Red Hill Mining Town - crack of dawn, especially those first chords! Who doesn't think of dawn when they hear those? A yellow-red-orange combination.

In God's Country - noon again, orange and yellow.

Trip Through Your Wires - afternoon, orange again.

One Tree Hill - evening, around 7 O'clock, a mishmash of lots of different colors, blue and green and yellow.

Exit - midnight! Just black. Totally black.

Mothers of the Disappeared - 1 AM, 2 AM. Fluid purples, blues on a background of black.

That was exciting. None of their other albums work quite that way, unfortunately. I'll do AB for colors, it's pretty colorful (not as colorful as Zooropa, though).

Zoo Station - black and blue
Even Better - Red, purple, magenta
One - blues and blacks and purples
Until the End of the World - dark colors, black and blue and.. mostly blue
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses - blue
So Cruel - blue and purple
Mysterious Ways (I can't remember if MW is 7 or 8..) - yellow, red, orange, blue, but mostly yellow
The Fly - swirling yellow with black/blue
TTYATW - green/aquamarine
Ultraviolet - blue/green again
Acrobat - red, dark red
LIB - black and blue

Zooropa (I don't quite recall the tracklisting in perfect order)

Zooropa - funkadelic mix of everything, rainbowy
Babyface - blue, yellow, pink
Numb - black and blue and red
Lemon - yellow! and gray and a little bit of aquamarine
Stay - yellow and blue, natural shades
Daddy's Gonna Pay - yellow and blue, but a more neon kind
Dirty Day - blue and yellow
The First Time - black and blue, a bit of yellow for the live versions
Some Days - yellow
The Wanderer - yellow
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Date:July 31st, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
For me, i sort of see landscapes when I hear music, especially The Unforgettable Fire. A Sort Of Homecoming is a field in autumn; listening to Indian Summer Sky, you can almost smell leaves and wood burning. Wild Honey reminds me of hikes I've been on after the rain when the sun's coming out and making everything glitter.

nice post. nice question. :)
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Date:July 31st, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
This is fun! I have colours attached to every single letter of the alphabet and to numbers (very useful at history tests, white-grey-light blue-red = 1295 etc, hee!), so often the title of the song itself will influence what colours I see, but with U2 it's often not just colours but different scenes and landscapes, or people coming and going, like others have said.
Into The Heart is a dark blue space with tiny blue and red and pink lights shining and flashing.
The Rattle & Hum version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for is a train journey in a very hot summer.
Tomorrow is green fields, cool air and blacks here and there.
The whole of JT has this cold, dark greyish quality, and strong winds sweeping through a great open landscape.
AB is mostly very dark... uh, there's too much to describe.
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Date:July 31st, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I don't think I normally attach colours to songs, and if I do, I don't really think about it much, but last night I was lying in the dark and playing The Joshua Tree and I discovered two things:

Bullet the Blue Sky is orangey red, with black splotches (Bono's vocals), and small light blue streaks (Edge's backing vocals).

Exit is flat black with tiny pinpricks of gold.
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Date:July 31st, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've got to resist commenting in this thread, because once I get started on this topic, I just go on and on and on!  I have way too many examples of it...

It is indeed fascinating though!
Date:July 31st, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Aw, come on, that's what this thread is for! Go ahead. I've half a mind to start some kind of glossary of fans' synesthetic reactions to all the U2 songs. Wouldn't that be fun?
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Date:July 31st, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Well... the first time I realised I wasn't the only one who experienced these things, was in 2000 when someone started this thread on the U2 newsgroups:

I also posted a follow-up to that thread when HTDAAB came out:

Obviously I don't want to go through the entire U2 back catalogue describing the colour of every song. :p  I know some of them are subconsciously influenced by the album artwork (especially with Pop), but others just seem random. I don't know why New Year's Day has always been shining gold, or why Streets is greenish. I could have sworn I posted something about this in the U2 community a few months ago, but if I did, I can't find it now.

I've certainly considered numbers, letters and days of the week to have colours, ever since I was a child. Of numbers, the most vivid ones include 3 (orange), 6 (red), 7 and 8 (dark and light green) and 9 (yellow) - I have no rational explanation for any of them. I think the alphabet colours may have been somewhat influenced by our fridge magnets. The most strongly coloured days of the week are Monday (yellow), Wednesday (red) and Friday (orange).

Additionally, in February this year I had some mind-blowing revelations about the way I visualise the "shape" of songs:

That'll do, for now at least. ;p

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