March 7th, 2006

Adam WTF?!

I'm aliiiiiiiiiive (and being born too, apparently)

I have not died, I've just been internetless for the last week and a half. This is due to stupidly deciding to switch to a new service provider, who somehow has had incredible trouble providing said service. In fact, I'd still consider myself internetless, considering the only reason I'm able to be online right now is because I caved and installed one of the AOL dial-up trial discs I had lying around. Tis evil stuff, I tell you.

Anyway, this is not all pointless off-topic blather about myself. Over the last several days I've had a few stupidly interesting U2 epiphanies.

1. My niece's kindergarten class made valentines for their friends and families. I finally got mine, and was rather thrilled at it. It was simply a piece of paper folded over with pink foam hearts glued to it... and "U2" "U2" "U2" "U2" written all over the inside, with more drawn hearts. I'm torn between finding this to be cute beyond words... and somewhat disturbing that I seem to have slowly brainwashed her five year old mind to associate me with nothing other than U2.

2. I have red curtains on my window. I woke up one morning to see the sun shining brightly through them, making the window (which takes up half of the wall) glow with red light. I looked up at this red glowing square on my wall and said "I want to RUN!" We can now confirm that I've descended far enough into my U2 obsession that I now associate anything glowing with a red light with the word "STREETS".

3. I've been watching too much TV lately, and in the course of one commercial break, I discovered that there is apparently a professional wrestler called The Edge, and that Pier 1 Imports has a Clayton chair on sale. Also, for no apparent reason, I flipped to MTV (I never watch MTV), just in time to see Bono accept his award (I don't even remember what it was, Most Inspiring Artist?, or something to that extent) on the TRL awards. Maybe I really do have a U2 radar.

And last, but certainly not least, I present to you:

The dumbest dream ever, featuring both Paul McCartney and Adam Clayton (and a sailboat).
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And I know I missed last Wednesday's SOTD, but I had no way to get online and post one. So to make up for that, I'm going to have a special treat for you all this coming Wednesday (hopefully, anyway, there is the small matter of whether or not I'll be able to get the secret file uploaded, but I think I have a plan).
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I was just thinking of something. All That You Can't Leave Behind came out in 2000. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb came out in 2004. So, by that logic, The Album That Will Be For Now Known As U2 12 will be out in 2008, with a tour following in 2009.

Boy do I hope I'm wrong.

Song of the Day

"Race Against Time" from Where The Streets Have No Name Single

There's a lot of talk in Into The Heart about what The Joshua Tree might have been. Not sure why, there isn't much talk about what Achtung, Baby might have been. Let's take a quick gander and all those B-sides that MIGHT have been The Joshua Tree.

Luminous Times
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Silver and Gold
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time

How much they were working on each song during the JT sessions, and which were actually up for consideration to make the album cut, varies widely, I imagine. Silver and Gold found a place on R&H, Sweetest Thing was reworked and made a nice pro-Pop release. Race Against Time is just one of those 'out there' tracks that really didn't go much of anywhere. I've listened to Captive once, and it sounds like something out of there, to be honest. Maybe not Captive, but it sounds very soundtrack worthy. In the ITH blurb, Edge seems to take most (all?) of the credit for laying the track down. says it was written by U2 / Bono, though. And someone even bothered to fill in all 6 lyrics.

Besides saying "race against time" twice, there are more vocals. They are kindred to Boomerang II, though, in that they really aren't words, but just vocalizations. To me, it sounds like "hola" or "mola". Any insights?

It starts with a nice bass groove. Larry's militant drumming comes in after the first vocals, and really subsides after the second round. In between the funky bass, weird words, and Larry's beats... it's an Edge-fest, alright. Distorted guitars, synths, and a little piano for good measure. One of those tracks you get into for U2 history, but nothing really radio-worthy. And of course, uploaded to g-mail.