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U2 — Bad (Live)
Album: Wide Awake In America
Avg rating:
7.7

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2841









Released: 1985
Length: 7:48
Plays (last 30 days): 2
If you twist and turn away
If you tear yourself in two again
If I could, you know, I would
If I could, I would
Let it go
Surrender
Dislocate

If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind
I'd leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night
Through the rain
Into the half-light
Through the flame

If I could through myself
Set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away
See you break, break away
Into the light
And to the day

So let it go
And so fade away
So let it go
And so fade away

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no

If they should ask well maybe they'd
Tell me what I should say
True colors fly in blue and black
Bruised silken sky and burning flag
Colours crash, collide in bloodshot eyes

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would
Let it go

This desperation
Separation
Condemnation
Revelation
In temptation
Isolation
Desolation
Isolation
Let it go, aha

And so fade away
So let it go, aha
And so fade, fade, fade away
So let it go
And so to fade away

I'm wide awake
I'm wide awake
Wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh, no, no, no
Comments (518)add comment
 zenhead wrote:
I remember watching them do this for Live Aid, inviting some random (perhaps) woman from the crowd up on stage to dance with Bono, watching them holding each other. Even tho it might have been staged, I found it a deeply touching moment, given the situation and the song. I've never been a U2 fan, I'm still not, but that was a brilliant moment.
 
I also remember watching them perform during Live Aid (took the day off work just to stay home and watch as much of this amazing concert as possible). What I remember most was after the first verse of Bad, the camera cut away to a young girl in the crowd perched on her boyfriend's shoulders contorting her face, obviously not liking what she was hearing. I don't know why that brief image always stuck with me, though. She was definitely in the minority that day.


 jukes1 wrote:
I’m sort of surprised by the negativity around this song. I thought it was unambiguously good. Maybe it’s one of those “you had to be there” generational things?
 
The (currently) 2810 ratings probably give a better indication of what most people think of this song than do the comments.
Not a fan, never have been, but I've always liked this one.  
 zenhead wrote:
I remember watching them do this for Live Aid, inviting some random (perhaps) woman from the crowd up on stage to dance with Bono, watching them holding each other. Even tho it might have been staged, I found it a deeply touching moment, given the situation and the song. I've never been a U2 fan, I'm still not, but that was a brilliant moment.
 
Great story about a big moment in U2's history but, why do you feel the need to praise the song and yet go well out of your way to make sure everyone knows you are NOT a U2 fan?

What are you afraid of?  Embrace it!  You are a U2 fan.  There's no need to look over your shoulder out of fear of the h8rs.  You don't need their approbation or their need to cling to some douchey cliche about this great band being over some hill that they will all go over (or have) themselves already.
 R_P wrote:
Fairly mediocre U2... shows the tricks they copied from the Simple Minds around that time...
 

This is the best version, of the best U2 song, ever.
I resonate with it and its message.
As I was, when I first heard it in 1985, in Austin, Texas, I will always be, wide awake, wherever I am.
It’s too bad that the Live Aid version isn’t played where they break into Ruby Tuesday for the last few minutes- very memorable, very great
FFS... just walked in and more U2. 
Even excessive Robert plant was better then this tawdry shite.
zzzzzzz
I’m sort of surprised by the negativity around this song. I thought it was unambiguously good. Maybe it’s one of those “you had to be there” generational things?
I surrender! I can't take another of this top 40 overplay. Please RP@#% find us some NEW stuff!!
What's so special about this song ?!?
 kingart wrote:
One of the FM radio Played to Death Specials. Not PSD, PDS. As if it were some combo of Must Hear It NOW and 10 times since YESTERDAY and the Burning Bush. Put me right off U2 for years, as other overly familiar tunes did for REM, Elton, etc. and even Zeppelin. But...in the interim, it's not so bad, although it is better in moderate or intermittent doses. 
 

Seems like it’s played on RP about once every 15-30 days. And with almost 2600 ratings averaging 7.8 you can see why. There’s an obvious subset of 1s, but that happens with a lot of the more popular stuff RP plays.
would totally pay $200 to listen to this monotone music live to then be lectured on TV how bad capitalism is.
7 ->  5
Pt 2 of The Needle and the Spoon
One of the FM radio Played to Death Specials. Not PSD, PDS. As if it were some combo of Must Hear It NOW and 10 times since YESTERDAY and the Burning Bush. Put me right off U2 for years, as other overly familiar tunes did for REM, Elton, etc. and even Zeppelin. But...in the interim, it's not so bad, although it is better in moderate or intermittent doses. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Ah, the always hilarious "Bad is bad" joke . . . such razor-sharp wit; so clever, so original.  {#Rolleyes}
 
Oh what's next, will you shoot down the "One is a 1" original idea too?  
 Lyndont wrote:

Quite agree! 2 of the worst bands ever in my view. Still each to his own.

