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Old 10-02-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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What's the most surprising sound you ever heard on U2 albums?

Be it drums/guitar/bass/synthesizers/effects, off the top of your head, what sound did make you go "wow" and really took you by surprise?

To me, it's probably the growling, thick sound of Edge's guitar at the start of Zoo Station. Even now, after hearing other albums it's still that particular sound.

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Old 10-02-2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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the opening of Mofo...

blew me away first time I heard it, still does actually

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Old 10-02-2003, 02:53 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Dorian Gray
the opening of Mofo...

blew me away first time I heard it, still does actually
I looove that opening. Such a different and fresh sound.
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That annoying irritating sound at the end of the Zooropa CD
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Originally posted by Sicy
That annoying irritating sound at the end of the Zooropa CD
I was gonna say that too
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The wicked solo in When I look at The World, Edge isn't known as a solo guy so it makes it even cooler to hear that.
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i agree with sicy
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The bass and rhythm of Some Days... and Lemon are so removed from what people think U2 are

But hearing the Zoo Station opener was like WOW! Live is even better. One of the first things that got me into the band was seeing Bono's entrance during that track. Pure performance
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Originally posted by Sicy
That annoying irritating sound at the end of the Zooropa CD

If you're looking for a good surprise ... The opening guitar on Gone and Zoo Station; the simplicity of the guitar on WOWY
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How 'bout that annoying sound on "Love Rescue Me".

Oh wait, that was Bob Dylan.


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That strange whirring sound on Numb. I heard it was Edge's walkman rewinding ...
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zooropa. the song
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Probably 'Numb'. I bought Zooropa (which happened to be my first U2 album) because of that song. The guitars and lyrics seemed really different/cool to me.
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The keyboard/piano sound with the 16-beat drum intro to Stuck In A Moment. Anyone hearing that intro won't think it's U2.


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I remember it well.

Sitting in the parking lot in my friends car, he mentions to me that U2 has a new song on the radio and that he had heard it the previous day.

My response was "No way, how could I have not heard of a brand new song from U2 being played on the radio" I had no idea they were even recording.

At that VERY moment, he said "yeah man, and he paused for a second and turned up the radio, and honest to God, he said "this is it!!!!" I said "No way!! really? It took me about a minute to confirm that it was U2, definitely something I had not heard from them.

So strange, but absolutely true, imagine if that were to happen to you, it was quite orgasmic, to have new U2 thrown at me from virtually nowhere.

It took me the minute to recognize Edge singing (or chanting), at the time I wasn't sure if it was Edge, but I thought it was.

Of course the song turned out to be Numb, this was a month or so before Zooropa came out.

What's funny is that they were playing this song the extremely mainstream rock station in town. Ya know, the station that AC/DC and Def Leppard fans listen to. It totally didn't fit, but at that time alt rock was infiltrating the airwaves of shit rock, so it wasn't a complete shock.

I actually heard Mofo on the radio before 'Pop' came out. Needless to say I was blown away by the sound of that song. To this day one of my top 20-25 U2 songs.

So, Numb, Mofo and Zoo Station were defintely my top 3 as far as being surprised by a sound.

I also remember hearing Discotheque on that same radio station on the way to work late one night, and I was pretty shocked by that. I'd add Lemon after hearing Zooropa broadcast in full the week before it came out. So that's my top 5.

1. Numb (because of the circumstances when I first heard it)
2. Zoo Station
3. Mofo
4. Discotheque
5. Lemon

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