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Old 12-05-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Favourite U2 Intros?

For anyone who didnt have to go to far, the guitar riff of I Will Follow was the band's way to tell everyone that this band is U2. and they were here

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the drums of Sunday Bloody Sunday. a rebel song

The guitar riff of Pride (in the name of love), Eno's production was prominent then and there
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:40 PM   #2
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Zooropa - blows my mind every time I hear it
Magnificent - such a great build up
Where the Streets Have No Name - classic song, great emotional crescendo
Moment of Surrender - the introduction to the chord changes is captivating
The Electric Co. - such enthusiasm and excitement
Mofo - some of the craziest sounds to come out of a rock song
Zoo Station - same as above, a wonderful example of the band's experimentation and the Lanois/Eno production at work
New York - love how it goes from a mixed-down drum sample, to something more "live"
City of Blinding Lights - something that makes me feel joyous every time I hear it
The Unforgettable Fire - paints a different picture each time
Tomorrow - captures a melancholy feeling like nothing else
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Definitely COBL. Especially from Chicago on Vertigo. Mofo was freakin insane and wish they'd do that one again. Vertigo is a pretty good opener too. It get's the crowd worked up which might be what you wanna do depending on the band. Magnificent would be a great opener, not sure if they have opened with that one. Zoo Station was awesome on the Sydney ZooTV show. WTSHNN is also a really good opener with the organ and guitar. Breathe was awesome when I went to see them. Larry drumming at the beginning. I can understand him getting so worked up. And while GOYB isn't the best song they've written it still gets you worked up a lot. It's better live than the album IMO. Aaaaand it's not THAT bad. They have a lot of good opening songs.
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Mofo Two words. The bassline.
Streets It's just a classic synth intro but it's not cheesy. I get chills pretty much every time I hear it.
Magnificent Who doesn't love this one? What an amazing build up to those chiming guitar sounds. And also, all those sweet noises in the beginning. Love it.
Unknown Caller Love the mellow guitar. And then the "Sunshine, Sunshine" Edge vocals.
Running To Stand Still Could you call the slide guitar at the beginning an intro? If so, I love it. So chilling.
Love and Peace Or Else Personally, I love the intro to this song. The extremely distorted guitar and Bono whispering the commands in the background.
The Electric Co. Just the echo on that guitar.
City Of Blinding Lights So great. I keep falling in love with this song over and over again.
Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) I love the glockenspiel. Just so pretty.
New York I also really love this one because it just goes from being so quiet to being so powerful and louder in the choruses.
Zoo Station The intro to this one told people that this was a different kind of U2.
The Fly Love the subtle tambourine and guitar and then the bass comes in to give more power to it.
Ultraviolet (Light My Way) Gotta love this live. Especially when the the song just kicks off.
The Unforgettable I'll never forget when I saw this live. Absolutely chilling.
Hawkmoon 269 This was actually one of the songs that got me into U2. I love the carnival sound at the beginning and then what kinda sounds like timpani drums enter.
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
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Definitely COBL. Especially from Chicago on Vertigo. Mofo was freakin insane and wish they'd do that one again. Vertigo is a pretty good opener too. It get's the crowd worked up which might be what you wanna do depending on the band. Magnificent would be a great opener, not sure if they have opened with that one. Zoo Station was awesome on the Sydney ZooTV show. WTSHNN is also a really good opener with the organ and guitar. Breathe was awesome when I went to see them. Larry drumming at the beginning. I can understand him getting so worked up. And while GOYB isn't the best song they've written it still gets you worked up a lot. It's better live than the album IMO. Aaaaand it's not THAT bad. They have a lot of good opening songs.
Yeah, they opened with Magnificent at Boston 2.
Oh, I love Larry's drumming in the intro to Breathe, too.
Yes, GOYB is much, much better live. I mean, I really like that song anyways but live, it just gets you pumped up! I love the "The future, the future, the future, the future, the future needs a big kiss!!"
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Yes, GOYB is much, much better live. I mean, I really like that song anyways but live, it just gets you pumped up! I love the "The future, the future, the future, the future, the future needs a big kiss!!"
That's part of what makes it better live. I remember that part going on and I was like "what is this?" and then I was like "Oh duh GOYB. " As well as the da da da da da da part making it cool. Then Edge comes in with the do do do do, do do, do do do, do do do.
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ASOH, TUF, Bad, Streets, Zoo Station, UTEOTW, Ultraviolet (does the first verse count as an intro?), Zooropa, Mofo, Electrical Storm, COBL, Magnificent, MOS, Unknown Caller, Fez (since it is an intro).
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Drowning Man with Ultraviolet in close second.
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Unknown Caller!

Where the streets have no name.

City of blinding lights

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Streets wins hands down for me

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Old 12-06-2009, 03:53 AM   #11
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Zooropa
Where the Streets Have No Name
Your Blue Room
Moment of Surrender
Unknown Caller
Fez/Being Born

NLOTH has the most awesome intros.
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So we're talkin about best and most impactful opening moments of a U2 song? Goddam, it's easily Sunday Bloody Sunday. The first 20 seconds of the song are as awesome and iconic as anything the band's ever done.

And then yes, of course, Streets has a great opening.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:08 AM   #13
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I'll just put in five:

Please (Single version) - I adore those strings, something that I like to call an 'electrochestra', which then everything kicks in with Larry's drums.
The Fly - One of the most sweeter sounds in music, the Edge blasting that fantabulous riff through the speakers.
Mofo - Love it. The first 40-seconds or so are incredible, the drum, that ridiculous bass/sequencer thing and that ear deafening siren erupting from the guitar deserve to be in the shortlist for the best things U2 have ever conceived.
Until The End of The World - That intro noise that I remember hearing being described as something like a "buffalo getting stuck in a jet engine" which builds up with the bass and drums into that mouthwatering guitar riff. It sounds even more awesome live.
Where The Streets Have No Name - I would lose all credibility if I left this out of my post, so here it is. The organ and the guitar and the build up in all is absolutely heavenly.

There is so much more to list but I thought I would keep it at 5.
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Where the streets have no name, obviously, one of the best intros by anybody anywhere ever. ASOH, TUF, Pride and Zooropa are other obvious ones. Achtung Baby is full of them, EBTTRT and The Fly would be my favourites.
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The Linear version of 'Winter' - there's something about the dreaminess in Edge's guitar picking - the way it builds and turns itself around Larry's stuttering rhythm...and picks its way into the heart - that evokes the journey of "a country boy to a city in a far off land". This is one of the most underrated moments in U2 history...in my opinion, anyway.
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