I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Technically this is another solo Bono jaunt, but it justifies its place here because it was, in a way, a double a-side of sorts with “Stay”. An ab-side, if you will, or an elevated b-side. Even so, well, it sounds like Sinatra’s original – replete with the usual horn stabs that perpetuate much of Sinatra’s material – with Bono on it. Being from 1993, Bono understandably sounds more dynamic than he does nowadays, keen to use his falsetto like its going out of style – which in a way it was; from Pop onwards it’s been a rare occurrence. Sinatra, conversely, sounds like age has worn away at him slightly. He’s not strained, nor does he possess a rattled deathbed quality – far from it, in fact, but he’s not operating at 100% either.

Overall, though, the song is a diversion. “Stay” is a better song and performance, and whilst this may have added something to Sinatra’s Duets album, it doesn’t really mark too much significance in the U2
sphere, other than to prove that during the ZooTV era of 1990-1994, U2 or its constituents were always prepared to go down the relatively unexpected route.

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~ by 4trak on June 20, 2008.

One Response to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

  1. […] the song mostly has precedent in, erm, Sinatra’s “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”. That is, an instrumental half – not […]

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