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General U2 Discussion / Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Last post by JonD on February 22, 2018, 05:20:47 PM »
As a later 40’s U2 fan (yikes that sounds old ! Lol) I use the following tiered system for new releases:

Reissues or purchases of classic albums (especially 1st prints) of bands such as REM, LED Zeppelin, or Pink Floyd)- often bought/kept them in vinyl and CD

1. New Vinyl/CD worthy-  new U2, many Radiohead albums or other releases (eg. loved both Gallagher albums) that are outstanding- keeps me young. ;)

2.  I TUNES- albums I like but aren’t “vinyl worthy” of a physical copy (last 2 Coldplay)

3. Stream everything else.

Consequently I have found that my music purchases have been reduced a lot but not completely. If anything I feel more excited when “vinyl worthy” happpens.


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News and Rumors / Re: Any news of 2017 Fan Club subscribers "gift" ?
« Last post by miryclay on February 22, 2018, 05:04:23 PM »
I got mine about a month ago in Ontario.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Last post by summerholly on February 22, 2018, 04:49:01 PM »
I only have satellite internet which is expensive and data limited so streaming is not really an option for me.  I can buy digital music though.  I also believe that an artist needs to be paid for their work and creativity or it can surely only be detrimental to music in the long run.
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News and Rumors / Re: Any news of 2017 Fan Club subscribers "gift" ?
« Last post by JonD on February 22, 2018, 04:47:15 PM »
Anyone from Ontario (Canada) receive their “gift”? Still haven’t received 2017 and ..... such a sucker....renewed again with little hope of getting the vinyls.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Songs Of Experience sales in the United States
« Last post by hollywoodswag on February 22, 2018, 03:46:25 PM »
I once swore I would always stick with CDs and never buy music directly in digital form unless I just wanted a specific song. Now, I'm all about buying digital copies of things (it was actually the availability of U2 deluxe editions on sale around the release of TJT30 that inspired it). I tried a little bit of streaming, but honestly, it really isn't for me unless I'm entertaining people. I prefer to buy the music and own a copy and support the artist in question. They deserve my support for their work, and I just feel like streaming isn't it. Besides, it saves an awful lot of money for wifi access on flights. ;)
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Tours / Re: Which Pop album songs would you love to hear on the upcoming eiTour?
« Last post by hollywoodswag on February 22, 2018, 03:41:30 PM »
Last Night On Earth and Gone for me.
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Fun and Games / Re: Questions Only.....
« Last post by Hustoninut on February 22, 2018, 03:34:52 PM »
Do you think no one posted on this thread for so long because everyone was spending all there computer time trying to get G.A. tickets to an upcoming U2 show?
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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z U2 songs
« Last post by Hustoninut on February 22, 2018, 03:24:15 PM »
Walk To The Water.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: The Showman
« Last post by Hustoninut on February 22, 2018, 03:21:21 PM »
Lyrically there are some very good one liners in The Showman.  I would think that out of any other songs on SOE this is the one that was designed to feel a bit "do I like it or not?"  I've been critical of U2 somewhat "selling out" a bit lately, trying to come out with songs that may get radio play or just have a catchy little tune that sticks in your head for a while but has no real substance. (You're the Best Thing About Me.  Volcano)  The Showman basically admits that is true, which may be why I actually do like it more than I don't. 
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: U2 and Politics Take the poll
« Last post by Hustoninut on February 22, 2018, 03:09:04 PM »
@u2live... Your observation of "a throwaway pop song" is exactly right. 
@ popsadie... I get what your saying about an "ironic song lyric" but I don't believe Bono takes any of his lyrics lightly.  I think that one line in that song says A LOT about where his head is and has been lately.  Don't get me wrong, I really like the song.  I think it's one of the better songs on SOE precisely for the same reason I'm criticizing it.  It seems to be one of the truer to the emotion of the band than others.  Another and maybe a better example of what I'm saying is having a song where Kendrick Lamar does the intro and U2 have a few lines on Kendrick's CD.  Why?  Because these two are kindred artists that just felt a need to collaborate on their art?  No... It's because a record label/producer thought it was a good idea and may cross sell. (BTW, I like K.L. too but I doubt anyone will remember who he is 30 years from now) I'm all for new or younger U2 fans, but I just don't think there was anything wrong with what U2 was doing to gain new fans for the past 30 years.  Just put out great music that is from the heart and soul and it will connect with people.  They don't need gimmicks like putting the music on everyone's I-POD.  I guess what I'm saying is if it ain't broke don't fix it.  U2 is the greatest band ever because they are... Not because they "sold" someone on it.  I guess the evidence will be this tour.  Typically U2 sells out every venue and it's always a packed house.  This time around it sure seems like there is still A LOT of availability.
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