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December 3rd, 2006

U2 covers @ 12:46 am

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From:writergeek313
Date:December 3rd, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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There's all of Edge's Popmart karaoke tunes. Those would be a great example of new/different versions of American pop tunes--Daydream Believer, Sweet Caroline, Singin' In the Rain, Born to Be Wild, Radar Love, Sugar Sugar. There's their many wonderful live versions of Curtis Mayfield's (?) People Get Ready, Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, Elvis's Can't Help Falling In Love, the Beatles' Help! and Helter Skelter (though of course those aren't American pop tunes--I'm not sure how strict your teacher will be), the Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, and their versions of Lennon's Instant Karma that they did near the end of the 3rd leg of Vertigo. Lou Reed's Satellite of Love (especially a version with Reed himself singing parts of it, as he did on Zoo TV), and one of my favorite U2 covers, of Roy Orbison's She's A Mystery To Me (the Brooklyn Bridge version available on iTunes is top notch). The Saints Are Coming is a cover of a British punk tune.

What about duets? There's Bono's duet with Frank Sinatra--I've Got You Under My Skin--and his recent duet with Tony Bennett. There's also his duet with the Corrs covering Ryan Adams's When the Stars Go Blue. You could try to find the version of Slow Dancing featuring Willie Nelson (I've got it if you can't track it down otherwise). Bono contributed to the Artists Against AIDS Worldwide cover of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Bono did a radically different but great version of If You Wear That Velvet Dress with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (also available on iTunes).

I've heard some not-so-hot covers of U2 songs. I downloaded a version of Live doing Running to Stand Still that made me want to stick things in my eyes... Weird Al has done parodies of Numb and Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. There's Mary J. Blige's version of One.

All right, that should be enough to get you started ;)
From:p_michaels
Date:December 3rd, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Was it not Bono that wrote She's A Mystery To Me?
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From:writergeek313
Date:December 3rd, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Nope. From as perfect as he sounds singing it, you'd think he had, but he definitely didn't.

http://www.u2wanderer.org/disco/coll35b.html
From:p_michaels
Date:December 3rd, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, your link confirms what I said, Bono and The Edge wrote She's A Mystery To Me: She's a Mystery to Me: Written by David Evans (The Edge) and Paul Hewson (Bono). Produced by Bono. Engineered and mixed by Don Smith. Roy Orbison: Guitar, vocals. Bono - Guitars. Howie Epstein: Bass. Benmont Tench: Piano and cheap strings. Jim Keltner: Drums. Arranged by Benmont Tench.

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