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Title: Who else thinks Miracle Drug is a top 10 worst U2 song ever?
Post by: BonosTitaniumElbow on May 17, 2015, 09:55:02 PM
It absolutely baffles me that this song made the Vertigo tour setlist let alone made it on THIS tour some 10 years later.  I just cannot believe that U2 voluntarily plays this stupid song - the lyrics are so banal and the tune is just a throwaway.  It is the epitome of album filler.  How can you eschew anything from Pop - great live anthems like Mofo, Please, Staring at the Sun, Gone... How can you play this over Magnificent or Breathe or Acrobat or Love is Blindness?  Kite?  Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own?  Original of the Species?  Walk On?  Desire? 

It's just mind blowing.
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Post by: THRILLHO on May 17, 2015, 09:59:04 PM
not sure why this is in the tour section but yes, it's a filler song. i dont HATE it like you do <ABOY, AMMAW are the ones i hate> but yea i cant imagine why it would have been deemed worthy to be resurrected.
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Post by: MASTER YODA on May 17, 2015, 10:03:15 PM
This song might be the cheese...but it's so heartfelt that it's one of my favorites actually. There is a great story and message behind the songs that gives it the extras oomf.
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Post by: Thunder Peel on May 17, 2015, 10:06:36 PM
It's in my top ten favorites. I love it!  8)
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Post by: ZooClothes on May 17, 2015, 10:07:07 PM
One of my favorite guitar lines from the Edge. Hit or miss lyrics. Maybe the one song that encapsulates what I love about HTDAAB and what frustrates me about it.
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Post by: Stateless on May 17, 2015, 10:07:59 PM
I like the song as well.  I would rather have Miracle Drug than Invisible.  While I like Invisible, it seems like the 2 performances of it so far have felt flat to me.
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Post by: andrewau2 on May 17, 2015, 10:11:01 PM
I like the guitar solo but don't like the line about "Freedom smells like the top of a new born baby's head."

If the band are trying to go for songs related to 70s era to connect with the SOI theme, I wish they'd go with Exit to match with Sleep Like a Baby, Lemon to match with Iris, and then So Cruel and Dirty Day to go with the "Experience" theme.

I guess they didn't see or consider #U2request.  Miracle Drug was no where on that list and neither was Hands that Built America.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on May 17, 2015, 10:27:16 PM
There's nothing amazing about the song, but it's not terrible. It has a nice melody, ok lyrics, and a pretty cool guitar solo. Edge sings on it so I give the song bonus points for that.

With that being said, they have a lot of better songs that could take its spot in the setlist.
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Post by: Petejbridge on May 17, 2015, 11:03:38 PM
It's really bad for sure
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Post by: andyc2111 on May 17, 2015, 11:04:25 PM
To be honest, I pretty much hate everything on atomic bomb - real mid tempo rock album with little or no creativity - reminds me of Chris rea or dire straits. Vertigo I can understand being part of the set, I've never understood why COBL gets any airtime and as for MD - terrible lyrics, and U2 by numbers melody and guitar work.

Really hope they start using the rotation parts in the set to do something different - would love to hear Sleep Like a Baby or Reach Me Now, ANYTHING from Pop, Lemon, Exit, Sort of Homecoming and surely they can't ignore Acrobat forever.

Just feeling a little uninspired by the setlists so far
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Post by: Parsons on May 17, 2015, 11:08:53 PM
I love the song and I'm glad it's back and it sounded great 2nd show.
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Post by: Waffles on May 17, 2015, 11:27:19 PM
Never understood the hate. To me, there are no bad songs on the album, but it is a bunch of cliche U2 sounds. Doesnt mean its bad to me.
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Post by: shanep on May 17, 2015, 11:36:40 PM
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I like the guitar solo but don't like the line about "Freedom smells like the top of a new born baby's head."

I've laughed at that line for years. Pure 00's Bono.
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Post by: an tha on May 18, 2015, 12:38:00 AM
Like the album it's from I have no love for it at all.

Pretty poor stuff.

U2 stuck firmly in the middle of the road, not the sort of thing I came to the band for, or the sort of thing I like in music at all.
Title: Who else thinks Miracle Drug is a top 10 worst U2 song ever?
Post by: Edgedisciple on May 18, 2015, 03:17:54 AM
No. It's a great song. And the lyrics are not banal, they're one of the most meaningful Bono has ever written. Do a research and you'll see.
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Post by: bass slap on May 18, 2015, 04:35:16 AM
I agree, with their catalogue this shouldn't really feature. Is this anywhere near the top 50 songs they have written? I think Some will say it is, but they are wrong.

And to think they have spent time 're-writing the tune... I hope they don't decide to re-write achtung baby songs for their 2030 tour.

