Female vocals on U2 records

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Female vocals on U2 records
« on: January 26, 2021, 05:51:56 AM »
I feel female vocals work very well. On The Troubles, a female vocal was the lead whereas on War, they were complimentary backing vocals. Both were highly successful, IMHO. I would like to hear more ladies on future U2 songs.

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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2021, 06:08:19 AM »
I feel female vocals work very well. On The Troubles, a female vocal was the lead whereas on War, they were complimentary backing vocals. Both were highly successful, IMHO. I would like to hear more ladies on future U2 songs.

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Funny you mention this. Over the weekend, I heard A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel on the satellite radio an said to myself thatís something they should have done a little more often. I voted the 2nd option.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2021, 06:10:37 AM »
Just a little is just enough...works well, but sparingly.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2021, 06:11:48 AM »
I feel female vocals work very well. On The Troubles, a female vocal was the lead whereas on War, they were complimentary backing vocals. Both were highly successful, IMHO. I would like to hear more ladies on future U2 songs.

LoveBucket

Funny you mention this. Over the weekend, I heard A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel on the satellite radio an said to myself thatís something they should have done a little more often. I voted the 2nd option.

Indeed. And who could forget the backing vocals on Surrender. A song that is unquestionably one of their finest.

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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2021, 06:25:03 AM »
I feel female vocals work very well. On The Troubles, a female vocal was the lead whereas on War, they were complimentary backing vocals. Both were highly successful, IMHO. I would like to hear more ladies on future U2 songs.

LoveBucket

Funny you mention this. Over the weekend, I heard A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel on the satellite radio an said to myself thatís something they should have done a little more often. I voted the 2nd option.

Indeed. And who could forget the backing vocals on Surrender. A song that is unquestionably one of their finest.

LoveBucket

A prime example, yes. The female backing vocals had a perfect layer to this underrated gem.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2021, 08:09:06 AM »
For the sake of comparison, The National released an album with maybe 50% of female guest vocalists on "I am easy to find". It works super well. I don't think it hurts the band. On paper I was a skeptic, but it works.

As for U2, they did it when they felt like it and it worked every time. "I'm not your baby" is a fine example. It's more of a duet but it works very well.
"A room at the heartbreak hotel" works really well, "Hawkmoon 269" too, the bit we've heard of "She's a mystery to me" seemed to work...

"The troubles" is U2 at their finest.

The Mary J Blige thing was a PR stunt and should be considered as such  :-X
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2021, 08:39:12 AM »
For the sake of comparison, The National released an album with maybe 50% of female guest vocalists on "I am easy to find". It works super well. I don't think it hurts the band. On paper I was a skeptic, but it works.

As for U2, they did it when they felt like it and it worked every time. "I'm not your baby" is a fine example. It's more of a duet but it works very well.
"A room at the heartbreak hotel" works really well, "Hawkmoon 269" too, the bit we've heard of "She's a mystery to me" seemed to work...

"The troubles" is U2 at their finest.

The Mary J Blige thing was a PR stunt and should be considered as such  :-X

I think U2 could do with a but more collaboration. But well thought out collaboration, not just getting in a flavour of the month producer or remixer or guest vocalist. I don't understand what motivates U2 anymore as all they seem to do is tread water, at best. They know they'll coin in the $$$'s from live performances and they're already rich beyond any reasonable measure, so why not be bold and brave!

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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2021, 11:11:18 AM »
They do well just the 4 of them.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2021, 11:43:43 AM »
U2 should get a female vocalisr and release their own 'Shiney Happy People' !

The female vocalist on that could certainly make me happy.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2021, 12:23:32 PM »
It worked well on the Troubles and on a couple of R&H era tracks.  That's all!




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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2021, 01:02:12 PM »
It was minimal in both cases, but I'll add Pride (Christine Kerr/Chrissie Hynde) and Summer Of Love (Lady Gaga) as female, backing vocals.
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2021, 01:11:57 PM »
It was minimal in both cases, but I'll add Pride (Christine Kerr/Chrissie Hynde) and Summer Of Love (Lady Gaga) as female, backing vocals.

Pride has female backing vocals on it?

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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2021, 01:14:44 PM »
It was minimal in both cases, but I'll add Pride (Christine Kerr/Chrissie Hynde) and Summer Of Love (Lady Gaga) as female, backing vocals.

Oh yeah and don't forget Lizzie Jagger singing backing vocals on Stuck in a Moment.

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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2021, 01:18:05 PM »
It was minimal in both cases, but I'll add Pride (Christine Kerr/Chrissie Hynde) and Summer Of Love (Lady Gaga) as female, backing vocals.

Pride has female backing vocals on it?

Yes.  The frontwoman of the Pretenders (she was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the time).  The ending of the song, perhaps?
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Re: Female vocals on U2 records
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2021, 01:18:50 PM »
It was minimal in both cases, but I'll add Pride (Christine Kerr/Chrissie Hynde) and Summer Of Love (Lady Gaga) as female, backing vocals.

Pride has female backing vocals on it?

Yes.  The frontwoman of the Pretenders (she was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds at the time).  The ending of the song, perhaps?

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