 
Everytime I see someone post something this caustic about legendary bands, I go to look at who they give their 10s to (the best bands in their view).  I always love those bands too.  It's like we're polar-opposites-split-at-birth. 
 
Go figure.
I am from former Yugoslavia, town Novi Sad .I was kid back in 80`s and whole city was in graffiti U2, thats how huge they were here those days. For  me they had to split after Achtung baby,everything after...
 ?

Lyndont wrote:

Quite agree! 2 of the worst bands ever in my view. Still each to his own.

 

I never been big fun of U2, but I have such a fond memories of this song .
Summer of 88', I accidentally walked in some pub, in middle of nowhere of today's Montenegro back then it was Yugoslavia, where the local band was playing, and all of sudden some girl showed up theatrically reciting lyrics of this song as poem and then band kicked in with song.... So 10 for my memories !
I remember watching them do this for Live Aid, inviting some random (perhaps) woman from the crowd up on stage to dance with Bono, watching them holding each other. Even tho it might have been staged, I found it a deeply touching moment, given the situation and the song. I've never been a U2 fan, I'm still not, but that was a brilliant moment.
 renaultr17 wrote:
Perfectly titled track. Only better name? Sucko-barfo!
 
Ah, the always hilarious "Bad is bad" joke . . . such razor-sharp wit; so clever, so original.  {#Rolleyes}
Perfectly titled track. Only better name? Sucko-barfo!
 fraserji wrote:
Gawd, if it's not Led Zeppelin it's bloody U2. Just a bit too much for my tastes. 
 
Quite agree! 2 of the worst bands ever in my view. Still each to his own.
This always makes me feel STRONG.
And Happy. Like raising my open hands HIGH
and smiling at the whole world like everything
is BEAUTIFUL and everything is right, forever. 
{#Crown}

 
Timeless and sublime... I can still remember seeing, every time I opened the door of the CU campus radio station studio where I was a DJ in '87-'88, ink graffiti on the doorframe that said, "EDGE — the sound of an era!" Some might have scoffed, but not I. Still love 'em!
Maybe their best song.
Gawd, if it's not Led Zeppelin it's bloody U2. Just a bit too much for my tastes. 
There is something other-worldly about this song, every time I hear it I am delivered to that place. Maybe it has to do with how I felt in my life at the time this song came out, a much younger and more receptive to the possibilities-time. I just love it.
He is wide awake but I fell asleep. {#Yawn}
i swear this was just played yesterday.
 stunix wrote:
Redacted
 
You don't have to read the bad comments to make the good ones you read count.
great!!!
 stunix wrote:
Thank GOODNESS for this song which shows us exactly what Bono can do with his full vocal spectrum, the range of tonal variation and timbre, nuance, pitch and the depth of emotion in the conveyance of message contained within the lyric,  The pinnacle of what he is able to achieve when he applies himself and puts his mind to it.   Apt title too.  I give it a 3..... no, a 2. The best example of why there is a PSD.

 
Hey, thanks for taking the time to give us your GREAT opinion. It really helps set the standard for comments on this board. Downright pithy. I give your comment a 2. 
Thank GOODNESS for this song which shows us exactly what Bono can do with his full vocal spectrum, the range of tonal variation and timbre, nuance, pitch and the depth of emotion in the conveyance of message contained within the lyric,  The pinnacle of what he is able to achieve when he applies himself and puts his mind to it.   Apt title too.  I give it a 3..... no, a 2. The best example of why there is a PSD.
 lemmoth wrote:

RP plays no artist every 15 minutes, or every hour or every 5 hours with rare exceptions - its why I listen - every day
My advice is get over it.  I wont argue the merits because that is all subjective - and ON CUE - I'd rather not here Natalie Merchant of Florence and the Machine every day - but if I listen to RP long enough I will - and that's ok .

Because on RP I get to hear the greatest variety possible beyond playing my own collection on random. 

 
I'm a long time, all day listener as well. I agree with the previous comment. Every song may not be your cup-o-tea at any given moment. Having said that, Ive found no other site that offers up such a continual variety of eclectic music. To me its not necessarily the artist most of the time but more of the sonic vibe Bill is on. IMHO. Carry On. Bill.
 
 MrsTom wrote:
I'm just here for the comments
 
And your thoughts on them?
{#Bananajam}
I'm just here for the comments
 h8rhater wrote:

He was a "peasant", was he?  Are you sure that designation doesn't more aptly to yourself?

