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U2 — Vertigo
Album: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
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Released: 2004
Length: 3:09
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Unos, dos, tres, catorce!

Turn it up loud, captain.

Lights go down it's dark
The jungle is your head
Can't rule your heart
A feeling so much
Stronger than a thought
Your eyes are wide and though
Your soul it can't be bought
Your mind can wander

Hello hello
(Hola)
I'm at a place called Vertigo
(Donde esta?)
It's everything I wish I didn't know
Except you give me something
I can feel, feel

The night is full of holes
As bullets rip the sky
Of ink with gold
They twinkle as the
Boys play rock and roll
They know that they can't dance
At least they know

I can't stand the beats
I'm asking for the cheque
The girl with crimson nails
Has Jesus 'round her neck
Swinging to the music
Swinging to the music

Hello hello
(Hola)
I'm at a place called Vertigo
(Donde esta?)
It's everything I wish I didn't know
But you give me something
I can feel, feel

All of this, all of this can be yours
All of this, all of this can be yours
All of this, all of this can be yours
Just give me what I want
And no one gets hurt

Hello hello
(Hola)
We're at a place called Vertigo
(Donde esta?)
Lights go down and all I know
Is that you give me something

I can feel your love teaching me how
Your love is teaching me how
How to kneel, kneel

Yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea
Yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea, yea
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It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it ... or drive really fast to it ... or give yourself whiplash by nodding vigorously to it.  Love it!

"Just give me what I want,
and no one gets hurt."
 h8rhater wrote:

The album had an absolutely beautiful homage to Bono's father, Bob Hewson who died in 2001, titled: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.  The SNL performance of same was the best musical moment of that season.  It debuted in the UK at #1 and was Song of the Year at the Grammys (such that they are).

Maybe check it out sometime as it is Bono and the band at their best, which was considerable in 2005 in spite of what's written here.  

...and do please finish a sentence like "This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them" with the qualifier "for me".  Millions of current fans of the band and their releases since 2005 beg to differ.
 


like this....
"This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them for me"
and
"Allow myself to introduce ...myself"


via Gfycat

 h8rhater wrote:

The album had an absolutely beautiful homage to Bono's father, Bob Hewson who died in 2001, titled: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.  The SNL performance of same was the best musical moment of that season.  It debuted in the UK at #1 and was Song of the Year at the Grammys (such that they are).

Maybe check it out sometime as it is Bono and the band at their best, which was considerable in 2005 in spite of what's written here.  

...and do please finish a sentence like "This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them" with the qualifier "for me".  Millions of current fans of the band and their releases since 2005 beg to differ.
 

that was the only time I know of where the musical guest played 3 times on SNL
their third song was I Will Follow
everything they did that night was great
 h8rhater wrote:

Your life, perhaps.
 
Hope you're not serious. U2 are nothing but lame shadows of their former selves. Even Bono's Voxe is weak now, compared to his master voice of late 80's and early 90's.

U2 died after Hold me thrill me single. POP was half trash and half reworked Zooropa-era songs, so that doesn't really count.
 kcar wrote:


Thankfully I don't remember the rest of the album. I'm pretty sure this was supposed to the hit single but the band sounds like it was going through the motions. This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them.
 
The album had an absolutely beautiful homage to Bono's father, Bob Hewson who died in 2001, titled: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.  The SNL performance of same was the best musical moment of that season.  It debuted in the UK at #1 and was Song of the Year at the Grammys (such that they are).

Maybe check it out sometime as it is Bono and the band at their best, which was considerable in 2005 in spite of what's written here.  

...and do please finish a sentence like "This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them" with the qualifier "for me".  Millions of current fans of the band and their releases since 2005 beg to differ.
 ace-marc wrote:
It is always sad when a band's best years are behind them.
Kind of mirrors life that way.
 
