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February 16th, 2008

B-sides @ 07:15 pm

I'm currently feelin: shocked shocked

The Void (music letters page on Teletext) has been having a debate about bands who are good or bad at B-sides, and today someone's written in saying "Surprisingly for a great band, U2 have released very few good B-sides." I can't believe anyone could say that, personally... I know they've been rubbish at B-sides for the last few years (hardly anything except poor quality remixes and live versions), but they had dozens of fantastic B-sides in the '80s and '90s. Stuff that way outclasses most bands' A-sides. I can only guess that this guy doesn't actually own much of U2's back catalogue!
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Date:February 16th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Interesting you mention U2 b-sides. I've been listening the b-sides, allot of late in my quest to get back into some kind of U2 mode. They have released some good ones, but dozens? I'm not so sure. As U2 have said themselves, there not a singles band. Not everybody will own everything U2 have done and in recent years, the b-sides have been shocking.

Certainly you couldn't blame somebody for saying that, if they've just bought the best of 90-2000 with the dross that's on the "b-sides" disc.
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Date:February 16th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I could list dozens, although I don't have time just at the moment. I totally agree with you about the Best Of 1990-2000 though, I was thinking the same thing! That compilation was such a poor representation of an amazing period in their history.
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Date:February 17th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
OK, here's a quick list. Even if you don't include the amazing covers they've done (Dancing Barefoot, Everlasting Love, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, I've Got You Under My Skin, Pop Muzik, Satellite Of Love, Unchained Melody...) or any of the great remixes (too many to list), I've still come up with:

~ Always
~ Deep In The Heart
~ Hallelujah (Here She Comes)
~ Holy Joe
~ Lady With The Spinning Head
~ Love Comes Tumbling
~ Luminous Times (Hold On To Love)
~ Night And Day (Steel String Remix)
~ North And South Of The River
~ Salomé
~ Silver And Gold
~ Slow Dancing
~ Spanish Eyes
~ Summer Rain
~ Sweetest Thing
~ The Three Sunrises
~ Touch
~ Trash, Trampoline And The Party Girl
~ Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad
~ Walk To The Water

I guess you could also count Your Blue Room which was used as a B-side... I can think of several others I like as well, though I'm not sure how impressive they'd be to a casual fan. Still, that's a good 20 songs just for starters - surely that's enough to dispute the claim that they've released "very few" decent ones!
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Date:February 16th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed, although we're a bit biased, hehe.

But honestly, he hasn't heard much of their b-sides if he's made a statment like that.
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Date:February 16th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Agreed their B-sides were much better in the 80s and 90s
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Date:February 17th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
So true, so true. Their B-sides were absolutely brilliant back in the day. Can I get an AMEN, I mean Lady With the Spinning Head? Walk To The Water? Dancing Barefoot? A Room At the Heartbreak Hotel? :o)
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Date:February 17th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Lady with the Spinning Head is AMAZING. I've always adored it hopelessly.

But yeah, he probably just doesn't know what he's talking about.
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Date:February 18th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Honestly I think a lot of the 80s b'sides are better than the a-sides. *cough* bass trap

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