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April 24th, 2008

Underappreciated @ 12:35 am

mangoprophetess:
I'm currently feelin: impatiently waiting for my audiobook to download
I'm currently hearin: U2 - The Wanderer (Live @ the Johnny Cash tribute)

Does anyone else think the rest of the universe is blind/stupid/has bad taste that "A Sort of Homecoming", "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", and "Kite" aren't among the best known/beloved U2 songs? Because every single time I hear any of them, I'm completely undone.

So, what else should we add to the "WHY THE HELL DON'T MORE PEOPLE APPRECIATE THIS SONG?!?" List?
 
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From:fiveandfour
Date:April 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
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Red Hill Mining Town. I never hear people talking about it, yet it's so wonderfully fantastic.
From:walrusoct9
Date:April 24th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
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I think it's just kind of forgotten because they never played it live, so you don't get that "Oh yeah, I forgot about that song" feeling at a show or from listening to a bootleg.


I second trinimacphisto's vote for most of "Zooropa," but especially the title track and "The First Time," way underrated.
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From:trinimacphisto
Date:April 24th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
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In a little while is the cutest thing since panda shaped toasts, it is definetly underapriciatted
Plus Zooropa, I think that whole album is kind of forgotten, people only remember Numb because of the weird video. Stay is one of the most beutiful songs I've ever heard, and The Wanderer is pretty awesome too
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From:sapphires13
Date:April 24th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
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Zooropa (the song) is one of the very best U2 has done, in my opinion =)
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:April 24th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
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I'll just add the whole POP album... cuz I loveth it! ;)
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From:supacatie
Date:April 24th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
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Agreed.
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From:sapphires13
Date:April 24th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
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I could be an arse here and say 'Miami', but I don't want to start a war ;P

Off the top of my head, I'd say that Promenade is an incredibly gorgeous song, but no one ever talks about it. "And I like a firework explode, roman candle lightning lights up the sky" is simply gorgeous.

Also Shadows and Tall Trees is one of my favourite songs, but I never hear anyone mention it =(
From:walrusoct9
Date:April 24th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
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"A Sort Of Homecoming" didn't really register with me until I heard the 'live' (but probably not really live) version on the Wide Awake In America EP. That version > the original.
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From:serena_vox
Date:April 24th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
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A Sort of Homecoming is definitely in my top 10 favourite U2 songs, for sure. The first time I heard it, I kept listening to it over and over. I simply adore Stay and Kite is gorgeous.

I am going to throw in Elvis Presley and America. I think that (what you can make out of) the lyrics are beautiful and even though it is nothing more than a slowed down version of A Sort of Homecoming with different lyrics, I think what really catches me about the song is the way Bono sounds as he sings it and the fact that it was just a one shot deal. It is just beautiful, imo. It also happens to be my most played song. :D
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From:brandokowalski
Date:April 24th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
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So Cruel has never gotten anywhere near the kind of love it deserves. Those three keyboard notes that are played over and over just get more powerful each time up until the end of that incredible song. The lyrics are phenomenal as well.
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From:fiveandfour
Date:April 24th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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It's one of my husband's favorite songs, though what draws him in is the bass. It's an automatic "turn it up to 10" whenever it comes on.

We kind of joked about the fact that at funerals these days it's kind of the thing to play songs the one being honored really loved, and that if I played that one at his funeral, people would really wonder about us.
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From:like__a_song
Date:April 24th, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
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A Man and a Woman
Love is Blindness
The Hands that Built America
Party Girl
Those are my top ones. Some of their covers overwhelm me too, like the one of "Unchained Melody". wow.
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From:lucy_u2
Date:April 24th, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
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Exit, Promenade, So Cruel, Acrobat, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, A Sort Of Homecoming and many others!
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From:like__a_song
Date:April 24th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
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omg i TOTALLY second "if You wear that velvet dress". BEAUTIFUL song.
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From:legethien
Date:April 24th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
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For me the big underapreciated U2 songs are... Kite, In a Little While, So Cruel, Acrobat, Stay and Love is Blindness. Oh and Party Girl!
I know there are probably many many people who love these songs, I just feel the general public, so to say, pays them no mind.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:April 24th, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Definitely If You Wear That Velvet Dress. Sexiest damn thing they've ever done and no one ever talks about it. Aside from us Giant U2 Nerds.
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From:tranquil_eyes
Date:April 24th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
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The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Seconds, Heartland and especially LEMONNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

I die every time, hearing that piano in Lemon and Edge singing 'Midnight is where the begins'. As for the general public, both the Zooropa and Pop albums need more play on the radio - spread the word!
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From:ratherbewater
Date:April 24th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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IAWTC.
I agree with most of the songs people have selected, but the ones you mention, especially Heartland and Lemon, were ones that I was thinking.
From:lostintheflood5
Date:April 24th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I'll tell you my Top 6 Songs by U2:

1. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. If God Will Send His Angels
4. Walk On
5. Original of the Species
6. All I Want Is You

some of them are rather popular, but I have them on my list just because I think they are great lyrically.
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From:anidada
Date:April 24th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
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If I were making a mix for someone who wanted to know why I'm so keen on U2 beyond what's best known (and I should do this for my partner, come to think of it...), it would include:

Drowning Man (I love, love, LOVE this song)
Party Girl
Seconds
Electrical Storm
City of Blinding Lights
The Unforgettable Fire
Promenade
An Cat Dubh
A Sort of Homecoming
So Cruel
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
Like A Song
October
Ultraviolet
Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Until The End Of The World
Love Is Blindness, and
The Three Sunrises.

Also, as popular as it is with dedicated U2 fans, I don't think Bad gets enough love elsewhere.
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From:ratherbewater
Date:April 24th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Hooray! Somebody else who adores Drowning Man!
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From:tinfoilknight
Date:April 24th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
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I'll be the arse who says "MIAMI!!"

Oh, believe you me, the shouted / whinnying verse at the end is pretty cringe-worthy, but I love the rest of the song. Any song with a misleading intro beat (when the vocals come in, they're on another beat) is a winner in my book -- think The National's "Fake Empire" or even "I Still Haven't Found What's I'm Looking For," which took some getting used to for me. The grittiness of all the guitar parts, the excellent, more-than-relaxed bass, the reversed, washing machine-like drums around "Her eyes all swimming pool blue"? Good stuff, good stuff.

But what I really dig are the lyrics: sure the "southern accents" part is apparently a bit off (Miami's more of a melting pot) and, yeah, Bono does say "car chase" twice" (*cringe again*) but other than that? I really like the story about this pretty gritty relationship. It all builds up -- a la "MoFo" -- to that middle section: "Said I want to have your baby... baby? baby?!" And then just the sentiment of making "something beautiful" within all the trash, "Something that wouldn't be a problem..." It's pretty powerful stuff, and ties in with a lot of what they've been saying elsewhere on the album (and on Zooropa -- think "Looking for Jesus and his mother" on "Some Days are Better than Others").

Anyway, that's my rant. Give "Miami" a listen when you can and see if you don't find something redeeming this time 'round!
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From:sapphires13
Date:April 24th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Excellent post! I love Miami =) It's gritty and sexy and interesting. Sure, it's a little bit silly, but not every U2 song has to be fucking STREETS.

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