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Old 12-04-2004, 07:26 AM   #1
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What songs would you sample to demonstrate U2's versatility?

Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, Radiohead, John Mayer - you've heard one you've heard them all. Absolutely zero versatility.

U2 on the other hand have a lot of versatility. If you were to pick a handful of songs to play to a non-U2 fan to let him arrive at the conclusion that these songs aren't from the same band, what songs would you pick? I'd pick:

Miami (Bono in spoken word song)
Numb (Edge talking)
Lemon (100% falsetto with some disco beats)
Van Diemen's Land (only Edge and a guitar)
I Still Haven't Found (Bono singing/scream the high notes the entire song)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (no Edge signature guitars whatsoever)
Your Blue Room (Bono's horny low voice)
Pride/Streets/Bad (whatever it is, you need to have a song that shows U2's signature style)


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Two songs would suffice: "Streets" and "The Fly". I could throw in more, but these are about as far apart as any two songs in the catalog.

And you might want to think twice about calling the Beatles unversatile -- compare "I Want To Hold Your Hand" with "Tomorrow Never Knows" with "Come Together", for a start.
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Also, I like the 'you've heard one, you've heard em' all' applied to Bon Jovi. Couldnt be more correct!
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A Man And A Woman
Lemon
Mofo
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
Your Blue Room
In A Little While
Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad
Numb
MOFO has to be there!

What about Love is Blindness?
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Re: What songs would you sample to demonstrate U2's versatility?

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Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, The Beatles, John Mayer - you've heard on you've heard them all. Absolutely zero versatility.

U2 on the other hand have a lot of versatility. If you were to pick a handful of songs to play to a non-U2 fan to let him arrive at the conclusion that these songs aren't from the same band.


Cheers,

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I'd have to protest that The Beatles had zero versatility, obviously you're not very familiar with their catalogue or just trying to get a reaction. I grew up living with my mother and sister who were complete Beatle fanatics so I've heard all there songs thousands of time. So far The Beatles is only other band I've discovered with as nearly much versatility as U2.

I would agree that most of their pre 1965 lacks versatility, but after then they start really diversifying. For example, take a pre 1965 song like I Wanna Hold Your Hand and play it back to back with Let It Be or Tomorrow Never Dies or Obla Di Obla Da or Eleanor Rigby - I could go on but I can't be bothered.

Of course its all subjective and that's just my opinion blah blah blah... But post 1965 they had 3 different song writers and all the members sung at least one song on each album. So that tends to create a degree of versatility.

Now keeping on topic. If it was U2 I'd play back to back

Mofo
Van Diemiens Land
One Shot of Happy, Two Shots of Sad
A Celebration
Wild Honey
Daddy' Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
Dreaming With A Tear In My Eye

I could go on, but I can't be bothered...
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Desire
The Fly
Stay
Mofo
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:49 AM   #9
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Re: What songs would you sample to demonstrate U2's versatility?

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The Beatles, Radiohead - you've heard one you've heard them all. Absolutely zero versatility.


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You sir, either know nothing about music, haven't listened to these bands at all, or once again, are just trying to get a rise out of people. If you think the Beatles and Radiohead have no versatility, then you are an ignoramus.
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October
Unforgettable fire
Bullet the blue sky or God part II
Van Dieman's Land
All I want is you
The fly
Lemon
MOFO
In a little while
A Man and A Woman
Fact cars

I figured I'd make it the size of an average album, Plus bonus track fast cars, lol

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Old 12-04-2004, 11:21 AM   #11
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Mofo and I Will Follow, simply because they're about 17 years apart, about the same subject (Bono's mother) and sound so different.

Or perhaps Mofo and Streets, two songs that I consider to be both sides of the same coin.
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october, sbs, wowy, angel of harlem, fly, summer rain, oots
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Not the worst topic, got me thinking. I can´t really choose songs, but for the sake of it then i would probarly just take The Joshua tree and Pop, and play a few songs from both.

BUT, know your music history. Dont put The Beatles in the same lameass catagory as Bon Jovi. Every beatles song is exciting, though the late period was SUPERB.
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Radiohead not versatile? OK- Go listen to Street Spirit, Idioteque, My Iron Lung, and just for fun, Anyone Can Play Guitar

And the Beatles

She Loves You
Helter Skelter
Tomorrow Never Knows
Let it Be

Now, as for showing the diversity of U2


Out of Control
Van Diemen's Land
God Part II
Bad
Bullet the Blue Sky
Mysterious Ways
Until the End of the World
Lemon
MoFo
Hold Me Thrill me Kiss Me Kill Me
In a Little While
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(not in order)

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Night and Day
Don't Take Your Guns to Town
Alex Descends Into Hell...
Where the Streets Have No Name
In a Little While
Mysterious Ways
Lemon
Bullet the Blue Sky
I Will Follow
All I Want is You
Miami
Wake Up Dead Man
One Shot of Happy

I guess you could throw in a "generic", mid tempo tune they've done a lot, but I tried to pick something that covered every kind of genre and style.


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Yeah, they do play both types of music. Country AND western
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Ground beneath her feet ("classic" U2)
I will follow (early U2)
Pride (anthemic U2)
Desire (rock U2)
Running to stand still (piano, quiet U2)
Bullet the blue sky (political U2)
The fly (industrial-like, riffy U2)
One (ballad U2)
Mysterious ways (groovy U2)
Lemon (experimental)
Mofo (techno U2)
A man and a woman (lounge U2)
In a little while (soul)
Original of the species (pop)
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The best list:

A Man and A Woman
Hold Me Thrill Me
WOWY
MOFO
Vertigo
A Sort of Homecoming
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yeah, Radiohead and The Beatles (!! THE Fucking Beatles no less!!) have no versatility.....

I am sick of you jick.
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October (or MLK)
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Bullet The Blue Sky
The Fly
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