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View Poll Results: Vote for your TOP 15 FAVORITE tracks!
Boomerang I 15 65.22%
Boomerang II 15 65.22%
Love Comes Tumbling 22 95.65%
The Three Sunrises 19 82.61%
Bass Trap 19 82.61%
Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come 9 39.13%
Disappearing Act 13 56.52%
Yoshino Blossom 9 39.13%
Womanfish 4 17.39%
Luminous Times(Hold On To Love) 21 91.30%
Walk To The Water 19 82.61%
Spanish Eyes 20 86.96%
Deep In The Heart 17 73.91%
Race Against Time 6 26.09%
Silver And Gold 17 73.91%
Sweetest Thing 18 78.26%
Beautiful Ghost 1 4.35%
Wave Of Sorrow 8 34.78%
Desert Of Our Love 5 21.74%
Rise Up 4 17.39%
Drunk Chicken 2 8.70%
Hallelujah(Here She Comes) 11 47.83%
A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel 14 60.87%
She's A Mystery To Me 16 69.57%
Wild Irish Rose 10 43.48%
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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Best Non-Album Track Survivor - 1984-1989 Preliminary Quarterfinal

The results of the 1979-1983 Preliminary Quarterfinal:

Advancing:

11 O'Clock Tick Tock - 15
Pete The Chop - 13
A Celebration - 13
Party Girl - 13
Endless Deep - 12
Treasure - 12
Street Mission - 11
Touch - 10
Lost On A Silent Planet - 9
Boy-Girl - 9
The Fool - 9
Another Day - 9
Things To Make And Do - 8
Cartoon World - 8

Currently in a tiebreaker:

The Dream Is Over - 7
Angels Too Tied To The Ground - 7

Eliminated:

Saturday Night - 5
J.Swallo - 5
Be There - 5
False Prophet - 4
Speed Of Life - 3
Alone In The Light - 2
Father Is An Elephant - 2
Inside Out - 1
Carry Me Home - 1
Jack In The Box - 0

For the second poll, we look at perhaps the band's most celebrated era of non-album material. While the previous round may have been difficult for some with regards to getting up to 15 to vote for, this may be the toughest round for some in the opposite regard; that is, narrowing it down to just 15.

Instructions: In this poll, 25 non-album tracks from 1984-1989 will be available to vote for, with voting for multiple items enabled. You will vote for your TOP 15 FAVORITE tracks.

It is essential to the integrity of the competition that you vote for EXACTLY 15 tracks, not any more or any less. There is no way to lock you into a certain number of votes, so it is up to you to monitor yourselves.

Because 15 tracks is a lot to decide on, this poll will be open for 48 hours to give everyone a chance to vote.

Here is a list of tracks in this poll, all linked to YT for your reference.

1984-1989
Boomerang I
Boomerang II
Love Comes Tumbling
The Three Sunrises
Bass Trap
Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come
Disappearing Act
Yoshino Blossom
Womanfish
Luminous Times
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Race Against Time
Silver And Gold
Sweetest Thing / The Single Mix
Beautiful Ghost
Wave Of Sorrow
Desert Of Our Love
Rise Up
Drunk Chicken
Hallelujah Here She Comes
A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel
She's A Mystery To Me(Point Depot) / Snippet of never-released studio version
Wild Irish Rose
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A couple additional things:

1. In the previous round, as voting is public, I saw some people not voting for 15 songs, but instead only voting for a few, and in at least one case, only one. In fact, that vote that pushed Angels Too Tied To Ground into a tie for 15th place came from someone who didn't vote for anything else.

I don't want to discourage anyone from voting, so I'm not going to get too upset over this, however, I do want to emphasize again that putting in the effort of voting for all 15 tracks will only benefit the competition.

2. I'd always assumed Wild Irish Rose was an original song, as in, written by U2. However, I came across this article today in preparation for this poll in which it is claimed that the song isn't originally U2's. If that were the case, the song would be disqualified as this survivor is only for original material. That said, this is the first time in the decade I've been aware of the song that I've seen any suggestion that it's not original, so I'm thinking whoever wrote that article may just be mistaken.

