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The Music / Re: Best "Worst" U2 Song?
« Last post by jaredlabbq on August 19, 2017, 08:06:33 PM »
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Worst songs according to who?

There's plenty of U2 songs worse than these.

the original poster? cmonnnnnnnnnnnnn but yea theres about 4 songs i like less than these. well no one of those is ABOY which is represented.

Which songs do you hate the most?
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General Music Discussion / Re: Favourite Live Performances
« Last post by DK46 on August 19, 2017, 07:15:31 PM »
Radiohead - Glastonbury 1997/2003/2017 and Bonnaroo 2006, oh and SNL 2000 (lots to choose from for me)

Blur - Hyde Park 2009

Rage Against the Machine - Coachella 2007

LCD Soundsystem - "Final Show" Live at Madison Square Garden 2011

Muse - Live at Wembley Stadium 2007
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by Rising Sun on August 19, 2017, 07:02:39 PM »
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I would much prefer U2 make a "weird" song that sucks than something like Elevation or Vertigo.

I agree, and think a perfect example of this is Breathe. It has a cello (FFS!), a weird time signature, bizarre spoken/shouted verses about cockatoos, a bridge that appears after the first verse and then never recurs, etc.

Personally, I dislike the song (so much that I eventually removed it from my NLOTH playlist altogether), but I am happy that U2 made it. I'd rather my favorite band push their boundaries and create music that their fans love (even if I don't in some cases) than watch them sound like a domesticated version of Keane or Coldplay.

I know, Breathe is SO annoying, I removed it too.  Want to hear the original version Brian Eno said was his favorite U2 song.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by Rising Sun on August 19, 2017, 07:00:35 PM »
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I have a hard time separating the categories their work fell into at the times it was released from how it is perceived or sounds now.

U2 didn't fall into easy categories early on and through Unforgettable Fire, though were closest to post-punk, a bit of new wave, epic rock, and "big music" (coined by The Waterboys' Mike Scott).

And through Unforgettable Fire, all those "big music" bands were basically equals (Big Country, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, etc.).

The popularity that followed certainly changed things, but they've definitely been in the pop rock, rock, adult contemporary vein since All That You Can't Leave Behind.

I don't know if the easy categories of old have the same relevance to the music world today...there's SO MUCH music at one's fingertips and mouse clicks these days that it sometimes comes down to "good music" vs. "bad music" or "popular" vs. "alternative" or "mainstream" vs. "weird."

I mostly like "good weird alternative" but if that was a category I don't know if U2 falls into it anymore.

They seem to be striving for "good popular mainstream."

I wish they'd get weird.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."  Hunter S. Thompson

"Weird" doesn't always equal "good" though. Just like stuff that might be more mainstream - whatever that ultimately means - isn't always good or bad either. It's not exclusive for one side or the other. Personally, I don't need an album to sound like In Rainbows for every single track. I just want to have a good song underneath somewhere for most of them. People always bring up Cedars as a good "song", even though the only real acclaim it gets is for its lyrics and nothing else. But apparently pushing a few keys down in an ambient pre-set and talking over it is considered hip enough in the end.  ::) Not exactly seeing it covered by droves of people on YouTube either... on the other hand, Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (which is an actual song) does though.

I think you can have both sides, really. It is interesting to see on message boards how anything remotely catchy or featuring a guitar automatically is put into the "bad" pile somehow. Or on here, people thinking that stuff like Mysterious Ways or WOWY isn't remotely catchy or features something resembling a hook. Or that ATYCLB is AC-leaning while there were songs like One and Staring at the Sun for the almost universally acclaimed albums in these parts. In the end, I'm just glad they're still recording... and hopefully the next album has some variety and more good songs than not. After SOI, I'm a bit hopeful they'll continue down that route in terms of those things.

Well, by "weird" I probably mean weird for them.  It's a proportionately small percentage of their catalog that falls into the realm of the weird or experimental, but that's the stuff I like best.  From the Bomb era, for example, their cover of Kraftwerk's Neon Lights, the Jackknife Lee version of Ave Maria, Fast Cars, and Smile are my favorite songs. 

None are extremely "out there" as far as being truly experimental or "weird" are concerned, but they are the weird outliers of that era. 
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by The Exile on August 19, 2017, 06:51:58 PM »
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"Breathe" doesn't get enough love in my opinion. Don't let the cockatoos throw you off, it's a great tune!

Great, now I'm hearing the melody of Acrobat with Bono singing, "Don't let... the cockatoos... throw you off!"
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General U2 Discussion / Re: New Album Sounds Like A Snooze...
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on August 19, 2017, 06:44:49 PM »
I don't get it...how can you judge an album that hasn't been released?
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Great October interview and performances
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on August 19, 2017, 06:43:27 PM »
It's interesting to me that the Troubles in the North barely captured their attention till they left Ireland.  Proves the old theory that "fish pay no attention to what happens outside their fishbowl", metaphorically speaking.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on August 19, 2017, 06:19:15 PM »
"Breathe" doesn't get enough love in my opinion. Don't let the cockatoos throw you off, it's a great tune!
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Declaring September 25 as International Day of U2
« Last post by wwildhoney on August 19, 2017, 06:12:06 PM »
So I received a lot of support last week for #internationaldayofu2,  including several great ideas to help get the day up and running.  One of those ideas was to create a FB Event page for the Day (Thank you Virginie) - so here it is below (not sure how this link will work outside of Facebook but I try :D). If it doesn't link - just search in FB for International Day of U2 in Events. 

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(I've set the date in Edmonton time, but for all the hours that it is September 25 somewhere in the world...)

Please join and/or share the link as you wish!

I also added a page to my blog You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  to list any known planned events for the day (or around the day)- I already have 2 - the U241 Celebration at The Church in Dublin, and Rattle and Hum at the Metro Theatre in Edmonton - both planned before I sent out the first post - so happy coincidences!

Also - if you want to translate any of this post or the FB event page or blog pages into other languages, please do and send to me - I will add to all these pages.  It is an International Day after all!!
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by The Exile on August 19, 2017, 05:33:12 PM »
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I would much prefer U2 make a "weird" song that sucks than something like Elevation or Vertigo.

I agree, and think a perfect example of this is Breathe. It has a cello (FFS!), a weird time signature, bizarre spoken/shouted verses about cockatoos, a bridge that appears after the first verse and then never recurs, etc.

Personally, I dislike the song (so much that I eventually removed it from my NLOTH playlist altogether), but I am happy that U2 made it. I'd rather my favorite band push their boundaries and create music that their fans love (even if I don't in some cases) than watch them sound like a domesticated version of Keane or Coldplay.
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