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February 14th, 2010

Song of the Day: Your Very First U2 Song @ 09:11 pm

honey_child:
Current Location: R3C 3T9
I'm currently feelin: nostalgic nostalgic
I'm currently hearin: Kite-U2

So we haven't always been U2 fans. Before I was a u2 fan, I was a Savage Garden fan.

Don't worry, this relates to U2. But first, a history lesson.

I've always felt like u2 has been an ever-present entity in my life. When I was a kid, I thought With or Without You was the scariest song in the world because of the infinite guitar opening (even now I still find it a bit freaky). I also remember seeing or hearing references to them during my childhood. A character on a show would mention Sunday Bloody Sunday or I'd see the grandma from Family Matters reading a Rolling Stone with u2 on the cover.

I even had a bit of a run-in with a u2 show while I was in the nearby city of Winnipeg on a class trip when I was 11. I saw a billboard of Bono advertising the Popmart show in my fair city and even ended up in the parking lot of the stadium hearing the beginning of Mofo before my mum dragged me away, yelling at me for running off. I suspect life was trying to turn me into a u2 fan.

But back to Savage Garden. I was a big poster on the official Savage Garden BBS (do they even HAVE those now?) back in 2001 or so. I was using dial-up at the time and so it was very rare when photos on the BBS would load for me. One day they did and I saw this graphic using a few lyrics from a song called Kite. Asking around on the site, I finally found out who the band was and resolved to get the CD.

The nearest record store was 2 hours away and my town had a small selection of CDs that often included Brooks and Dunn, Shania Twain, and the thousandth re-release of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits. I lucked out though and one of the newer releases they had was All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Around this time, my father had a massive heart attack and required surgery to save his life. Being 400 kilometers away from my dad and being uncertain that he was going to pull through, I turned to this new CD to distract me from the uncertainty of my father's situation as well as from the boredom of having to stay at my grandma's house while we waited for news.

In summer I can taste the salt in the sea
There's a kite blowing out of control on a breeze
I wonder what's gonna happen to you
You wonder what has happened to me


Though it wasn't the first song I ever heard by U2, Kite was the first song I ever loved by the band. It helped me to overcome the fear I had of potentially losing my father and gave me hope that I was going to be ok whether or not he pulled through.

My dad survived the surgery and I wore out that CD. And U2 has been one of my favourite bands ever since.

So u2, what's your very first u2 song?
 
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From:adriana_is
Date:February 15th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
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New Year's Day.

MTV, a newborn at my breast, me in a rocking chair watching four men riding in the snow. I've never stopped loving them.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:February 15th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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This "Irish punk band" was playing in a bar in town on a Friday night. Their first LP was released in the US the day before. So the first song I heard was I Will Follow. The next night I saw them. Close to 30 years later I'm still a fan.
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From:destiny_panics
Date:February 15th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
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My parents are both huge U2 fans, so I was basically brought up on U2. The first U2 song I can remember absolutely loving as a kid was Sweetest Thing. "Blue-eyed boy meets a brown-eyed girl"- that was my line, growing up, my Dad used to joke that that would be how it would go for me, that I'd fall for a blue-eyed boy. Still love that song, though it's not my absolute fave now... but it was my first U2 song.

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From:hbpen
Date:February 15th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
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My first was Beautiful Day. It's still one of my faves, but that's the song that spoke to me HARD & really got me to start delving into this band. :)
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From:angelkitten13
Date:February 15th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
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For me, it was Please.

I was home alone one day, watching VH-1 when the video for Please came on. Until then, I hadn't been a U2 fan. I was aware of them, sure. I was familiar with the usual MTV videos but at best, I thought they were....well, annoying. I couldn't stand With or Without You.

And, honestly, while I liked the song it was the a part of the video that got my attention. I was in a really bad marriage and part of the video mirrored how I felt.

The first CD I bought was POP. I've since bought several others, bought the iPod, bought the complete U2, and seen them in concert. While Please isn't my favorite song by them, I do appreciate it for getting my attention and bringing a band to my attention that I would've missed otherwise.

