Woooao! Punks Not Dead! I have Vertigo. Again. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…
I love the way the track starts with what would seem to be the effect of some large – planet distroying furry… I have a different opinion on lyrics which are fantastic – and for once not drowned by Edge…
I must admit that I’m inclined to like anything U2 produces, but this song really rocks–its got a fresh sound. I grew up on Boy/October/War, so it’s good to have Lillywhite around again. All I can think about is how this song will sound live. Look forward to this album.
Also to our one in a million…
Remember the lyrics come second with our band…the song starts with a melody, then creation of the ‘tune’ then the polished melody with lyrics.
October the trees are stripped bare of all they wear. It starts with a stripped song, just Edge on the keys…then Bono added the very simplistic poem to melodically guide you through it. eer a little deep, but you get the point. This is suppoed to be a raw stripped punk rock tune and it is.
Therefore some stripped but certainly Bono ‘esque lyrics.
I agree about the Fly being a great choice.
I would have launched Walk On first for ATYCLB, Streets for JT, and Please for POp..Once again IMHO…Nite all~
I like, I like.
Also, a bandwidth friendlier version of Vertigo is available at http://U2exit.com
Now it’s time to find the portable MP3 player!
Someone (before MT went crazzzy) made a very intelligible link between Lady With The Spinning Head and the edge solos in Vertigo- whaddya think? And Bono getting mad at QVC? All of This Can Be Yours… and it will be; When’s this on sale!? callumalden.tk for lyrics (blog comments).
George who? sorry I’m from the UK – never hear of ‘im.
what are you so mad about…they did give you a link to the mp3…who really cares what you have, oops, I mean HAD to say. We’ve got new U2, the world is in complete harmony once again.
a hint: spamming in capslock is not going to help your cause. since this is a private site, they can do whatever they want to your comments without legal intervention or protections (and this is in line with your credo no?).
For the third time, another transcription is up here: http://www.u2wanderer.org/disco/lyrics.php?id=601 thx to the spanish speakers who posted before!
What are you so mad about? At lease they gave us the link the mp3! Besides, who really care what you have to say…oh wait, what you HAD to say…We’ve got new U2 material…the world is in perfect harmony once again thanks to Bono and Co.
(again) Lady With The Spinning head? Edge does have an amazing memory for sounds that work; I think the original post-ee said- Kite and …Side of the river (was that even a B-Side?). Anymore?
First of all, stop the GWB propaganda…take it somewhere else…let’s talk U2 here!
Second, WOW! I’m just completely in love with this song. I’m big in electronica right now but this song gives me hope on rock again. The music is so powerful and there’s anger and passion in this song. Looking very much forward to this album. Remember me when U2 picks up a grammy for this song.
What are you guys so mad about? At least they gave us the mp3 link! Besides, who really cares what you have to say…oh wait, what you HAD to say?
Regardless, we have new U2 material…the world is at perfect harmony once again thanks to Bono & Co.
God bless you webmaster.
Please ignore any trolls entirely, guys. We’re on it. And we apologize again for the database screwup earlier, which was actually unrelated to the trolling…
1,2,3,4 … very Ramones’esque with a splash of BOY(s)playing in OCTOBER about a WAR in BONO’s head… I’m at a place called Vertigo (That’s right!)
The ATOMIC BOMB has gone off!!!
Yeah reminds me of their Beat On The Brat cover in parts
Anyone else notice the awesome drum beat by Mr. Hitman aka Larry Mullen Jr?
It’s decent but…..I really didn’t like the “uno, dos, tres…” bit at the beginning and the “yeah yeah yeah” at the end. These parts are very very Ramones’esque, as the previous poster stated. But I think it’s Ramones’esque in a cheesy bad way. In fact the whole song has a bit too much of a Ramones’esque feel. I was really hoping this song would sound more goth-rock like Depeche Mode (eg The Fly, Love is Blindness,Dirty Day) than punk-rock like The Ramones. Anyone agree with me?
I thought the first word in the countdown was “un” which is closer to the portuguese “um” than the spanish “uno” and might make the rest portuguese. but I also suck at hearing lyrics right.
Larry has indeed really stepped it up – but this is a really live track isn’t it? I mean it has taken U2 out of the armchair, and is skipping around in the way Elevation didn’t take to max. Is this pure response to the “The” bands of 2002-> or is this going to be real progress… time will tell.
sounds like “unos”…different latin countries use different slang and accents.
wicked song, rock on the album and the tour.
anybody think that the verses sound alot like pardon me by that great irish artist mundy from his album jelly legs?
Who cares if its Ramonesque. That’s like saying the Beatles were “Chuck Berry” esque in some of their songs and blaming them for it. U2 is U2. Musically, artistically, the Ramones are not even close to U2’s level.
In any case, the edge’s guitar tone is way better, bono sings 100x better, the bass line is great, moving. It has a frickin guitar solo. I don’t see what’s so Ramones-esque about this anyway. Sounds more like the who to me.
IT’S GREAT!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!
the riff is fairly ramones, but not played as fast/loud and the song goes on about 6 times longer than a ramones song 🙂
Anybody else feel like it’s Christmas Day – you’ve been guessing all year, last night your mind was spinning -now you’re out of control… Any ideas where Bono is going with this? Album of a similar tone- sky of ink and gold – i think that’s a Rushdie phrase… Ideas?
Edge’s guitar, the bass line, the drum beat, and Bono’s voice are so f****n’ incredible. Very very fresh. You can definitly hear influences from Boy, October, War (LPs Uno, Dos, Tres : ) and from the Achtung Baby outakes. Lately, Bono’s lyrics have, at times, been be a bit cheesy (Electrical Storm’s “The air is heavy, heavy as a truck” – don’t get me wrong, I still love the song) … In Vertigo, the “cheesy” line would have to be “Just give me what I want And no one gets hurt”. Am I the only one thinking that?
I have to say that it was worth the wait!! Can’t wait for the album in november…happy birthday to me!!!!!
i just came….
I can feel Adam’s bass again! Hooray!
Quite simply the best U2 1st single in years (Yes Including BD). This is U2 at its Best Bad Ass and ready to bring Rock back where it belongs..
