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Old 03-04-2002, 10:47 AM   #1
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Underrated U2 Epics?

hey all

this is an often-brought-up topic, but seeing as we've had plenty of time to let ATYCLB set in we can add a few more to that list

for mine

Boy- The Electric Co.

October- Tomorrow- arguably the most underrated U2 song of all time, then again, it must be my liking to the pitch that Bono hits. a lot of hardened u2 listeners cannot stand October, purely on the basis it is unfinished, then again so was Pop, and so was Zooropa

Unforgettable Fire- A Sort Of Homecoming

The Joshua Tree- none, because its all good

Rattle and Hum- God Pt 1- damn hardest song to sing, especially when Bono starts going all insane on the highnotes

Achtung Baby- Tryin To Throw Your Arms Around the World- Bono's 'fat lady' is a showcase of what's to come further down the track in the Zoo-Tv Era

Zooropa- Dirty Day, The First Time (sounds like All I Want Is You for some reason but has grows to have its own charm)

Pop- Miami- actually sounds like a 'completed' song in amongst a whole group of others. Probably flamed by U2 traditionalists for being too adventurous

ATYCLB- probably 'When I Look at the World', though if 'In A Little While' is never released as a single, that probably will be a 'why did they never released that song as a single?' filecase

B-Sides
Hallelujah here She Comes- is a funky acoustic song which i just love singing to and jamming to

Im Not Your Baby- is heavily overlooked for some odd reason

Coarpse (These Chains Are WAY TOO LONG!)- Edge gives a good account of his vocalist talent
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Rattle and Hum- God Pt 1- damn hardest song to sing, especially when Bono starts going all insane on the highnotes

I am absolutely crazy about this song. If Heartland and All I Want Is You (one of the best U2 songs ever) didn't exist, or put up such a fight, I'd argue that God Part II was the best Rattle and Hum song. (BTW, it's God Part II, not part I. Part I is the John Lennon song, if I'm not mistaken)

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Im Not Your Baby- is heavily overlooked for some odd reason
Well, I'd never heard of it (even though I'd heard of *almost* everything) before I looked at a b-sides list in Niall Stokes' Into the Heart. This song isn't the easiest to get ahold of, is it? What is it on even? I have not ever heard it before. Argh.

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Pop- Miami- actually sounds like a 'completed' song in amongst a whole group of others. Probably flamed by U2 traditionalists for being too adventurous

ATYCLB- probably 'When I Look at the World', though if 'In A Little While' is never released as a single, that probably will be a 'why did they never released that song as a single?' filecase
Totally agree on those. Very good songs, completely underrated.

I would add:
-Babyface : derided by many for being a shallow song, it's really a very ironic twist on the whole idea of beauty and fame, a knowing commentary on the voyeurism in our society; the little off-key chimes in the background give it an almost sinister feel.
- Zooropa : one of U2's sonic masterpieces; ranks up there with Streets for me
- Rejoice : youthful and naive perhaps, but has a ton of passion and really rocks
- Promenade : poetic and elegaic; simply beautiful
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- Zooropa : one of U2's sonic masterpieces; ranks up there with Streets for me
I really agree. Zooropa is possibly one of the must underrated songs -- it has wonderful lyrics, and the music is like nothing I've ever heard them do, nor do in the same vein. It is really original and stands out -- such a good song.

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If there are no more singles to be released from All That..., then I would have to say Kite definetly falls under this category. As well, the same could be said of In a Little While and possibly When I Look at the World. The fact is that U2 is 4 for 4 on grammy grabbing singles from All That... . It would be a shame if this album didn't pump out one or two more singles.

The most underrated U2 epic?

Easy for me, One Tree Hill. Too bad it had such a short concert life.
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