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From:amy_119
Date:February 15th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
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Where The Streets Have No Name. Like you, I've been hearing U2 forever, but this is the song that hit me, and made me go, "Oh my god, who is this?" The first time I heard a CD was during basketball practice in high school. One of my teammates put on the best of 1980-1990, and I had heard and loved almost every song. That began my love affair with the band. Streets is still my fave.
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From:indigotree
Date:February 15th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
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That's exactly how it was for me. I had All That You Can't Leave Behind, but it was hearing song from this album at that particular time in my life that did it for me. Streets will always be my all time favorite song and will forever be special to me.
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From:junkets
Date:February 15th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
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Mysterious Ways. My sister was a huge fan, I was like 12 and pretended I didn't like U2... Then one day I found myself singing along to "It's alright, it's alright, alright... She moves in mysterious ways...", and my sister caught me, too! Haven't stopped liking them since. Still think Achtung Baby is the best album ever!
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From:starfoozle
Date:February 15th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
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Vertigo. I'd almost certainly heard their songs on the radio before as a kid, but I had no idea who they were.

My first conscious exposure to a U2 song that I wound up loving happened, of all places, on a cruise ship. My sister and I were back in our room after getting badly sunburnt out on the deck, and decided to turn on VH1 for a little while. The Vertigo music video came on, and I was instantly entranced by the song and the kinda cool dudes with trails of black smoke billowing out behind them singing in the middle of the desert. I got the song on iTunes a while later, then the HTDAAB CD, and I was a goner.
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From:supacatie
Date:February 15th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
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Sunday Bloody Sunday. Older members might remember the story. ;)
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From:frankenshane
Date:February 15th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
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I grew up listening to their 80s stuff (that's the rock era my parents preferred when not listening to more recent top 40 hits) and The Joshua Tree specifically because I live there. So, I've basically liked them for forever, but I really got into them back in '04/'05 because of the song "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own". I mean, I loved "Vertigo" at the time, but that was the song that really pulled me into their music because I was still reeling from my grandma's death and my parents' divorce. And I'm glad I did, I don't think I'd be quite the same person without them.
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From:maldeluxx
Date:February 15th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
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"Desire"

(I keep a notebook about the first songs I've heard from bands/singers)
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From:iwouldbegood
Date:February 15th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
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I Still Haven't Found, 1997. I was 13, and it was during the last English lesson before summer holidays. We had a young teacher who was obviously a big fan. She might've been the first grown-up fangirl I met, and I remember finding it funny, fascinating and kinda cool. Heh what a naive little thing I was back then *g* She printed out lyrics for us and played the song several times. I can't remember if I was familiar with any other U2 songs before that moment, but I know that music wasn't very important in my life just yet. And it was the first song that showed me the magic of getting carried away by a great song. I remember being completely blown away, for the first time ever, and totally thrilled about this new feeling. And that was all it took :)
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From:vulcangela
Date:February 15th, 2010 12:00 pm (UTC)
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omg bb, are you my long lost twin?

I was also a SG fan before U2. Like, die-hard!

Honestly, I can't remember what my first U2 song was.
Since I'm quite young, I was actually first hooked on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb when it came out, so yeah, that was my first U2 album. The first song's a toss between Vertigo and Sometimes You Can't Make It.
Then I went backwards and listened to and bought their older stuff.
And now they're my favorite band. :)
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From:honey_child
Date:February 15th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Then I went backwards and listened to and bought their older stuff.

Same here!

Oh man, I'm still a huge SG fan! :D I love Darren's solo stuff but still long for the band to patch things up and make a third album.
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From:bonoffee
Date:February 15th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
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Angel of Harlem. You can understand why that song is super extra special to me. I even found it on a mixtape I made when I was 14 or something and I had only the vaguest real notion about who U2 were. Man, I love that song.
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From:rational_twists
Date:February 15th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Stuck in a Moment, 2003. So much love for All That You Can't Leave Behind, I can't even begin to tell you.

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