Wed. Dec. 12, 2018

U2 – Salomé (Zoomromancer Remix)

This Beat Is Mine! U2 – Salomé (Zoomromancer Remix) (Island)

One could count on the fingers of one hand those who’ve managed to make themselves home whatever their musical surroundings could be. The proper of true talents I would say, and God knows how U2 definitely are. Among the leading Rock bands in the world, they didn’t mind exploring different territories. And this, always with an incredible acuracy.

That said, there has always been a thin line between certain genres. Such as between Rock and Disco back at the time, or between Rock and Electro later. A line which, no surprisingly, U2 crossed a few times. Remember ‘Lemon’ which Paul Oakenfold remixed back in 1993 for instance…
A year before, Farley & Heller would rework the vibrant ‘Salomé’. And what an oustanding job they did. Reformulating it into a yearning hypnotic Trance ballad, therefore enhancing the emotion and the imagery of its lyrics.

Island Records would press 1,000 copies of it at the time. Thus making it a quite hard to find gem as such. They nevertheless also released it as the flipside of ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’…

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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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