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Old 07-03-2002, 01:03 AM   #1
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U2 on the radio

I'm curious what kind of U2 coverage your local radio stations have. I remember back in the early 90's, practically any kind of U2 song would be played on the radio... unfortunately I don't hear the same kind of range in U2 songs anymore.

Saying that, in this past week while flipping through the radio stations, I heard:

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Mysterious Ways
Red Hill Mining Town
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Bad

Mysterious Ways, EBTTRT and ISHFWILF are very typical to hear on the radio here... but to hear Bad on a popular mainstream rock station and Red Hill Mining Town? I couldn't believe my luck!

How many others get that bizarre thrill of hearing U2 songs on the radio that aren't typically the latest single? And what kind of U2 songs do you hear on your local radio stations? I'm wondering if certain regions favour one U2 sound more than others...
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Well, I live in the Chicago area, and I hear U2 on the radio fairly frequently. In the last week I've heard Elevation, EBTTRT, ISHFWILF, Streets, Unforgettable Fire, and SBS. Those plus BD, NYD, WOWY, and Pride are the usual songs that are played (well, not UF).

Occasionally a station will give me a nice surprise and play something off Boy or UF- it's always exciting to hear a "rarer" song. I've never heard a Zooropa song on the radio, and I haven't heard one from Pop since 1997. Hearing something from October is pretty rare too, but I know I've heard the song October at least once.

Edited to add that today I heard Dancing Barefoot on the radio. That was quite a surprise!
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San Francisco area..

Mysterious Ways
Pride
ISHFWILF
WTSHNN
Desire
Beautiful Day
Stuck
With or Without You

I heard Red Hill one morning when I woke up.. I thought I was still dreaming.
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'Round here, there's Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Pride, and, um, Sunday Bloody Sunday. Sometimes, for a treat, they'll play Pride, or even Sunday Bloody Sunday.
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New York area....

I've heard:

Beautiful Day
Everlasting Love
Pride
Still Haven't Found...
Walk On
Stuck In A Moment (acoustic version also)
Where The Streets Have No Name
With Or Without You
One

Lately I've been hearing Everlasting Love and although not a U2 song, When The Stars Go Blue- Bono w/ The Corrs.

That's all I could think of right now, looking at this list I would have expected some more U2 songs. It's probably because I listen to the radio at a certain time.
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Old 07-03-2002, 02:26 AM   #6
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What's funny is, there's a radio station here in Vancouver that does a "retro lunch hour" between noon and 1pm. Of course, it was during that retro lunch hour that they played Bad, Mysterious Ways and Red Hill Mining Town.

The good thing, I guess, is that I can always turn on that station during lunch and I'll probably hear an old U2 song.

Or I can tune into the "classic rock" station and listen to 80's or 90's U2.

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Old 07-03-2002, 09:28 AM   #7
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Here in Germany the radio stations I know often just play ISHFWILF. An uninformed listener could think that U2 is just a
"one hit wonder".

Sometimes I have heard:

Sweetest Thing
With or Without You
Pride
Mysterious Ways
Stuck

They played the songs from Pop and ATYCLB only directly after they were released as singles.
Stuck is the only song that still becomes a bit airplay.

I never heard songs from Zooropa on the radio.
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Old 07-03-2002, 10:31 AM   #8
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In NW Iowa there only a few radio stations that have been playing much U2 lately, and when they do it's:

ISHFWILF
Streets
Stuck In A Moment
Desire

It's all because of Clear Channel and their mandatory playlists. Those radio-wave clogging bastards! Clear Channel is the devil!!

There is, however, a kick ass college station where you hear at least two U2 songs a day. Over the past week I've heard:

Bullet the Blue Sky
Two Hearts Beat As One
I Will Follow
Discoteque
Unforgettable Fire
Needless to say, this is the station that I listen to 24/7.
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Hey, Kariatari! I used to live in northwest Iowa and I remember the college station you are talking about. The funny thing is I didn't appreciate it when I had it. Now I live in north central Iowa where ALL the radio stations suck. The Top 40 stations only play U2 when they have a current hit, like Beautiful Day and Elevation. We have a "classic rock" station that sometimes plays New Years Day, but it kind of feels strange to hear it amid all the Journey, Foreigner and Styx they normally play. But my cable system has Digital Music Express, which includes a great channel that plays LOTS of U2 - Bad, Red Hill Mining Town, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, the live version of Please, Beautiful Day, One, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and Stay. They also play a lot of REM, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Travis and other artists you almost never hear on the pathetic radio stations around here.
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RADIO IO, bay-bee!!!! (yes, I'm plugging this for all it's worth)

Carmanah, if you have Windows Media Player on your computer, go to the "radio tuner" button/tab, and chose "Radio IO - Intelligent Rock". Not only do they play a GREAT assortment of non-mainstream music, but they play decent amounts of U2, and it's not just the regular stuff - they play lots of their more "obscure" stuff too.

you can't travel with the station, but anywhere there's a PC, you should be able to get it....plus on their website (radioio.com, natch), you can email them with requests (as long as it's not Britney or Kylie, etc.)

happy listening....
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Thanks for the tip Discotheque!
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Quote:
Originally posted by Sicy
San Francisco area..

