Sun. Sep. 23, 2018

U2 – Lemon (The Perfecto Mix) (Island)

Classics: U2 – Lemon (The Perfecto Mix) (Island)

“She wore lemon to color in the cold grey night. She had heaven and she held on so tight. A man makes a picture, a moving picture. Through the light projected he can see himself up close. A man captures color. A man likes to stare. He turns his money into light to look for her…”

‘Lemon’ came to the surface lately during the Zooropa sessions. By the Spring of 1993, during the band’s break in the ‘Zoo TV Tour’.
Guitarist the Edge said it came from something he “worked up with a drum machine and bass, very rhythmic.” He explained that he found it hard to compose a guitar part to the song. This until comin’ up with some “unusual gated guitar effect which worked with the rhythm.”. Meanwhile lead vocalist Bono wrote the lyrics with his late mother in mind…

He explained it was a strange experience to receive in the post, from a very distant relative, an early Super 8 footage of his mom, aged 24, younger than him, playing a game of rounders in slow motion. The footage showed her at a wedding as the maid of honour, wearing a lemon-coloured dress. Thus inspiring him to write lyrics about using film to recreate and preserve memory…

Although he started way earlier, Paul Oakenfold really came to fame in the second half of the 80’s. Remembered for havin’ brought clubbing along with Acid House in Ibiza with other pals such as Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker among others. This before giving birth to his Perfecto Records label.
From then, he would work on everything that was trending at the time. Responsible for countless remixes in addition to setting up various recording projects. Beginning with Electra, remembered for their cover version of Elkin & Nelson‘s ‘Jibaro’.

His remix of U2‘s ‘Lemon’ (along with Steve Osborne), the fourth single taken from their 1992 ‘Zooropa’ album, stands as one of his best reworks ever. Thus bringing the famous Irish Rock band into another dimension, with Bonomaking proof of his ability to sing falsetto…

Paul Oakenfold Vs ‘Lemon’ or EDM before time!

Oakenfold is also remembered as the music editor of the seminal BMG Dance Video Magazine series at the beginning of the 90’s…

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Overview
Question: what/how ever art would be without those who’ve infringed the (admitted) rules? Hell yes, the same every day routine, I would tend to think. If not the same ol’ sh**… This with people sounding the same from day #1 to their very last at the end. Is this what we want? I seriously doubt it. Even though many are those of us who’ve shown their disagreement. This when their favorite artist dared bringin’ them away from their so to say comfort zone. With examples being countless whatever the genre may be. From Miles Davis to Chicago, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones or U2, to name a few.

Hailing from Dublin where they saw the light back in 1976, U2 have never ceased redefining themselves along with time. With their sound built around Bono‘s expressive vocals and The Edge‘s effects-based guitar textures. They made themselves quite a reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. This with the memorable ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’. But also for their impressive live performances starting from the mid-80’s. Then came the 90’s and the integration of EDM vibes into their sound…

One could feel an ongoing mutation with the release of ‘Achtung Baby’ back in 1991. An album which saw them collaborating with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. With Farley & Heller eventually reworking ‘Salomé’. But also Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne remixing ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ and ‘Mysterious Ways’. Then ‘Lemon’ from U2‘s ‘Zoorapa’ album in 1993.

Despite regular internal tensions between the members of the group, U2 kept on exploring new territories. Teamin’ up with producers Nellee Hooper, Howie B, Flood and Steve Osborne. And makin’ quite a sensation with the firing ‘Discothèque’. One of the highlights from their 1997 ‘Pop’ album. But also engendering critics from those who thought they were goin’ too far.
With the all in all mixed success of their experimentations during the decade, the group decided it was time to simplify their sound and get back to like a band in a room playing together…

‘Songs Of Experience’, U2‘s 14th and last studio album to date, saw the light in December 2017…

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