Author Topic: Does U2's cover of Aslan's "This Is" indicate the new album's sound?  (Read 4509 times)

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Note: I've changed the Subject line to better reflect the direction that the discussion this thread has taken. Originally, this started out as a discussion on whether or not the band played "This Is" live.

I'm enjoying hearing something new from U2 even though it is a cover.  The song is very catchy and I prefer their version to the original.

I've watched the video of U2 playing "This Is" a bunch of times and have come to the conclusion that it is not a live performance.

Near the end of the song during the "Everybody hits you with this feeling..." chorus, Bono begins to sing with the Edge again but catches himself and stops because he's about to sing the "Everybody hits you; Everybody knocks you down..." part.

Watching that moment again and paying closer attention the Edge instead of Bono this time, I realized it wasn't a live performance.  The Edge is not by the microphone and is looking down at his guitar with his mouth closed!  Bono stops singing too at this point.  Their voices can be heard singing the chorus yet we can clearly can that see no one is actually singing.  The edit then immediately cuts to The Edge singing the chorus again as though he was all along.

Here's a screen capture I found of the moment:

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You can see and hear it too at 3 minute 27 second mark.

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I still love the band and enjoy the song.  ;)

p.s. You can probably also tell that this U2 fan has been so starved for new material that every nuance of any nugget from the band is being thoroughly analyzed and relished.
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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 07:13:24 AM »
It never sounded 'live' to begin with. It's heavily edited.

Nice detective work though  8)

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 09:18:56 AM »
Now I wonder if their sound in this song foreshadows the sound of their upcoming album (ala "Night & Day" with Achtung Baby)...

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 09:58:37 AM »
I will say this much, it's a hell of a lot more interesting than 'I believe in father christmas'.

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 10:06:35 AM »
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I will say this much, it's a hell of a lot more interesting than 'I believe in father christmas'.
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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 11:49:31 AM »
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Now I wonder if their sound in this song foreshadows the sound of their upcoming album (ala "Night & Day" with Achtung Baby)...

I raised the same question on the thread discussing the performance

I really hope it does not.

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 11:57:36 AM »
The guitar sound in this song and 'I Believe in Father Christmas' have an "ethereal" quality and this tweet also describes the new album in a similar fashion:

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hmmmm... my detective work continues...
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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 12:21:53 PM »
I never assumed it was 'live', simply due to the fact that their are multiple camera angles going on. Since you don't ever see cameras appearing on various shots it tells me this was edited and re-edit.  Great cover though....

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 12:30:36 PM »
Here's why I originally thought it was live:

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 02:08:10 PM »
Theres a bit where Larry Mullen disappears from the drum set behind Bono! And then reappears for the end of the song :-)

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2013, 02:15:43 PM »
And here Guggi announces that U2 are playing live...

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at the 29 second mark

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 04:16:42 PM »
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I will say this much, it's a hell of a lot more interesting than 'I believe in father christmas'.

I loved their cover of that. The original song always bored me, but their bare bones version made it more poignant imo.

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013, 05:26:08 PM »
I prefer Father Christmas by far. This Is is catchy, but a mediocre tune, while the former is great in both its original and U2 performances. I wish Edge would just try some original guitar tones for these one off songs, like he did with Tower of Song for example.

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2013, 06:33:18 PM »
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Theres a bit where Larry Mullen disappears from the drum set behind Bono! And then reappears for the end of the song :-)

hahaha! I never noticed that until you pointed it out. Thanks for the laugh.

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Re: Evidence that "This Is" U2 for Aslan is not a live performance
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2013, 06:34:58 PM »
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I prefer Father Christmas by far. This Is is catchy, but a mediocre tune, while the former is great in both its original and U2 performances. I wish Edge would just try some original guitar tones for these one off songs, like he did with Tower of Song for example.

No offence satellite dog but are you ever positive about U2 these days? Do you even like the band anymore?