Your life, perhaps.
It is always sad when a band's best years are behind them.
Kind of mirrors life that way.
 Mangoman wrote:
The rest of the album was so horrid, somehow it's even made me hate this song. I kind of feel the way Jimmy must have the second time he ran into the Bellboy.
 

Thankfully I don't remember the rest of the album. I'm pretty sure this was supposed to the hit single but the band sounds like it was going through the motions. This strikes me as the beginning of the end for them.
This is shite so it is, tah be sure tah be sure
 marian wrote:
Highly over-rated. Just because their past work was great doesn't make this song great.
 
indeed
My mind goes back to when I first heard this song loud... I was in Tower Records, in Shinjuku, thinking I should see if U2 had released their new one yet, and someone had put this on the store system, and CRANKED IT, and I immediately made the purchase. The CD I got came with a bonus DVD, and I showed it to the Advanced English classes I was teaching. Among the comments by the students, who thought it rocked as much as I did, was, "I'm very surprised — they are not young. But they have much energy, and good music sense!" I loaded it into my iTunes and a few months later took it with me on my 3-month vacation stay in Tuscany, though I didn't need to — the Radio Roma station played this and other cuts from the record almost daily. U2 are key players on the soundtrack of my life!
The rest of the album was so horrid, somehow it's even made me hate this song. I kind of feel the way Jimmy must have the second time he ran into the Bellboy.
Manufactured crap.
hate.
kevinc wrote:
2. Pop was f***ing brilliant. if you didn't like it fine, but most people who say that, listened to it at most a couple of times and said, "well this isn't like their 80's stuff" It's easilly Bono's best lyrics, and has more replay value than most U2 albums....certainly more than the last one.
As was Achtung.....
LLMikeJ wrote:
I am a little disappointed. I admit that I would sell out if I had something people wanted, but this is no "Sunday, Bloody Sunday".
well, neither has anything they've done in the last 22 years been.
They're just trying to outdo Supertramp... "1, 2, 3, 5!"
I am a little disappointed. I admit that I would sell out if I had something people wanted, but this is no "Sunday, Bloody Sunday".
2 things. 1. The most interesting interpretation of the count in I've seen is the following:
t "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and J33-3, let's work with this. Exodus is the second book of the Bible. So if 2 = Exodus, then it becomes "about Exodus 3:14," which reads: God said to Moses, "I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.' " This is the great I AM verse, where Moses learns YHWH. Isn't there a song on the new album, "Yahweh"? I'm sensing a theme here
I'm no expert on the bible, but it fits Bono's style, as he's dropped refences to it and God in almost every song he's written. 2. Pop was f***ing brilliant. if you didn't like it fine, but most people who say that, listened to it at most a couple of times and said, "well this isn't like their 80's stuff" It's easilly Bono's best lyrics, and has more replay value than most U2 albums....certainly more than the last one.
Highly over-rated. Just because their past work was great doesn't make this song great.
Alanur wrote:
It is growing on me. First time I heard it, it was like seeing a close friend that I have not seen for a long time. Sort of like not knowing what to do or say. Now we started from the same point we left. :guitarist: Yes!
An interesting way of putting it; but, I agree with you there. At the very least it doesn't sound like their 1997 horror "POP"
Platypus wrote:
i diggit... but i'm already getting extremely sick of hearing it on those annoying green-screened ipod ads. it was even in an episode of csi already too. i'm expecting them to show up in a jaguar ad now soon - follow in the cross-marketing footsteps of Sting.
grrrrr. not that i, you know, want to promote marketinbg crap or what have you, but FWIW Sting only sold the rioghts to that video to Jag when MTV refused to play it. i passed along a pretty complete explanation i9n the comments for that track (desert rose). my understanding the the U2/iPod deal is they get no cash for the commercials (as why would they, really, since they're exposure for the single and album), but they split the profits for the special edition U2 iPod with Apple.