The song stays in the competition for now, but if anyone here can confirm that it's not original, or if I come across any information anywhere else that it's not original, I will disregard any votes it might receive. I don't foresee this being the case though.
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Something like this, so many strong choices here that it could change very easily.

The Three Sunrises
Luminous Times
Spanish Eyes
Bass Trap
Yoshino Blossom
Disappearing Act
Walk To The Water
Love Comes Tumbling
Boomerang II
Boomerang I
Deep In The Heart
Desert Of Our Love
She's A Mystery To Me
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time
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Boomerang I
Boomerang II
Love Comes Tumbling
The Three Sunrises
Bass Trap
Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come
Disappearing Act
Yoshino Blossom
Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)
Walk to the Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep in the Heart
Race Against Time
Silver and Gold
Sweetest Thing
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Can't believe that Inside Out got a vote and Jack in the Box, which I thought was one of the more well-known pre-Boy songs, didn't. And it's a right shame False Prophet didn't do any better.

For this one, the following songs select themselves, some of which are in my U2 top 20:
1. Boomerang II
2. Love Comes Tumbling
3. The Three Sunrises
4. Bass Trap
5. Womanfish
6. Luminous Times
7. Spanish Eyes
8. She's a Mystery to Me
9. Wild Irish Rose

Let's then round out an incredible UF era:
10. Boomerang I
11. Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come

And bringing up the rear:
12. Rise Up
13. Race Against Time
14. Deep in the Heart
15. Silver and Gold

Funny how most of these songs are great tracks, at least nine of which I contend should have been on albums, and then you have dross like Disappearing Act, Wave of Sorrow, and one of the worst songs U2 ever recorded, A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel.

Of course, it's no coincidence that two of those three terrible songs were touched up in the 2000s.
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Will anyone rank Womanfish higher than 5?
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That wasn't a ranking, by the way. Just the order in which I worked down (and then back up and around) the list to make sure I didn't fucking accidentally vote for 16 this time.

My actual top five would be something like Wild Irish Rose, Spanish Eyes, Love Comes Tumbling, Boomerang II, The Three Sunrises.
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Funny how most of these songs are great tracks, at least nine of which I contend should have been on albums, and then you have dross like Disappearing Act, Wave of Sorrow, and one of the worst songs U2 ever recorded, A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel.

Of course, it's no coincidence that two of those three terrible songs were touched up in the 2000s.
What?!

Disappearing Act is great, it's got a great hook and enough atmospherics to make it feel like it's still UF era(I think the vocal is the only thing that was done in 2009). Definitely going to be one of my votes.

I like Wave Of Sorrow too, though I'm not sure it'll get in my 15.

Between these and Angels Too Tied, you don't seem to be too fond of the 're-issue' b-sides.
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Found it very easy this round to sweep aside any demos/outtakes then just select every UF/JT b-side and two from Rattle and Hum. and even then I found I was picking those last two along with Boomerang II and Walk To The Water just to make up the numbers!
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I think the vocal is the only thing that was done in 2009
And therein lies the problem. It's just unforgivable to take something from a great era of the band and give it the 2000s Bono treatment.
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I love Disappearing Act, mostly because of the percussion.

Never could get into Wave of Sorrow. Nothing about it stands out.
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I love Disappearing Act, mostly because of the percussion.

Never could get into Wave of Sorrow. Nothing about it stands out.
I agree with this, Disappearing Act and Oh Berlin are the only "new/old" songs from the special edition albums that I really love.

This was such a great period for U2, an insane amount of great songs to choose from. I would say that there have been few bands ever as good as U2 were between 84-93.
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Alright, I will concede Oh Berlin is enjoyable.
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Luminous Times is one of my all-time faves. Great lyric.

SO:

Luminous Times
Walk to the Water
Room at the Heartbreak Hotel
Spanish Eyes
Deep in the Heart
Race Against Time
Silver and Gold
Beautiful Ghost
Wave of Sorrow
Sweetest Thing
She's a Mystery
Wild Irish Rose
Hallelujah
Disappearing Act
Yoshino Blossom

Easily an absolute all-time classic album-worth's material in there. Wow.
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