U2101 – The Fly

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  • #10063

    broadsword
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    I know that a lot of you are probably groaning to yourselves after reading the title up there “The Fly?!? Oh, man! I hate that stupid song!” while jus
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    #10064

    Chris
    Participant

    WOw ! Thumbs Up ! This song bears such heaviness I can’t even think straight about it ! How ironic..you didn’t think it will ever be played again and the best live version of the fly has been played during the Elevation tour, specifically in Boston ! Over to you Joe, to tell us more about that night !!!!! Achtung Leeny !!!!

    #10065

    Chris
    Participant

    Needless to say I absolutely LOVE this song…We need more songs with this atmosphere on the new record !!!

    #10066

    joepit
    Moderator

    Quite simply, The Fly epitomizes U2. For this listener, it is U2’s best song off their best CD. It F*CKING ROCKS! From Edge’s guitar to Bono’s lyrics, it’s a masterpiece throughout. It has everything, rage, sorrow and most importantly the hope of redemption. The premise of a phone call from hell to a friend trying to get him to “rearrange” his priorities, life, mistakes, etc.is simply brilliant! The Fly from the Elevation tour from Boston is the best live version of any U2 song….period.

    Cue Leeny’s ridiculous rebuttal in 5…4…3…

    #10067

    Chris
    Participant

    I totally agree with Joe ! It’s U2 at its’ deepest and most intense U2ness !!! When you think of the feeling called “U2″ you think of Achtung Baby and, in turn, of The Fly !!!

    #10075

    Leeny
    Participant

    Joe, There’s a fly in my soup.
    I’m quite sure it has drowned.

    #10076

    Leeny
    Participant

    That was my ridiculous rebuttal. Sorry it was late.

    In all seriousness I have never found the redemption in this song that you hear,Joe. I hear the longing for redemption, even the potential for redemption…but for me this song, or I guess the whole album, never quite realizes the redemption it so desperately seeks. It’s like the band was stuck in a moment it couldn’t yet get out of.

    #10078

    joepit
    Moderator

    The redemption is the person on the other end of the phone call. It was too late for the friend on hell, so he’s telling him to “rearrange” his priorities.

    #10079

    SPun2U
    Key Master

    Joe, it’s a lost cause.

    #10080

    joepit
    Moderator

    Spun, there’s a lot of things I’d like to rearrange, but I think you’re right.

    #10081

    Chris
    Participant

    …I’m running outta change.

    #10107

    sbdowling
    Participant

    Love The Fly. We need more Edge like this!!

    #10109

    Pam
    Participant

    For me it was an adventure to hear The Fly for the first time on the radio sometime in October 1991. Without any announcement, the song began with its heavy rhythmic guitar notes and I had no idea who played that song. Its sound was so dark and mysterious, but when Bono began to sing I recognised him even though his voice was different and breathy in some way. I reacted fast and recorded it on a cassette. With its enormous energy and heaviness, this piece was truly a slap in the face offering a new and exciting musical experience. Like a bit of light coming through the darkness, the line about love shining like a burning star creates an interesting contrast to the gloomy character of the whole track. Joshua, for me that line also came across as a romantic moment, so it´s interesting to read your thoughts about stars being dangerous balls of burning gas. This is a great way to interpret those words! As The Fly Bono presented himself as a rockstar and at the same time this character gave him the chance to escape and hide from the madness of super stardom. The Fly is truly a fascinating and very intense masterpiece of music!

    #10118

    Leeny
    Participant

    I get that, Joe, but I don’t get the sense that the receiver of the message heeds the warning. And I keep thinking of the rich man and Lazarus where the rich man asks that Lazarus be sent back to warn his brothers, and Abraham says no…If they wouldn’t listen to the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone were to come back from the dead. The message of warning ultimately fails, and THAT failure is what I hear from AB. I find it depressing if I listen to it too much.

    #10125

    joepit
    Moderator

    You’re right Leeny, but like most U2 songs is up to your interpretation. That’s why thru need a Fly sequel.

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