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Old 07-18-2020, 04:15 AM   #921
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Well they appear to have eased off on the covers front since 2000; what other notable ones are there that have studio versions? The Saints Are Coming?

Maybe I erased the others from my memory.
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I just remembered Window in the Skies. Fuck what an absolute clunker.

I am pleased to report, however, that djerdap and I once got stonkingly drunk together and he sings a fine cover of WITS in the style of a grumpy old heavily-accented Croatian man. Truly a work of art.
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5 Best U2 songs:

Clocks
Livin' On A Prayer
The Killing Moon
Don't You (Forget About Me)
Anyone Can Play Guitar
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You know what is *not* one of the 5 worst U2 tracks? In God's Country. Song rocks. And Kanye has a track on his new album called In God's Country. I hope it's a straight up cover.
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Kanye has been acting up again and saying a ton of stupid shit, but I just thought it was interesting as a U2 geek to see a track called In God's Country.
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I thought the same thing, ha.
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You know what is *not* one of the 5 worst U2 tracks? In God's Country. Song rocks.

Went fucking off last November during the JT Tour. Killer.
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I watched U2's Apple Music interview in 2017 about the Joshua Tree tour last night and it was amazing. The Edge talked about the time he tried mushrooms. Really cool interview.
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I suppose I should be grateful the band never seemed inclined to do a Boy 40th anniversary tour, because I'd have been fucking pissed off to miss that thanks to covid.
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shuttlecock XXIV: it's the little swings

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CDGr6wC...=1t4rhlhad64b8

Good to know that Bono and Edge are still ok.
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I never expected that.
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A U2 song that doesn't get enough appreciation is Breathe. It *might* be my favorite late-period U2 track. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a challenger.
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I have always felt Breathe is overrated. It's overstuffed with ideas, there's like five different songs in there (the drum intro, the two meh pre-choruses, the soaring chorus, the fast-paced verses).

I really dig the verses (even though Bono seems to lose his breath as the song goes on), but it's executed poorly overall. Edge's guitar playing is nothing special. One of Larry's better tracks of the past 20 years though.

Cedars and Fez/Being Born are the standouts and the last two really good songs the band has made in my eyes. Exactly the route I wish they'd gone down.
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Breathe is legit on the same level as Unknown Caller, Boots, and Comedy as one of the bottom four on that album - a series of ideas bad in their own right, shoehorned together to produce something even less than the sum of its parts. Far too much of that on NLOTH. The verses try too hard to be clever and Bono sounds exhausted even trying to try. It's the sort of thing that if I were wearing a U2 shirt in public and that song came on, I'd be so embarrassed that I'd just never show my face there again.

I am not being hyperbolic - much.
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I like Breathe a lot. The flood of syllables in the verses gives the song a fun energy despite its loping time signature and the cello was a stroke of genius from Eno. It's anthemic like so much great U2 without being boring or obvious.
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Totally forgot Breathe opened the early 360 shows.
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I have always felt Breathe is overrated. It's overstuffed with ideas, there's like five different songs in there (the drum intro, the two meh pre-choruses, the soaring chorus, the fast-paced verses).

I really dig the verses (even though Bono seems to lose his breath as the song goes on), but it's executed poorly overall. Edge's guitar playing is nothing special. One of Larry's better tracks of the past 20 years though.
I kind of agree with this in theory, though I do still like the song a lot. There's still probably at least 4 songs on the album I prefer to it.

And I'll maintain, as I have since the 360 tour, that this was a TERRIBLE choice as an opener; the beat is all wrong for something to kickstart a show--isn't it in 3/4?? This kind of dense but anthemic track is far better later in the set, like it is on the album. It's like opening with Acrobat.
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I made Axver listen to Window in the Skies twenty times in a row.

I deserve a bottle of pelinkovac for that alone.
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