Mysterious Ways
Pride
ISHFWILF
WTSHNN
Desire
Beautiful Day
Stuck
With or Without You

Redding Area:

minus Desire
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Old 07-03-2002, 07:56 PM   #13
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Thanks for the tip, Disco. I'm checking out Radio IO right now!
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Re: U2 on the radio

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Originally posted by Carmanah

How many others get that bizarre thrill of hearing U2 songs on the radio that aren't typically the latest single?
*Raises hand* ME! ME! ME! *Falls of chair.*
I get so excited when U2 songs come on the radio. I start clapping and smiling like an idiot.
ISHFWILF gets played alllll the time on our classic rock stations..I heard I Will Follow last week. Walk On gets played a lot too. And Elevation. But I never get goodies like Red Hill Mining Town, sadly.
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Old 07-03-2002, 11:50 PM   #15
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oh yeah....they also play lots of PETE YORN too!


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Thanks for the tip Discotheque!
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Old 07-04-2002, 01:39 AM   #16
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Today I was able to receive a bunch of radio stations from Vancouver Island (a LARGE mountainous island to the west of Vancouver)... well, I discovered a new radio station there, and what were they playing?

In A Little While!!!!

I couldn't believe it, so I turned it up loud and sang along.

And I'm also happy because that station plays more retro stuff, and less "alterna-Nickelback-Default-Staind-yadayada". (They were playing Depeche Mode and the Pixies, which are more of my style).

I actually rarely listen to the radio in my own car because the antenna fell off last year while driving down the freeway (don't ask how - I just remember seeing it fly off, and that was it, lol!)

But my dad's van has great radio reception, so now I have access to all these quirky unknown stations I wouldn't get if I were to drive my own car.

saying that, I'll check out that online radio station.

And for those of you who really want something unique, me and my sister tend to listen to a Belgian radio station called "Studio Brussel" at http://www.stubru.be

Not only to they play U2, but they play all kinds of songs you just don't hear (at least in North America) - ie: dEUS, Hooverphonic, etc. It's a great station if you want to listen to something unique.
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Old 07-04-2002, 09:39 AM   #17
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Well reporting in here from 'Mountainous Vancouver Island' I am happy to say that our local radio station plays copious amounts of U2. In an average work day they'll play around 2-4 U2 songs.

The range is pretty good. Having heard songs lately (as in the last 6 months) such as:

Mick Jagger's Joy (w/ Bono of course) *This is getting huge play right now.
When Stars Go Blue (Bono and the Corrs)
BD
Walk On
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bad
I Will Follow
Angel of Harlem
Desire
Where the Streets Have No Name
Ground Beneath Her Feet
In God's Country
Sweetest Thing
Kite
Elevation
ISHFWILF
Bullet the Blue Sky
Mysterious Ways
Stuck In A Moment
When Love Comes to Town
One

During the tour they used to play Live tracks from Irving plaza--> BD and Elevation. That was always exciting.

I must say that they play Bad a lot. Unfortunately, other than the strong U2 content, this radio station is waaaaaaay too old rock for me, but it's the only one with good reception here at work. Oh, and to answer your question re. Excitement when U2 is on the radio--> I am officially permitted by my boss to crank the radio when U2's on! It helps that those around me like them too.
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7:13am

Beautiful Day is playing on the radio.................
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Old 07-04-2002, 11:55 AM   #19
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Well reporting in here from 'Mountainous Vancouver Island'.
Hehe... I guess what I meant by "mountainous Vancouver Island" was, while I can get 100.3 The Q alright, I discovered the Zone quite by accident... and I guess they're both being broadcast in Victoria, which is strange why I can usually get one station and not the other... but, sometimes it's just the mountains that block the waves. But I guess I should have elaborated, hehe...

Angel - which station were you referring to? I remember The Q playing all kinds of U2 songs
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I heard Last Night On Earth when I was shopping for groceries here in North Carolina. I also heard it about a year ago when I was working out in a gym in South Florida. I don't listen to the radio much around here, but there is a station that plays U2 on a daily basis. The songs I've heard are: NYD, BTBS, MW, Bad, SBS, WOWY, BD, SIAM, AOH, Pride, and ISHFWILF
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