When you've been a successful band for thirty-odd years it means you've written a whole bunch of songs. Some are hits, some are flops, and some go unreleased. As fans, we're always hungry for more, so we pounce on any fresh music from our beloved bands. Often we wonder why a song went unfinished. There are quite a number of unreleased and B-Side Billy Joel tunes that I felt would've been massive hits. Same goes for the band U2. There are three U2 songs that easily pop into my head that I'd rather have on a record than some of the tunes that actually made it. This week's Song of the Week is one of them.
It's hard to figure out why "Love You Like Mad" was cast off. Recorded in 2000 as part of the All That You Can't Leave Behind session, this song was finally released in the fan exclusive compilation Medium, Rare & Remastered. Maybe it didn't fit thematically with the rest of ATYCLB (there are a couple riffs that feel more at home with 2009's No Line on the Horizon). Whatever the reason, I think it's better than the majority of their output from the 1990's.
Here is U2's "Love You Like Mad":