Ok, it’s ANOTHER of these threads. But why not? What’s your fav off this album? Mine is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” I acdtually thought and re-thought this choice because it sounded so obvious (the big hit single off the record), I almost went with “One Tree Hill.” But after listening to the whole thing for the first time in ages, I decided that no…some times there are good reasons why a song becomes a monster hit - mainly because it’s a fuckin’ awesome song!
I do have a soft spot for “In God’s Country” as well though.
I first became familiar with Joshua Tree-era U2 through two very camp cover versions - Cher’s live cover of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, which they mixed with ‘I Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’. In the years since I’ve come to know the originals and would have to pick ‘I Still Haven’t Found…’, which never fails to give me chills, in it’s original form or the cover.
I like them all but Bullet The Blue Sky always manages to conjure powerful images of war, despair, greed and death. I hate those images in many ways, but being reminded of them in such a way is very compelling to me.
I was kind of always unsure/a little pissed off about the “Outside Its America” part of the song, sometimes I listen to it and I think “Fuck off, you Irish twit!” but other times I feel like it rings too true and its a powerful image, which shames my thinking sometimes. Wars go on and on and…well, nothing here at home has changed much and we collectively just accept the death and destruction raining down upon some distant country and we…don’t seem to care all that much. And even if we do, we are drowned in apathy over it because we feel powerless to change it.
Its a beautiful, horrible, angry song, and I can’t help but really like it.
Where The Streets Have No Name is my close second. I love the fleeting nature of it, the possibilities of escape…
I can’t really stand *With Or Without You *all that much. Its okay, but love songs aren’t really my thing anyway.
I gotta go with “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” because of the Negativland cover, which was suppressed for trademark reasons and is therefore very easy to find online. (Does this count as a Streisand cover? ;))
This is another one of those albums like Appetite for Destruction, where several very good songs have been a bit ruined by 20 years of heavy rotation. The three vote leaders are awesome, but I’m sick of them.
Because of that, “Bullet The Blue Sky” is my pick. Second is “In God’s Country.”