Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?

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Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:54:34 AM »
The song Fire was October's first single...released before what I would consider the standout track on the album (Gloria). It hasn't been played live in 35 years.

I really like this song...there's a quality to it that I think is really cool...driving guitars, energy...good vocals.  The lyrics are a bit elementary but not bad overall. Yes, it sounds very 'of its time', but you know...that's early 80s U2. I know it didn't get very well reviewed on the @u2 podcast series.

I would rate this a good song off a very underappreciated album.
My U2 Top 10: The Unforgettable Fire, Acrobat, New Year's Day, Gloria, The Fly, A Sort of Homecoming, Where The Streets Have No Name, Bad, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Drowning Man

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 09:57:46 AM »
I went with average...good guitars, but lyric are a bit weak.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 10:00:00 AM »
I went with average...good guitars, but lyric are a bit weak.

In general, lyrics on October are very earnest and somewhat simple.  I know the story (now pretty much debunked) that Bono lost most of his lyrical work for the album when he left his briefcase behind at a gig in Portland and came to the studio with not much worked up. There was probably a bit of a rush job on this one...

It was their second album, released shortly after the first...as they say, you have your whole life to make your first album, and a matter of months to make your second...
My U2 Top 10: The Unforgettable Fire, Acrobat, New Year's Day, Gloria, The Fly, A Sort of Homecoming, Where The Streets Have No Name, Bad, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Drowning Man

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2017, 10:24:12 AM »
Average.   I Threw a Brick is cooler.  Rejoice was a prototype for the anthems to come.   Gloria should have been leadoff single


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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2017, 10:59:16 AM »
the live cut from the War deluxe edition is really good..the edge is on fire!! bwahhaha

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 11:56:27 AM »
I'd say it's average. It's probably my least favorite on October but it's not bad by any means. Edge's solo is pretty sweet.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2017, 02:48:13 PM »
Love it, I voted "good." Rejoice is my fav from October, but Gloria is probably the best track on the album.
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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2017, 03:01:50 PM »
It's filler.  Tomorrow and October are much better.


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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2017, 04:14:00 PM »
October is my second favorite U2 album, Fire isn't my favorite song off of it but I still like it. Went with Good.
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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2017, 04:27:26 PM »
I'm a fan of the October album, but Fire is definitely "below average" at best.  Everything else on the album is better than it, for me.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2017, 04:36:47 PM »
Poor.

I wouldn't call it "terrible", but Fire has not aged particularly well.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2017, 07:39:50 PM »
I voted "good" for its strong energy and drive.  The "October" album is one of my favorite.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2017, 07:46:43 PM »
Saturday Night was much better. Glad The Edge feels the same
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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2017, 07:50:15 PM »
I prefer Saturday Night too but Fire is a solid enough song. Gloria was better though.

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Re: Is 'Fire' a good U2 song?
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2017, 10:47:53 PM »
It's a meh song.
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