January 29th, 2006



I chose this Song of the Day not because of the lyrics - they're the funniest I've heard coming from Bono.

I normally hate songs with the word "party" in it (i.e. "Crazy Little Party Girl" by Aaron Carter). But this irresistible little number did me in:

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I think of it as a "baby" Mysterious Ways. The song begins with some strumming from the Edge, then Larry and Adam kick in with the "party" groove after "...oh no, not me" - at this point I am always tempted to start wiggling my hips.

I remember an article I read way back about Bono - stumbling out into the street from a rowdy party and bellowing at no one in particular - "No, I will not do the snake dance for you!" Yes, I think this would be the snake dance song. This is the kind of song no one can dance to and maintain dignity. But it's fun and silly and very Bono-ish (read: he can't dance - but he got soul).

My favorite bits: The Edge's playful guitar solo after the second verse, Bono's "ba-dat-di-doo-wa-ba-di-doo-wa-mmm-bah" scatting and Bono shouting, "Guitar hero!"

Oh, and the people yelling "Hey! Hey! Hey!" - I do love an enthusiastic audience.
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an odd request

Hello all... I was wondering if you all could help me with something.

I want to make my friend a U2 mix CD, but I was wondering if I could get some imput from you.

The theme for the CD would be U2 songs that are related to US History anything historical, anywhere on earth... Can anyone think of any songs that would fit this category? (aside from the obvious Pride and MLK)

Thank you sooo much :)

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I got the U2: Communication CD-ROM/CD a couple days ago and it's got a video of Vertigo from the band's stop in Milan last year.

It was directed by Hamish Hamilton, who you will recognize - or, I should say, whose style you will recognize from the DVDs of the Elevation and Vertigo tours.

Watching it, I was quickly reminded of why I can't stand his directing style. It's way too focused on quick cuts, usually barely giving the viewers a chance to even register and focus on what they're seeing before moving to the next shot. When I compare that to older concert footage that leaned more heavily on longer shots and fewer cuts, I found I much prefer those over Hamilton's style.

I'm a photographer. I'm a visual person. I need to see things for more than half a second or so. I need the bigger picture. I like to see longer, wider angles that let you see what they're doing with the stage. I like to see more time taken to show a band member doing his thing whether it's an extreme close-up or a slightly wider shot, not this rapid-fire, in-your-face, show them for the blink of an eye then move to the next shot sort of thing. After a while, it even starts to make my eyes get tired of trying to follow everything.

Just having concerts on DVD is great, especially for the people unable to go to the shows, but I wish they'd have used someone with a different directing style. You can count me as a one who isn't a fan of Hamish Hamilton. What about the rest of you?

Poll #662428 Hamish Hamilton

Do you like his directing style?

Doesn't matter to me. It's about the music.

By the way, I could see where there'd be a bit of a contrast between the style of my userpic vs. what Hamilton does. To me, the quick flashes of words throughout The Fly works because it fits the song; it's like something subliminal. Besides, it's a lot easier to stomach that in one song instead of a two-hour concert.

Another thing on the U2: Communication CD-ROMs

I haven't seen anyone else mention it yet - if someone did I missed it - but to access the CDROM you have to enter your U2.com member name and password in order to unlock it.

It says you only have to do it once, but I'm guessing that's once per computer. I wouldn't think there's any way the disc itself can "remember" that.

Confirmed - you have to enter the username/password once on every computer you put it in, AND you have to be an active, paying club member.

Hope all those sellers on eBay are telling bidders who are non-members that they'll only be able to listen to the audio CD. Actually, none of the seven I just checked now mention a thing about that.

So, buyer beware.
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These have been passing through a few communities in, so I couldn't help but do one for U2

Ten Top Trivia Tips about U2!

  1. The original nineteenth-century Coca-Cola formula contained u2.
  2. Snow White's coffin was made of u2!
  3. Devoid of their cells and proteins, u2 have the same chemical makeup as sea water.
  4. U2 once came third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest.
  5. All shrimp are born as u2, but gradually mature into females.
  6. A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but u2 can not!
  7. Native Americans never actually ate u2; killing such a timid prey was thought to indicate laziness.
  8. The pigment Indian Yellow was manufactured from the urine of cows fed only on u2.
  9. U2 can last longer without water than a camel can.
  10. If you toss u2 10000 times, they will not land heads 5000 times, but more like 4950, because their head weighs more and thus ends up on the bottom.
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U2 bookses

Today I received this , as an extra late Christmas present. I'm about to go curl up with it (*COafter I finish The DaVinci CodeUGH*).

I also saw this in a bookstore recently. You can imagine my doubletake.
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first off, u2 is my favorite band, so don't get defensive as if this is a slight against them, i'm just trying to figure something out.

how can they be so adament in their fighting against poverty and injustice, etc., when they sell tshrits at the shows for $85 and tix cost over $100?!?! i don't get it. they could take a cut in their huge salary, no? it seems to be a very contradictory thing.