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View Poll Results: Please select your FAVOURITE song(s)
Zoo Station 27 48.21%
Even Better Than the Real Thing 26 46.43%
One 32 57.14%
Until the End of the World 39 69.64%
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 22 39.29%
So Cruel 17 30.36%
The Fly 41 73.21%
Mysterious Ways 30 53.57%
Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World 8 14.29%
Ultra Violet (Light My Way) 38 67.86%
Acrobat 29 51.79%
Love Is Blindness 32 57.14%
Alex Descends Into Hell For a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1 5 8.93%
Lady With the Spinning Head 24 42.86%
Where Did It All Go Wrong? 3 5.36%
Salome 7 12.50%
Blow Your House Down 6 10.71%
Heaven and Hell 4 7.14%
Oh Berlin 8 14.29%
Near the Island 0 0%
Down All the Days 5 8.93%
Everybody Loves a Winner 1 1.79%
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:44 AM   #1
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Best Song Survivor v2: Achtung Baby era

Please vote for your FAVOURITE song(s).
The top SEVEN songs from this era proceed to the Nineties Semi-Final.

Welcome to the Achtung Baby era round in Best Song Survivor v2! The object of this game is to find Interference's favourite U2 songs. Each album will be featured in a single round with the non-album tracks from its era. The amount of finalists from each era is based on seeding from the latest U2 Album Survivor. These rounds will last 48 hours and will be multiple choice polls where you vote for your favourite tracks (within reason). A suggestion is to vote for the amount of tracks that will proceed to the next round, although this is not a hard and fast rule. Remember that there is a tradeoff: if you vote for more songs, the power of each of your votes is dampened, but if you vote for fewer songs, you get to spread your influence less far.

Only original U2 songs with official studio releases will compete. However, you are free to vote on the basis of live versions, alternate versions, remixes, etc., as in the normal version of Survivor. Basically whatever you think best represents the song in your mind.

The late eighties semi came down to the wire, with an excruciatingly close tussle for the last guaranteed finals berth (eighth place) and the potential wildcard slot for ninth. Running to Stand Still put in a valiant attempt for the wildcard, securing 19 votes out of 48, or 39.58% of the vote. Unfortunately, it fell short - both in total votes and percentage - of the early eighties wildcard contender, 11 O'clock Tick Tock, which had won 20 votes out of 47 or 42.55%. RTSS also, incidentally, fell short of the percentage of sixth place in the early eighties round (Out of Control got 19 out of 47, or 40.43%). This means that 11OTT goes through as the sole non-album track so far to make the grand final, and it doesn't even go through as the bottom-ranked seed; Heartland, in eighth place here, actually has a slightly worse percentage.

The eight songs representing the late eighties comprise three songs from the Joshua Tree, three songs from the Unforgettable Fire, and two songs from Rattle and Hum. No non-album tracks. Five of the eight were singles; five (though not entirely the same five) appear on Best Ofs.

(bold = qualified for grand final)
1. Where the Streets Have No Name - 34 votes
2. With or Without You - 32
3. A Sort of Homecoming - 30
=4. Bad - 29
=4. The Unforgettable Fire - 29
6. All I Want Is You - 27
7. One Tree Hill - 21
8. Heartland - 20

9. Running to Stand Still - 19
10. In God's Country - 14
11. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - 13
=12. Exit - 12
=12. Pride - 12
14. Hawkmoon 269 - 11
15. Love Comes Tumbling - 10
=16. God Part II - 9
=16. Promenade - 9
18. Desire - 7
19. Wire - 3
(Total voters: 48)

The eighties grand finalists are thus:
11 O'clock Tick Tock
The Electric Co.
Gloria
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year's Day
A Sort of Homecoming
The Unforgettable Fire
Bad
Where the Streets Have No Name
With or Without You
One Tree Hill
Heartland
All I Want Is You
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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I'm stoked with how well the seeding and wildcard system worked. Even though we have to split up the eighties semi into two rounds, it was still balanced properly and the thirteen songs that received the highest vote - whether you go by total vote or percentage - are the thirteen that made the finals. I feared it might be weighted so that either the early eighties would be disadvantaged and poor performing late eighties stragglers in seventh and eighth would go ahead of popular early songs, or that some good but not wildly beloved early eighties song would make it into fourth while massively adored eighties songs would languish in tenth or eleventh, but the system has reflected the popularity as shown in the votes. Thank god that in the end there wasn't a seventh-ninth place draw in the late eighties round like there threatened to be. That would've been bloody messy to resolve.

I'm also stoked because - unlike Survivor v1 - my top three U2 songs have all advanced: ASOH, One Tree Hill, Heartland. And I didn't even have to rig it.

Anyway, this round: The Fly, Acrobat, Love Is Blindness, and Lady With the Spinning Head are all top twenty U2 songs for me. Fucking great tracks. I also love Alex Descends Into Hell, and I have long had a soft spot for Where Did It All Go Wrong. So I stuck with those six for my vote. Tracks like Zoo Station and UTEOTW are quality, and MW's live version really deserves a shout-out, but I don't love them enough to spread out my vote, and UTEOTW and MW probably don't need the help.
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Please add a vote to Alex Descends for me!
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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At the time of this writing, Alex Descends have 3 times the amount of votes that One has.

I'm not saying you guys are mad, but this is mad.
Just sayin'.
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At the time of this writing, Alex Descends have 3 times the amount of votes that One has.
I think this is a brilliant stat and I wish it had a hope of being preserved. Alex Descends is a hundred times the song One is.
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At the time of this writing, Alex Descends have 3 times the amount of votes that One has.

I'm not saying you guys are mad, but this is mad.
Just sayin'.
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Even Better Than the Real Thing
Until the End of the World
Ultraviolet
The Fly
Lady With the Spinning Head

So tempting to vote for the entire album.
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Alex Descends is a hundred times the song One is.
lol.
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One
Until the End of the World
Wild Horses
Mysterious Ways
Ultraviolet
Love Is Blindness

I wanted to vote for The Fly too, but I capped myself at seven votes.
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lol.
Yeah, I guess the understatement is a bit humorous; I should've said a thousand times better.
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Another difficult choice:
Zoo Station
Until the End of the World
Wild Horses (Can't forget the "Baby" version)
So Cruel
Blow Your House Down
Lady With the Spinning Head
Heaven and Hell

Umm...question...Isn't Everybody Loves a Winner a cover? I was surprised to see it on the list. Love the song, tho!
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Yeah, I guess the understatement is a bit humorous; I should've said a thousand times better.
I didn't want to reveal whether I agree with you or whether I think you're ridiculous. So I left it at lol. :P

Great bunch of songs here! Was difficult to vote, so I went with certain songs that may not get preference on this forum like Wild Horses and So Cruel.
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Isn't Everybody Loves a Winner a cover?
Indeed
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The Fly
Ultraviolet
Acrobat
Salome

have never heard the songs from Heaven and Hell down so can't make a judgement on those...
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