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Old 10-23-2004, 09:35 PM   #1
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Treasure (Whatever happened to Pete the Chop?)

Does anyone have a copy of Treasure that they could email to me?

Or, if someone has a link of where I can download it, that would be righteous as well


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yeah, I have never heard it either....I would be intresting ....

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If someone could tell me how to get it from vinyl onto a suitable format to send to you, I would ...... really, really sorry.
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Jason, you have mail.

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Old 10-24-2004, 08:06 AM   #5
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Wow! Thanks so much!
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Thanks enajh2!
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I'd have to say, the music is fantastic, I've always loved the music but hated the lyrics and Bono's voice. He sounds horrible(singing it completely in his throat) , he kills the song, too bad it really could have been a treasure.
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Long ago I heard this story about the original Pete the Chop, but I can't remember whether it came from a band member, Bono, or an even less reliable source.

The original version of Pete the Chop (created during the bands formative years in the late 1970s and played live thru 1980) was unquestionably a very catchy tune. Realizing the potential radio-worthiness of that piece of music if properly developed, the band intended to keep in in their treasure chest (hence, "Treasure") and use it only if/when they were desperately in need of a hit.

As things turned out, they never needed it. The band was barely able to finish the War album and only completed mixing the minimum 10 songs in their last minutes in the studio (or, as Bono says they were being thrown out of the studio). Having no B-sides to use for the New Years Day single, someone asked "Whatever happened to Pete the Chop" - the old recording was found, revised, and molded into the musically strong, lyrically-absent Treasure. I think the song is as compelling in capturing Bono's passion and the band's early strengths as other, better work, and I would much enjoy hearing it live - but of course that's a pipe dream of the highest order.
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It's a cool song, but definitely not hit-worthy.
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Originally posted by sv
story about the original Pete the Chop
i'd always heard that the song came from people asking them "whatever happened to 'pete the chop?'" they got sick of asking or whatever so sort of rewrote the song. if you compare both they sound similar...ish.
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I think both of those versions are somewhat correct. For years Island executives asked U2 to record and release that song as a single, because it was a sure-fire hit at the time. So the joke was that whenever U2 met with Island someone would always ask them; "Whatever happened to that Pete the Chop song?"

So U2 basic took the song and played it "backwards" according to them and Bono strung some new lyrics to it. Incidentally there actually was a "Pete the Chop" and he asked Bono, or the band to write a song about him. Hence the name.
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:25 PM   #12
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Are there any recordings of the original song out there?
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Old 10-24-2004, 10:46 PM   #13
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I have Pete The Chop (not Treasure) on a bootleg.

Quality is ok.
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Totally forgotten about that song! Thats what happens when you only have it on vinyl and dont have a vinyl player I guess! Been ages since ive listened to it.
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I always loved Pete the Chop. It's one of my favourite unreleased U2 tracks, it's almost as good as 'Be There,' which is an absolute masterpiece IMO.
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The reason u2 and their management didnt want to turn the song into anything special was because they thought it would "bury the band."

Perhaps the song is a sign of a different direction u2's career could have gone.
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pete the chop

is 'pete the chop' included in the complete u2?
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:01 PM   #18
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:51 PM   #19
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but i can't find it in itunes, and i am not talking about Treasure (Whatever Happened to Pete the Chop) , the b-side of New Years Day, but Pete the Chop.
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No, because no studio recording exists of it.

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