Thursday, November 18, 2004

Band Aid 20 / U2's New Single - Vertigo

Yikes! - Sir Bob's Lookin' Old!

The new version of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is about to drop. The single, the proceeds of which go towards further aid for Africa, hasn't hit store shelves yet. However, if you really want to hear it just boot up your favorite file sharing program and you're bound to find it. Whoever's sharing the song oughta burn in hell though - I'm sure not a small number of people are going to die in Africa from hunger because the aid they should have received from the single's sales will be diminished by people sharing the song for free. Having said this, it's aired on British radio and I got a chance to hear it - it sucks! I still like the original (and the crazy extended remix version, with all of the stars introducing themselves and laughing). The new version is just terrible - the singing and the song arrangement. They really should have just written a new song - I'm sure it would have turned out much better. I think I'm gonna pass on buying the new version and will find an African charity that I can send my money to instead.

It was also amusing to read about Bono deliberating over whether he wanted to sing his line "Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you" again. He said it was "too heavy" and he didn't want to do it again. So then they got Justin, the singer of The Darkness to sing the line. Then Bono changed his mind and said he'd do it after all, starting a feud between Justin and himself. Instead of singing it in parody of Bruce Springsteen (which he said about his singing in the original version) he does it like MacPhisto (see photo above), his devilish lounge singer alter-ego during the Zooropa Tour. Another funny thing, this time in regard to U2's new single "Vertigo". In the beginning Bono sings
Unos, Dos, Tres, Catorce, which translates to: One, Two, Three, Fourteen! It doesn't bother me too much, but I've noticed that many U2-haters are really annoyed by this line. I admit, it's not very clever and the song itself is pretty lame, but it's no more disposible than half the lyrics on their Achtung Baby or Zooropa albums.

Netflix This Week:

Just working my way through disc 4 of The Sopranos: Season Three and about halfway through Bubba Ho-Tep. Also bought the new Live Aid 4-DVD box set, so I probably won't be watching too many movies this week while I work my way through it.

1 comment:

BarbariansAtBay said...

"UNOS, dos, tres, catorce" does not mean "one, two, three, fourteen", it means "some two, three, fourteen". I happen to think it is an allusion to a scriptural citation. For my take on what it means, go to