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October 19th, 2004

U2 101 @ 08:13 pm

notasecretagent:
I'm currently feelin: contemplative contemplative
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Lady With the Spinning Head

My roommate recently asked me to make her a CD of my favorite U2 songs. Now, it's very difficult narrowing this down, so I'm asking for help from the people who are as... pre-occupied as I am. What should I put on it? She doesn't know much U2 apart from the singles off ATYCLB, so I thought rather than put all my favorites on it (which probably wouldn't fit anyway), I'd try for an 80-minute crash course in U2. I don't want all singles, though, which is making this more difficult than it should be. Thoughts? Anyone?

Also, I'm watching my Slane DVD and it's just hit me how young they were when they wrote 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.' Sheesh, they were almost... baby U2. I'm all mind-boggled. Not sure why that just occurred to me today, but... wow.

Anyway, any suggestions are very appreciated. Thanks in advance!
 
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From:walrusoct9
Date:October 19th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
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If I was doing it I'd have a lot of live versions from bootlegs and such, since I think a lot of them totally smoke the studio versions, but just taken from the regular albums, I'd do it like this (I even made a running order...god i'm a dork)

Streets
Beautiful Day
Until The End Of The World
Angel Of Harlem
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
I Will Follow
Running To Stand Still
Pride (Rattle & Hum version)
In God's Country
Discotheque
Ultraviolet
Kite
One
Mysterious Ways
All I Want Is You
With Or Without You
Walk On
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From:sirensong984
Date:October 19th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
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I would recommend IGWSHA (single version) and Lemon because that's what I'm into today at this very moment. ;)
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From:dj_bennyb
Date:October 19th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
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some suggestions

-11 O'Clock Tick-Tock
-Surrender
-Boy/Girl (and anything from U2-3)
-some of the b-sides from Joshua Tree
-avoid Rattle & Hum
-Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me

From:walrusoct9
Date:October 19th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh come on. You have to at least include "All I Want Is You."

And the version of "Pride" on that album kicks the snot out of the studio version.
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From:dj_bennyb
Date:October 19th, 2004 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I cut my teeth on The Unforgettable Fire so for me the studio version of Pride has more meaning.

I'm pretty biased against Rattle and Hum, both the movie and the album. That scene of Bono reading the lyrics of When Love Comes to Town to B.B. King showed him at his pretentious worst. I guess I was still on a Joshua Tree tour high (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nov. 3 & 4 1987) and Rattle & Hum just really disappointed me. It seemed like a "let's cash in on the frenzy" kind of album. Anyway, there's my two cents.

But, speaking of Rattle and Hum, try to get the version of that song that was on the Artists United Against Apartheid album. That's Bono at his best. That song should be on any compilation.
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From:volare
Date:October 19th, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
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A Celebration
Gloria
Hawkmoon 269
Drowning Man
Tomorrow
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From:reecord2
Date:October 19th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I totally agree that the live versions of many songs trump the studio ones, but it would mean nothing to someone whose never heard the studio versions to begin with.

The Standards:
WTSHNN
WOWY
One

My picks:
Mysterious Ways
Discotheque
If God Will Send His Angels
All I Want is You
In God's Country
When I Look at the World
Ultraviolet

And if they're familiar with the singles from ATYCLB, the Irving Plaza versions are particularly good, IMHO.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:October 19th, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)

My most likely selection

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From Boy: "Out of Control"
From October: "Gloria", "Stranger In A Strange Land"
From War: "Two Hearts Beat As One", "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
From The Unforgettable Fire: "Bad", "A Sort of Homecoming"
From The Joshua Tree: "Running To Stand Still", "Streets", "One Tree Hill"
From Rattle & Hum: "All I Want Is You",
From Achtung Baby: "One", "Mysterious Ways", "Until The End of the World"
From Zooropa: "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", "Lemon"
From Pop: "Staring At The Sun"
From All That You Can't Leave Behind: "Kite",
Random Tracks: "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me", "The Ground Beneath Her Feet"

So hard to narrow it down, but that's 20 tracks. I hope it helps you introduce your friend to the band!
From:sumwonelss
Date:October 19th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)

Re: My most likely selection

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I was going to think of some on my own but this one kicks a lot of ass........these tracks really emcompass and embrace the passion and talent of the band..........my addition would be "Spanish Eyes" because thats always been a personal fav of mine.
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:October 20th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)

Re: My most likely selection

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Ooh, good choice as well. So, that makes 21 in total; I think that's a goodly amount for a U2 intro for someone who only really knows the ATYCLB singles. :)
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:October 19th, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I'd include the entire Joshua Tree album... ;)

Actually, seriously, I'd include "Red Hill Mining Town" and "Lemon," which I feel are two underrated songs.
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From:pride4u2
Date:October 20th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)
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One that I would definitely include would be "Mothers of the Disappeared." Love that song. Also "A Sort of Homecoming," "Lemon," and "Ultraviolet."
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From:parallel_rhythm
Date:October 20th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Let's see... by the time I'm done, you'll either have a lot of room left over on your CD or not enough room, haha. But if I were in your position:

Out of Control
I Will Follow
Two Hearts Beat As One (anything from War, really)
Bad
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
With Or Without You
Where The Streets Have No Name
Angel Of Harlem
Heartland
All I Want Is You
One
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
The Fly
Staring At The Sun
Beautiful Day
Stuck In A Moment
Kite

Definitely too many... haha, but these are musts in my book. Happy burning!
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From:achtungbaby0486
Date:October 20th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
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OOOOO, I'm having the same problem right now! One of my friends wants some U2 songs, and I've been having the hardest time deciding.

Thanks so much for the lists, everyone!

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