U2! I played "I Will Follow" and another of their early "new wave" style songs with a drummer who sang them. I've never been a big fan of The Edge, with his elaborate but mostly electronically generated technique, $20,000 guitar synths, etc. But when "Pride in the Name of Love" came out, I found myself singing it not too well to myself. Going out for long bike-hikes, I had to visit favorite singing places to try that song out loud, singing in a full voice I never found before. Bono is great. It took learning the words to realize it was about the Kennedy assassinations, not some Belfast occurence. "Shots rang out in the midnight sky, free at last, you're free at last, but they could not take your pride" is one of the toughest lines to sing in modern music.
And gjedda63, Deep Purple, eh? "Sweet Child in Time" might be almost as tough to sing.
Child in time is maybe the first song i really loved in my life, because by my 15, i discovered deep purple. along with serge gainsbourg's reggae recordings, bob marley and cypress hill, all in the same place. the friend and his brother i squatted regularly did smoked quite a bit. from their high story, providing us a great view over the projects but also of the near-by graveyard and the Vincennes Zoo far away, we could sing and shout as long as their parents were not there. we were really bourgeois in behaviour, though our everyday life was that of any suburban kid. in France a suburb is not what it is in the US. kings of one or two-hour-worlds, we played 8 bit cartridge video games and listened to ian paice doing his thing at the end of flight of the rat. by the way, the middle section of this track is really funky. Ian gillan did something nice with his high pitched voice.
i've learned some years after that this song was a re-work of Bombay Calling, and when i saw gillan perform live on vhs, i found him pushy, when not ridiculous.
once a friend lent me U2's "achtung baby". i didn't like it. i like "i still haven't found what i'm looking for", i even sang it in Ireland once, but i'm not in love with this kind of music.