Also I think the Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce, Pays homage to I will follow with 1, 2, 3, 4, opening.Its a new Begining of 4 old boys.
Love the song its great! very raw and very rock! Reminds me of the old U2 back in War and Boy..I just hope it does well in the mainstream knowing the current teeny bopper audience there…Not sure about that! But the song rocks!
these guys are at the top of their game.
so frigging goooood.
I’ve waited all my life for this. Edge has said it, Turn it up loud, CAPTAIN!” U2 can retire now. This song is very POPish, it has that live pop feel, BTBS roy l artwork. colours lots of colours here. The lyrics are catchy. A good track, not a beautiiful day, but an elevation, you need tracks like these. It reminds me a little of billy boola.
“WE’RE MAKING THE MUSIC NOW THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO” THANK YOU U2 THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED….STRAIGHT FORWARD ROCK And freakin roll..with the u2 twist
Sweet Holy Rock!
Yeah it has a “funkiness” that was really lacking on ATYCLB. A little swing and sway with a straw and lemonade is back… how edge synocpates his guitar swipes on the verses, leaving the rhythm a little lurching. In that sense it reminds me of Billy Boola, Big Girls are Best, etc. The Ramones and early U2 tribute feel to it doesn’t dilute the song, there is still a LOT going on in the layers of sound. It isn’t just a “wow that’s a nice song, but once you’ve listened to it a few times it isn’t that interesting anymore” type of feel.
Considering this is their “we’re back on the radio after a few years” single I’m really impressed, the rest of the album should be even more interesting. I feel like they’ve gotten a bit of the swagger they lost after POP.
a b-side at the best, and a crap one at that. Always is far better
Gar Gar Gar….THIS SONG ROCKS..Do not insult U2!
VERTIGO SOUNDS GREAT!!!!!
Gar…it’s too good for a B side. Listen and learn…that’s a garage band at the top of their game!
I love Bono’s voice, Edge’s guitar,the lyrics!
As Bono Once Said..
If we lose the pop kids well we never needed them anyway..
This Song is U2…True U2…
i think that vertigo is the sound of four men in their early 40’s playing the music we all heard in our heads when we were 16.
Edge has got his cojones out for this one, and a very big pair he has too. I say this in the very best way! And this isn’t even the best track on the album! The lyrics are nowhere near as cheesy as Elevation. Excellent first single choice, kickin’ ass and taking names later. I have no worries about the new album. Me like a lot!
Gar, WAKE UP!
All evening listening to Vertigo with headphones…over 50 times and sounding better and better and better!
The 4 years wait was worth it!!!!
is anyone else loving the feeling of hearing a U2 song and NOT being able to sing alone word for word?
It is like a great football player.Do they ever let you down at their peak.
I don’t think we expected anything else from the greatest rock band of the last 5 decades.
Take a bow boys.Once again you have delivered.
Is it a state of the times that early to mid 40 types are producing the best music or are we witnessing music perfection.
Me thinks a bit of both.
is anyone else loving the feeling of hearing a U2 song and NOT being able to sing along word for word?
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!
Can’t wait for the album now!!
GREAT ASS KICKING SONG!!!
As much as us die hard fans love some the less accessible stuff….U2 wants to stay relevant…this is what they need…I never heard this much talk on the radio about U2 when BD was released….this song is going to be huge! turn it loud captain!! ha ha …you gotta have a set of balls to start the song out like that….They’re BACK!!
I totally agree with Cyril, It’s even more powerful than ‘Elevation’ or ‘The Fly’ in my opinion. Bono said they have made an album ‘in wich every song matters’. If they did, we can expect a lot from this album.
Yeah James, it doesn’t bore me after hearing it over 30 times now:O)))
Hello hello!!! Hola!
FUCKING GREAT SONG!
I’ve had influenza all week, been feverishly speaking in tongues. I crawled out of bed this morning, still feeling like crap … and found Vertigo. After listening to it again and again and again … I still feel like crap, but f*ckin wow is this song good! Vertigo feels great. 🙂
Reminds me of The Who, if they’d recorded Boy, War and October.
Now that you mention it James, Yes!
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
when i heard this song, this is what popped into my head:
the greatest garage band, ever.
if that thought gets you excited, then you probably like the song; and if that makes you roll your eyes, then you’ve probably got something negative to say about it. because that’s what this song sounds like.
“the sound of four men in their early 40’s playing the music we all heard in our heads when we were 16”
that’s a terrific comment — i think that describes it exactly.
i love this song because it repudiates the mediocrity of a lot of current music, which is what u2 always do at their best. and ’cause it rocks your sorry ass.
2 words: HOLY SHIT…..
wow, this is really really good ROCK music..
Great song for opening a concert:O))
Hola! Swinging to the Music!!!
I must have the album NOW!!
This is supposed to be their best stuff? Come on people you all know this is not even close to being their best stuff.
The lyrics are not poetic and the music is nothing special compared to what they have done in the past.
I only hope the rest of the album is better than this
it seems like bono is referencing vertigo as some sort of South American night club with a band playing and a girl dancing (with jesus around her neck) in the background.
“the night is full of holes” bit seems
like the backdrop of a stage with all its glitz and bono “asking for the cheque” gives me even more of an impression that he’s like some tourist stuck in this night club that he wants to get out of.
of course, it has some greater subtext to it…any thoughts?
kellykinsel the holy then thou days are over..
U2 is Rockin..
I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN
ONLY HARDER THEN I HAVE EVER FALLEN BEFORE.
Vertigo is amazing. I can’t wait till Nov. Happy Birthday to me from U2
Every single element is at its finest! Bono’s voice is amazing, Edge’s guitar is dirty, Larry’s drums are hard-hitting, and Adam is playing his best yet! This is a single that does no wrong from beginning to end! These guys are on a roll that I hope never stops! Plus I live in California, so I got this song a day early!
I love it! Just what I’ve been wanting from U2 for years, this song ROCKS, and at the same time it’s very U2. Less production, almost live in the studio feel, I hope the whole album was recorded like this. It’s a hit right out of the box, but maybe too rockin’ to be as “everywhere” as Beautiful Day.
