Fanning the flames

Tune in to Dave Fanning on 2FM as he’s got the world exclusive premiere of U2’s new single, Electrical Storm, tonight between 7 and 8pm GMT. The “video single” was “especially flown in from L.A. this afternoon”.
(Link via youtwo.net)

Unfortunately, the real audio stream of this broadcast conked out (on purpose?) and net listeners were treated to a lot of dead air. However, a number of American and Canadian stations have been playing the single today:

U2 France caught the single version on WXRT Chicago Toronto. Downloadable from U2world.com. Lots of static on this one, kids. U2exit.com’s offering a cleaned up version.

U2wanderer.org is trying to keep track of the different mixes aired.

Note there’s a little change in the lyrics. Bono sings “we need the rain to wash away our bad luck” this time.

208 thoughts on “Fanning the flames

  1. Damn – the live stream of the Dave Fanning show just went dead…hope someone makes an mp3 out of it….

  2. Damn – the live stream of the Dave Fanning show just went dead…hope someone makes an mp3 out of it….

  3. Ummm, no this won’t stop bootleg copies as i assume the actual radio broadcast (which has higher quality than the 22kbs webfeed) is still going. I’m guessing overloaded servers, though it’s possible they don’t want lower quality bootlegs out there.

  4. Ummm, no this won’t stop bootleg copies as i assume the actual radio broadcast (which has higher quality than the 22kbs webfeed) is still going. I’m guessing overloaded servers, though it’s possible they don’t want lower quality bootlegs out there.

  5. What do you mean please stop listening? This is a radio broadcast. Not an illegal leak from the studio. The song was meant to be heard.

  6. What do you mean please stop listening? This is a radio broadcast. Not an illegal leak from the studio. The song was meant to be heard.

  7. Well I sure wish they’d let me know they were gonna block it out before I spent an hour listening to crap music before the static.

  8. Well I sure wish they’d let me know they were gonna block it out before I spent an hour listening to crap music before the static.

  9. why would they do this…TGBHF was aired on this exact show with no problems before it was officially released.

  10. why would they do this…TGBHF was aired on this exact show with no problems before it was officially released.

  11. I don’t understand, couldn’t people just tape it off the radio as well, I guess it’s easier to bootleg if its off the internet, but why play the song on the radio at all?

  12. I don’t understand, couldn’t people just tape it off the radio as well, I guess it’s easier to bootleg if its off the internet, but why play the song on the radio at all?

  13. Apparently, the Irish do not have tape recorders.
    All joking aside, surly some bright eyed and Internet saavy Irish U2 fan taped the song and will be posting it pronto. Right? RIGHT??

  14. Apparently, the Irish do not have tape recorders.
    All joking aside, surly some bright eyed and Internet saavy Irish U2 fan taped the song and will be posting it pronto. Right? RIGHT??

  15. dude, all that happened was that there were too many people listening, they didn’t have the bandwidth for the world’s U2 fans, its just a regular radio show, that happened to have the new U2 song, they probably just weren’t prepared for this many connections to it.

  16. dude, all that happened was that there were too many people listening, they didn’t have the bandwidth for the world’s U2 fans, its just a regular radio show, that happened to have the new U2 song, they probably just weren’t prepared for this many connections to it.

  17. It’s always been tough getting recordings from Ireland. A lot of people just can’t be bothered. ”s Only U2, like’

  18. It’s always been tough getting recordings from Ireland. A lot of people just can’t be bothered. ”s Only U2, like’

  19. Did anyone listen to the rest of the show? Jaysus, I remember when Fanning had the coolest show in Europe. Now he’s doing celeb gossip? What a way to go.

  20. Did anyone listen to the rest of the show? Jaysus, I remember when Fanning had the coolest show in Europe. Now he’s doing celeb gossip? What a way to go.

  21. I love the anticipation of a new U2 tune – the feeling is the same as it was 14 years ago…do we know if the ‘final’version is different to the ‘BBC’ version yet??

  22. I love the anticipation of a new U2 tune – the feeling is the same as it was 14 years ago…do we know if the ‘final’version is different to the ‘BBC’ version yet??

