June 11th, 2010

Leeloo

Song Of The Day

So the World Cup kicked off this afternoon in South Africa. How times have changed (thank goodness)... hard to believe it's only a couple of decades since the end of apartheid, which had led to various sporting and cultural boycotts. It was a theme that inspired the protest song 'Sun City' to which Bono contributed, and while on that subject he also wrote this:

Silver And Gold

The original version, which Bono recorded with half of the Rolling Stones, appeared on the Sun City album in December 1985. I didn't even know about that recording until I bought the Joshua Tree remaster (where it's included on the bonus CD) - I was only familiar with the U2 version from The Best Of 1980-1990, which had been a B-side to 'Where The Streets Have No Name' in August 1987. And the famous live performance from Rattle & Hum, of course. It's always been one of my favourite B-sides (alright, jointly with dozens of others)... I shall explore its origins and general brilliance behind the cut tag!

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Sorry I kinda rambled again. "I don't mean to bug ya..." ;p