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General U2 Discussion / Why do you love U2?
« Last post by BONO31 on Today at 01:38:54 AM »
Why do you love U2?
What is the song that made you fall in love with the band?
And how do you explain your love for the band?

For me, we love or hate something in the first place, and then, we try to explain why.
I'd like U2 since Achtung Baby, but I really fell in love with the band in 1995.
The song that changed everything for me was "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me". This song is so fresh and sexy, rock'n'roll and experimental! The same summer, I discovered the ZOO TV TOUR live from Sydney on VHS, and that was it! U2 is the best band ever.

Now, if I had to explain why I love so much U2, I would say it's because of their humanity.
I'm a highly sensitive person, and I always felt very different from the others, I also have a very strong sense of justice,
and the U2 band members seemed to be like me, leaving nobody aside.
U2 was an emergency exit from the world I was living back then.
And U2 is still connected to my humanity.

What about you?
The Music and Lyrics / Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Last post by BONO31 on Today at 01:13:23 AM »
Everybody's talking about Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, but what if Flood was the real musical genius?

Flood worked on The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop...

According to the majority U2 fans, those albums are the best and the most experimental.
Flood also produced a lot of great records with Depeche Mode, NIN, PJ Harvey, Foals, Smashing Pumpkins...

So, it looks like he's the most qualified producer for the experimental side of U2, what do you think?

General U2 Discussion / Re: Your Top 20 U2 Songs ranked!
« Last post by BONO31 on Today at 01:00:10 AM »
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1.Ultra Violet (Light my way)
2.In a little while
6.Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
7.The Fly
9.Walk on
10.Wake up dead man
12.The Blackout
14.Original of the species
15.Summer of love
17.Lights of home
18.When I look at the world
19.Electrical Storm

But I find it very difficult to choose

Very interesting list. Only two songs from the 80s. So I guess 80s U2 would not be your favorite.
Thank you! But I absolutely love the 80s...
Red hill mining town
Like a song...
Van Diemen's land
Party Girl live from Red Rock
Where the streets have no name
I still haven't found what I'm looking for
One tree hill
Bullet the blue sky live from Zoo Tv
Two Hearts beat as One
11 o clock tic toc live from Red Rock

All those songs would have been in the list 20 year's ago. I picked the songs I'm listening the most, that's why I found it difficult to choose! There are so many great U2 songs, we're blessed!!!

Tours / Re: What happened to rfd
« Last post by BlueSquirrel on Today at 12:46:20 AM »
I don't know which guitar The Edge used for that song, but to me it sounded like his Explorer (really bright pickups). I've always loved the sound of that specific guitar in Edge's hands whereas it can get somewhat shrill when other guitarists use it differently.
So, does anyone know if he actually uses the Explorer on Red Flag Day ? And does he add any other effects along with it ?
News and Rumors / Re: More shows next year ?
« Last post by 64ac30 on December 11, 2018, 09:59:53 PM »
The new rumor is the band will perform in Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. I can imagine maybe Hong Kong, but Vietnam?????? This tour is supposed to be 2 months too, and they’re saying it will mix arenas and stadiums. Idk...
General U2 Discussion / Re: No Grammy nominations for the music on Songs Of Experience
« Last post by Luzita on December 11, 2018, 08:41:20 PM »
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If U2 would just stop releasing new music, and do nothing except Greatest Hits setlists, they could tour arenas and stadiums infinitely.  Demand would probably go UP if they quit releasing new music and just focused on the hits.  I know a lot of friends that WOULD go to a U2 greatest hits tour that would probably not go to a show where they're going to play 8 songs from the new album.  Hell, my PARENTS would go to a U2 GH show. 

But U2 just aren't made that way, and I am thankful.

Well, I'm a PARENT and I wouldn't go to a U2 GH show.  I want to go to a U2 show that has brand new material, from a brand new album with Edge's chiming guitar, produced by Eno/Lanois and dealing with relevant worldly subjects. I'm tired of hearing Bono sing about Bono. The MOR rock/pop music they've put out is junk.  They need to get real again.
Yes, this path they’ve taken on the last two albums of U2 on U2 is where they have really gone off track.  Its boring.  But worse than that it gives off the impression of self-importance and self-indulgence.  It appeals most to people who are hardcore fans of the band members themselves...which is distinct from being a fan of their work.  I don’t say this to insult anyone.  We all have different things that make us tick and that’s fine.  But this is not a way to broaden your appeal and be relevant to the younger demographic, which they seem to be wanting to do based on their musical production choices.  Nobody outside people who have been reading up on the band knows or cares what Cedarwood Road is.  They actually have an animated scene of their life story on the big screen!

This is different than Lennon using Strawberry Fields or McCartney using Penny Lane as a jumping off point for a creative expression that is not “about them”.  It feels like they are trying to create their own legend even if that is not what is in their hearts.

I predict the band is not done and will come back with some great art and later reflect on how they kind of lost their way in the 2010’s.

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I actually think a lot of the themes they address on the recent two albums are things most fans could relate to in some way. Lots of people have a street where they grew up on or spent a good part of it growing up on, which is why Cedarwood Road is song anyone could relate to. Besides, its not the actual lyrics themselves that turn people on or off to the music, but whether the music when combined with the singing of lyrics generates some type of emotion or spiritual state or that "something else" which makes people attracted to or like a particular song or album of songs.

I think the lyrics are very important to fans of U2's work.  As Tortuga correctly pointed out regarding U2's recent work - "It appeals most to people who are hardcore fans of the band members themselves...which is distinct from being a fan of their work".  I'm a hardcore fan of their work, not a hardcore Bono fan.  Yeah, I think highly of Bono but he isn't the reason why I love U2.  And for me, at least, the lyrics mean a lot to my perception of their work.  SOI/SOE have lyrics that are too trite and too pre-packaged. And, as said before, it's all too self introspective.  I want to hear songs about world events, songs that tackle hard subjects, songs that have lyrics that matter.  And above all, songs that rock. 

I think U2 still has it in them, to turn it around and get back to being a band that truly matters.  I'm hopeful of the future of the band.  They aren't done yet.

U2 are not writing poetry or novels, they are a rock band. The lyric is often changed and dictated by the music. Writing something down on paper that is really well written is great. The problem is that you may not be able to sing that. Not only not sing that, but have it fit with the music of a song. Lyrics for rock songs don't have the freedom to be anything like the lines of a book novel or piece of poetry.

Then there is what the band is passionate about. I think U2 have always been passionate about all their work, especially their latest work. It would feel forced, contrived, to write something to fit some part of the fanbases agenda. I think its fantastic that U2 have put out 5 new albums since January 2000. Their still an active band writing and recording new material on a fairly regular basis. Compare that with bands like Van Halen and Fleetwood Mac that have only put out a single album in the same period of time.

One of the interesting things about U2’s lyrics is the way they mesh with the music, and are often inspired by the emotional texture of the music. And yet, in many cases they are also powerful on their own, even as written text. SOE has many examples. When combined with the music and Bono’s extremely evocative singing, the words are incredibly moving. I’d have to say that many of U2’s lyrics *are* poetry. After all, poetry was originally sung, if you go back to its roots in the oral tradition.

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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z Band names
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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z tv shows
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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z U2 songs
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Tours / Re: What happened to rfd
« Last post by 64ac30 on December 11, 2018, 05:31:56 PM »
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Too much treble guitar and chorus pedals.

There is no chorus effect on the guitar... yes it’s a bright tone.
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