Songs that U2 "borrowed" from

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Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« on: December 27, 2020, 11:56:51 AM »
What are the songs you hear u2 heavily borrow from, in their own songs?

I will start with this one. Listen to the Studio version of North And South Of The River.......it copies the first 26 seconds of David Bowies - Can You Hear Me.
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In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You
You were acting like it was the end of the world

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2020, 12:03:36 PM »
Another, is van Diemens Land. It steal the melody from an old Scottish tune, called The River Runs Wide
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You
You were acting like it was the end of the world

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2020, 05:56:18 PM »
Whatever song they ripped off for LNOE. I think the original band is credited in Pop's liner notes

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2020, 05:58:03 PM »
Or was it DYFL

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2020, 05:58:23 PM »
Beautiful Day - The Sun Always Shines on TV by Aha.


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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2020, 05:58:49 PM »

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2020, 06:16:16 PM »
OK but what was the original song? I forgot

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2020, 06:49:21 PM »
Hold Me Thrill Me is basically T-Rex's Children of the Revolution. The riff is identical. De de, de de de de, de de de de de de de de de.

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2020, 06:51:04 PM »
"Mofo" to me has always sounded very similar to the Stone Roses "Begging You".

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2020, 06:57:55 PM »
American soul was Glastonbury before it was Volcano

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”
Hebrews 13:5

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2020, 07:13:08 PM »
Get On Your Boots - Pump It Up by Elvis Costello (in its delivery)

Summer Rain - Suicide Blonde by INXS (Summer Rain is considerably slower)
We Get To Carry Each Other

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2020, 07:19:56 PM »
"Mofo" to me has always sounded very similar to the Stone Roses "Begging You".

Definitely not Mofo. But as for 'Begging You' & 'Discotheque', that's clearly a "stolen" beat. Never have 2 drum tracks lined up so well (without having to change tempo).

I found this on another forum:

There's an interview with Mani (bass player for the Roses and later Primal Scream) where they ask him about 'Discotheque', and he says (I'm paraphrasing but I'll try to find the actual quote) he ran into Bono once at some event and put it to him that they had lifted from 'Begging You', and Bono replied with something like, "Well, you steal from wherever you can."

Sums it up basically. U2 wear their influences heavily on their sleeves & always have done. They're unashamedly imitators as opposed to innovators. Another reason I think U2 is (justifiably) underrated in music circles.
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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2020, 07:32:01 PM »
"Mofo" to me has always sounded very similar to the Stone Roses "Begging You".

Definitely not Mofo. But as for 'Begging You' & 'Discotheque', that's clearly a "stolen" beat. Never have 2 drum tracks lined up so well (without having to change tempo).

I found this on another forum:

There's an interview with Mani (bass player for the Roses and later Primal Scream) where they ask him about 'Discotheque', and he says (I'm paraphrasing but I'll try to find the actual quote) he ran into Bono once at some event and put it to him that they had lifted from 'Begging You', and Bono replied with something like, "Well, you steal from wherever you can."

Sums it up basically. U2 wear their influences heavily on their sleeves & always have done. They're unashamedly imitators as opposed to innovators. Another reason I think U2 is (justifiably) underrated in music circles.

Completely disagree. When I hear Mofo, I hear Begging You. Discotheque doesn't sound like it at all.

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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2020, 08:27:54 PM »
Alien Groove Sensation... that's the one Do You Feel Loved copied.


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Re: Songs that U2 "borrowed" from
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2020, 03:34:00 AM »
Fast Cars -> Canary in a coal mine by The Police


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