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Old 12-06-2017, 08:58 AM   #1
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Which SOE tracks should be singles?

U2's last few album releases have sparked a lot of discussion about what songs should be (or should have been) singles. Boots from NLOTH is widely derided, and The Miracle from SOI generally wasn't seen as a great choice (though not as bad as Boots).

So, which songs from SOE do you think should be (or should have been) singles? Assuming of course that this means a push to radio, release on streaming services, probably a music video, and promotional performances of the song.

Here's my take. Released in this order:

You're the Best Thing About Me (Sept. 2017). I liked that the band released a joyful pop song, when you might have expected another rocker or something political. It was refreshing. The song also seems to have gone down well with the public.

The Little Things That Give You Away (Dec. 2017). This is a U2 classic, everyone here seems to agree, and I think the dark mood of the ending would really resonate with the public at this moment in time. The confessional nature of it is compelling, too. It's a mature, late career track, the sort of the thing you'd expect from an album called Songs of Experience.

Love is Bigger Than Anything (Feb. 2018). A big, catchy, heart-on-the-sleeve pop song that's immediately appealing to the ears. A message of hope for the future after "the end" arrives in Little Things. The "parent speaking to children" angle would resonate with a lot of people, too (after all, most people are parents or they have parents... lol).

Summer of Love (May 2018). A short, slinky pop song that could get some radio play as summer approaches in the US. Try to get Lady Gaga back in the studio to do the vocal on the bridge, so the song can be credited to U2 feat. Lady Gaga.

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Old 12-06-2017, 09:02 AM   #2
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I would say "You're the Best Thing," "The Little Things," "Get out of your Own Way" and possibly "The Blackout" would be the best singles choices. "The Showman" is so dang catchy, though....
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:59 AM   #3
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Red Flag Day, Summer of Love.
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Love is bigger and Summer of Love
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I think Summer of Love is the only one that could be a hit in the current radio landscape.

Love Is Bigger is catchy, but I think the wide eyed optimism would never, ever catch on.
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This is an album that could justify 8 or 9 releases.

I would like to see Red Flag Day and Summer of Love get some attention because of what they're about (which has been completely lost on several critics). Love is Bigger has to be a single. Fuck the cynics, this is what U2 is about. Defiant joy.
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Blackout, summer of love, red flag day and little things that give you away should be the 4 singles
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The Little Things That Give You Away.
Lights of Home.

This is a dark and deep record about death and depression, and it's being promoted with bright cheery pop.

Give them something that's actually indicative of the album.
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Red Flag Day has to be heard by the masses,and then the little things to finish off.
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Red Flag Day. Anthemic & stirring. Could have fit comfortably on the War album.


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This is an album that could justify 8 or 9 releases.

I would like to see Red Flag Day and Summer of Love get some attention because of what they're about (which has been completely lost on several critics). Love is Bigger has to be a single. Fuck the cynics, this is what U2 is about. Defiant joy.
So well said! That joy and unabashed emotion makes U2 a bad fit for this era of deep cynicism, ironic detachment, pessimism and negativity, but so what? I'm becoming a defiant U2 fan, I guess!
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Summer of Love. Make Gaga more prominent on the mix.

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Release Red Flag Day before the summer and then Summer of Love in May.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:39 PM   #15
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Red Flag Day for sure. That would fit in nicely on KROQ.
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