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Old 07-02-2002, 02:10 PM   #1
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best u2 songs that are not u2 songs

you know what I mean? songs by other bands that either show the u2 influence or could easily have been written by our boys.

mine are:
1. bittersweet symphony (the verve)
2. fake plastic trees (radiohead)
3. wonderwall (oasis)
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Old 07-02-2002, 02:14 PM   #2
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So far only one song i heard has ever reminded me of U2 -

Yellow by Coldplay.
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Old 07-02-2002, 03:22 PM   #3
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One More Murder by Better Than Ezra.
OMG, I thought it was U2 when I first heard it.
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Isn't Wonderwall a George Harrison cover??
I thought thats what I heard once.

anyway, I honestly can't thik of any whole songs that sounded like U2 to me.
Sometimes The Bends at U2ish moments I suppose, but not generally.
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Re: best u2 songs that are not u2 songs

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1. bittersweet symphony (the verve)
I love that song.. it's great
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There's this one song I like by Echo and the Bunnymen (a group that came out right about the time U2 did) that sort of sounds like U2. I saw the video for it on VH1 Classics the other day, but for the life of me I can't remember the title.
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Isn't Wonderwall a George Harrison cover??
I thought thats what I heard once.
Isn't every Oasis song a long lost Beatles song though?

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Coldplay's "Yellow" and "In My Place" (the new single) are very U2-ish.

U2-esque? U2-ey?

I would also say these other songs fit in quite well:

Better Than Ezra - "Desperately Wanting"
James - "Say Something"
Live - "Lightning Crashes"


Peter Gabriel - "Don't Give Up"

His voice aside, this sounds like a War / Unforgettable Fire hybrid. The UF sound makes sense, since Danny Lanois had a hand in both UF and Gabriel's So. But War? I mean, the hell?


The Temptations - "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)"

Wanna know the source for Angel of Harlem, Stuck in a Moment, and In a Little While? This is IT.


Jewel - "The New Wild West"

Yeah, I know the coming response. I paraphrase the Shawshank Redemption: "I do believe you're talking out your ass." BUT if you can mentally replace Jewel's voice with Bono's, it sounds like a B-side from the Joshua Tree / Rattle & Hum era.
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Musically, lots of INXS songs do.

Lyrically, lots of Collective Soul songs do. (Shine, Precious Declaration, The World I Know)
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I Try - Macy Gray...it has a very similar feel to Stuck In a Moment if you listen to it I think.
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Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me

R.E.M. - Orange Crush
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In a Daydream by the Freddie Jones band. Gorgeous song, sort of a U2 ripoff, I guess, but just gorgeous. And actually, it is fairly different from a U2 song overall--just the guitar.

Also Ghostdancing, She's a River and some other Simple Minds songs, Street Spirit by Radiohead (thought it was U2 first time I heard it), Red Rain by Peter Gabriel, Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil.
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I Try - Macy Gray...it has a very similar feel to Stuck In a Moment if you listen to it I think.
I kind of know what you mean.. it's weird but they do feel similar.
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You know something? I just noticed that when I think of the U2 sound, I think of the Edge's guitar, way before anything else. And what's more, I think mainly of the Edge's guitar in songs such as Streets and Pride. I think that's going to be the main thing (outside of actual individual songs) that people remember U2's music for.
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Creep[Radiohead]

Didn' t they do a cover of Beat On The Bratt??
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