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Post by: zeeTV on May 18, 2015, 05:32:43 AM
What.
This song besides being an ode to Nolan's incredible life also pays homage to all us incredible Drs and Nurses ... ahem. No hate from this side of the club. Gret heartfelt tune. But my favourite off HTDAAB is Original of species.
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Post by: soloyan on May 18, 2015, 05:44:22 AM
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I like the guitar solo but don't like the line about "Freedom smells like the top of a new born baby's head."

Do you have kids ?

Believe me, this is one of the 10 most awesome things you'll have to do in your life, smell the top of your baby's head. Thanks in part to that lyric I was very aware I had to enjoy it while it lasted. I miss it. When kids grow up, they'll smell like shampoo... Hopefully.

Back on the song, I believe it has a special meaning for the band and the guitar solo is good.
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Post by: satellitedog on May 18, 2015, 07:10:34 AM
With a better singer than Bono, it might work, but I'd much rather hear All Because, or Sometimes, which would fit the mood of the tour far more naturally. In an ideal world, none of the Bomb and ATYCLB songs would feature on this tour, but the pop kids need the bubblegum.
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Post by: bass slap on May 18, 2015, 08:04:33 AM
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With a better singer than Bono, it might work, but I'd much rather hear All Because, or Sometimes, which would fit the mood of the tour far more naturally. In an ideal world, none of the Bomb and ATYCLB songs would feature on this tour, but the pop kids need the bubblegum.

A lot of good pop in their back catalogue.. no problem with them keeping some pop kids happy, just do it more tastefully...  Their judgment isn't what it used to be. And bono's stylists judgement isn't what it used to be.
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Post by: jick on May 18, 2015, 08:08:45 AM
It's one of their best ever.

Nice subject.

Nice riff.

Bono trademark soaring vocals mixed with low tones.

Edge's signature ringing sound.

Edge does some singing.

Slide guitar solo.

What's not to love about this great song?

Cheers,

J
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Post by: rexstardust on May 18, 2015, 08:51:23 AM
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not sure why this is in the tour section but yes, it's a filler song. i dont HATE it like you do <ABOY, AMMAW are the ones i hate> but yea i cant imagine why it would have been deemed worthy to be resurrected.

Bumping this quote because THRILLO nailed it (IMO).  It's fine.  I get the subject matter.  But it will never ever be a song that makes me think "I've GOT to hear this" when I go to a show.  It might not be a bottom 10 song but it's certainly in the bottom half, for me. 
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Post by: Siberian Tiger on May 18, 2015, 08:55:05 AM
Baby's heads are the most precious thing in the world, I've had this treasure three times.
I was in love with the song when it came out.
If the band wants to play it they can.
They can play Sweetest Thing acoustic three times in a row for all I care, so long as they commit to play Songs of Innocence in its entirety. I'm a big believer in believing in the new material.
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Post by: wlomaco on May 18, 2015, 09:02:54 AM
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It's one of their best ever.

Nice subject.

Nice riff.

Bono trademark soaring vocals mixed with low tones.

Edge's signature ringing sound.

Edge does some singing.

Slide guitar solo.

What's not to love about this great song?

Cheers,

J

Exactly.  Every time I watch it on the Vertigo DVD, I want to cry.  And NOT because it's bad.
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Post by: Wakebird on May 18, 2015, 09:18:53 AM
I love it too. It looks like a lot of people enjoy it as well. Maybe the band isn't as dumb as you think to play it this tour.
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Post by: Saint1322 on May 18, 2015, 09:47:46 AM
Its actually my second-favorite song on Atomic Bomb behind Vertigo, which isn't really saying much because I think the album is way below U2's standards.
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Post by: Saint1322 on May 18, 2015, 09:48:45 AM
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Its actually my second-favorite song on Atomic Bomb behind Vertigo, which isn't really saying much because I think the album is way below U2's standards. Other than those two and Original of the Species, I could really do without it.
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Post by: Valley Girl on May 18, 2015, 09:55:42 AM
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There's nothing amazing about the song, but it's not terrible. It has a nice melody, ok lyrics, and a pretty cool guitar solo. Edge sings on it so I give the song bonus points for that.

With that being said, they have a lot of better songs that could take its spot in the setlist.

I think this post sums up my feelings best.
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Post by: DerekBarnett on May 18, 2015, 10:11:21 AM
I would rather see COBL, like Night 1, over Miracle Drug in that spot. The only good thing about that song is Edge's lines. It isnt really a fan favorite and it is not a song that really gets the crowd going. COBL at least has a nice slow, build up to an otherwise great sing along song.