Parts remind me of other songs I’ve seen mentioned, just want to add “Where Did it All Go Wrong” to that list.
Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce? Is this album #14? Are they restarting from “War”? Is this the Anti-Unforgettable Fire? What if U2 had gone more punk and less asthetic after “War”?
The lyrics are reminiscent of “Discotheque” but the music has a a “Boy” – “POPMart” live mix.
I’m as big a U2 fan as anyone on earth, but I think some of the people here are going WAY overboard with their praise of Vertigo. I can only hope that, like Discotheque (the worst U2 song ever) and Elevation (the worst song on ATYCLB) this single is simple part of their pattern of releasing the worst songs on the albums as the first or second singles.
Vertigo sounds like an Achtung Baby b-side at best. The music is actually pretty good, but the lyrics are among the worst Bono has ever penned. Like Elevation it has lots of “whoo hoos” and “yeah yeahs” but nothing of any real lyrical depth or substance, along with banal rhyme schemes like “hello, vertigo”. I’ve seen reports quoting longtime U2 insiders who have heard the album saying that its full of big ideas and is perhaps the best thing they’ve ever done. But, if the rest of the album is like Vertigo, it will certainly fail to live up to that kind of hype.
Of the three new songs U2 has released since ATYCLB – Electrical Storm, The Hands That Built America, and Vertigo – the latter is easily the worst of the three. I loved the other two and hoped they were indicative of where the band were going with the new album. I can only hope they have, and that Vertigo is an anomaly.
Besides, they’re 44 now, not 20. Trying to recapture the U2 of Boy, October, and War at this stage of their career is a self-defeating propostion, and they will only end up looking silly if they try to pretend they’re still young garage-band punk-boys rather than 40-something men.
Thank you MISTER Lillywhite!
The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town…….
I have been at work all day and night and I haven’t heard this song yet, but, in an interview one of the band members said this was a fun song…..so take it for what it is…..a fun song…….like “Big Girls are Best”….I will have to hear it later but as you know from our boys…..One song doesn’t define any one of their albums…..we will just have to wait until the 23rd of Nov.
in response to EmitFlesti:
i think it’s perfectly fine that you don’t like ‘vertigo’, but i think the reasons that you give are pretty weak.
just because a song has lots of ‘whoo hoos’ and ‘yeah yeahs’ doesn’t mean that it lacks lyrical depth or substance. look at ‘with or without you’, a song that many of us would point to as the greatest u2 song. the climax of that song — the most deeply felt moment — consists of bono singing nothing more than ‘oh oh oh oh’. Or look at ‘wild horses’, with it’s ‘hey hey sha la la’. does that make it shallow and insubstantial? of course not.
secondly, i think few people would agree that ‘vertigo’ is weaker than ‘electrical storm’ and ‘hands that built america’. i think even a casual listener could discern that ‘vertigo’ is a class above ‘electrical storm’ at the very least.
thirdly, i think it’s pretty clear that ‘discotheque’ isn’t the worst u2 song ever. it’s obvious that you have issues with the song, but let’s get real. there are many more mediocre u2 songs than ‘discotheque’. i don’t think you’d find too many real u2 fans who’d argue that ‘elevation’ is worse than, say, ‘new york’, either. so once again, your taste is your own, but recognize that you’re probably in the minority on this one.
lastly, do you really think u2 are ‘looking silly if they try to pretend they’re still young garage-band punk-boys rather than 40-something men’? i mean, do you want them to become like sting or something? please.
(sorry, sting fans! he’s great in his own way, really!)
Was driving in the car when I heard it today. Sunshine, white light white heat.
Sounds like the boys are chanelling the early days. I thought…hmmm…Ramones, The Dead Boys, Stiff Little Fingers, power pop punk, LOVED IT!
Oh my god, what an incredible first single! Easily one of U2’s greatest songs. The guitar riff that goes solo at the 1:56 mark is the sound of Edge at the top of his game. I love the imagery, like being drunk at a Rio de Janeiro night club (wants the cheque… swinging to the music… girl with crimson nails… Ola!), and the familiar U2 theme of salvation through intoxication. And all four band members sound as good as they ever have: Edge is of course ALL over the track, Bono’s voice is in full form, loud and defiant, Adam’s bassline is probably one of his best ever, and Larry plays in perfect time. A+
In my opinion Vertigo is not a throw back, but a pitch forward. It’s more like a retro-new car (like a Cooper Mini). It has the essence of the old style, with all the mechanics of today. Punk? It’s better than that. These guys continue to experiment and evolve their sound with every album.
Is this the actual single or is it the live-in-the-studio b-side? It sounds different from the mix I’ve heard, it’s got a more “live” sound.
As for the person who said it’s worse than Elevation … lighten up! That’s a matter of taste. I LOVE Elevation.
It’s all a matter of opinion, personal taste, folks. Nobody can authoritatively say Vertigo is crap or their worst song or their best song. So let’s all agree to disagree and get on with our lives. Amen.
Amazing the song. I like this new U2 style. It makes me remember the Clash or the Ramones, with the essemce, of course, of Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam.
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Does anybody hear “Stories for Boys” in Edge’s main riff?.
That middle eight is TOATLLY “Boy” – when Bono whispers “All of this…”
The harmonics and the choir boy youthful “oohh” ‘s
…Again very similair to” Stories”
Might this is the hardest driving, fastest, most straight forward rock-n-roll song thet’ve ever released.
Whenever I have fallen in love with U2’s first single I always have unconditional love, however, for month’s after the release of the actual album I usually skip past the single to explore the whole album.
With Vertigo, I was greeted with a fresh new sound. A sound that had me punching in every radio station on my drive home in anticipation of hearing at least a part of it again.
Something tells me when the album comes out I will not skip past what will by then be overplayed in my earspace.
I will always let U2 take me wherever they please.
This is just AWESOME!!…Bono should consider the (music)world saved…
The version from u2exit sounds a bit too imbalanced to be the “radio ” single”. It’s great. but Bono’s vocals are very hard to hear and the guitar overpowers everything.
