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Offline dr owl

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U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:55:28 AM »
What do you think are the best U2 songs for someone who is kind of indifferent about U2 but really likes the Beatles and Led Zeppelin?



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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 06:59:05 AM »
Well, I don't think there are any best U2 songs for someone who is indifferent to U2.

I'm indifferent to Led Zepplin. If you found the most U2ish LZ songs, I'd still pass.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 08:26:17 AM »
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What do you think are the best U2 songs for someone who is kind of indifferent about U2 but really likes the Beatles and Led Zeppelin?

Well you can try U2's cover of Helter Skelter or bootlegs of them singing Help, Rain and Whole Lotta Love, but I'm pretty sure that person has already made up their mind about U2.  Forcing it will get a negative reaction.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 08:34:53 AM »
Probably the "Unforgettable Fire" for the ambiance, abstract lyrics and vaguely mythological feel.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 08:35:47 AM »
In the above, I'm talking about Led Zep fans.  The Beatles fans are different of course.  Is your friend an early or latter Beatles fan?  Those are two very different phases.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2018, 07:14:19 AM »
My friend likes the Beatles in general, both early and later. I'm just not finding much for a Beatles/Led Zeppelin fan.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 09:06:08 AM »
SLABT strikes me as Beatles-esque.

I don't know if anyone mentioned God Part II.

Still don't think converting someone who isn't interested will work though.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 09:23:46 AM »
The most Beatlesque U2 song is Window in the Skies.

I don’t think any U2 songs are like Led Zeppelin.


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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 06:04:47 PM »
"Unforgettable Fire", "A Sort of Homecoming", "Bad"--I think a Zep fan might find something to like in there.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 06:10:12 PM »
Early Beatles is quite poppy and accessible.  Not sure where to direct you in the U2 catalog there--ATYCLB?   Later Beatles would be darker and more experimental--Pop, Zooropa, etc.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2018, 09:30:14 PM »
I think people make the mistake of playing deep cuts for the uninitiated.  When you're introducing someone to the band, go for the hits and the hooks.  For the Zep fan, I'd say Bullet, New Year's Day and the Fly are your best bet.  For the Beatles fan, I'd go with One, Pride, I Still Haven't Found, All I Want is You and actually maybe Staring at the Sun for its big chorus.
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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2018, 10:33:28 AM »
Thanks to all for their suggestions. Finding U2 songs for a Beatles/Led Zeppelin fan was hard. I've tried. Here's the setlist:
1 Lucifer's Hands
2 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
3 Helter Skelter
4 Last Night On Earth
5 No Line On The Horizon
6 Acrobat
7 New Year's Day
8 Surrender
9 The Electric Co.
10 God Part II
11 Raised By Wolves
12 Cedarwood Road
13 American Soul
14 The Blackout
15 Summer Of Love
16 Red Flag Day
17 Bad
18 Staring At The Sun [Live]

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2018, 03:02:32 PM »
A friend of mine who likes LZ (I do too) liked LAPOE when he heard it.

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Re: U2 songs for Beatles and Led Zeppelin fans
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2018, 04:52:28 PM »
The Fly might be a good one for LZ fans.