However they need to add more lighting to COBL if it is going to return. I feel like the white lights that lay along the stage and then turn vertical (plus the ones dropped from the rigging) really need to be LED that change color. It would add such an incredible sight to have them change color during COBL, similar to the color changes of COBL in the 360 stage.  It would also be neat to have them just a solid differnet color to give more depth to other songs. Blue or purple for One, red for Rtreets, etc. White is OK for early songs where they use the screen but to have those LED sticks change color would be a great visual.
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Post by: Valley Girl on May 18, 2015, 10:15:44 AM
Soldier, Soldier would fit well in that spot. (and I don't mean a karaoke version of Unchained Melody)
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Post by: achtungx on May 18, 2015, 10:19:09 AM
Always has been a big "meh" for me.

Paint by numbers U2, with convoluted lyrics that try too hard to say something important.

I liked how Edge did part of the lead vocals, and many people had no clue until they saw it live.

The album in general makes me cringe due to the production and weak lyrics... I hate intellectual tortoises!

However, if I have to choose between hearing MD after not hearing it for a whole tour, or the sonically impotent City of Blinding Lights for the millionth time, I'd suck it up and enjoy MD as the Muzak that it is.

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Post by: dougie on May 18, 2015, 10:22:57 AM
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I like the guitar solo but don't like the line about "Freedom smells like the top of a new born baby's head."

If the band are trying to go for songs related to 70s era to connect with the SOI theme, I wish they'd go with Exit to match with Sleep Like a Baby, Lemon to match with Iris, and then So Cruel and Dirty Day to go with the "Experience" theme.

I guess they didn't see or consider #U2request.  Miracle Drug was no where on that list and neither was Hands that Built America.

I really like the line- 'Freedom smells like a top of a new born babies head'. I have been a kindergarten/first grade teacher for 20 years. But, I never had my own child. When the album came out, I told one of the mom's in my class about what is said in the song. I smelled her babies head, and it did smell so fresh and beautiful. I think I also introduced two parents to U2 just because of that line- and they became fans of the boys.

I really love the transitional part of the song where he starts to repeat 'Miracle Drug' at a different beat. My mom, my sister and my best friend are/were nurses. When they played it during the Vertigo tour, he usually dedicated it to medical personnel who help people. That always moved me when they played it before.
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Post by: Blueyedboy on May 18, 2015, 10:23:41 AM
Unfortunately I think there's 10 worse songs on ATYCLB alone  ???
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Post by: Number1U2fan on May 18, 2015, 12:13:54 PM
I love Miracle Drug. It's Mysterious Ways, Pride, ISHFWILF, that is sooooooooooo overplayed and flat out boring in concert. They need to go. Return on a greatest hits tour.
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Post by: jayb77 on May 18, 2015, 02:41:21 PM
This is my toilet break song!!!
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Post by: EvryPoetisAthief on May 18, 2015, 03:25:18 PM
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It's one of their best ever.

Nice subject.

Nice riff.

Bono trademark soaring vocals mixed with low tones.

Edge's signature ringing sound.

Edge does some singing.

Slide guitar solo.

What's not to love about this great song?

Cheers,

J

I couldn't agree more. This is one of my favorite songs.
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Post by: larrys pants on May 18, 2015, 03:38:10 PM
There are a zillion other songs I would rather than this! Don't think we'll see it again!
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Post by: RobBankRobber on May 18, 2015, 03:45:52 PM
Miracle Drug is one of my favorites.. Excellent opening riff, big chorus.. Everything that makes U2 great.

Not a big fan of the "baby's head" line, but I love the rest of the lyrics, especially Edge's "I was a stranger, you took me in" bit.

A lot of the old material some of you clamor for has not aged as well as Miracle Drug, in my opinion.
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Post by: Boom Cha! on May 18, 2015, 06:16:49 PM
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Soldier, Soldier would fit well in that spot. (and I don't mean a karaoke version of Unchained Melody)

I'm hoping TIWYCRMN debuts at some point this tour, I think it'd be a great sing-along song with the crowd because of the chant like chorus.
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Post by: The Unknown Caller on May 18, 2015, 06:18:08 PM
Nope; great song. Not one of the best but underrated.
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Post by: Argo on May 18, 2015, 06:41:17 PM
Jick's post from earlier nailed it for me. Having heard the story of what the song is about, made it a lot better for me as can connect better to the lyrics. Very happy to see it in a setlist. It ties in with the Stephen Hawking thing which is why I think they are using it and will rotate COBL and MD in that slot it would seem.