…at leasts on my computer
I’m can’t type i’m so exciteda a;lssdnlflaskdn ??
This lyric is beautiful:
And though your soul
It can’t be bought
Your mind can wander
Ender…this real U2 fan thinks that Elevation is worse than New York. I do know I’m in the minority though. But, we digress. Let’s RAWK to Vertigo, the here and now which I definitely place above Elevation. 😉
PEOPLE!!!! PLEASE DO THIS:
Play “Stories For Boys” off Boy and listen to Edge’s opening (and main) guitar riff (starts at 0:11 in the song).
The temp of the song is way more laid back than Verigo, but the guitar riff SOOOOOO SOOOOOO Similair.
…Then listen to “Stories” later break (starting at 1:35 through to 1:59) with Edge’s high harmonics and the choir boy “oohhss”
This song is “Stories for Boys” + Elevation (for fun) + Wire (for speed & aggression).
…Great stuff. I’m diggin it.
I think it’s a nice song in the same vein as electrical storm. I wouldn’t consider it a great u2 song. Elevation wasn’t the best song on the last album, I hope vertigo isn’t the best on this album.
No I don’t want them to become like Sting! God no! With very, very few exceptions, Sting has been utter crap post-Police. But, recognizing that you’re 44 and not 20 doesn’t mean you have to be boring, al la Sting. Look at Nick Cave, for example – the best songwriter around, bar none! He’s 47 now and his recent stuff his far different sonicaly and lyrically than his Birthday Party or early Bad Seeds stuff, but he’s better than ever, and certainly not boring. The new double album, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, is fantastic.
I’m surprized you think Vertigo is better than Electrical Storm and The Hands That Built America, both of which I thought were more mature lyrically, the latter also being quite poignant with its oblique 9-11 reference about NYC (“It’s early fall…there’s a cloud on the New York skyline”) in the final verse, which manages to say more – and do it more movingly – in a few short lines, than someone like Springtsteen with the more direct and bombastic “9-11 songs” on The Rising.
I’d be interested in knowing what others think is the worst U2 song ever, though. I honestly can’t think of one I dislike more than Discotheque, though Miami is close. (Absent those two, Pop was a brilliant album, I thought).
As for Elevation (the only song on ATYCLB that I don’t like), I do like Vertigo better, so I hope this does bode well for the album, as a whole. I just think some of the Vertigo praise has been very over the top. A good song, but not the best ever by a long shot (contrary to what many above seem to think).
I’ve been a fan for a while. I could not wait for ATYCLB to come out and it was totally worth the wait.
The reason I’ve always loved U2 is because they are always changing. This raw rock sound is a band really having fun and I think it’s evident. So with that said I can’t wait to see what else is going to explode on to the scene.
By the way…down here in Texas…Vertigo kicking my ass(and I love it)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
wow…I know this is U2’s first track in a while, but COME ON PEOPLE…the music is good, dont get me wrong, but Bono’s lyrics, and voice for that matter, is just aweful. I hope the spanish crap is only on this version and there’s a non-spanish crap version. “All this, all of this can be yours, Just give me what I want, And no one gets hurt’…wow…if those aren’t bono’s WORST lines ever, i don’t know what is…oh wait, there was that “heavy as a truck” bit with Electrical Storm…glad to hear the other three are better than they’ve sounded in years, now if only they can vote Bono off the island…and this is coming from a 20 year U2 fanatic.
Naysayers look at it this way.
Telling someone the song is shit right now is like telling someone who hasn’t been laid in 4 year the F they just had wasn’t very good. Let time sort it out.
I think the song is fun. Not everything can be One, Gone, or Bad. Take it for what it is: A band who’s been together for 25 years sounding real fresh and excited. And a recording that has minimal overdubs, and a great grove. There’s a song about God on the album to feed you soul.
Well Said Scott..
Just enjoy the song for waht it is and what it is ment to be.. A good,music driven adventure..
Im sure the boys will have something for everyone..They always do, that’s why they are the best..
Vertigo is fun. and it sounds like a U2 song.
…Just accept it.
Aren’t we glad there is a new fun U2 song around?
I’ve just to it once, and I have to say…
1) Awesome guitar tone.
2) Bono’s voice sounds really strong, but is also reminiscent of a few other U2 eras. I hear late 80’s Bono in the quiet bridge section ala Walk On The Water.
3) U2 has the strongest rhythm section in rock music today…or whatevers left of rock music anyway.
4) Has War era bombasticity…with a few upgrades.
Pressed send before I was finished.
Peace and love or else.
KROQ IS PLAYING IT EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR. I’M SO HAPPY! THEY JUST PLAYED PLAYED VERTIGO AND I WILL FOLLOW BACK TO BACK–U2 FULL CIRCLE! WE’RE TAKING BACK THE RADIO WAVES! WHEREEVER YOU ARE, CALL AND E-MAIL YOU STATION AND MAKE A LOT OF NOISE SO WE CAN PUSH THE BOYS TO THE TOP OF THE RADIO CHARTS! WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW THIS IS THE KIND OF MUSIC WE WANT TO HEAR!
VERTIGO IS THE U2 WE’VE BEEN HOPING WOULD COME BACK!!!!!!!
LORD HAVE MERCY!
Fresh, exciting, not what I expected. I’m pleasantly surprised and now, more than ever, looking forward to the new CD. These guys are absolutely brilliant at their game.
I actually agree with emitflesti. Vertigo is not a very solid song, compared to other songs like Electrical Storm and Hands. It reminds me very much of Big Girls are Best, which was also very cheesy and would never be on an actual U2 album.
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion but… the doubters would be foolish to think that the rest of HTDAAB is going to sound like Vertigo. Vertigo is a first single. A catchy tune which will bleed all over the airwaves. Bono has been hobknobbing with politicos for years and the band has been patient long enough. They’re obviously going to pen some songs which sound like Vertigo. If they didn’t, I’d be worried. Vertigo is great and kicks the shit out of most crap on the radio today. Yes, its not entirely original but thats the point. U2 is saying “Relax, we’re just gonna jam out a bit… we’re gonna show the rest of ya’ll how its done”. The rest of the album, will I’m sure, be complex yet guitar driven. Not to mention that if you don’t like the sound of U2 kickin’ out a few, then go and buy yourself a Evanessence album or something of similar sort.
