Christopher Lawrence released a free bootleg remix

As the buzz increased tonight we thought we would introduce the fact that Chris has released a free bootleg remix of U2’s massive single ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’. We have created a link for the download below.

The single is the fifth track from U2’s new album ‘No Line on the Horizon’. It was one of the highlights of U2’s recent European leg of the tour.

‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ was originally released in the UK on September 7th by Mercury. Other artists who have released remixes include Dirty South, Fish Out Of Water, and Redanka.

Christopher Lawrence kicks up the energy level a notch with this hot new bootleg remix built around a groovy acid bass line and syncopated percussion. Use of the original vocals create dancefloor tension in the build up out of the breakdown. Classic progressive house and trance sounds were used effectively but sparingly to give the track room to breathe.

Christopher Lawrence Christopher says of the remix “being given the opportunity to remix one of U2’s songs was a dream come true. Bono’s voice is a such a signature sound to the band’s identity, I felt it was important to use as much of the original vocals of the song as possible to maintain the integrity of the song”.

U2 collaborated with in the creation of the track. It was first developed by Brian Eno under the title “Diorama” during a break in the recording sessions. Several of the song’s lyrics were influenced by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Bono stated to Q magazine that the lyrics “[sound] like a T-shirt slogan to me”, also noting that it was No Line on the Horizon’s equivalent to “Beautiful Day”.

U2 takes risks to make Fire

The boys from U2 have been marking the 25th anniversary of the release of “The Unforgettable Fire” with a series of re-issues of the album. There’s a new remastered version, a vinyl version, a “Deluxe Edition” and even a “Super Deluxe Edition” for $54.99 on Amazon with two CDs, a DVD and a bunch of other extras.

Speakeasy is hoping that they come out with a “Super Mega Magnanimous Deluxe Edition 2.0″ with plane tickets to Dublin, a pub crawl with Bono and guitar lessons from The Edge. We can only hope.

“The Unforgettable Fire” is an album worth celebrating. U2 fans and critics can debate which album is the group’s best–”War,” “The Joshua Tree,” maybe “Achtung Baby.” But “The Unforgettable Fire” deserves to be part of the conversation.

Released in October 1984, and recorded at Slane Castle in Ireland, the release was the first U2 album to be produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and it took U2 in a more experimental direction. When you see the 1984 video  “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and see all these largely-forgotten European pop-rockers with questionable haircuts, one reason why U2 transcended all that is that they took an artistic leap like “The Unforgettable Fire.” U2 didn’t just take risks with their hair–they took chances with their music.

“Unforgettable” songs like “A Sort of Homecoming” combined poetic lyrics with nakedly emotional performances, pulling the listener in and keeping them there as they tried to figure out what it all meant. Other songs gave up their meanings more readily: “Pride (In the Name of Love)” eulogized Martin Luther King, Jr.–a challenging subject for a rock song. The track “Bad,” also off the album, explored heroin addiction in terms that were both evocative and abstract.

U2 provided Speakeasy with an exclusive clip of the band talking about the making of ”The Unforgettable Fire.” You can watch it below. Feel free to sound off on what you think is the best U2 album in the comments section.