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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #180 on: January 09, 2013, 04:06:50 PM »
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Because INXS invented the words "baby don't cry" in a rock song.

Well they did repeat it the most times in a song, and it still got played on radio sometimes in those days, and even if INXS hadn't written that song, it would still have been a lousy clichéd line unworthy of a U2 single, but that's just part of the problems about it...

Sorry if you're an ES fan though, xy.
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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #181 on: January 09, 2013, 04:58:37 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

lol

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #182 on: January 10, 2013, 07:24:39 AM »
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The production on that album is very minimal, just a lot of textures and ideas.

This was my general issue with Pop. Though there are songs that I like from that album, I feel like most of it was actually underdeveloped. It's as if they were afraid producing the songs further would ruin them or something.

As far as Best/Worst go:

Best: Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Worst: Yahweh

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #183 on: January 10, 2013, 07:50:44 AM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

lol

i agree with Droo. MD is one of the worst. Not ABOY bad but def bottom 3

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #184 on: January 10, 2013, 12:20:51 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

lol

i agree with Droo. MD is one of the worst. Not ABOY bad but def bottom 3

It was one of the bright spots of HTDAAB for me. It's quite clunky and clumsy but I still like it, it hits a sweet spot imo, more so than most of the other songs on that record.

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #185 on: January 10, 2013, 12:23:27 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

lol

i agree with Droo. MD is one of the worst. Not ABOY bad but def bottom 3

It was one of the bright spots of HTDAAB for me. It's quite clunky and clumsy but I still like it, it hits a sweet spot imo, more so than most of the other songs on that record.

I think they are both great

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #186 on: January 10, 2013, 12:24:06 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

lol

i agree with Droo. MD is one of the worst. Not ABOY bad but def bottom 3

It was one of the bright spots of HTDAAB for me. It's quite clunky and clumsy but I still like it, it hits a sweet spot imo, more so than most of the other songs on that record.

Yeah, I think MD is one of the highlights of HTDAAB too.


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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #187 on: January 10, 2013, 12:39:13 PM »
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Because INXS invented the words "baby don't cry" in a rock song.

Well they did repeat it the most times in a song, and it still got played on radio sometimes in those days, and even if INXS hadn't written that song, it would still have been a lousy clichéd line unworthy of a U2 single, but that's just part of the problems about it...

Sorry if you're an ES fan though, xy.
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It is a cliche. *shrug* So is "yeah yeah yeah" and it seemed to work in Vertigo.

edit : E. Storm is okay, an average song. Didn't work live for me, but I appreciated the effort of them at least trying it.

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #188 on: January 10, 2013, 12:45:27 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

One of the worst...sometimes the "let's try to reference our past but with a fresh touch to it" approach works (Magnificent, COBL) and sometimes it really doesn't (Miracle Drug, Walk on). Yahweh is in the middle somewhere.

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #189 on: January 10, 2013, 12:49:42 PM »
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Best : One, WOWY, MOS

Worst : someting on the first four albums... Elvis Presley.
 
90's worst is Miami.

And from 00's Miracle Drug.

You mean one of the best, right?

One of the worst...sometimes the "let's try to reference our past but with a fresh touch to it" approach works (Magnificent, COBL) and sometimes it really doesn't (Miracle Drug, Walk on). Yahweh is in the middle somewhere.

What songs do walk on and miracle drug sound like?

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #190 on: January 10, 2013, 01:39:05 PM »
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Because INXS invented the words "baby don't cry" in a rock song.

Well they did repeat it the most times in a song, and it still got played on radio sometimes in those days, and even if INXS hadn't written that song, it would still have been a lousy clichéd line unworthy of a U2 single, but that's just part of the problems about it...

Sorry if you're an ES fan though, xy.
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It is a cliche. *shrug* So is "yeah yeah yeah" and it seemed to work in Vertigo.

It mattered that they sounded like they meant it. That usually makes a difference. As with Ultraviolet for another example.

But yeah it's not worth arguing about any longer. Happy New Year!

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #191 on: January 10, 2013, 05:05:34 PM »
Miracle Drug is one of my fav U2 songs

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #192 on: January 10, 2013, 05:17:46 PM »
For worst : Just going off albums and not horrible one offs like WITS, and trying to limit to one per album:

Refugee
Elvis Presley....
Stuck in a moment
Miracle drug
ABOY
A man and a woman
One step closer
GOYB
SUC

Hmmmm........tough call.......

For best: Streets, bad, ASOH, WOWY(studio), stay, please.

Again tough call.

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #193 on: January 10, 2013, 07:58:32 PM »
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Sorry I messed up my response.  I actually quoted everything including my response:-)

Interesting take on Sweetest Thing.  Some of the reasons you like it are similar to the reasons I don't (ie too sweet, didn't fit with the 80s albums and was refit to suit the times)but your points are well made.  I am surprised about your view of Electrical Storm- I quite liked it and, for me, it felt like it fit with Stateless/Million Dollar Hotel era (with Ground Beneath, Levitate et al) and almost bridged to Atyclb.  It's funny how we had such different takes on the Best Of singles.

Jon

It's totally cool with me, Jon.
Electrical Storm was the first time I immediately knew this was something laboured and constructed out of ideas that found no homes in better songs. It happens with Bono "the patron saint of lost songs", he fights for ideas he likes, he likes to see them through.

Sweetest Thing on the other hand is the old hat trick, dressing up serious content (well as serious as Bono will get) in a supremely accessible piece of pop music.

I don't have a problem with a catchy, chirpy, one off pop song if it works, and I am glad when they try new things, I love U2's music for its diversity along the years, and Electrical Storm crosses me just in that respect.
It's not original, it wants to be hit single U2, the lyrics are evidently a patchwork job, with a lot of quickly made up filler past the verses, plus "baby don't cry" totally out of context, unfavourably comparing the song to INXS's super cheesy, yet enjoyable hit single.
The music is not better either, using a nondescript chord sequence and thrown in elements that could be considered signature Edge, Larry, Bono but they come off as a mish-mash of familiar, yet disjointed parts that fit like the pieces in Frankenstein's monster fit: through craft, not nature.

Actually they went on writing crafted U2 songs in the '00s, and it's my greatest problem with their current state. Some of those songs work, most just remind us of more passionate U2 songs-, or the more passionate U2 of the past, some don't achieve either.

Although u2 have written many good songs in the last decade, I do agree with your point that some of the '00s songs remind you of more passionate songs released by the band.  Maybe that is a problem of being together for 3 decades?  Or maybe it's me being a fan for such a long time that I can't help but to compare? Something to consider.  Btw Happy New Year to "you too".
Jon

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Re: Best/Worst U2 Song Ever?
« Reply #194 on: January 10, 2013, 08:02:14 PM »
Miracle Drug is fantastic

one of the only good ones from HTDAAB.