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January 6th, 2007

Weekend Wrangle @ 07:02 pm

stay_please:
As I've lost my inspiration to write up Song of the Days (though I do have two in mind), I wanted to up my community involvement this year. I started off last year with oodles of SotDs, and my posting quickly wavered. So, I've come up with an idea for a weekly discussion.

I already have a few ideas for topics, but basically they're supposed to incite discussions, or dare I say... arguments? But everyone has to play nice, or I'll quickly put this idea away. That would not make for a very happy stay_please, so be civil to your neighbor.

Of course, in any fandom community, there are multiple, lengthy threads of "bests" and "worsts". Albums, songs, and lyrics are the important topics for music communities such as ours. So, I'm starting off with a "best"...

You're stranded on a desert island, of course! And you can bring with you one U2 SINGLE. Not an album, and for argument's sake, you have no albums. Which SINGLE would you bring?

For a listing of U2 singles, visit http://www.u2wanderer.org/disco/.
NOTE: please don't argue with me about the error, or incompleteness of this site, just use it or don't!

Now, wrangle!
 
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From:bonoffee
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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This is weird because I have a few ideas for discussion topics too! Hee. Should be fun to get people talking anyway.

In response to yours, I'm gonna bite the bullet and go for The Fly.
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
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I totally wouldn't mind sharing this. :D You could have.... Mid-Week Mudwrestle? LOL Mind if I toss you an e-mail (through LJ) about some of my ideas for future posts? We could make this kick-ass.

And tell me why you went with The Fly. :-P Discuss!
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From:geeklibrarian
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
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Night and Day (Steel String Remix). No, wait. Dirty Day (Junk Day Mix). No. Night and Day... no! Dirty Day!


Aaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuugh!


Never mind! I can't do it!

(I don't suppose arguing with oneself is exactly what you had in mind, is it!?)
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
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That's okay, you're just the only person to type it out (so far). I've already had this idea described to me, via IM, as "like choosing between children." I've seen that phrase thrown around here a few times in threads like these. Heh.
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From:notasecretagent
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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...One. :)
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
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... why? :P
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From:canadanne
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
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Either One or Stay, those are the best singles in my opinion. I'd probably go with Stay because I'd need the Lemon remixes to keep me going on that island!

(Or have I completely missed the point of the question, and you're asking which is U2's best song that was released as a single?)
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
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No, you got the point. I think geeklibrarian missed it by a little, but that's alright. I'm talking about singles as entire packages, for their b-sides, alternate versions, and remixes in one disc. I don't think I could live with being stranded with ONE song. That just sounds painful...
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
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Heh, as the poster, I was hoping to be the first to respond. But you guys jumped all over it. This is great!

Myself, I'm going with the 7 EP. EP? Sure, it could be a single. I know I didn't specify, but oh well. I almost went with All I Want Is You, but the repeat of one song is what did it in.

The 7 EP was one of my first U2 purchases, right after I became a fan. I just happened to see it in Target, and snagged. Unfortunately, it was only an American release, but I'm sure every one else who wanted it got their hands on it somehow. :)

Tracklisting:
Summer Rain
Always
Big Girls Are Best
Beautiful Day (Quincy and Sonance Remix)
Elevation (Influx Remix)
Stuck in a Moment (Acoustic)
Walk On (Single Version)


The remixes I could do without. I love the inclusion of some B-sides, and "Beautiful Day before it was Beautiful Day". What scores it the win, for me, is the versions of Stuck in a Moment and Walk On, which are superior to the album versions.
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From:beowulfjones
Date:January 7th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Great choice! I went to bed last night thinking, "If I chose the Popheart EP, would that be cheating?"

I like that there are two... variations, really, on Beautiful Day: Always (before the "album mix") and then the Quincy and Sonance remix (after, obviously). I actually do like those remixes -- the Elevation one is straight out of the live show, Stuck always seems a little better to me acoustic, and the single version of Walk On... wait, is that the UK version (dramatically reworked) or the US version (with just a few changes, like horns in the second verse and a measure or two cut from Edge's solo)?

But I'm babbling. Good choice on 7, though!
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
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After much thought, I've decided that I have to pick the Stay (Faraway, So Close!) single. The fact that it has the original version of Slow Dancing is a big factor in my decision, but the other songs are all incredible too <3
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From:zoostation
Date:January 7th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
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If God Will Send His Angels, simply because of Two Shots of Happy and Two Shots of Sad.

Plus the Edge-SBS is great too.
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From:kashmir87
Date:January 7th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. Glad to see someone else has that in mind, too. :)
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From:serena_vox
Date:January 7th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
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After tons of thinking and thinking and at the risk of sounding n00bish, I am going to stand by my decision of Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (Europe). The song has such a sentimental value to me, it just a must for me, plus All I Want Is You is a total bonus. Although One is totally tempting.
From:8linepoem
Date:January 7th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
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either "Stay" or "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses".
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From:lastrega
Date:January 7th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
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Walk On, the three track version with Walk On, Streets and Stay. Maybe. It's a tough one all right.
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From:beowulfjones
Date:January 7th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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The version I picked up has a fourth one: Gone (also live from Boston). Good performance, but it's a bit jarring to hear following Stay.
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From:specialcamper
Date:January 7th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
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dessert island??
Screw the singles! I'd bring a giant spoon. Or perhaps Weird Al's "Eat it".

But if this were a desert island...

The Unforgettable Fire single. I have never seen this before, but I just looked it up on that site, and dang! It's almost as good as the album! Plus it has A Sort of Homecoming, which is the best song ever.
From:stay_please
Date:January 7th, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
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haha, touche! I must've been hungry. :X
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From:eye_shah
Date:January 7th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)

Fave single

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It's hard to pick out a U2 fave since I love 'em all, but I think I'd bring Stay (Far Away So Close).
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:January 7th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
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All I Want Is You. No question there.
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From:fluidwhispers
Date:January 7th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
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Wow, what a hard question. After a lot of debate, I would take the Electrical Storm single, the version with "Electrical Storm" and the "Bad - 40 - Where the Streets Have No Name" live montage. I'm picking this one because when I remember how when I first got the Best of 1990-2000 album, I got totally addicted to Electrical Storm and listened to it almost every day at least once for about four weeks. No joke. So I figure that if the song caused that kind of reaction for me, then I probably wouldn't lose my mind on a desert island with that being my only single. Plus, Bad, 40, and WTSHNN are all always awesome live, so that'd be a cool set of other songs to listen to when I tired of putting Electrical Storm on repeat. Haha.
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 7th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
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I was so close to picking that one.
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From:edibleflowers
Date:January 7th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
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The first song that popped into my head was "A Celebration". I don't know why I love it so much, though that's probably at least partially because I didn't actually get to hear it until last year: never caught it during my original phase of getting into the band. Also, there's no denying the wonderful awfulness that is Bono's vocal on the studio version of "Party Girl"...

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