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July 28th, 2004

Cover Me @ 12:20 pm

carpone:
Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the songs that U2 has covered live over the years?



I'm not looking for collaborations (ie, Passengers), solo projects or U2 songs covered by other artists...just songs that U2 has performed live that they didn't write.

All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Can't Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
Daydream Believer (Monkeys)
Dirty Old Town (Ewan McColl?)
Exodus (Bob Marley)
Help (Beatles)
Never Tear Us Apart (INXS)
People Get Ready (Eddie Cochran)
Rain (Beatles)
Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones)
Satellite of Love (Lou Reed)
Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly?)
Springhill Mining Disaster (Peggy Seeger)
Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Star Spangled Banner (Jimi Hendrix)
Suspicious Minds (Gareth Gates)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Volare (??)
Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)
Whole Lotta Love (Zepplin)

I'm probably missing some obvious ones...
 
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From:dysprosium
Date:July 28th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
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They've done "Whiskey in the Jar"...I know it's more of a traditional song, but they played Metallica's version of it (I've got an mp3 of it).
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From:roxy641
Date:July 28th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)

Helter Skelter

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Sure they have done Helter Skelter by The Beatles. Can anyone confirm this?

Roxy641
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From:carpone
Date:July 28th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)

Re: Helter Skelter

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Yep, that's one of the obvious ones I missed. :) IIRC, the version on Rattle & Hum is live.
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From:roxy641
Date:July 28th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)

U2 search

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And when I did a quick search I found this:
U2 cover songs etc http://www.secondhandsongs.com/artist/297.html

Roxy641
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From:volare
Date:July 28th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)

*cough*

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Um no... Thin Lizzy's version, long before Metallica.
From:dysprosium
Date:July 28th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)

Re: *cough*

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My apologies - I don't know very much about Thin Lizzy (I'm only seventeen, so sue me!). Though, I must say, the way Edge played the guitar on the version I have sounds identical to the way Metallica played it on the Garage Inc. album. Metallica's version must just be very close to Thin Lizzy's, I guess.
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From:stateless
Date:July 28th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)

Re: *cough*

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yeah, metallica copies the riff from thin lizzy. and the version you have is a popmart version, which means it's karaoke - just edge singing with a background tape (which happens to be thin lizzy's version). :-)
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From:wydok
Date:July 29th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)

Re: *cough*

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Actually the MP3 I have is of Larry singing, and it isn't any particular version. Sounds traditional.
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From:eeviolet
Date:July 28th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
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"dancing barefoot" i think...cuz isn't that originally by patti smith? i could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure. :)
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From:achtungbaby
Date:July 28th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
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your right, i just checked the liner notes of Best of 80-90
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From:eeviolet
Date:July 28th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
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yay! :-)
i thought so. i prefer U2's version, interestingly (though not totally surprisingly) enough.

and i love their cover of "everlasting love" too. :)
damn, now i want to go play the b-sides of the best of 80-90. :-)
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From:sirensong984
Date:July 28th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC)
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The book "U2 Live: A Concert Documentary" has a comprehensive listing of all cover songs they've done live.
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From:carpone
Date:July 29th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
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Awesome! Thanks for that info.
From:milieus
Date:July 28th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
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I want to say that Bono's interspersed bits of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" into "With or Without You", but that could be a figment of my imagination.
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From:volare
Date:July 28th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
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you're correct...
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From:u2biscuit
Date:July 28th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
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Well, are you talking about full songs, or just snippets that Bono throws into U2 songs here and there. Because the snippet list is endless!! He does a few of those every show.

In terms of songs performed at least partially on their own:

What's Going On? (Marvin Gaye)
In My Life (The Beatles)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
My Sweet Love (George Harrison)
Unchained Melody (Wrighteous Brothers)
I Remember You (The Ramones)
When Will I See You Again? (???)
She's A Mystery to Me (this is foggy, because U2 wrote it, but Roy Orbison released it)
Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)
Times they Are A Changin' (Bob Dylan)
Dancing in the Moonlight (Thin Lizzy)

They never really covered Jimi's Star Spangled Banner, they just used a snippet of the actual track in their show.
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From:canadanne
Date:July 29th, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)

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When Will I See You Again is a Three Degrees song. Bono tacked a snippet of that onto the end of One at the show I went to, the day after his dad died... he sounded so forlorn singing those lyrics, I got really choked up. :(
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From:volare
Date:July 28th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC)

WHEREWHATWHENHOWWAAAAIIIIII??????

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they did meVolare? wherewherewherewhengimmegimmegimmeAAAAAUUUUGGHGGHHHHH
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From:carpone
Date:July 29th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)

Re: WHEREWHATWHENHOWWAAAAIIIIII??????

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I remember seeing it when I was scanning FLOM. It should be pretty easy to find out the show -- just download the chrono version and do a word search.
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From:_acrobat_
Date:July 28th, 2004 11:15 am (UTC)
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"Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf)"

Oooh, I'd love to hear Bono sing that one............. *sigh*
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From:desert_sky
Date:July 28th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
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There are so many! I'm going to try not to repeat any already listed. Including short snippets, and leaving out the karaoke songs from Popmart:

Amazing Grace
Auld Lang Syne
Molly Malone
Waltzing Matilda
El Pueblo Vencera
Biko (Peter Gabriel)
Maggie's Farm (Bob Dylan)
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan)
Chimes of Freedom (Bob Dylan)
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley)
Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)
Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley)
Glad to See You Go (The Ramones)
Devil Inside (INXS)
Light My Fire (The Doors)
Break on Through (The Doors)
Riders on the Storm (The Doors)
Norweigan Wood (The Beatles)
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)
Hello Goodbye (The Beatles)
Let It Be (The Beatles)
Something (The Beatles)
Dear Prudence (The Beatles)
Alison (Elvis Costello)
My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
My Girl (The Temptations)
Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.)
Losing My Religion (R.E.M.)
Merry X-Mas (War is Over) (John Lennon)
Cold Turkey (John Lennon)
Give Peace a Chance (John Lennon)
Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground)
Sympathy for the Devil (The Rolling Stones)
Fool to Cry (The Rolling Stones)
Gloria (Them/Van Morrison)
Irish Heartbeat (Van Morrison)
Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens)
John I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie)
Young Americans (David Bowie)
We Will Rock You (Queen)
We Are Family (?)
Can't Stand the Rain (?)
Stayin' Alive (The Bee Gees)
Children of the Revolution
Life During Wartime (Talking Heads)
Black Betty (?)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Lost Highway (Hank Williams)
Tequila Sunrise (The Eagles)
C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran)
Southern Man (Neil Young)
Like a Hurricane (Neil Young)
Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye)
My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)

Wow, that was a lot.
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From:desert_sky
Date:July 28th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Oops, I forgot Won't Get Fooled Again, which is ironic, since I love The Who.
From:ex_satellite451
Date:July 28th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Whoa! Are any of these downloadable anywhere?
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From:carpone
Date:July 29th, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
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Probably on u2bloodredky.com -- get a dc++ client.
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From:willow42
Date:July 30th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
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helter skelter and unchained melody, a b side, originally by the rightgeous brothers, i believe
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From:canadanne
Date:July 31st, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
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The Righteous Brothers did probably the most famous version of Unchained Melody, it wasn't the original though. :)

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