And for the record: Bono isn’t counting in Portuguese or some kind of weird Spanish slang…
Its “Uno, dos, tres, catorce!” (One, two, three, fourteen! for those who don’t know rudimentary Spanish).
its very nice to be excited, but calling it one of the best songs ever on the first day you’ve heard it is, no matter how you look at it, jumping the gun. to me, this song is entirely a derivative of older U2 and non-U2 material, and the lyrics are crap as i have no idea what hes talking about. i was hoping for a great album from a band i used to love, but this is total sell-out stuff. whatever attempt at depth they have made is pure artifice. the only fun i have with it is the “fee-ee-eeel” (which i know ive heard before but can’t remember where), the rest of the song has been done much better before- by U2. the last good U2 album in my opinion was million dollar hotel, this is just continuation of the crap that was ATYCLB – albums whose primary objective is to sell. the rest of the album better step up, especially with a title like that. i mean c’mon people – this song would NEVER have made it onto achtung baby or war or boy or joshua tree or…..
It wasn’t intended for those albums, and wasn’t even written then. I forsee it growing on people…much like most U2 songs. They change a lot, and people hold tightly to their idea of what U2 is. People are often resistant to change, but that’s okay.
This song is very Bono. Put the showman out front. Back him with guitars, bass and drums. Let the ego loose. This is U2 defining its own sound… band of the 80’s, 90’s, whatever. This song is unrestrained. Turn the volume up.
Am I the only one to think the yeah, yeah, yeahs are really cool?
As said before the crash, this is a different version than the one tapes by those Spanish guys, it’s a live take, which explains why the “Vinyl-record effect” (see interference.com interview) is missing in the middle.
This songs is so full of energy and it just plain rocks..Now Kimmy look at me, look at meeee! This song will be Huge Kimmmee.. Hello Hello!!
i just listened to it last night on rte 2 fm (which we pickup here in wales!)
with my 1 week old newborn son in my arms,we BOTH liked it……….A LOT!
This is U2’s best song of the 00’s so far. I have never felt so uplifted after listening to a song for a very long time!
Hey, this is what i wanted ATYCLB to sound like! Fresh and cool. And hey, some of you guys shouldnt take it all so seriously, like a great song once said: “its just rocknroll…”
‘Vertigo’ is an erratically energetic and extremely fun song. It feels like a reckless and dangerously fast drive. It is refreshingly raw, and definitely delivers a ‘live’ feel to it. After all, doesn’t U2 sound at their best when they’re performing live and unrestrained?
I found that Bono’s voice varies emotionally more than ever in Vertigo, from the verge of sounding like he’s losing command of his voice, and back again to confidently regaining its force during the explosive chorus — indeed, Bono’s voice is perhaps a clever metaphor to the song title itself.
As for those who love the song and to those who seem to despise it — remember, please, if someone thinks it’s the best U2 song ever, then that is what it is, and if someone believes that it is just terrible — then so be it. The bottom line is there is no right or wrong answer to the personal taste of this song, so you cannot say someone is wrong for loving or hating this song! I just thought I would share this sentiment since there seems to be a few who believe their ‘opinion’ is a concrete conclusion in reality.
Also, recalling the lessons of Discotheque and Pop, you can never fully judge the ‘entire’ aura of an U2 album simply based on the first single. That said, I will predict there will only be about three or four ‘rock and roll’in’ Vertigo-songs on the album, and inevitably the core of the album will consist of darker, more musically experimental songs which U2 cannot seem to resist. Thus, I for one, welcome this up-beat Vertigo, and I will not worry about the overall heart and substance of the upcoming record.
As for my opinion on where Vertigo ranks among the rest of U2’s songs, I firmly believe it it is one of the best singles they’ve released in a very long while. In fact I think it is the most exciting single since ‘Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me’.
this song is definately the “elevation” of the album, i don’t think its meant to be more… dont get me wrong, i love this song but hopefully all because of you will be the second single because that one sounds even better from the 50 second clip that we’ve all heard
by the way if anyone actually analyzed the music/lyrics they’d find that this song is really a tribute to many previous songs that theyve done (there are lyrical references to Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways) and to their influences as well: The Clash, Ramones, (and Star Trek?) so i actually had a lot of fun just looking at the lyrics and seeing what they meant…. i really think this is the first major song that they’ve done which is really the story of the band
@ EmitFlesti :
I agree totally with you on both your posts! Vertigo is crap compared to Electrical Storm.. I remember when hearing Electrical Storm for the first time really getting goosebumps.. With Vertigo I just don’t have a U2 feeling at all! None! And the last time (and maybe the only time) I had this was with Elevation!
The second time I listened Vertigo I was seriously thinking that when a band NOT as big as U2 would want to release this as a first single, record companies would laugh in their faces! It’s just a simple, simple pop song!
The only thing that stands out is the class of the band.. Larry, Adam and Edge play very good considered that it’s not that good of a song…
And before flaming me here, I’m a fan ever since I saw them live with the When Love Comes To Town tour… I have had sleepless nights when a new album would come out ever sinds Achtung Baby hit the shelfs… What I’m saying is that I really know what U2 is really(!) capable of, and this is below their level… Alle I can hope for is that the album will blow us away and this poppy single is just needed to get a lot of airplay…
regarding to chris (#100) u2 are evolving again (as they always are, if You haven
“…crash those ignorant fools…”
Who’s the ignorant one here :-S
There’s no Republic of MACEDONIA
Only Fyrom…stop stealing and abusing history
Well,…crash those ignorant fools… I was actully refering to the crap defining as rock music nowadays (with very few exceptions)….
Everyone has right to like or dislike the song and has an oppinion about it..and I respect that…I just brought up my oppinion…haven’t meant to offend anyone)
Oh, and mister chameleon, if You haven’t noticed the subject here is U2 and Vertigo, leave the politics for another place and time…and enjoy the music
I really liked it. Love the line “But they know they can’t dance”. Hoping they’ll splice in the Village People sequence from Discotheque in the video. Hoping, anyway 🙂 Here’s to fun rock.