Tux wrote:
I don't know if I agree. All numbers suck evenly bad IMHO. This is not an exception. It's a torture for my ears. Have to turn the auto-mute on again. Shit like this makes me remember why I built it in the first place
Do you really hate all these songs or are you looking for any excuse to mention your incredible auto-mute?
I coulda sworn this was Filter. Anybody else think so?
:nodhead:
1, 2, 3 - 14 ---? rockin-est song they've done in YEARS though.
see Forum and review
ironlung wrote:
U mean to tell me Tux, that u actually listened to all the cuts before your comment. Some how, I don't think so. Go do some laundry or something will ya!
It doesn't matter what it sounds like...... he'll hate it. It's U2..... check out almost all of their songs on RP. He's got something against them..... oh well.
ironlung wrote:
U mean to tell me Tux, that u actually listened to all the cuts before your comment. Some how, I don't think so. Go do some laundry or something will ya!
heheh I agree with you. how can people say an album that hasn't been released yet tortures their ears? ;)
One day I caught the ipod commercial twice and heard the song on four different radio stations... All in the space of ninety minutes. As a result, this song is dead to me. Sad really.
It is growing on me. First time I heard it, it was like seeing a close friend that I have not seen for a long time. Sort of like not knowing what to do or say. Now we started from the same point we left. :guitarist: Yes!
Regarding, "Uno, dos, tres, catorce"... Perhaps they fit with the actual meaning of the word "vertigo" (a confused or disoriented state) that is used for the title/theme of the song? A suggestion that things are "out of control"?
Tux wrote:
I don't know if I agree. All numbers suck evenly bad IMHO. This is not an exception. It's a torture for my ears. Have to turn the auto-mute on again. Shit like this makes me remember why I built it in the first place
U mean to tell me Tux, that u actually listened to all the cuts before your comment. Some how, I don't think so. Go do some laundry or something will ya!
The Edge' riff and the hard driving rhythm is the most exciting part of this song, I think. Not a very memorable refrain and guitarsolo. A bit like the Stones' You Got Me Rocking, while it doesn't really rock (anymore). Talking about the Stones, the cover photo of this album is very similar to Stripped. Must be because of Anton Corbijn's very recognizable photography. Just like REM, Mick Jagger, etc. it seems they feel the need to proof they can still rock hard and straight forward when they want to. Problem is that after fourty it often starts to sound a bit forced (believe me) :wink: The use of this song for the Apple commercial harms the band's integrity (which I always thought they had) a bit, IMO. But what would we do in their place?
i diggit... but i'm already getting extremely sick of hearing it on those annoying green-screened ipod ads. it was even in an episode of csi already too. i'm expecting them to show up in a jaguar ad now soon - follow in the cross-marketing footsteps of Sting.
amcallis wrote:
Hey now.. I'll try to not feel insulted. Obviously he's not saying "un" as in the English article "a". It's counting, you crazy crazy guy! If this is the 14th albumn, that might make sense somewhat... if nothing else, this is a distracting and therefore bad start to an otherwise OK song. I can, punctuate; however I want'!
It is NOT their 14th album. The only logical explination for catorce that us U2 experts have been able to come up with thus is if Bono is "taking off" with the lyrics.
reedifus wrote:
Maybe you should work on punctuating your English before critiquing someone else's Spanish. ;) "Un" is "a" in Spanish, one letter short of "uno" for "one." Common mistake for students of Spanish.
Hey now.. I'll try to not feel insulted. Obviously he's not saying "un" as in the English article "a". It's counting, you crazy crazy guy! If this is the 14th albumn, that might make sense somewhat... if nothing else, this is a distracting and therefore bad start to an otherwise OK song. I can, punctuate; however I want'!
