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Published on Aug 2, 2008
Following being hung up on the phone by the local taxi company who refused to take a "tired" Mr. MacPhisto home, Bono sings the classic song made famous in 'Jaws' before 'Lemon' starts up.
One of only 10 live performances of the oddest song on their oddest album (Zooropa) - masterfully done. Bono is dressed up as one of his Zoo TV alter-ego's, in this case the washed-up yet stylish, pseudo-British Mr. MacPhisto - a cross between the devil and a man who had lost his soul somewhere down the line and represented those outmoded stars who end up performing in Vegas. The name originates from a humanoid devil formed creature known as MePhistopheles.
I call Zooropa their oddest album because the songs on it themselves are a far cry to anything U2 have ever released before or since - think Daddy's Gonna Pay, think Numb, the Wanderer, even the title track itself. Throughout their career in music U2 have been synonymous with Edge's distinctive chords and Bono's passion reaching out in his voice. It's however abandoned in Lemon. Just try playing it to someone who doesn't know it - I guarantee they'll never recognise it as a U2 song. Bono's falsetto and Edge's tremolo mean that it's on another level to your typical U2 song