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Old 12-04-2017, 07:09 AM   #1
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Love this song. There is not drop off its solid the whole way through. Very fun and upbeat also different for U2.

Could deffently see this being a future single. Maybe for a movie soundtrack?
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:48 AM   #2
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I love this song as well. That is a damned catchy chorus!!! Seems like a song they'll do on the b-stage every few shows, and Bono will try to get the audience do a call and response type of thing that will never work out.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:55 PM   #3
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A definite grower for me. I was not too convinced after the first few listens, but something clicked for me on the fifth or so listen. This song is fun, catchy (in a good way), and different for U2. I now see why Noel Gallagher said that he wished he had written this one. A real gem, very early Beatles sound. Pretty terrific for a simple pop song.
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Old 12-06-2017, 12:10 AM   #4
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Best lyric to me on album might be ---

It is what is but it's not what it seems
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:28 AM   #5
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Ok, folks, just heard The Showman on Sirius XM's Spectrum station during commute time! Kind of surprised, but happy about it. This is the station that had GOOYOW as #1 for like five weeks running!

I'm really hoping this means songs just sort of organically pop up on the radio, including those I really want to pop up! (Summer of Love, Little Things anyone?)
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I woke up with this in my head today.

(This is a good thing.)
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What's the story behind the grammatically incorrect song title here?

Sorry, I'm behind the loop on such things.
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What's the story behind the grammatically incorrect song title here?

Sorry, I'm behind the loop on such things.
It's supposed to be fun / silly!

Pete the chop!
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It's supposed to be fun / silly!

Pete the chop!
Is that all there is, really? Lol. From the beginning I was baffled as to why such a big grammar blunder in the title here. Anyway, I love this song! It's such fun. And so different for them. Thank heavens for that. I don't think we want an album full of 13 serious thought provoking songs.
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Is that all there is, really? Lol. From the beginning I was baffled as to why such a big grammar blunder in the title here. Anyway, I love this song! It's such fun. And so different for them. Thank heavens for that. I don't think we want an album full of 13 serious thought provoking songs.
I is just some spekulating.

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Has there been no discussion on this here? I'm quite surprised. People on this forum (or anywhere on the Internet for that matter) including me (!) like to nitpick and complain about every small thing U2 does or doesn't do. And this is a pretty Wtf song title. I can totally see them not giving a toss though and calling it artistic license or something. If so, it doesn't bother me.
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Has there been no discussion on this here? I'm quite surprised. People on this forum (or anywhere on the Internet for that matter) including me (!) like to nitpick and complain about every small thing U2 does or doesn't do. And this is a pretty Wtf song title. I can totally see them not giving a toss though and calling it artistic license or something. If so, it doesn't bother me.
How can you nitpick such a fun song?! Who would do such a thing? On the interwebs? Here in this loving forum? No way!

Anyway, I always thought that if a title had parentheses then the song better be pretty darn good. It always represented a Babe Ruth called shot to me.

It sure worked with Stay, Pride, Iris, etc. If you look at their discography, it tends to hold true save the rare exception.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:58 AM   #14
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Despite my feelings for the song (which I won't go into because I don't want to soil the positive vibes), I have no problem with artists breaking grammar rules and injecting some funky nonsense into songs. If a song is good/bad musically (subjective, yes), it doesn't matter that much to me if the lyrics make sense or have some deeper meaning to me. Don't get me wrong though, it is a plus if they hit home on a personal level.
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Arguably the catchiest chorus they've ever written. It's so unlike the band and yet I can't help but get caught up in the exuberance of it.

It's always nice to see them try something different stylistically, and I can't think of anything else this blatantly retro-pop. Wild Honey would be the closest but that has a tinge of melancholy/wistfulness to it.
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