About the lyrics, some are saying that they lack ‘depth’.
And i have to agree, the lyrics of Vertigo will never be considered a masterpeace of litterature.
But can you imagine the music of Vertigo with ‘heavy’ lyrics of Bad, or One?
C’mon, this is a fun rock and roll song!
I love it. Is it the next “Sunday Bloody Sunday”? No, but it’s a great lead single, in the style of The Fly and Discoteque: a jam to give you a sense of the tone and style of the album. I love the War feel of this song too.
Also, if you noticed Beautiful Day, Hands and Electrical Storm all started out quite and keyboardy before exploding. I’m really glad their songwriting (production) broke out of the rut.
Good Morning from New York!
Great to see we are all sharing our own opinions. I loved it all day yesterday and I love it this morning.
One thing I will say as far as the lyrics…remember that most U2 songs are built around the melody. Melody then music, then lyrics then the song evolves…
October was a few simple notes on the piano and Bono wrote the lyrics based on the stripped down music content…’the trees are stripped bare of all they wear’
Everyone that said it’s just a fun rock and roll song…YOU’RE RIGHT!!
All Because of You I believe will have a similar feel to it.
Also note that both Edge and Bono said it would be like a who’s next and ever since they did ‘Won’t get Fooled Again’, I’ve been waiting!
Firts thing I thought of when I heard All Because, was ‘My Generation’
This song sounds great. A straightforward rock n roll song. Lyrics are great too. I know some don’t like this song, but to me it sounds better than Electrical Storm. Remember the “buzz” when The Fly was released. That set the tone for Achtung Baby. Vertigo sets the tone for the new album. I think the new album will be better than All that you can leave behind. Don’t get me wrong, that was good, but I like the live versions of the tracks better than the studio. The studio tracks just didn’t rock out enough. It was hard listening to Elevation live and then going back to the studio mix of it. U2 are still my favorite band and I wouldn’t be saying this stuff if I didn’t care about their music. Bring on the new album. Can’t wait!!
we all heard it was gonna be a ‘raw’ album, and now i can say it really is raw and GREAT. i never know what to expect when i first hear a new u2 song. usually, i can tell within a few listens if i like a song, but with u2 its different.
i didnt like beautiful day when it first came out, but was won over by the chorus eventually. and i think i like VERTIGO more than BD. go u2!
“…Is it the next ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’? No, but it’s a great lead single, in the style of The Fly and Discoteque…”
Well, I think Discotheque has all the right to be a fun dance record with no deep lyrics as it really w
“…It was hard listening to Elevation live and then going back to the studio mix of it…”
I really don’t get this… I didn’t like the album version of Elevation, but I also didn’t like the live version! The song is crap, just as Vertigo is (altoug less then Elevation)… If you’de have mentioned Walk On or Kite I would agree with you… They were far better live…
It seems that the “turntable-slowing-down” effect (right before the last appearance of the chorus) that could be heard on the fan recording made outside Bono’s house is gone from the final version.
Did they remove it at the last minute because they thought it sounded too cheesy?
This song beats elevation in every aspect. its much more playful and much more “elevating” :). And Niels, could you please stop being such a negative dickhead?!? Or at least say your opinion only once if its nothing but “the song is crap”
This song absolutely rocks! I love the raw rock/punk sound. It sounds live, and I appreciate Steve Lillywhite’s influence to get it to that heavy, unproduced sound.
Sure, some of the lyrics aren’t magical, but it’s a fun, rocking song. I can’t wait for the new album! Why is Nov 22 so far away?
The best part is the “feee-eeee-eel”.
Hey Niels, ATYCLB had a lot of good tracks, but the live versions were so much better. Even the elevation single version was better than the album version.
the song is great!it sounds like “Boy”,very powerfull,very strong!But we should wait to enjoy all the beauty of this music cos the sound quality it
To place THTBA above Vertigo is, well, plain stupid. The uber-kitsch of THTBA (including the verse refering to 9/11) is embarrassing at the least. Musically I find them hard to compare, Vertigo being retro-punk-rock and Hands being,well, a song probably originally written for Celin Dion, but even she was in her right mind to decline it. Rightfully so!!
@ alecx :
You, calling me a dickhead, asking me to stop using the word crap as my description of Elevation? Hmmmm…
And sure, I post more than others but that’s just because I can’t help reaplying to some posts which I just don’t agree with!
I really don’t understand how someone could call this U2’s best work in years… I really don’t understand how someone can find Vertigo a better song than Electrical Storm… I really don’t understand why people compare the Vertigo release with the The Fly release…
It all comes down to this (in my opinion); These days (since 2000 I guess) you must have a simple and catchy pop song as your first (and second) single to get a lot of airplay and thereby sell al lot of records.. I can’t find any another reason for Elevation and Vertigo to be the ‘top’ singles of their last 2 albums! ATYCLB had far better songs then Elevation (Kite, New York) which could have been the 2nd single of that album… But sales are just to damn important these days!
Also keep in mind : U2 are on the top of the hill for the last decade… They tumbled down a bit with Pop, but recovered with ATYCLB… Releasing Vertigo as the first single might be a strategic choice as they need and want a lot of airplay and need and want to sell a lot… A risked Zooropa or Pop would knock them of their throne, and I have the feeling to go for a ‘secure’ succes… (which does not mean the album will be bad at all of course!!!)
Hey EmitFlesti, we’re u2-opposites. Discotheque is one of my fav u2 songs, and Elevation is probably my ATYCLB song (though i think it’s their worst album together with War). Hands might well be my worst u2 song ever – I don’t even think they can ever reach that low again. See reasons why in previous post. That songs makes me feel embarrassed about being a u2 fan.
You guys are killing me! I don’t have speakers on my work computer! Must….find….speakers.
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Hands is a weak song. I skip that one all of the time.
And remember these comments our opinions.
well actually Niels, i said “negative” dickhead :). I for one dont think New York is a very good song. Its mediocre at best in my book. Elevation (and Atyclb as a whole) lacked the playfulnes and joy that Vertigo is full of. Thats why i think its a great song!