  23. aha. i thought i missed the song but called the studio anyway to tell them what i think of it (after all i’ve heard the demo countless times).

    this lady, upon hearing i called from amsterdam, asked me how i heard the song so in all innocence i referred to their live-stream. she did still ask my number but never called back. i see why. me liar me 🙂

  24. aha. i thought i missed the song but called the studio anyway to tell them what i think of it (after all i’ve heard the demo countless times).

    this lady, upon hearing i called from amsterdam, asked me how i heard the song so in all innocence i referred to their live-stream. she did still ask my number but never called back. i see why. me liar me 🙂

  25. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  26. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  27. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  28. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  29. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  30. Edge 102 in toronto is playing it right this second, I swear to god. More Polished and more rock guitar.

  31. Sigh. Do any of you know how to tape a song from the radio and upload it to the internet? Anyone? Ok, that’s my cheeky comment for the day.

  32. Sigh. Do any of you know how to tape a song from the radio and upload it to the internet? Anyone? Ok, that’s my cheeky comment for the day.

  33. ok superyo, you saying that over and over again won’t make it the mp3 come quicker, all the webhosts know how badly the fans want to hear it, so instead of using up bandwidth how about saying something worthwhile about our boys?

  34. ok superyo, you saying that over and over again won’t make it the mp3 come quicker, all the webhosts know how badly the fans want to hear it, so instead of using up bandwidth how about saying something worthwhile about our boys?

  35. bein’ in wichita, ks right now sucks! local radio doesnt have the song yet oh well, have to wait to listen to the zone or q101 when i get to chicago

  36. bein’ in wichita, ks right now sucks! local radio doesnt have the song yet oh well, have to wait to listen to the zone or q101 when i get to chicago

  37. did anybody in toronto tape it. i listened to it but the sound was a bit poor over the net. Can’t wait to have a clear mp3!

  38. did anybody in toronto tape it. i listened to it but the sound was a bit poor over the net. Can’t wait to have a clear mp3!

  39. Just heard it on the Toronto feed…and I like the DEMO version better! (g) I want glockenspiels and fat lady voices loud and clear. 🙂

  40. Just heard it on the Toronto feed…and I like the DEMO version better! (g) I want glockenspiels and fat lady voices loud and clear. 🙂

  41. i miss the guitar riff from edge. it was my favourite part of the song, i can’t really understand how they could just take it out! gah!

  42. i miss the guitar riff from edge. it was my favourite part of the song, i can’t really understand how they could just take it out! gah!

  43. Just heard the new version on the radio in New York City. Yep…I totally agree about the guitar riff under Bono’s vocals for “if the sky can crack…” – it’s just chords now – uggh! It’s just different, I guess. I still like the song, and always thrilled to hear U2 on the radio drowning out all the other garbage.

  44. Just heard the new version on the radio in New York City. Yep…I totally agree about the guitar riff under Bono’s vocals for “if the sky can crack…” – it’s just chords now – uggh! It’s just different, I guess. I still like the song, and always thrilled to hear U2 on the radio drowning out all the other garbage.

  45. Elecrtrical Storm was played last night on Sydney radio…did anyone hear it, was it different to the Radio 1 version, or the same?

  46. Elecrtrical Storm was played last night on Sydney radio…did anyone hear it, was it different to the Radio 1 version, or the same?

  47. D@#$ this song rocks!!!!! Some of the transitions were nicer on the “soft” version, but this version feels more cohesive, the solo makes sense, and it just plain rocks. Perhaps not U2’s finest song, but this will be AWESOME live.

    Alternate link: http://www.u2world.com/links/

  48. D@#$ this song rocks!!!!! Some of the transitions were nicer on the “soft” version, but this version feels more cohesive, the solo makes sense, and it just plain rocks. Perhaps not U2’s finest song, but this will be AWESOME live.

    Alternate link: http://www.u2world.com/links/

  49. All that talking at the start says this is NOT the version that will be on the album. Did I hear that right?

  50. All that talking at the start says this is NOT the version that will be on the album. Did I hear that right?

  51. Check out in Kazaa, there’s the full version and some remixes. Ripped from the CD (at least they say so)

  52. Check out in Kazaa, there’s the full version and some remixes. Ripped from the CD (at least they say so)

  53. Well after missing the online 2FM playing (because of streaming problems) I jumped into my car this evening and guest what was just starting on the radio…Yes, ES. Wahoo. It sounds so much better in my car!!

  54. Well after missing the online 2FM playing (because of streaming problems) I jumped into my car this evening and guest what was just starting on the radio…Yes, ES. Wahoo. It sounds so much better in my car!!

  55. I don’t know. Maybe I’m used to the BBC version (already !?!) but I really miss the riff over “you’re in my mind…”. It gave the song a sense of urgency. That part gave me goosebumps. The song looses something without it.

