My hope is that, with all these newer U2 fans that came from the No Line on the Horizon-era and the current Innocence + Experience era, many of them will discover PopMart via the YouTube videos and the official Mexico City video and find it to be pretty cool, even though it has kitsch. Hell, the majority of the countries that show travelled to loved it. Only USA didn't. Which doesn't look good on us Americans, I must say. Even Bono was/is proud of that show. If these newer fans seem to dig that show, mission accomplished for U2 (even if its too late).
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My niece is a recent convert to U2 and has been getting into them in a major way lately. I sent her the link to the Discotheque video recently and her response was "I feel like I've taken acid and I'm really disturbed by the video." I think I may have accidentally turned her off U2 altogether.
I, on the other hand, found the video to be hilariously awful.
I will say this: I didn't start liking U2 until probably 2005 when I was introduced to TJT and eventually this led to me getting into a lot of their 80s and 00s material (as well as some parts of AB). When I first saw the band live in 2009, I still hadn't heard AB in its entirety, much less Zooropa or Pop in its entirety. When I gave Pop a listen in 2011, for the most part I hated it. I also didn't like most of Zooropa ("Stay" always had a soft spot in my heart, though). I was a huge classic rock and modern rock fan at that point and both of these albums entirely broke the mold. It wasn't the U2 I knew and loved at that point.
What I found was that Zooropa and Pop were definitely an acquired taste. Eventually my musical tastes evolved and I gave both another chance sometime within the last few years. Fell in love with Zooropa first and Pop eventually won me over, too. If I had to rank my favorite U2 albums in order, it'd be AB, TJT, Zooropa, Pop. I don't see that ever changing, but who knows, maybe War will move a little higher on my list.
It's for this reason that, when I'm asked to recommend a U2 album to listen to, I never recommend Zooropa or Pop. It's always TJT and AB. If they end up liking these, I then recommend the rest of U2's 80s output along with the best parts of their 00s output. Zooropa and Pop are last. My niece has gotten into U2 in a major way over the last month or so. She still does not like Zooropa or Pop. Then again she's much like I was at that age (very closed off musically), so I suspect she'll eventually embrace these albums.
The Mexico City show was fantastic. I think it's one of the reasons why I started to like Pop. Seeing some of those songs live changed my perspective on them. Zoo TV made me a bigger fan of AB in much the same way.