- 25 Sep 16
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of U2’s first rehearsal in Larry Mullen’s kitchen, we will be featuring a steady stream of articles, recollections and opinions about U2, over the next 7 days of 'U2 Week', here on hotpress.com.
And as part of that extravaganza, we will be nominating an obscure U2 track ever day of the week, for your delight and delectation! So what are the great U2 tracks that are less celebrated? The ones, that is, for the road less travelled...
Well, what better to start with – in the spirit of that famous first rehearsal discussed by Ivan McCormick here on hot press.com today – than an unusual thing: a U2 cover version of a very well known pop hit?
The tracks featured in your daily dose of Obscure U2 have been selected by Valentina Magli, who has written about U2 in the pages of Hot Press on a number of occasions in the past – and contributes a fascinating article on how she first encountered the music of the Fab 4, in her home city of Bologna in Italy, in the issue of Hot Press that hits the stands on Thursday next, September 28, with U2 on the cover.
But right here and right now, it is over to you, Valentina!
My first nomination is:
1) 'New York London Paris Munich, Everybody talk about mmm… Pop Musik!'
Not a U2 song, but what a brilliant remix – and what an intro for a live show! It was remixed in 1997 by U2 in collaboration with Steve Osbourne, and used as the opening song during the Pop Mart Tour. Bono’s vocals were included on the version released on the Last Night on Earth ep. During the live show though, Robin’s Scott vocals were used. What a great beat: this is a powerful mix of old and new!
Hot Press will continue it's U2 40th Anniversary coverage all week long on hotpress.com, and in a special commemorative issue out Thursday 29th September.
You can preorder Hot Press 40-17, our U2 40th Anniversary Special direct from hotpress.com
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