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June 26th, 2002

Can *YOU* ID this song? @ 02:05 am

I'm currently feelin: curious curious

Perhaps someone can help me find out what the name of this song and band is. So far I've asked hundreds of people and not ONE person has any clue as to who this is.

Someone out there has to know!!

Here's the story: When I was 12 years old I was starting to seriously get into music, and I'd record songs off the radio on cassette. It was also the time I "discovered" U2 so being the new fan that I was, anytime they'd play U2 on the radio I'd be sure to record it on my cassette. This was in 1992 or 1993.

One afternoon I turned on the radio and they were playing (what I thought was) a U2 song. The song was almost over but I decided to record it anyway. Unfortunately the DJ never did say who the band was, but I assumed it was U2 at the time. Once I became more familiar with U2 I knew it wasn't one of their songs because I had listened to all of their albums and I was familiar with all of their B-sides, and none of them ever matched the song I had recorded.

I've asked this question to several DJ's I know - both radio and club DJ's... none have figured out the song. I've asked this on several newsgroups - alt.music.lyrics, alt.music.u2, alt.fan.u2, alt.music.canada, Interference, etc... no one can figure out who it is, but they all agree it sounds vaguely familiar.

So perhaps YOU might know what this song is. It's not that it's a particularly *great* song... but this unknown song has been bothering me for a few years now (try 9!), and I know several people who want to know the identity behind this song too.

During the chorus the singer sounds like Bono, and the guitarist sounds like Edge. Even the bass player sounds a tiny bit like Adam. It's very strange. This isn't U2 (and the music isn't U2's style...), but then who is this?

I have three 60 second clips of the song on my website. Keep in mind they were recorded off a crappy local radio station in 1993. The sound quality is terrible but if you turn it up and listen to the entire thing you can hear it alright. It's a bit staticky - please give them a listen. You too will probably be stumped and will be left guessing who these U2-soundalikes are!

http://www.robynh.com/1.wav - Verse
http://www.robynh.com/2.wav - Chorus*
http://www.robynh.com/3.wav - ending of the song

*This is the part that really sounds like U2...

Any idea? If not, this is definitely one for the X-Files!!

p.s. - if the songs aren't working, it just means my server is temporarily down.
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Date:June 26th, 2002 02:44 am (UTC)
Hmm that's odd. The chorus does sound like U2...I have no idea who it could be! Interesting.
Date:June 26th, 2002 05:46 am (UTC)
Odd indeed.

I admit the chorus sounds a little like Bono although I have never heard Adam play like that and the guitar sounds really high pitched to be Edge... Can you make out any of the words? When I can't figure a song out I put all the words I can get out of it into Google and sometimes it spits back stuff. Like if you search for "will shine like" in parenthesis it will come up with The Fly :)

best of luck
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Date:June 26th, 2002 12:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I've done that too. But nothing has EVER come up.

I can kind of make out lyrics... almost sounds like, "When I left you, you said you loved me"
but NOTHING has ever shown up in Google for the past 2 years if I type that in. I probably have the lyrics wrong.
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Date:June 27th, 2002 03:56 pm (UTC)
I found a song called "Right As Rain", apparently by somebody called Tommy Castro when I entered "when I left you said you loved me" in a Google search, but that can't be the same song because, when I did a little sleuthing, I found out that that song came out in 1999. Anyway, the lyrics that I found don't sound at all like the song clips you posted. It's gonna bug me that nobody knows who did this song... I have to know!

The only band I can think of is Grant Lee Buffalo... I once mistook their singer's vocals for Bono's. Of course, that was in the middle of the night when I happened to wake up and hear a song of theirs on the radio that I'd left on, so maybe it can be attributed to my sleepiness. ;>

Is it possible that it was an unsigned band, or a local band?
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Date:June 27th, 2002 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if it was an unsigned band too... although I really don't know. I'm stumped.

If the band's unsigned or simply a local one hit wonder, they would either be from Vancouver, Victoria or Seattle - or anywhere surrounding that region. It's kind of crazy because I don't remember the radio station I recorded it off... I just know it was one of many. *ugh*

I'm determined to find out this song... but if anyone else wants to help me and ask away somewhere... go for it!
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Date:June 26th, 2002 07:03 am (UTC)
Wow, weird. Gotta love it when the dj's don't come on and id songs for like....a half hour or so...jaysus....

Definitely sounds like bono, but the music is way different. I don't have a clue. Maybe Bono guesting on someone's song?? All I can think of from that time frame was Pearl Jam, but it doesn't sound like PJ.

Got yourself a little gem there!
Date:June 26th, 2002 07:12 am (UTC)
wow - i have no clue what that song is or who it's by. you might try asking the livejournal community howdoesitgo. let us know if you figure it out!
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Date:June 27th, 2002 08:26 am (UTC)
wow indeed.

that has to be U2, the voice sounds just like Bono, the guitaring could easily be the Edge's and the drumming certainly sounds mullen jnr ish

Plus it sounds like a great song.
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Date:August 8th, 2002 10:02 pm (UTC)
Update: I've re-recorded the song again into ONE mp3: www.robynh.com/mystery.mp3. Still no clue as to who it is.

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