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Old 06-08-2002, 02:34 AM   #1
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First songs are great!

I was thinking about U2 music the other day (as you do) and realised that many of the songs I really love are are first songs. What a collection they are! Just look at them

I Will Follow
Sunday Bloody Sunday
A Sort of Homecoming
Helter Skelter
Beautiful Day

Some just grab you the moment you hear them - Zoostation, Discoteque
Others really set the scene for what is to come - Gloria, Helter Skelter, Beautiful Day
Some just grow on you and become favourites forever - A Sort of Homecoming, Zooroper

Think I will make a compillation. Together they really tell a story.

What do you think?
What is your favourite starter ? For me, Streets! What a song!
What a start ! So fitting when you consider what follows.
Lets have a discussion.


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Old 06-08-2002, 03:19 AM   #2
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i find it odd that you say "zooroper" is a good song.

how much do you listen to it? i mean, its "zooropa" when the song is played, and when bono sings zooropa it doesnt sound like zooroper....

i only mention this cause you said it twice in the last post...

maybe your just foolen around, and perhaps im just stupid.

well i am stupid, yes that has been established in the past already.


just curious as to the obvious oddity is all.


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Old 06-08-2002, 11:32 AM   #3
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I think it's intentional that they open the albums with strong songs,
to keep your interest in the whole album.
And I think Pamela typed 'zooroper' intentionally.
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Every closing song since "40" has been fantastic too, with the arguable exception of Grace. The rest can't be argued, though, because you'd be wrong.
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I also think it's somewhat of a strategy to put a strong song in first...
But for some odd reason, I tend to find ALL songs that are put on nr. 10 the best. Not necessarily U2 albums, but many other albums too.
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This is the first thing that came to mind when I read "Zooroper."

Anyway, "Zooropa" is my favourite opening song.
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Old 06-09-2002, 10:11 PM   #7
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1: I Will Follow, Gloria, Sunday Bloody Sunday, A Sort of Homecoming, Streets, Helter Skelter, Zoo Station, Zooropa, Discotheque, Beautiful Day

2: Twilight, I Fall Down, Seconds, Pride, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Van Diemen's Land, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Babyface, Do You Feel Loved, Stuck In A Moment

3: An Cat Dubh, I Threw A Brick Through A Window, New Year's Day, Wire, With Or Without You, Desire, One, Numb, Mofo, Elevation

4: Into The Heart, Rejoice, Like A Song, Unforgettable Fire, Bullet The Blue Sky, Hawkmoon 269, Until The End Of The World, Lemon, If God Will Send His Angels, Walk On

5: Out Of Control, Fire, Drowning Man, Promenade, Running To Stand Still, All Along The Watchtower, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Stay, Staring At The Sun, Kite

6: Stories For Boys, Tomorrow, The Refugee, 4th of July, Red Hill Mining Town, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (live gospel version), So Cruel, Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Last Night On Earth, In A Little While

7: The Ocean, October, Two Hearts Beat As One, Bad, In God's Country, (Freedom For My People), The Fly, Some Days Are Better Than Others, Gone, Wild Honey

8: A Day Without Me, With A Shout, Red Light, Indian Summer Sky, Trip Through Your Wires, Silver And Gold, Mysterious Ways, The First Time, Miami, Peace On Earth

9: Another Time Another Place, Stranger In A Strange Land, Surrender, Elvis Presley and America, One Tree Hill, Pride (live), Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Dirty Day, The Playboy Mansion, When I Look At The World

10: The Electric Co., Scarlet, 40, MLK, Exit, Angel Of Harlem, Ultraviolet, The Wanderer, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, New York

11: Shadows And Tall Trees, Is That All, Mothers Of The Disappeared, Love Rescue Me, Acrobat, Please, Grace

closers: Shadows And Tall Trees, Is That All, 40, MLK, Mothers Of The Disappeared, All I Want Is You, Love Is Blindness, The Wanderer, Wake Up Dead Man, Grace

I think I'm going to have to vote for #4 here.

Maybe someone should post a poll about this. I'm too lazy to figure out how.
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Old 06-11-2002, 02:48 AM   #8
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Speedracer, I can't believe you wrote all that out. Your right, there should be a poll. Your also right about number 4 songs. Ages ago there was a thread where you had to choose ten songs - one from the first tracks, one from the second tracks and so on - four was nearly impossible!! - so many great songs.
Thanks for your post!


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