But how can the band win? People complain when it is a greatest hits setlist but if they play some less mainstream songs, they actually alienate more people, even long term fans as, let's face it, we all have even some U2 songs that we dont like.
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Post by: ultraviolet5555 on May 18, 2015, 07:22:03 PM
Truth be told, Miracle Drug was my favourite off of HTDAAB when the album was first released.  I since have found that COBL and CFYT are the best tracks (in my opinion), but Miracle Drug is a strong song...much better than some of the other post-2000s ballads (I am sure that I am way in the minority here, but I actually prefer MD to Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own).

This thread is certainly an example of how a band with such a vast catalogue as U2 can never win with their set lists.  The problem when they put in some album tracks from past albums rather than just the hits is that we begin the arguments of "I'd rather [title of another non-single past track] than the one they have chosen to play.  If I recall from the 360 tour, many fans bemoaned the fact that Your Blue Room was added to the set...one of the absolute most obscure songs from their back catalogue they could have played! 

At the end of the day, I think it's great that we are fans of a band with so much rich and meaningful music that no one song choice in a set list can reach a consensus. 
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Post by: rlabs19 on May 18, 2015, 08:05:21 PM
Not one of my favorites. If they were picking from songs that they haven't played in a while, I'd much rather hear something like God Pt. 2, In God's Country, Running to Stand Still, etc.
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Post by: utool on May 18, 2015, 09:14:05 PM
Miracle Drug cannot hold a candle to Stand Up Comedy, The Playboy Mansion, and, for me, Volcano. Of course, there's also the mess that is Elvis Presley and America, although that one kind of grew on me over the years.
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Post by: Airuarak on May 18, 2015, 11:55:51 PM
I love the song... a song about unconditional love... if anyone has had a child that is having tough times, they will find an affinity with the song. But I could see how some people wouldn't like it. My favourite part is when he whispers, "God I need you here tonight"... as if to say that even though unconditional love is just that, it doesn't make it easy.
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Post by: michaelz on May 19, 2015, 02:30:04 AM
never liked it.

makes me gag.

what's the rational behind playing it?

so many other much more powerful alternatives that could please fans.
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Post by: wlomaco on May 19, 2015, 08:33:12 AM
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Miracle Drug cannot hold a candle to Stand Up Comedy, The Playboy Mansion, and, for me, Volcano. Of course, there's also the mess that is Elvis Presley and America, although that one kind of grew on me over the years.

Oh my gosh, don't even get me started on Stand Up Comedy.  Now Playboy Mansion, that's another story.
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Post by: acrobatnation on May 19, 2015, 02:23:30 PM
It isn't my favorite but it isn't much worse than Angel of Harlem or Love Comes to Town... Sorry but those will not be my U2 staples played during my funeral.  And why they are being played this tour when other songs are ignored.  Why no love for other U2 tunes.  No love for October, War, Pop, and limited love for UF, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and NOTHING from No Line on the Horizon... I don't get it. 

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Post by: ross_ander on May 19, 2015, 03:05:32 PM
All the band need to do is look around when this song is playing and soon see the hundreds streaming for the toilet/bar and the rest just 'meh..is this that song on the album after the one with Beautiful Day on it?' faces.

BUT LOOK!  PRETTY LIGHT BULB TUBE THINGS ARE ALL OVER THE STAGE!! *takes pictures*

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Post by: BonosTitaniumElbow on May 19, 2015, 09:07:00 PM
Most of our favorite album is either Pop or Achtung Baby.  Every time I read or hear that Bono's favorite album is also "Pop", and that Adam and Edge are "proud of it", I get so angry because it's clearly bullocks.  How can you never play any songs from your "favorite" (and most of your biggest fans' favorite) album and instead play crap like "Miracle Drug" and throwaway songs like "Invisible" or "Angel of Harlem"?
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Post by: lucas.homem on May 19, 2015, 10:58:23 PM
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Most of our favorite album is either Pop or Achtung Baby.  Every time I read or hear that Bono's favorite album is also "Pop", and that Adam and Edge are "proud of it", I get so angry because it's clearly bullocks.  How can you never play any songs from your "favorite" (and most of your biggest fans' favorite) album and instead play crap like "Miracle Drug" and throwaway songs like "Invisible" or "Angel of Harlem"?

When did Bono say POP is his favorite album?? I'm confused. It's the opposite.
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Post by: Parsons on May 19, 2015, 11:00:13 PM
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Most of our favorite album is either Pop or Achtung Baby.  Every time I read or hear that Bono's favorite album is also "Pop", and that Adam and Edge are "proud of it", I get so angry because it's clearly bullocks.  How can you never play any songs from your "favorite" (and most of your biggest fans' favorite) album and instead play crap like "Miracle Drug" and throwaway songs like "Invisible" or "Angel of Harlem"?


He never said that he said POPMART was his favorite tour.