Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal

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laoghaire

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Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« on: February 28, 2024, 12:13:40 AM »
I mean, you could say any song, but some arenít going to be saved by it (Boots), some would actually be lessened by it (Little Things), and some just donít need it (One).

So, what songs could you get the most mileage out of by magically putting the mic in front of 1986 Bono for a studio take?

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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2024, 12:32:04 AM »
I mean, you could say any song, but some arenít going to be saved by it (Boots), some would actually be lessened by it (Little Things), and some just donít need it (One).

So, what songs could you get the most mileage out of by magically putting the mic in front of 1986 Bono for a studio take?

First, I want to say I totally agree with your Little Things statement. Itís untouchable as it is.

Re: the thread question.

I would definitely be curious to hear 1986 Bono sing Moment of Surrender.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2024, 01:39:16 AM »
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2024, 02:51:58 AM »
I mean, you could say any song, but some arenít going to be saved by it (Boots), some would actually be lessened by it (Little Things), and some just donít need it (One).

So, what songs could you get the most mileage out of by magically putting the mic in front of 1986 Bono for a studio take?

First, I want to say I totally agree with your Little Things statement. Itís untouchable as it is.

Re: the thread question.

I would definitely be curious to hear 1986 Bono sing Moment of Surrender.

I disagree.

MOS, save for a few dodgy lyrics about a cash machine and the obligatory song a long at the end, is perfect as it is. I wouldnít change a thing about the vocal.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2024, 03:07:54 AM »
Honestly? I donít like bonos vocal style around that period. I didnít like R&H, save for Heartland and AIWIY and TJT, like NLOTH, is half a decent album, as far as Iím concerned. Much of that is to do with bonos big mouth.

Everything great about u2 has always been when they held back somewhat. So, to answer the original question, Iíd say nothing would benefit.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2024, 05:00:12 AM »
I will say, though, that Bonos full pelt vocal on Drowning Man or In a Lifetime, his duet with Clannad, is very exciting. For me, his voice became too Ďthroatyí during TJT period. These days, I love the way it sounds tired and creaky. He needs to capitalise on that, in my view. Iíd much rather hear an LP of soul songs from U2 next, rather than an Ďunreasonable guitar albumí, which is much more likely to be an Ďunbearable guitar albumí.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2024, 05:00:48 AM »
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Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2024, 05:04:15 AM »
I mean, you could say any song, but some arenít going to be saved by it (Boots), some would actually be lessened by it (Little Things), and some just donít need it (One).

So, what songs could you get the most mileage out of by magically putting the mic in front of 1986 Bono for a studio take?

First, I want to say I totally agree with your Little Things statement. Itís untouchable as it is.

Re: the thread question.

I would definitely be curious to hear 1986 Bono sing Moment of Surrender.
Itís funny I strongly disagree on Little Things. For me the first verse should have been sung on the lower register, ŗ la Your Blue Room. Thereís very little dynamic in the singing (especially the live version).
But Iíll admit that itís a great studio recording from Bono.

And thatís what makes Laoghaireís question hard to answer : Bono is very good at exploiting his voice range, wherever it is. If he had kept his 1986 range, U2ís body of work would have sounded a lot different.

SoÖ I would not look into songs that were released, which are fine, but songs that were abandoned. And the evident contestant isÖ MERCY !
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2024, 07:14:55 AM »
I mean, you could say any song, but some arenít going to be saved by it (Boots), some would actually be lessened by it (Little Things), and some just donít need it (One).

So, what songs could you get the most mileage out of by magically putting the mic in front of 1986 Bono for a studio take?

First, I want to say I totally agree with your Little Things statement. Itís untouchable as it is.

Re: the thread question.

I would definitely be curious to hear 1986 Bono sing Moment of Surrender.

I disagree.

MOS, save for a few dodgy lyrics about a cash machine and the obligatory song a long at the end, is perfect as it is. I wouldnít change a thing about the vocal.

It is indeed perfect.

I would just be curious to hear a younger Bono have a crack at it.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2024, 09:48:17 AM »
Liking the answers.

Thinking of Pop, for example, which had some vocal issues. But - bombastic 1986 Bono doesnít fit there.

He was sounding like a freaking angel on steroids in RHMT though. Still intriguing to think of harnessing that power elsewhere.

Maybe the earlier stuff rather than the later stuff.

Another contender for old and creaky Bono being more right than young and strong: Landlady.

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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2024, 09:56:38 AM »
Liking the answers.

Thinking of Pop, for example, which had some vocal issues. But - bombastic 1986 Bono doesnít fit there.

He was sounding like a freaking angel on steroids in RHMT though. Still intriguing to think of harnessing that power elsewhere.

Maybe the earlier stuff rather than the later stuff.

Another contender for old and creaky Bono being more right than young and strong: Landlady.
Now that you mention itÖ I see a direct link between Mofo and Wire.

Also, 1986 Bono would have no problem filling in for Last Night on Earth.

NowÖ if those AI guys could have 1986 Bono on Light of HomeÖ Iím listening !
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2024, 10:54:14 AM »
Oh my goodness. 1986 Bono on LNOE.

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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2024, 11:28:54 AM »
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2024, 12:39:12 PM »
Liking the answers.

Thinking of Pop, for example, which had some vocal issues. But - bombastic 1986 Bono doesnít fit there.

He was sounding like a freaking angel on steroids in RHMT though. Still intriguing to think of harnessing that power elsewhere.

Maybe the earlier stuff rather than the later stuff.

Another contender for old and creaky Bono being more right than young and strong: Landlady.


Landlady is indeed excellent. Touching lyrics, too.
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Re: Songs that would be most improved by a 1986 Bono vocal
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2024, 12:44:14 PM »
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