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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #60 on: December 07, 2017, 12:36:50 PM »
32 here. Got hooked on the band in college. Always liked the biggest hits Pride, WoWY, Streets, ISHNFWILF, and One. I had a friend who was a diehard U2 fan and he burned let me burn Joshua Tree and October. Loved those albums. Then a short while later HTDAAB came out and I bought it 1st week on CD. I think at this point I became a U2 "fan" because over the next year I bought U2 albums 1 at a time when I could find them (some of the older ones were hard to find, best buy is where I finally found Boy).

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #61 on: December 07, 2017, 12:50:10 PM »
I'll speak for my early teen daughter.

She heard U2 frequently in the house growing up, and when SoI came out, she heard it constantly.  She really liked Miracle, Every Breaking Wave, and California is her favorite.  For one of her piano recitals, she played Angel of Harlem, one of her favorites.  We took her to the I/E concert last time around the JT tour last summer.  She frequently wears the t-shirts (and I've bought the next sizes already so she'll keep wearing them).  She also likes Weezer, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars - among others in the Pop/Rock genre.  Coldplay and U2 are the same type of act for her Beatles and Stones as it was in the 60s.  She has to be reminded that Coldplay came 2nd, so when she says, "This sounds like a Coldplay song..." I have to reminder her u2 came first...until this record.

This record sounds like the greatest Coldplay album ever. I don't mean that as a slight.  I mean that as, U2 still makes better albums than their contemporaries in the Pop/Rock genre.  For my daughter, that's her wheelhouse. 

Of course, she doesn't understand why certain lyrics mean certain things. And some topics make the songs both intriguing and frightening (Raised by Wolves, SBS) for example. 

Personally, to see her go to school each day in a "I Want to Run/I Want to Hide" t-shirt gives me a good feeling.  And as much as I could trade "Streets" for another song this tour, I won't mind if she enjoys it this summer. 

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #62 on: December 08, 2017, 02:51:36 AM »
This is a really great thread. Really interesting to read the comments made by younger fans. As a 40+ year old, I guess the comparison is something like the Stones 20 years ago. One way or another I heard various Stones songs whether it be in movies, covers and so on and sometimes that would make me look into more of their music to see what else was good. At the end of the day, good music is good music and it comes down to whether the individual is happy enough with the music of the present or interested enough to explore more of the past.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #63 on: December 08, 2017, 05:02:15 AM »
Basically born into a U2 fam, so could never escape it. And glad I didn't
they make me so full, they give me something that no one else today can
and I love things that are uncool to our gen, ;)

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #64 on: December 08, 2017, 08:58:37 AM »
30 years old so not exactly a young fan. But anyway.....

Got into U2 initially around 98/99, my brother had the 1980-1990 best of and played it a lot, and I started really enjoying certain songs from it (Streets and Bad mostly).

Then 2000 when ATYCLB came out and Beautiful Day was played everywhere my interest grew. My brother started buying some older albums, I remember in particular him coming home with AB and Pop.

13 year old me decided to start with Pop, because it had a cool bright cover and the title suggested I might like it more. I did enjoy it but didn't set the world on fire.

Then I decided to give the one with the weird German word a go. AB was the first time I really understood the importance of an album. It's the first album I became obsessive over, and the first time I became obsessive over music in general. It's still in my top 3 albums of all time (probably top 2).

And then I started buying everything of theirs I could, and that's continued to today.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #65 on: December 10, 2017, 07:04:38 PM »
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One more point for the older fans.  A lot of people here seem to assume the younger fans must have got into U2 through their recent material, but I think that assumes that we listen to music in the same way as older generations did, which isn't really true.  We have the entire history of music at our fingertips, and that means we aren't as stuck in our time as previous generations.  Almost everyone I know loves music both new and old.  Most of us love the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac as well as new bands like twenty one pilots and Walk the Moon.  If we hear a song we like by a band and want to hear more, we can just go find their most beloved album or a greatest hits playlist in seconds.  There are so many ways to get into a band now.  I got a friend into U2 by watching It Might Get Loud, as she liked The White Stripes a lot.  There's a band called Bane's World I found because I was listening to a song on Spotify called You Say by Dori Freeman, and their song You Say I'm in Love was alphabetically next.  There is really no one way that new fans get into U2, as there are now so many ways to do it.