  56. I don’t know. Maybe I’m used to the BBC version (already !?!) but I really miss the riff over “you’re in my mind…”. It gave the song a sense of urgency. That part gave me goosebumps. The song looses something without it.

  57. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  58. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  59. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  60. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  61. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  62. Ok, on kazaa all i can find is a version that repeats “electrical storm” over and over again and the bbc version, where did u see remixes?

  63. damn, sorry it gave me an error message so i thought it didnt go through, so i reloaded once, whoopsie daisie, must be the electrical storm going on over my house, ok that was bad, but hey there is a storm here!

  64. damn, sorry it gave me an error message so i thought it didnt go through, so i reloaded once, whoopsie daisie, must be the electrical storm going on over my house, ok that was bad, but hey there is a storm here!

  65. of course there is no pleasing me, now i’m dying to here the orbit mix that is on the album, since i guess this is the video mix,

  66. of course there is no pleasing me, now i’m dying to here the orbit mix that is on the album, since i guess this is the video mix,

  67. On newmedia theres a file called Electrical Storm(Album Version – from Webstream) and I think this is the version that everybody seemed to have missed. From what i can tell it has a different intro but the rest is pretty similar to the video mix which everyone has heard. Can anyone back me up here?

  68. On newmedia theres a file called Electrical Storm(Album Version – from Webstream) and I think this is the version that everybody seemed to have missed. From what i can tell it has a different intro but the rest is pretty similar to the video mix which everyone has heard. Can anyone back me up here?

  69. just talked to a friend of mine who isnt really a u2 fan, and he said he loves the new track, he heard it on the radio

  70. just talked to a friend of mine who isnt really a u2 fan, and he said he loves the new track, he heard it on the radio

  71. CORRECTION: It was atu2.com, they have a link to another mp3 from a chicago radio station, but it is not the william orbit mix, the dj mentions a orbit mix, but the one they have is not it, but it is different from the bbc.

  72. CORRECTION: It was atu2.com, they have a link to another mp3 from a chicago radio station, but it is not the william orbit mix, the dj mentions a orbit mix, but the one they have is not it, but it is different from the bbc.

  73. pop, I can back you up on there being two different mixes (NOT including the BBC one), I have heard both of them today, and there are subtle but very distinct differences.

  74. pop, I can back you up on there being two different mixes (NOT including the BBC one), I have heard both of them today, and there are subtle but very distinct differences.

  75. yeah… i downloaded the version from u2france.com (orbit mix) and on my media player it says it is from the radio station WXRT, which I know is a chicago radio station because i live here. Love the song, though, no matter what version i hear.

  76. yeah… i downloaded the version from u2france.com (orbit mix) and on my media player it says it is from the radio station WXRT, which I know is a chicago radio station because i live here. Love the song, though, no matter what version i hear.

  77. Y’all won’t believe this but there is a THIRD mix (non-BBC) of ES…K-ROCK in NYC just played it right now…this one is quite different from the other two…this one is a more acoustic/synth version. Haven’t seen an MP3 of this one anywhere yet.

  78. Y’all won’t believe this but there is a THIRD mix (non-BBC) of ES…K-ROCK in NYC just played it right now…this one is quite different from the other two…this one is a more acoustic/synth version. Haven’t seen an MP3 of this one anywhere yet.

  79. WBCN in Boston played a version today that was different than all the version’s I’ve heard so far…. But still its a very cool song very ‘Elevating’ if you will….. GOD BLESS fans GOD BLESS and hey POP is always cool…………

  80. WBCN in Boston played a version today that was different than all the version’s I’ve heard so far…. But still its a very cool song very ‘Elevating’ if you will….. GOD BLESS fans GOD BLESS and hey POP is always cool…………

  81. ok, i’ve asked about this a few times, but still not clear, the dj on the wxrt said that the william orbit mix will be on the album, then who did all the other ones? was it lanois? i thought he ewas workingo n his own stuff now, but he was quoted earlier on saying that “U2 wanted to pepper the new best of with a few new tracks” hmmm..

  82. ok, i’ve asked about this a few times, but still not clear, the dj on the wxrt said that the william orbit mix will be on the album, then who did all the other ones? was it lanois? i thought he ewas workingo n his own stuff now, but he was quoted earlier on saying that “U2 wanted to pepper the new best of with a few new tracks” hmmm..