i like it. :cowboy: wonder how long it'll take fm to wear this out?
It doesn't break any new ground, but rather mines some acoustic nuggets of the past. Should please longtime fans who would recognize this, or not. I think it rocks without being particularly innovative. Ah hell, it just rocks! :guitarist:
kerouvian wrote:
you should also learn a bit more... when counting, spanish speaking people do say "un, dos, tres...". indeed, the "catorce" means 14, but I just think is a bad game from bono
You're right buddy :nodhead: Suerte !
Turn it up loud Captain :-)
Lycophrog wrote:
I just have to say, U2 has finally hit the bottom. UGHH!
totally agree. For proof, before the goddamn record's released, they're whoring themselves out for IPods and ITunes. Bono, aren't you and the guys already freakin' millionaires or what?!. :( 8O :evil: :puke: :puke:
Can't hep it! A 10 !!! " I can FEEEeeeeEEELLLL!!!!!"
marie_pain wrote:
Mexico city has Vertigo!!!! Definitely great! Un, dos, tres...catorce! :drummer: Marie
"pretty fly for a white guy"
hcaudill wrote:
Great segue: 1:32 pm - Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll 1:36 pm - U2 - Vertigo Been a long time since U2 rock and roll!
It's not all that different to Elevation really is it?
This rocks.
I'm sort of impressed. I mean, if I'd never heard of U2 before, and I heard this song, I'd be interested in getting my hands on it. Making me feel that way when I do know the band, and they've been around as long as they have--that makes it harder to impress me, I guess, but they have. Again. Dammit!
Great segue: 1:32 pm - Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll 1:36 pm - U2 - Vertigo Been a long time since U2 rock and roll!
kerouvian wrote:
you should also learn a bit more... when counting, spanish speaking people do say "un, dos, tres...". indeed, the "catorce" means 14, but I just think is a bad game from bono
"Catorce"?? This will be their 14th album release. :wink: :guitarist: 8)
I just have to say, U2 has finally hit the bottom. UGHH!
Wow. They rock. I had heard that they were going to rock out on the next album, and if this song is any evidence, they do. The cool thing is that this song doesn't seem to have the "we're old but we wanted to write a rockin' song to show that we can still hang with those young whipper-snappers" feel... it just rocks. I want to hear more!!
reedifus wrote:
Maybe you should work on punctuating your English before critiquing someone else's Spanish. ;) "Un" is "a" in Spanish, one letter short of "uno" for "one." Common mistake for students of Spanish.
you should also learn a bit more... when counting, spanish speaking people do say "un, dos, tres...". indeed, the "catorce" means 14, but I just think is a bad game from bono
So my daughter called this up on the XM the other day. Since she had the box, I asked who was playing. "U2," she said, "Vertigo." Damn, I thought, U2? Sounds like an update on the old hit, "You keep me hanging on." But no hook. Set me free, why doncha babe....?
OK, we've officially heard this one too much. Time to put it on the shelf and bring it back out in a year-or-so.
Nuance wrote:
Surprising to say the least... ..... Different guitar sound for edge
Yes and about fricking time I might add. Well there's still a little of the old bit in there, but it sounds like he's climbed out of his box for this one.
Most bands eventually dry up and we buy there albums just to complete the collection, but these dudes are still on another level. Unbelievable!! :cowboy:
To say that this song has grown on me since the first time I heard it is a huge understatement. Now, something tells me that a concert of music like this would be amazing. Can't wait.
etwilson wrote:
Wow, that's the best thing I've heard from U2 in a long time. They rock out pretty good for a bunch of old guys. :)
Yeah. I didn't even believe it was U2!
amcallis wrote:
I don't get it, "Un" is 1 in french, but i can see how it's just uno... then dos tres, ok good Bono. then catorce is like 14 or something in spanish right? ..... ??? Bono?