Good point.  As a 12 year old in 1987, I became aware of U2 through Joshua Tree songs being played on pop radio, and I enjoyed Streets and Still Haven't Found whenever they came on, but I never really became a big fan until a classmate of mine gave me a cassette for the Unforgettable Fire album two years later.  First I heard "A Sort of Homecoming" and thought, "oh, this is interesting", and then "Pride" came on next and I had just discovered my new favorite band (and they have remained in that position for 28 years).  I'm not really sure how I'd never remembered hearing "Pride" before then, but I was only 9 or 10 when it came out, and pop music wasn't on my radar yet, so I'm guessing that's how it seemed new to me 5 years after its release.   

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #66 on: December 11, 2017, 09:44:56 PM »
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30 years old so not exactly a young fan. But anyway.....

Got into U2 initially around 98/99, my brother had the 1980-1990 best of and played it a lot, and I started really enjoying certain songs from it (Streets and Bad mostly).

Then 2000 when ATYCLB came out and Beautiful Day was played everywhere my interest grew. My brother started buying some older albums, I remember in particular him coming home with AB and Pop.

13 year old me decided to start with Pop, because it had a cool bright cover and the title suggested I might like it more. I did enjoy it but didn't set the world on fire.

Then I decided to give the one with the weird German word a go. AB was the first time I really understood the importance of an album. It's the first album I became obsessive over, and the first time I became obsessive over music in general. It's still in my top 3 albums of all time (probably top 2).

And then I started buying everything of theirs I could, and that's continued to today.

Curious, what are the other 2 albums?

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #67 on: December 11, 2017, 09:51:33 PM »
Since at least Vertigo tour, I started noticing Parents bringing their kids to the U2 concerts - Some grade-school, a few looking like high school age. Any time I would see someone in their teens or perhaps earlier 20s it seemed to always be with a parent.

In the I+E tour, there were noticeably quite a few groups of younger people, with no parents in sight. This increased drastically on the TJT2017 tour. Perhaps this was partially due to the venues being so much larger. Still, it appears the ratio was higher than previous tours, and at all of the 3 TJT2017 shows I went, not just one.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #68 on: December 11, 2017, 10:01:10 PM »
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I'll speak for my early teen daughter.

She heard U2 frequently in the house growing up, and when SoI came out, she heard it constantly.  She really liked Miracle, Every Breaking Wave, and California is her favorite.  For one of her piano recitals, she played Angel of Harlem, one of her favorites.  We took her to the I/E concert last time around the JT tour last summer.  She frequently wears the t-shirts (and I've bought the next sizes already so she'll keep wearing them).  She also likes Weezer, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars - among others in the Pop/Rock genre.  Coldplay and U2 are the same type of act for her Beatles and Stones as it was in the 60s.  She has to be reminded that Coldplay came 2nd, so when she says, "This sounds like a Coldplay song..." I have to reminder her u2 came first...until this record.

This record sounds like the greatest Coldplay album ever. I don't mean that as a slight.  I mean that as, U2 still makes better albums than their contemporaries in the Pop/Rock genre.  For my daughter, that's her wheelhouse. 

Of course, she doesn't understand why certain lyrics mean certain things. And some topics make the songs both intriguing and frightening (Raised by Wolves, SBS) for example. 

Personally, to see her go to school each day in a "I Want to Run/I Want to Hide" t-shirt gives me a good feeling.  And as much as I could trade "Streets" for another song this tour, I won't mind if she enjoys it this summer.

When seeing Muse and Arcade Fire (some other bands as well, but them esp) with some younger friends in their earlier to mid 20s, they would comment on certain things the groups did that was so much different and unique from the other artist's they've seen, and how amazing it was. I had to put an asterisk on those moments and advise "these guys learned that from U2". With both bands I've seen them multiple times live, and seen how they grew as performers by leaps and bounds, after touring with U2. Taking from U2, but eventually making it their own. Arcade Fire's most recent tour is really great. So much of it is from PopMart and ZooTV. These younger friends are starting to come around on U2 now.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #69 on: December 12, 2017, 04:47:06 AM »
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30 years old so not exactly a young fan. But anyway.....

Got into U2 initially around 98/99, my brother had the 1980-1990 best of and played it a lot, and I started really enjoying certain songs from it (Streets and Bad mostly).

Then 2000 when ATYCLB came out and Beautiful Day was played everywhere my interest grew. My brother started buying some older albums, I remember in particular him coming home with AB and Pop.

13 year old me decided to start with Pop, because it had a cool bright cover and the title suggested I might like it more. I did enjoy it but didn't set the world on fire.

Then I decided to give the one with the weird German word a go. AB was the first time I really understood the importance of an album. It's the first album I became obsessive over, and the first time I became obsessive over music in general. It's still in my top 3 albums of all time (probably top 2).