Bono Vox was a nickname given to Paul Hewson by his close friends as a teen in Dublin.  Named after a hearing aid store because they felt he was such a good singer (Bono Vox meaning good voice in Latin).  So apparently it wasn't his own sky high ego that bestowed the name upon him,rather, it was organically given by others. 

The more you know... the less you appear to be a peasant.

 
spot the fanboi
 h8rhater wrote:
He was a "peasant", was he?  Are you sure that designation doesn't more aptly to yourself?

Bono Vox was a nickname given to Paul Hewson by his close friends as a teen in Dublin.  Named after a hearing aid store because they felt he was such a good singer (Bono Vox meaning good voice in Latin).  So apparently it wasn't his own sky high ego that bestowed the name upon him,rather, it was organically given by others. 

The more you know... the less you appear to be a peasant.
 
On the other hand, if someone suggested a name for you, who is in charge of accepting and answering to it? 

However, this is not to judge the man in respect of his name. Instead, I'd suggest one judge by a persons actions or sometimes by their non-actions.   
I remember watching them perform on Live Aid 1984 via satellite and being blown away by this song. Fantastic performance! Been a U2 fan since then.
yeah - the best version of this track is on this EP.
 maboleth wrote:
This guy called himself Bono Vox the time he was just a small innocent Irish peasant. His sky high ego was just waiting for momentum.

 
He was a "peasant", was he?  Are you sure that designation doesn't more aptly to yourself?

Bono Vox was a nickname given to Paul Hewson by his close friends as a teen in Dublin.  Named after a hearing aid store because they felt he was such a good singer (Bono Vox meaning good voice in Latin).  So apparently it wasn't his own sky high ego that bestowed the name upon him,rather, it was organically given by others. 

The more you know... the less you appear to be a peasant.
This guy called himself Bono Vox the time he was just a small innocent Irish peasant. His sky high ego was just waiting for momentum.
 thewiseking wrote:
"constipation, inflammation, eructation....Let it Gooooo!"

 
LOL, good one!

 But I love cranking this tune.
Damn. I'm trying to get some work done, but that made me close my eyes, turn up the volume & reminisce about the last time I saw U2 in concert - 360. Now back to work! So I can get a better pair of studio monitor headphones!
 below72 wrote:
BILL !!!! I listen all daylong.  Seems to me that I hear U2 every 15 minutes.  PLEASE! Stop the torture.
 
You think you hear U2 every 15 minutes.  You consider it torture.  You continue to listen.

Seems like you're appealing to the wrong person for relief. 
 below72 wrote:
BILL !!!! I listen all daylong.  Seems to me that I hear U2 every 15 minutes.  PLEASE! Stop the torture.
Maybe it's because all their tunes sound alike to me - but enough already.  All the other great music in the world, and you play U2 over and over - give it a break.


 
RP plays no artist every 15 minutes, or every hour or every 5 hours with rare exceptions - its why I listen - every day
My advice is get over it.  I wont argue the merits because that is all subjective - and ON CUE - I'd rather not here Natalie Merchant of Florence and the Machine every day - but if I listen to RP long enough I will - and that's ok .

Because on RP I get to hear the greatest variety possible beyond playing my own collection on random. 
 below72 wrote:
BILL !!!! I listen all daylong.  Seems to me that I hear U2 every 15 minutes.  PLEASE! Stop the torture.
Maybe it's because all their tunes sound alike to me - but enough already.  All the other great music in the world, and you play U2 over and over - give it a break.


 
BILL!!!!!!!  NOT what he/she said!
I find a new interest in this song. Transparency.
BILL !!!! I listen all daylong.  Seems to me that I hear U2 every 15 minutes.  PLEASE! Stop the torture.
Maybe it's because all their tunes sound alike to me - but enough already.  All the other great music in the world, and you play U2 over and over - give it a break.

Saw them live in Chicago last year. Wow.
I said I'm wide awake, but it was a slip of tongue.
YES!  Still, an amazing, powerful song to have CRANKED when one has assumed Proper Orbit with legal music enhancer! JAM!
Lots of pisitove and negative comments. That's what I love about radioparadise - it is the real deal. None of that filtering nonsense with people's opnions.

Great tune by the way. Taken from a time when U2 were just being U2. It worked brilliantly. As it did with their last album, Songs Of Innocence.   
Irritation... repetition... 
Somehow I have the feeling this song is played every day on RP. It isn't, but it sure feels that way. 
 cjp64 wrote:
Too much U2 on RP! 
 
 
really...
They always sound the same and are always awful. That's consistency.
 ajlept wrote:
U2 is like a lithograph. There is no grey when it comes to opinions of their music. For me, it's been a joy since "Boy."