Maybe you should work on punctuating your English before critiquing someone else's Spanish. ;) "Un" is "a" in Spanish, one letter short of "uno" for "one." Common mistake for students of Spanish.
Pretty good. I'll have to hear it again to decide. :)
Tux wrote:
I don't know if I agree. All numbers suck evenly bad IMHO. This is not an exception. It's a turture for my ears. Have to turn the auto-mute on again. Shit like this makes me remember why I built it in the first place
isn't turture a french pie?
zipper wrote:
It couldn't be worse. This one sucks more than most of U2 combined.
I don't know if I agree. All numbers suck evenly bad IMHO. This is not an exception. It's a torture for my ears. Have to turn the auto-mute on again. Shit like this makes me remember why I built it in the first place
U2 seems to have returned to raw stadion rock sound with this single. Not terribly unexpected or inspired, but nonetheless I like what I hear.
Sounds at one point just a little bit maybe like "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes... But that's a good song too so it's okay. /paranoid ranting
KevinM wrote:
Jump, Little Children's Vertigo is much better.
It couldn't be worse. This one sucks more than most of U2 combined.
Surprising to say the least... Bono's voice sounds a little higher than usual? Different guitar sound for edge
Jump, Little Children's Vertigo is much better.
marie_pain wrote:
Mexico city has Vertigo!!!! Definitely great! Un, dos, tres...catorce! :drummer: Marie
I don't get it, "Un" is 1 in french, but i can see how it's just uno... then dos tres, ok good Bono. then catorce is like 14 or something in spanish right? ..... ??? Bono?
Yes yes.
U2 a rock and roll band - Who Knew !!! Maybe bono will stop hanging around with idiot politicians and start knocking dust off rafters again. :stupid:
Uh huh. :guitarist: :drummer: 8)
I actually got that from an email they sent out a couple of weeks ago. reedifus wrote:
Muchas gracias, mikedill. I went to u2.com also, and all I could see was the Virtigo image. No links. No info. No nothing. Must be a server thing.
mikedill wrote:
From U2.com Exclusive! It’s ‘Vertigo’!
Muchas gracias, mikedill. I went to u2.com also, and all I could see was the Virtigo image. No links. No info. No nothing. Must be a server thing.
From U2.com Exclusive! It’s ‘Vertigo’! U2.Com can exclusively reveal that the band’s new single is called Vertigo and will be released on November 8th (the full album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb will be released on November 22nd). Vertigo, an epic U2 track with big guitars and soaring vocals, was produced by Steve Lillywhite at the band’s Hanover Quay Studio in Dublin. The single also features another brand new track, Are You Gonna Wait Forever?, along with a cover of Neon Lights which was originally written and recorded by Kraftwerk, plus a Vertigo remix by Jacknife Lee. The DVD features all-new shots of the band taken in Lisbon recently by Anton Corbijn - as well as a stunning live performance of Vertigo, shot at the studio and directed by Richie Smyth. reedifus wrote:
OK, so, what is this? Couldn't find the album on Amazon. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb"? Is this their new album, or is this just a single? I'm a u2 fan, but I'm dumb on this.
OK, so, what is this? Couldn't find the album on Amazon. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb"? Is this their new album, or is this just a single? I'm a u2 fan, but I'm dumb on this.
By the second or third listen I'll probably be nudging this from 7 to 8. While it isn't a carbon copy, it has the same punk energy as their early stuff - which seems to be reflected in the album name "How to Disarm an Atomic Bomb" (I think). The glory days of Boy and War returned? I'm excited. And Bono's voice is in pretty good shape here...
Turn it up load, captain!
Mexico city has Vertigo!!!! Definitely great! Un, dos, tres...catorce! :drummer: Marie
Yeah.
fna
Wow, that's the best thing I've heard from U2 in a long time. They rock out pretty good for a bunch of old guys. :)
mikedill wrote:
Hell yes!
OH HELL YES!! :guitarist:
I like it. Edge and his jangling guitar. :guitarist:
Damn! The boys are rocking out!!!! Awesome!!!!
ROCK!!!
Hell yes! pdhski wrote:
Yes!!!! :guitarist:
Yes!!!! :guitarist: