Firstly, I have fallen in love with the song 'Always', found on the 'Beautiful Day' single. This song is marvellous. I particularly love the "If you dream then dream out loud" line. And the ending of 'Summer Rain' sounds very familiar: did Bono write that or steal it from somewhere? Anyone know? It's very familiar and I'm sure not by U2. But if it is originally by Bono, that's very cool.
One thing I seriously cannot wait for is the release of the Slane Castle concert on DVD (and I think video (or is it already on video? Better look into that)). I'll be getting a DVD/video player for Christmas, if not beforehand, and I really want the Slane DVD. They played parts of the concert on TV last year on Christmas Day, and I recorded it. It is seriously amazing. I watched the recording tonight, and 'Out Of Control', U2's very first single, is brilliant live, even over 20 years after it was first recorded. But even better is the version of 'Walk On' at the end (or at least at the end of what they showed on TV). Bono buried his father the day before, and you can just tell he's singing the song to his father. The ending, with the cries of "Hallelujah", simply moved me.
Something else I found very moving is the performance of 'Bad' on the Rattle And Hum video. That is nothing short of spectacular. Very few songs - in fact none - have moved me like 'Bad' has. It's just ... wow. Wow is the only word to describe this song. It's a good song on the CD, but live, it is just mindblowing. I really hope that when I get to go to a U2 concert they'll perform it there, but I don't know if it's a song they perform any more. Shame about that.
Honestly, some of the stuff I feel like ranting about, I just don't have the words to describe, like the amazingly moving performance of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' on the Rattle And Hum video. I wish I could send everyone in the world a copy of Rattle And Hum, or at least the songs 'Exit', 'Bad', 'With Or Without You', 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'Bullet The Blue Sky', and 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)' off it. I once read a harsh criticism of this version of 'Pride', and I'd love to know where the reviewer got off with that, because I think this version is only slightly worse than the studio version. And the performances of the other songs are better than the studio version, especially 'Exit'. Very dark song that. I've heard all kinds of possible meanings for it: murder, suicide, a man taking religion too far, et cetera. I personally think it's a man taking religion so far that he murders for it.
One reason I love U2's lyrics is that they can have multiple meanings, and can be incredibly meaningful to two completely different people in completely different situations. Bono has to be one of the greatest lyricists, and quite a bit of it he improvises at the microphone. 'Elvis Presley And America' was recorded in one take, and it's a great example of Bono improvising at the mic.
I'm just listening to 'Always' now, and why is this song only a B-Side, not even on a studio CD? This song is brilliant! This song should've been released as a single in its own right! I love it. Practically every U2 song should've been released as a single, really. Especially the entire playlists of 'Boy' (with the possible exclusion of 'The Ocean'), 'Under A Blood Red Sky', 'The Unforgettable Fire' (with the exclusion of the very short, entirely-instrumental '4th of July'), and 'The Joshua Tree'. Those are 4 marvellous CDs. There are so many songs I cannot believe U2 hasn't released as singles, especially 'A Sort Of Homecoming', 'Bad', 'Bullet The Blue Sky', and 'Exit'. If you can't tell, I'm really into '80s U2. '90s U2 is good, but '80s U2 is magnificient. And their latest stuff is great, too. I can't wait for their new CD next year. It should be awesome. And the tour! Oh the tour! I'm so badly going to that. If I can afford it or can get the money off Mum, I'll try to follow them around Australia, maybe, just maybe, hop over to America or somewhere. That would be INCREDIBLE. I want to go to as many concerts as I can, and hopefully get close to the front in one. Odds are I'd have to queue for days for tickets for that, though! But does that phase me? No.
Shame the recent rumours about the release date and title of the new CD turned out to be a hoax. It's not to be called 'Solar' and the release date is not March the 8th. And here I was getting myself all excited. Hopefully it'll be released even sooner than March 8. I'd like that, A LOT!
In other news, I have the house to myself tonight ALL NIGHT, so I can actually play my U2 CDs at 2am (if I'm up then). I may go watch the Under A Blood Red Sky video at midnight just for the sake of doing it. Having the house to myself is heaps of fun. At least I'm responsible when I have it to myself. When Sam had his house to himself one night, he set up a minigolf course and played a (very nearly destructive) round of golf! How he didn't break a lot of things I simply don't know.
Also, I had a SMALL glass of red wine earlier. Very nice it was, but it's gone straight to my head. I'm not drunk or anything, but this is odd. I had a much larger glass of EXACTLY THE SAME STUFF earlier this week and it had NO reaction on me, but this SMALL glass (did I say it was SMALL?) has gone straight to my head. Grr. Just as long as I'm not drunk. I can't be drunk off a single SMALL glass.
A bit of an update: I think it was actually my dinner, not the wine, making me feel funny in the head. Grr. I thought some of that mince tasted a bit off ...