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Old 01-08-2002, 06:29 PM   #1
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A very difficult question...what track from AB would you leave behind?

I had a fellow U2 fanatic ask me this question recently and I found it very difficult to answer.

Of course my first reaction was that it would be impossible to remove one track from this album - because it is a concept album and the story doesn't flow as well without one of the "chapters".

Regardless, my friend was persistent. "If you had to get rid of one track from Achtung Baby, which would it be?"

Curious to hear what song you guys would "leave behind"...
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I guess it won't hurt to say I finally chose WGRYWH. Although I love the song, it's really the only one I think you could remove from the album, and not lose much of the bigger picture.

Still a tough choice.....
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Old 01-08-2002, 06:35 PM   #3
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All of Achtung Baby is all that you can't leave behind.

What your asking is like asking which finger could I have cut off and still feel like my hand is fully functional.

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I can say with full certainty that I would leave behind EBTTRT.
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Odd question. Maybe if you were making a cassette tape and only had so much room, or something like that. I guess Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The world. But the album wouldn't quite sound the same without it.

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I never liked "Acrobat"

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Easy - its Wild Horses (easily the weakest track for me).


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Nooo! I love Acrobat!
I think I would get rid of... Tryin' to Throw.
Yeah but this is a sad, sad question.

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Acrobat = sheer brilliance!

I would go with WGRYWH, too
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Acrobat = sheer brilliance!
... ...what good would a hand be without opposable thumbs..a pretty big dissapointment!!!
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This is VERY easy for me. I'd toss out "Trying to Throw..." in a second. Pure crap, as far as I'm concerned - not even b-side material.

Hmmm.... c'mon Doc, how do you really feel?
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Originally posted by doctorwho:
This is VERY easy for me. I'd toss out "Trying to Throw..." in a second. Pure crap, as far as I'm concerned - not even b-side material.

Hmmm.... c'mon Doc, how do you really feel?
I have to agree; I've never liked this song very much. I think the lyrics are awkward and the melody is weak.

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Why why why did you have to pose this brain teaser question?? Why? WHY?

This is tough, as Achtung Baby is my favorite record of U2's from start to finish.

Mirroring what Zoocaustic said, Achtung Baby is a definitive concept album and it would be a bit off to throw out any of the "chapters."

I just can't think of any particular song off that record I'd want to leave behind. I just can't. That record is perfection to me.

But I was wondering something though. There's been talk of WGRYWH as being the weakest track off Achtung and I guess I can see it from your point of view. Though it's not my favorite song and tastes are subjective anyway, I (hate to say it) see where some may think this song is the weakest chapter. But all this about ditching (if given the choice in this very difficult situation) The Acrobat! Why leave that song being? I think that song is one of the strongest tracks on Achtung Baby because all the wrestling the protagonist does with himself, his demons, and his surroundings throughout the whole record, everything really comes to a boiling head in The Acrobat. Not my fave song from Achtung, but it rings in a close close second.

To those who voted to leave The Acrobat behind... your thoughts, elaborations?

I don't want to argue because that's just silly and pointless so I'm not directing this question with an alterior motive to be argumentive, but I'm just curious to hear what your thoughts are.
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I think I'd drop Zoo Station. But I don't know how I could all the songs are soooo awesome. I still remember the first time I heard Achtung Baby, it mesmerized me. Its the first and maybe the only record I have ever listened to where I loved every song! Not even the Joshua Tree could pull that one off. Its just an amazing disc.
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A hard question to answer since this album is a masterpiece. I would go with Trying to Throw Arms....
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I'd have to say... So Cruel. But WGRYWH second. I liked the track better a few months ago.. but I've gotten a little sick of it.

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! OMG I loveth TTTYAATW and WGRYWH!!!

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Those who know me well around here know that Who's Gonna Ride...is my least favourite U2 song EVER! (although Bono looks damned hot in that video! just too bad I have to listen to it with the volume down! )
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