How much lyrical depth does a song need that’s about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll?
But playfulnes and joy are not the ingredients of U2’s best albums. I must agree that Vertigo sounds more ‘elevating’ then Elevation itself, but I don’t like the chorus of the song as I think it’s too damn simple for a U2 song (like the Elevation chorus) and the lyrics are just crap (whoops ;-)…
It would be fun at most, if the whole album is as fun and playfull as Vertigo is… But that will automatically mean that it is NOT a true U2 album and by far not their best work…
I still have good faith that the album will be good (and better then ATYCLB) but Vertigo is by far not what I have expected… But I have my theory of why that is (see my comments above)…
I think at this point in their career, people were expecting some straightforward rock and roll from the “world’s biggest rock and roll band.” They wanted U2 to bring the noise, and with ‘Vertigo’ they have delivered. Bono’s lyrical genius these days can be found everywhere (speeches, interviews, music) so I think he wrote some lyrics for ‘Vertigo’ that would compliment the song, and he let the other band members step up and show what they can do. That said, it’s an equal “four parts” rock and roll song…with the four band members doing what they do best….being U2.
hi from serbia….
the song is fantastic, I hope we could see them here on tour…..
vertigo rocks! great song,
Can you all try to show each other some respect? Post without namecalling, please.
Listen we all know U2 is still the best rock group around and this album is a very welcome one for all of us. However, I think we all know if Vertigo were on almost any other U2 album we would not e hearing all the praise for it as we are reading today from posters. The song is good but not good or great by U2 standards. This would be ok if not for the fact that Bono claimed this album would be their best stuff.
Just heard it on the radio for the first time ( after hearing it 25 times on the computer ) and it jumps out of the radio. As I mentioned earlier, the band builds the lyrics around the melody and the music.
People who complain about the lyrics need to lighten up. This is just a pure hard rocking punk rock song…if Bono started preaching on this one as well it would have sounded damn stupid…this is just a fun upbeat song…
This song is gonna ROCK live!
bravo to the lads…in their mid-40s and STILL showing the young ones in the industry the making of a Rock Tune!
Well, I like it well enough. It’s not mind-numbingly awesome in my book. It’s mediocre. My biggest problem is I listened a few times before I left for work, hoping it would stick with me for a while. It didn’t. Just listened to it again, can’t come up with the melody or the lyrics (which are really kind of trite) to hum or hear in my head. I also don’t like the speak-rap that Bono does for most of the non-chorus parts. This certainly won’t go down in history as the best ever. But as a fan for over 20 years, I can understand why fans are excited to hear something, anything, after the drought. I just wish it was more like Walk On or even Beautiful Day, which blew me away at first….
How much depth do the Strokes or White Stripe or The Killers have? Not every song is gonna be Sunday Bloody Sunday. Nor would I want them to be.
I love U2, but sometimes I feel like us fans are kinda weird and slighly annoying. No matter what is released half the crowd is going to love it, and the other half is gonig to say they like it but it’s not like , and there is one person (so statistically not significant) who will say that they have sold out and betrayed them personally.
I don’t really care if you just don’t like a song or not, but at some point is it wrong to say I like it or don’t like it because it sounds nice and just let it be. Furthermore I get annoyed when people use a 3 minute song to make grandiose statements at how this next evolution of U2 is going to be and how the spanish counting at the beginning of the Vertigo shows how they are inspiring people to be globally conscious of other peoples….geez, take a deep breath people. I remember vividly listening to a 40 second leaked demo snibbit of Wake Up Dead Man & Discotheque during winter of ’96-97 and having people right these long vivid accounts of how the other 50 minutes of the album will be. You people have got to chill out until November. Listen to Beach Sequence from Passengers or something….
I like Vertigo because it makes me feel good. I hope the album makes me feel good too….although it doesn’t really matter because I’ll buy the album and the singles and Japanese limited editions cd’s because “I really really do need that Phunk Phorce remix of MoFo…”
AHH MY COMMENT GOT JACKED UP!: read this one…
I love U2, but sometimes I feel like us fans are kinda weird and slightly annoying. No matter what is released half the crowd is going to love it, and the other half is going to say they like it but it’s not like (insert reference to Boy, War, U23, Zooropra, early days Feedback bootleg that some guy in Germany has, etc), and there is one person (so statistically not significant) who will say that they have sold out and betrayed them personally.
Bono has Jesus around his neck…
Question: Will it ever be possible to edit my own comments?
Because I had to cry when I read back my previous comment… “masterpeace of litterature”.. ugh! lol.
Guess I should preview next time…
But ontopic: I’ve been listning to the radio all day and I still haven’t heared Vertigo 🙁
(Ok, I’ve played the MP3 a million times, but I want to hear it on the radio!)
It normally takes a long time for a song to sink into my skin, but in less than 24 hours this one has penetrated my flesh. I like the simple, pause-between-the-words delivery of the verse, and the traditional-U2 passion and grandeur of the chorus. Edge’s guitars are muy caliente! I like how the song changes midway and then returns to what it was. Yeah, mix it up! The Spanish is a sexy accent. I could, however, do without the “yeah, yeah, yeahs” at the end. It cheapens the song slightly.
“You give me something I can feel…FEEL!” Beautiful! I’d lay down arms if a man said that to me.
This song will be explosive live. I can feel it.
Did you guys see the updated u2.com site?
Has anybody tried this? (from post 85) It’s true…
“PEOPLE!!!! PLEASE DO THIS:
…Then listen to “Stories” later break (starting at 1:35 through to 1:59) with Edge’s high harmonics and the choir boy “oohhss”. Compare to the late break in Vertigo – just about the same.
you are all too kind.
The best thing about “Vertigo” is that there could be 800 different meanings to it. My own personal feeling is that it’s a defiant statement from God: “All This Can be Yours/Just Give Me What I Want And No One Gets Hurt”
I CHANGED MY MIND! After a few listens I change to say this song is a good U2 song. Like most of their stuff you ned to listen many times before you can appreciate it.