  83. hmmm. the beginning of the album version (the one in new media) sounds really cool. also much the way fans described the song, when heard at the video shoot. maybe the guys had the album version mixed before anyway, and where only working on the right single mix the last couple of days!?

  84. hmmm. the beginning of the album version (the one in new media) sounds really cool. also much the way fans described the song, when heard at the video shoot. maybe the guys had the album version mixed before anyway, and where only working on the right single mix the last couple of days!?

  85. umaar, i’m pretty sure william orbit produced all the final versions of the song.. they probably just let him run wild with one and called it the william orb it mix.

    like the howie b mix of discotheque… the original was still produced by him

  86. umaar, i’m pretty sure william orbit produced all the final versions of the song.. they probably just let him run wild with one and called it the william orb it mix.

    like the howie b mix of discotheque… the original was still produced by him

  87. Found the album version. Nice. There are some slight other lyrical differences. On the single/radio version it is “if the sky…” then “but if the sky…” then “well if the sky…” on the orbit/album version it is “if the sky…” then “well if the sky…” twice. Thx for the link 🙂

  88. Found the album version. Nice. There are some slight other lyrical differences. On the single/radio version it is “if the sky…” then “but if the sky…” then “well if the sky…” on the orbit/album version it is “if the sky…” then “well if the sky…” twice. Thx for the link 🙂

  89. mmm, I don’t know what to think of this.
    The first impression of this version is very good. It sounds much more finished.

    But I really miss some of Edge’s riffs and the solo starts real boring once you know what was once there in the demo version.
    But what I really, really like, is that for once they didn’t mix down the drums and bass. Usually, on the demo versions you can hear them better than on the mixed versions, but in this case it’s really great to hear the instruments. Gives a more rocking sound to it.
    🙂 Great job once again!

  90. mmm, I don’t know what to think of this.
    The first impression of this version is very good. It sounds much more finished.

    But I really miss some of Edge’s riffs and the solo starts real boring once you know what was once there in the demo version.
    But what I really, really like, is that for once they didn’t mix down the drums and bass. Usually, on the demo versions you can hear them better than on the mixed versions, but in this case it’s really great to hear the instruments. Gives a more rocking sound to it.
    🙂 Great job once again!

  91. PopArtist, if you find an mp3 of this THIRD (non-BBC) mix of the song please notify us where we can download it. It all seems too confusing at the moment which version is which!

  92. PopArtist, if you find an mp3 of this THIRD (non-BBC) mix of the song please notify us where we can download it. It all seems too confusing at the moment which version is which!

  93. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put Edge’s riffs from the BBC-radio 1 version back in again!! Boy, do I miss those in this second version!

  94. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put Edge’s riffs from the BBC-radio 1 version back in again!! Boy, do I miss those in this second version!

  95. I just hope everyone who originally knocked the bbc version are going to swallow their tongues and think before they diss a U2 song. I knew it would rock, and it certainly does.

  96. I just hope everyone who originally knocked the bbc version are going to swallow their tongues and think before they diss a U2 song. I knew it would rock, and it certainly does.

  97. Sweet. Guitar riffs are a little dumbed down – but maybe Edge will spice it up on stage. Can’t wait to hear this one live. This one has Bono swoon written all over it.

  98. Sweet. Guitar riffs are a little dumbed down – but maybe Edge will spice it up on stage. Can’t wait to hear this one live. This one has Bono swoon written all over it.

  99. That’s just it. I knocked the demo version because I didn’t like it. I do like this latest version, however. It’s much better.

  100. That’s just it. I knocked the demo version because I didn’t like it. I do like this latest version, however. It’s much better.

  101. I think the new song is quite good. Intense, the bridge through the outro reminds me of the end of “Gone.”

  102. I think the new song is quite good. Intense, the bridge through the outro reminds me of the end of “Gone.”

  103. It cannot and does not suck…It’s U2! I see Edge playing this one live with his Goldtop Les Paul…same guitar as UTEOFTW. I can picture it now!! It’s definitely not a Strat song…lol.

  104. It cannot and does not suck…It’s U2! I see Edge playing this one live with his Goldtop Les Paul…same guitar as UTEOFTW. I can picture it now!! It’s definitely not a Strat song…lol.

  105. The new song is beautiful and has great meaning to it. The video is beautiful. They have great music and songs. They are legends keep up the great music U2.

  106. The new song is beautiful and has great meaning to it. The video is beautiful. They have great music and songs. They are legends keep up the great music U2.

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