Proclivities wrote:

There's a lot of in-between or "grey" areas when it comes peoples' opinions of this band, it's more likely that most people who are not "extremists" in one direction or the other tend not to assert their opinions in the comment threads as often.  

 
I'll side a bit with Proclivities on this one. I see U2, like most big time arena bands, as an aquatint, where there are as many grays as the artist
Bono's mullet!!!
"constipation, inflammation, eructation....Let it Gooooo!"
 Typesbad wrote:
Adam Sandler ruined much of this song for me.
 
Adam Sandler ruined much of the universe for many people.
All over the map on this tune. From: "best U2 song ever" to "please make it stop!" 

RPers are an extreme and fickle bunch.  

After an infinity of overplays on the dinosaur of FM, at least Bono and the boys get some relief and a boost from the context of dismal commercial airwaves. 
One of the better wailings from Mr. Bono. Still, sometimes I wish he'd take a clue from his close brother Mr. Bonobo and learn to keep his mouth shut :)
Adam Sandler ruined much of this song for me.
 Pike wrote:
off to make a brew! Give me a shout when he's stopped please.

 
{#Lol}
off to make a brew! Give me a shout when he's stopped please.
I discovered the best version of this song in July 1985.  It was a sunny Saturday in Toronto...and it was Live Aid...but my question remains, why are so many Youtube videos out of sync?  Is that their stock in trade now?  


Hated it after the 1,347th FM roboto-play but now I like it much better. Absence makes it fonder. 
Plenty of grey, but I'm just tired of them.
 ajlept wrote:
U2 is like a lithograph. There is no grey when it comes to opinions of their music. For me, it's been a joy since "Boy."

 
There's a lot of in-between or "grey" area when it comes peoples' opinions of this band, it's more likely that most people who are not "extremists" in one direction or the other tend not to assert their opinions in the comment threads as often.  
Chills
Every.  Single.  Time. 
Perhaps their best song, or at least in the top 5.
Transcendent as usual
 TJOpootertoot wrote:

I honestly get why people don't like U2 sometimes and I expect anytime RP plays one of their songs, the comments will reflect that.

Fact remains, they're one of the great rock bands of all time and while some of the stuff they've done goes too far in one direction or another, other songs are just plain unassailable greatness. From where I stand, this is one of the latter and I don't know what kind of "rock" music you like if you don't find anything to like about Bad. 

 
Well you try to find out what music I like, it is not that difficult, just click my profile name and you should find my kind of taste.
Easy peasy.
I do think you old guys are protecting your memory of the good times tooo dearly, being only 53YO I can see through the usual suspects....
And I still do not like U2 despite having a few early LP releases and seen them in concert a few times. I just got fed up with them.
A bit like falling off the edge on stage...
https://youtu.be/rta9CHp7bEE 
{#Iamwithstupid}
 Middleton wrote:
Best U2 song ever.

 
....definitely
 TJOpootertoot wrote:

I honestly get why people don't like U2 sometimes and I expect anytime RP plays one of their songs, the comments will reflect that.

Fact remains, they're one of the great rock bands of all time and while some of the stuff they've done goes too far in one direction or another, other songs are just plain unassailable greatness. From where I stand, this is one of the latter and I don't know what kind of "rock" music you like if you don't find anything to like about Bad. 

 
It's dull as shaking rocks in a paper bag, for one. 


 stunix wrote:
the music is to "formulaic" and samey for me.   nothing new nothing different and Bonos vocal and lyrical skills along with Edge guitar skills are lacking lots.    The Bass and drums are great.

 
Second that.
Best U2 song ever.
U2 is like a lithograph. There is no grey when it comes to opinions of their music. For me, it's been a joy since "Boy."
i remember them doing this at the live aid concert. it may very well have been a staged gimmick, but bono invited a woman on stage and the two just held each other. very moving.
I had the good fortune to see them play this song live.  Truly mesmerizing.
This music is too "formulaic" and samey for me.   Nothing new nothing different and Bonos vocal and lyrical skills along with Edges guitar skills are lacking...... lots.    The bass and drums are acceptable.   I just feel that this bands level of success is not related to their level of talent, but that is clearly reflected throughout the music industry.
 Vakse wrote:
Title says it all.

 
I honestly get why people don't like U2 sometimes and I expect anytime RP plays one of their songs, the comments will reflect that.

