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Old 02-11-2002, 12:29 PM   #21
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Mr Cash also warbled his way through a Soundgarden song.

Poor old codger.

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found this a while ago:

Sunday Mirror 12/09/1999

It was the battle of the bands as rock and pop went to war. The scene was EIton John's villa in the south of France and the protagonists were U2 heavyweight Bono versus the Pet Shop Boys.

The private dinner with EIton at his plush Nice pad had provoked some lively debate among the illustrious guests as to the merits
of pop and rock.

Full of the joys of his host's hospitality, Bono stepped out on to the balcony of chez EIton after dinner and peered down into the pool. It obviously seemed like a golden opportunity for the U2 singer to give the
boys of pop a demonstration of some macho rock 'n'roll antics.

Bono took a dare-devil dive from the balcony, landing with a loud splash in
the water below. However, Neil Tennant of the Pet ShopBoys decided to fly the pop flag by quickly following the rock god over the balcony and into the pool. Bono seemed 'suitably impressed. "Rock l, Pop 1", he declared, as the pair emerged unscathed.
Tennant laughs as he relates the story to the Suri-day World when we meet in the German city of Cologne.

It's the night after a major party hosted by the Pet Shop Boys, who had unveiled new tracks off their next album, Nightlife,
and announced their live show which plays Dublin's Point Depot on December 12.
Despite the fact that he left the local Club Lulu venue at 3.30am, Neil is looking remarkably fresh as we chat over coffee.
"Appearances can be deceptive," he points out. The multi-millionaire who found fame and fortune after teaming up with Chris
Lowe, following a chance meeting in a London
electronics shop, is still remarkably unaffected by the enormous success of his
group. Neil and Chris have been one of the most creative forces in pop and have
earned the respect of some of the legends in the business. They have lived their dream, working with some of their own idols, including the late Dusty Springfield, a formidable lady with a reputation for being
"difficult". Neil admits: "The prospect of working with her was daunting. When she came
into the studio we were petrified. We were hiding in a little office, giggling with nerves. But she turned out to be quite shy as well. She said to me, 'You make me feel calm."'

U2 issued a wry statement declaring "What have we done to deserve this?"
when asked to comment on the Pet Shop Boys' cover version of their song, Where The Streets Have No Name, which they segued with
the Frankie Valli standard Can't Take Me Eyes Off You.

Neil says: "I like Bono. He was really good fun the evening we met him at Elton John's villa. He was really lovely and boy can
he drink!"

The Pet Shop Boys are looking forward to returning with a new live show. "We
don't tour very often, so we enjoy it all the more," Neil says. "As people
we still get on well together. We enjoy it as much as when we started "When we're writing songs together in each other's
home it's like a parly. There's always a lot of laughter in the studio, so the fun is still there."

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In an attempt to close to gap between the haters and the believers, I really, really like the Pet Shop Boys' cover of Streets.

What I like is that they didn't try to sound like U2 all over again. They took the song and made it their own. When I listen to The PSBs sing it, I'm not even thinking, this is a U2 song. And when I hear U2 sing it, I don't think of the PSBs. To me, the two versions of the song exist in two different planes and I am able to not compare them and just enjoy each one on its own merits.

Granted, if you don't like the PSBs' style of music or Neil's voice, you won't like the cover. Simple enough.

So I, for one, admit that I love the Pet Shop Boys and their version of Streets. So there.

(Not to mention, I'm having deja vu. I know this forum has had this discussion before.)

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Originally posted by MissZooropa:
I also heard that they hate U2 and made this only to make fun of them.
I think you may be getting this confused with Chumbawamba's cover of I Still Haven't Looking For, that band has publically and lyrically made it clear they don't care much for U2.

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Old 02-12-2002, 12:14 AM   #27
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I had to work a Cher concert, and she did a cover of "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
It was pretty good. Not quite the same tempo as U2, but it wasn't horrible.

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Old 02-12-2002, 12:19 AM   #28
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Originally posted by sharky:
As for covers in general, didn't someone say Cher covered a U2 song? don't remember which one but remember someone saying it was awful.
Yes I heard a live version of Cher covering "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"... it was pretty painful.

I have a demo tape of pet shop boy's cover of "Where the Streets Have No Name" that I bought for like $0.25 at the GoodWill--it's an interesting angle.

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Old 02-12-2002, 01:49 AM   #29
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Pet Shop Boys' cover: fun, happy, good.

Cher's cover: HORRID. I wonder how THAT one got made.

"Hey, you know that U2 song where they're walking around in Vegas? Let's take that song, strip it of all its soul, and add a guitar solo."


That said, the best U2 cover is NOT the Pet Shop Boys. It is...

(drumroll please)

"The Fly", by the Joshua Trio.

If you have heard it, you know what I'm talking about. And if you have it on mp3, by all means, hook us up!
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Originally posted by MissZooropa:
Do you mean the version made by half U2 and half REM? Automatic Baby? I agree, it sure is good. Michael Stipes voice fits the song but it's not redone very much.

I've heard another version of One with another artist, dont' remember who though and it was a rape of the song. I've also heard ISHFWILF, the same with that one, a rape.

I do like Pet shops boys music as well, but preferable their own.

Ok, i'll say i prefer the original, but i didn't mind the Pet shop boys cover of Streets. It was nice to see a different approach to the song IMO.

As for "One" i heard the MP3 of U2/REM together - and for some reason Michael Stipe's voice made me laugh. He fits great to REM songs, but he just isn't suitable for One.
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To back up the minority here, I also like the Pet Shop Boys' version (even though it isn't even near the original). I even got their first compilation album (Discography) which has that song on it (and I'm not ashamed to admit it!). BTW, here is a comment from the liner notes regarding Streets (I think it's by Neil Tennant himself):
When U2 released this in 1987, we had the idea of recording a dance version, mainly because the guitars on the U2 record suggested a high-energy sequencer line. For some reason, it just seemed to flow into the chorus riff of "I can't take my eyes off you", turning a mythic rock song into a stomping disco record.

And as for Johnny Cash's One, that is indeed a very good version. I have it on a compilation disc and it sounds really good, although quite desolate. Johnny Cash still puts all those would-be gangsta's to shame.

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Old 02-12-2002, 08:18 AM   #32
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There have been successful covers of U2. One that comes to mind is the Chimes' "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" cover which was a UK #4, quite a big hit I must say.

The Pet Shop Boy's streets version was kind of a hit, and I don't dislike the version. Actually I think that a different apporach to a song is a MUST for a cover, if you actually do the same song but with just differenet people playing it's no big deal. Re-inventing songs is what covers should be about. Same goes for remixes, do all of you who hate these covers also hate U2 song remixes? (Some remixes are so different that the originals).

If you are interested in another streets cover you could try Silverbeam and Ann Loise's version, it's a pretty cool approach.


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Some covers aren't the greatest, but I still like to listen to them to hear a different version of the is interesting to hear (to say the least).

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I have one of the U2 tribute albums, and it's funny, but also very painful to listen to. I think the songs should be done by U2 and U2 alone.

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