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Old 10-13-2017, 10:49 PM   #1
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Autumnal U2 songs?

Are there any U2 songs you associate with fall, or any you find evocative of fall?

For me, it's All I Want is You. I first heard it in the fall, on The Best of 80-90, where it had October tacked on as a bonus track (and obviously October is a "fall" track, lol). And then there's something about the strings and guitar on AIWIY that sounds kind of brittle and chilly to me, like the onset of autumn.

What about you?
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To me, fall is strongly associated with all things U2. I saw them live for the first time in the fall, I bought my first U2 albums in the fall, and that's often when they release new material, so fall is U2 time.
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Old 10-14-2017, 01:01 AM   #3
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I intensely associate Zooropa with autumn because I bought it in October 2002 and tracks like Stay and The First Time have a certain moody, pensive quality to them.
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The Unforgettable Fire album will always remind me of fall.
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The Unforgettable Fire album will always remind me of fall.
This! For me the UF album as a whole perfectly conjures up fall imagery and feel, but especially so in songs like A Sort of Homecoming, Bad and Promenade.
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Honestly a lot of U2's material has an autumnal feel for me, since I purchased most albums in the first half of 2003. Often when I listen to Boy, October, or Zooropa in particular I remember sitting in my bedroom in April or May 2002 and watching the clouds go by outside my window as the long Queensland summer finally cooled into autumn and more pleasant weather settled in. Songs like The Electric Co., Gloria, I Threw a Brick, Rejoice, Stay, SDABTO, and Dirty Day are the soundtrack to that time in my life, even if not all of them would have an autumnal vibe for your average listener.

The Unforgettable Fire to me sometimes veers wintry - A Sort of Homecoming for example feels like winter or early spring - but definitely some tracks from there work too. Promenade, Indian Summer Sky, Bad, EPAA, lots of shades of autumn.
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Honestly a lot of U2's material has an autumnal feel for me, since I purchased most albums in the first half of 2003. Often when I listen to Boy, October, or Zooropa in particular I remember sitting in my bedroom in April or May 2002 and watching the clouds go by outside my window as the long Queensland summer finally cooled into autumn and more pleasant weather settled in. Songs like The Electric Co., Gloria, I Threw a Brick, Rejoice, Stay, SDABTO, and Dirty Day are the soundtrack to that time in my life, even if not all of them would have an autumnal vibe for your average listener.

The Unforgettable Fire to me sometimes veers wintry - A Sort of Homecoming for example feels like winter or early spring - but definitely some tracks from there work too. Promenade, Indian Summer Sky, Bad, EPAA, lots of shades of autumn.


This post fucked me up until I realized Australia is backwards and fall starts in April
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I was wondering how quickly a Northern Hemispherean would reply in confusion.

And autumn begins in March.

(And the chronology error would legit fuck you up. I meant to write "early 2002" in the first sentence.)
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(And the chronology error would legit fuck you up. I meant to write "early 2002" in the first sentence.)
Holy time warp Batman.
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I was wondering how quickly a Northern Hemispherean would reply in confusion.
Haha. Yup. We're easily confused up here.

October, of course -- it's right there in the title, and title song And it really does have a fallen leaves feel all the way through.

Most autumnal for me is also Unforgettable Fire -- particularly A Sort of Homecoming. No doubt helped by its fall release and all of the associations that go with playing that record (and I DO mean vinyl record) nonstop for the whole end of 1984.

If I had to pick one season to associate with U2 it would be fall.
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I suppose it depends on how autumn feels in certain parts of the world.

I mean if you are, like me, from the northern isles of Scotland (Shetland and Orkney) then you don't get much of an autumn. One week all the leaves are still on the few trees we have and the next week they're all on the ground, just all the same shade of lifeless brown. Day turns into night at the click of a finger seemingly. Certainly as far a cry from your upstate New York type beauty and explosion of colour during the next month or so where it looks like a celebration compared to a funeral. What I wouldn't give to see those colours in that part of the world!

Rowena's Theme by The Edge has a moody, autumnal feel to it. Has that Celtic end of life/darkened day feel about it that seems apt for this time of year where I am.

A Sort of Homecoming brings up images of snow swept Highland moorland so as suggested above that's a wintry one for me as is, despite the title, 4th of July.
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A Sort of Homecoming is definitely a winter song for me.
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I suppose it depends on how autumn feels in certain parts of the world.

I mean if you are, like me, from the northern isles of Scotland (Shetland and Orkney) then you don't get much of an autumn. One week all the leaves are still on the few trees we have and the next week they're all on the ground, just all the same shade of lifeless brown. Day turns into night at the click of a finger seemingly. Certainly as far a cry from your upstate New York type beauty and explosion of colour during the next month or so where it looks like a celebration compared to a funeral. What I wouldn't give to see those colours in that part of the world!

Rowena's Theme by The Edge has a moody, autumnal feel to it. Has that Celtic end of life/darkened day feel about it that seems apt for this time of year where I am.

A Sort of Homecoming brings up images of snow swept Highland moorland so as suggested above that's a wintry one for me as is, despite the title, 4th of July.
Great post.

Rowena's Theme definitely gives me that autumnal vibe too, makes me think of the gradual shortening of the day when I lived in New Zealand, or the certain quality of light you get in parts of Australia at that time of year even though the weather's still mild.

I had this apartment in Brisbane where the quality of light in my bedroom on autumn mornings was unbelievable. Basically everything I listened to then, I still associate with autumn. Most of it's not U2 (Agalloch's Pale Folklore and Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third are the two most prominent albums from that period), but I was definitely listening to the Captive soundtrack and The Unforgettable Fire a lot back then too, and it fit so well.
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