Fact remains, they're one of the great rock bands of all time and while some of the stuff they've done goes too far in one direction or another, other songs are just plain unassailable greatness. From where I stand, this is one of the latter and I don't know what kind of "rock" music you like if you don't find anything to like about Bad. 
Title says it all.
U2's prominence and longevity have certainly resulted in plenty of vitriol. But they've inspired just as much love and devotion as well. I can't help it, I'm in that camp. This song still kills me.
Too much U2 on RP! 
 
One of the very best live rock recordings ever.
 ScottN wrote:
U2 haters...PSD.  A very good early song from a band that already had its feet under them.

 

There was a time in my life (probably around Summer of '86) where this live version of Bad was my absolute fav. song.  Plus, you had to actually put it on a turntable to hear it (unless you saw it on Live Aid the previous year, or on the '86 Amnesty Int'l. Tour), which made it even more appreciated.

The next year, they blew up with "The Joshua Tree", and then the 27-year (and counting) backlash started...
 DeemerDave wrote:
There is so much vitriol against U2 but don't recall seeing any cogent reason for it. I guess some people just don't get it.


Generally, matters of opinions or aesthetics, which are subjective, cannot be reasoned out cogently; it's personal taste.  Some people (not me necessarily) are just tired of seeing and hearing U2, there's really nothing to "get".


I give this a 10 because I can't give it an 11.
This could be their best album.  They've been both good and 'bad' over the years.  All those U2 haters out there can bugger off.
DM 
Great song. One of the best from U2.
Yes.
goosebumps...
 DeemerDave wrote:
There is so much vitriol against U2 but don't recall seeing any cogent reason for it. I guess some people just don't get it.

 
No reason? You mean, like, U2 is a mediocre band at best, with lousy vocals? You mean those reasons?
Bad. So very bad. I'd be embarrassed to play U2, actually. 
There is so much vitriol against U2 but don't recall seeing any cogent reason for it. I guess some people just don't get it.
U2 haters...PSD.  A very good early song from a band that already had its feet under them.
Bad. Really bad. Please, make it stop. Can I select a negative number for my rating?
 
..... as it finished yet
Brilliant - one of my top ten performances of all time.
Bad = Good
Three "9"'s in a row.... unprecedented!

 
 johnjconn wrote:

Anger Management issues?

I read your song rating.  You ranked 22 songs as a 1 (Sucko Barfo) , 21 of these songs are all U2 songs. A Snow Patrol song is the only non-U2 sucko barfo.

So, in your opinion, U2 is the only sucko barfo band out there and everything they do is sucko barfo.

Seek help my friend, you need it

 

STILL the greatest band in the world!!!
If you like this, try the live version on the Electric Sky EP which runs into two other tracks, Forty and Where The Streets.
 willmcnaught wrote:
Lets see average rating is a 8.1 that is with over 1500 reviews -- Me thinks YOU are the sucko barfo individual lol thanks for your "insight"  IDIOT





 
What!?  You don't think "sucko barfo" shows intelligence?
 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Eek} This band is so very overrated - sucko barfo 

  Lets see average rating is a 8.1 that is with over 1500 reviews -- Me thinks YOU are the sucko barfo individual lol thanks for your "insight"  IDIOT




 ScottN wrote:
A decent song from a band that fortunately grew up.

 
There is nothing U2 worth listening to after Achtung Baby.
A decent song from a band that fortunately grew up.
 blackjackshellac wrote:
Everything that sucked about the 80s.  Reminds me of jocks pumping their fists and bouncing back and forth on their firmly planted feet on the dance floor.

Kill me next time.

Sorry, I hate this band, had to get that off my chest :)

 

I love this song and now I'm always gonna see this! NICELY DONE!
Gotta love that over used delay trick on the guitar, plus the wailing...add to that...bass notes bending mistakes....gotta be U2.
 ziakut wrote:
Wow...it's even Bad live?

 
and long, I have to come back and hit PSD a second time.
 bluejay08003 wrote:
 bstjames wrote:
Again!?!?  You know I turn off RP everytime U2 comes on.  That's at least twice a day of late.
Please, RP needs a Bono Limit!  


There's always Play Something Different (PSD) if you're on the web interface. 
That might be a good feature for the app (at least on iOS—maybe Android users are luckier?).   
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I'm with y'all! PSD it is. I used to like U2 and REM...
 ziakut wrote:
Wow...it's even Bad live?

 
To answer your question, no.
 kcar wrote:
The re-do of RP's song page template now omits # of times played over last 30 days. Was that deliberate, Mr. G?
 
Click on the CD cover to see said info.
Wow...it's even Bad live?