And then I started buying everything of theirs I could, and that's continued to today.

Curious, what are the other 2 albums?

My top 5 are difficult to place, other than saying the top 2 are AB and My Bloody Valentine - Loveless.

Others in the top 5 are Radiohead - In Rainbows and The Bends, and Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy.

Back to U2, I hope eventually they'll again get the credit they deserve, the way bands like Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd do now. Think they're almost damned by the fact they're still going.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #70 on: December 12, 2017, 06:19:23 PM »
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30 years old so not exactly a young fan. But anyway.....

Got into U2 initially around 98/99, my brother had the 1980-1990 best of and played it a lot, and I started really enjoying certain songs from it (Streets and Bad mostly).

Then 2000 when ATYCLB came out and Beautiful Day was played everywhere my interest grew. My brother started buying some older albums, I remember in particular him coming home with AB and Pop.

13 year old me decided to start with Pop, because it had a cool bright cover and the title suggested I might like it more. I did enjoy it but didn't set the world on fire.

Then I decided to give the one with the weird German word a go. AB was the first time I really understood the importance of an album. It's the first album I became obsessive over, and the first time I became obsessive over music in general. It's still in my top 3 albums of all time (probably top 2).

And then I started buying everything of theirs I could, and that's continued to today.

Curious, what are the other 2 albums?

My top 5 are difficult to place, other than saying the top 2 are AB and My Bloody Valentine - Loveless.

Others in the top 5 are Radiohead - In Rainbows and The Bends, and Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy.

Back to U2, I hope eventually they'll again get the credit they deserve, the way bands like Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd do now. Think they're almost damned by the fact they're still going.

The Bends holds up. I still love that album. Also, love much of Psychocandy, but it was Automatic that got me.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #71 on: March 24, 2018, 11:48:43 PM »


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I'd say generally I'm a fan of 80s and 90s music and early 2000s (coincidentally when U2 were biggest/at the peak) and am generally not a fan of what is considered 'popular' music nowadays with a few exception, like Kendrick Lamar for example (funilly enough it was the U2 collar that got me into him)

I am late to this thread, but I just wanted to say that I got into Kendrick Lamar the exact same way. I grew up on U2 and got really deeply interested in them in early high school (I am 18 atm, 19 in a couple months). I heard about the collaboration with U2 and Kendrick Lamar and my interest was piqued. I listened to the song in the early morning (I woke up at 4 AM. I think I was more excited to hear it then I realized) when Kendrick's album had just come out. I enjoyed the collaboration quite a bit and then listened to his entire album... I ended up listening to that album like crazy throughout the rest of spring! It felt really good to finally find a rap artist who I enjoyed. I had always liked the genre, but only liked specific artists and could never find full albums that I liked. I finally found what I was looking for (unlike JT era Bono). I'm hungry for another good rap album to get into since it has been a year since DAMN. came out and I haven't found anything like it since.

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Re: The draw to U2 to younger fans
« Reply #72 on: March 31, 2018, 11:17:13 AM »
I am perhaps one of the youngest u2 fans on this board, at the ripe age of fifteen. What attracted me to this band was that their music is incredibly emotionally powerful. When I became interested in singing, my dad mentioned that Bono has an amazing singing voice. I did a quick YouTube search, and listened to the hits (still haven't found, with or without you, etc). I couldn't deny the power and emotion of Bono's singing voice. My interest grew from that point, and I realised how powerful this band's music is. Beautiful day is a soaring anthem of joy in the face of sorrow, with or without you is the classic tale of desperation and doomed romance, Sunday bloody Sunday is a furious song of protest and hope. As I made my way through the greatest hits CD (I am Irish, so I think most Irish households have a "u2 1980 - 1990" CD), I was blown away by the quality of the songs. I soon bought the Joshua tree, and listened to it endlessly. I loved the lyrics, they were beautifully poetic and rich in metaphysical imagery that means everything and nothing at the same time. I fell in love with the bands distinctive, multi-textured sound. I sensed that I had discovered something amazing. After Joshua tree, I bought Tuf. I found it hard to get into; the first few times I listened to it I felt that it was missing something, the songs were very atmospheric and not very melodic, something that I had never before experienced in music. After a few listens, I finally "got" it. Tuf became one of my favourite albums.
I don't know anyone my own age who likes u2. I have asked a few of my friends what they think of them, and they just dismiss the band because of their age. I reckon they would like the band if they sat down and listened to Bad, one, until the end of the world, stay, aiwiy and streets. I don't think anyone could deny the power of these songs.