Anybody just watched what the BBC did to U2… tut tut tut. A shabbily edited one camera voice over mockery of a U2 Video… in mono-tones. AND they cut it pre-bridge… eek. I don’t think this was the video U2.com is (in its fresh new face type way) promoting as ” Helicopters, quad-bikes, cranes in Spain… must be the video-shoot for Vertigo.” All I saw was alot of Adam’s head… and Bono pushing Edge – the shame!
I’ll add some body to that, for you U2ers randy for Vertigo info (adding screenshots to blog as I type)… It would appear that in the mix for the video (TOTP) they have kept the Spanish 1,2, 14 and “Turn it up Captain”… both hillarious at the time I’m sure… Everyones there, in one mirror-ball of a set, Edge has his mits on a Strat – no idea what Larry is doing – looks like a set of Rogers’ and Adam – i’m no good on bass’ Bono is in fetching Mod-Rocker mode, and is in general strutting about like some 13 year old girl high on R&B… Bono has some new shades I see, and “Girl with Crimson Nails” seems to be added at a milisecond of a difference to the 3;11 i have… any ideas?
I want to complain some more. 🙂
I still love U2 but I feel that U2 reached their prime during Achtung Baby/Zooropa. Pop is pretty good, ATYCLB is slightly worse than Pop, and Vertigo sounds immature like something from the neo-“The”-bands (ie Strokes, White Stripes). I just heard Neon Lights, but unfortunately it doesn’t hold a candle to any of U2’s past ballads.
I hope Bono drops the Espanol during live versions of Vertigo. It makes the song ghetto-fab. I know that this song is supposed to be fun and light. The lyrics don’t have to be deep, but do that have to be so cheesy? …..Can I get some wine with that cheese? 😛
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! I am planning to go directly home to learn to play it . . . I can’t get it out of my head!!
Great job guys, I’m SO VERY looking forward to the onslaught of U2 promo in the coming months . . .
edited for rudeness
There’s some depth to the lyrics (tho it doesn’t necessarily make them better.) If it follows the usual Bono symbolism, the main character in the song is naughty, finds and loves the Holy Spirit, she leads him to Jesus. It’s a rehash of Mysterious Ways, but Bono loves the rehash. 🙂
And u2.com is totally redesigned…
If a new band released this single I think I would have given up work and camped their tour until it ended.
What a frickin magnificent total fuckin blast of a song. 180mph balls out, don’t give a fuck, we know we’re the best band in the world and we know we *still* got it. The collective skills of the band and the ability to still kick world-beating shit are unbelievable.
U2’s a dodgy rocking ship of alternating life affirming genius and slight naffness from time to time (Bono’s mullet period / Lemon / etc etc). But when this band is on it they simply cream the rest into the middle of next week. If I was a new rock band I’d listen to this and get really fucking pissed because I’d know that I can’t write something that fresh at 22 and the idea that I should do it at 40 would blow my mind.
If you don’t get U2’s long standing admiration of punk, and true rock and roll where the yeah yeahs, do wops, uh-huhs are just the fabric of the libido-on-fire animalistic self destructive ironic grit your teeth rock till your fucking head falls off then you just don’t get the *full* U2 at all. There’s millions of perfectly nice people who will like One, ‘Day etc and don’t like to rock the shit out of next week. This band can write epics but they’re not a band purely for accountants – they have a deep need to blow the top of your head off and that means being creative, taking the chances, asking you to see the links to the past and getting pure and simply “Rock&Roll”. Heaven knows Bono’s talked about it enough!
Confession – this song made me cry actually. To be that good, that confident, that good, that able, that just damn fucking good for so long…. What a band. When I was 15 I sat in the living room of my 17 year old Irish girlfriend and she played me the original coloured vinyl four pack singles that came out pre-Boy. There was a song on there – Boy Girl – which was simple, kind of naive but absolutely rocking despite Bono’s then dodgy yelp (absolutely true – the man couldn’t sing and his vocal tone on Boy is absolute gold compared to the pre-Boy stuff – how fuckin ironic is that!). Vertigo is what happens to a band that always had the passion drive and rock to write Boy Girl but then learned to be the best rock band in the world over the next 20+ years. Still the only girl I ever really loved by the way – Dundrum Dublin has some lovely girls for a boy on a cruise ship 😉 . Wish I could find her again!
Anyway. The song the best U2 ever did? No not of the total catalogue of pretty much the best rock band of the last 30 years.
But is it a total life affirming, heart jumping out of your chest, pump the air with your fist, gold plated “yeeeeeeeeeeahhhhh” about why this band creams everyone and why if you don’t get rock and frickin roll in your heart you are half dead? FUCK YES!
Just a remark to post 165 — Caroline, I believe that singling Pedro was unfair, especially after dozens of posts before his had already contained personal insults, barbs and disrespect.
Also, to post 164, ‘am’, that was just an original and stellar, beautiful take on Vertigo — nicely said!
The art for the cover, single and U2.com look awful. They should be ashamed of themselves.
You should probably shut this post down now…..I am pretty sure there is not better way to sum everything up the way “am” just did…I really do not think U2 can stay relevant today if they write ballads. I heard Vertigo and just thought holy shit this is why I have always loved this band…..no other band can do what they do!
Vertigo. Fabulous tune. On my mp3 player non-stop. Uplifting. Rock ‘n Roll. Just give me what I want. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah. Captain. Fee-hee-heel.
Love the tune † pray the radio mix keeps the guitars loud †
Nicholas, sometimes you have to set an example. I don’t have the fucking time to read each and every comment. This time Pedro got the stick, next time it might be you.
Vertigo is a an edgy punk/rock piece that keeps the greatest band in the world ever dynamic.I love the song but it isn’t U2’s greatest work.
What it does though is make us all eager in anticipation of the new album with a little taste to what expect.
The top 3 albums U2 have produced:
My feeling with hearing this song is that this album will fall in between the first 2.
It is U2 – mature,relevant and still holding the job as the best band on the planet.
Just take Vertigo for what it is.An appetiser into the next journey of the Music Industry’s current legends.
A big kick in the guts to the trend of “Fast Music”.
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