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General U2 Discussion / Re: Top 5 things you wish U2 never did.
« Last post by PookaMacP on Today at 02:06:31 AM »
Funny how most of the missteps seem to have occurred in the Pop and post-Pop era. To the many good suggestions above, I'd add:

1. This Might Get Loud - I have a nagging feeling that if Edge hadn't gotten involved in this, he wouldn't have 'discovered' that 70s guitar sound and we wouldn't have had to endure the dreadful sound of Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, and Cedarwood Road.

2. Abandoning the Morocco sounds for NLOTH - the magic that's there in Moment of Surrender, the first minute of Unknown Caller (and its brilliant chorus), Soon, and the 'making of' clips makes the final product feel like such a disappointment.

3. Crazy Tonight remix live - dreadful, just skin-crawlingly, cringe-inducingly dreadful.

4. Extracurricular activities - Bono's increased campaigning, Larry's acting, Edge's property wrangles, Adam's..., that Spiderman nonsense: all of these things have reduced the band's focus on the music over the past fifteen years. And the quality has suffered hugely. Not only is art 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration - it requires concentration and a kind of commitment that must be difficult to deliver when you are being pulled in ten different directions. (Having said that, I'm not sure I can blame them for this - that's life, after all.)

5. Pop and 'the fear' - I love Pop, but Pop's failure to secure a big hit single (remember that people lost their jobs back in 1997 due to disappointment at the marketing campaign), the perceived failure of PopMart, and even the subsequent success of the safer (though excellent) 'Sweetest Thing' pushed the band on a path of least resistance. Listen to Million Dollar Hotel to hear what was left off ATYCLB, take Mercy and Fast Cars as evidence of a slightly edgier HTDAAB, and see the acoustic sessions of SOI for the spark of creativity when the band hasn't been produced within an inch of its life.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Top 5 reasons why U2 is GREAT !
« Last post by very good on Today at 02:03:12 AM »
Bono
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Top 5 reasons why U2 is GREAT !
« Last post by So Cruel on Today at 01:33:41 AM »
1. Bono
2. Edge
3. Larry
4. Adam
5. Paul McGuinness
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News and Rumors / Re: "Song For Someone" is the next single (rumor)
« Last post by Waffles on Today at 12:19:27 AM »
While the song sounds great live, radio listeners won't get that experience. They won't see Bono belting out his voice and the rest of them doing their thing. Radio listeners will get a studio version that doesn't have that live emotion
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The Music / Re: U2 Country
« Last post by KenpoMatt on Today at 12:18:28 AM »
Trip thru your wires is pretty country.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Top 5 things you wish U2 never did.
« Last post by Parsons on Today at 12:04:30 AM »
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1. Disowning Pop.  I don't mind that they made ATYCLB and went that direction - I think that was a necessary step.  But the way they talk about it, the awful re-recorded Best Of versions, the lack of Pop songs in setlists... however it is looking like NLOTH may be the new Pop, so maybe they've finally gotten over Pop's "failure."  We'll see...

2. NLOTH2.  that song sucks.  When I heard that for the first time in my life I thought maybe U2 had lost it, and it made me sad.  Luckily the album version is awesome.

3. Not using the vinyl master of HTDAAB for all releases.  Seriously, the CD master is atrocious.  So much compression and high-end I can't even.  Absolutely unacceptable for a band as high-class as U2.

4. Having their two best tours when I was not old enough to see them.  What a d**k move.

5. not releasing any of their stems to the public for remixing. or it doesn't even have to be to the public it could just be me :D

Gonna have to get the vinyl version of HTDAAB !
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General U2 Discussion / Top 5 reasons why U2 is GREAT !
« Last post by Parsons on March 28, 2015, 11:38:36 PM »
IMHO U2 is the best Rock band ever better than the Beatles, Stones, The Who, Zeppelin,
Queen, Springsteen etc.
Even if you don't agree with me their undoubtedly a GREAT band and here are my top 5
reasons why.

1. The members
Will start from the ground up
Larry Mullen Jr while not flashy player by any means in the  likes of Keith Moon or John Bonham (but than again neither was Ringo Starr or Charlie Watts) Larry's unorthodox style is pivotal to U2's sound. He's loud, proficient and at times funky his impeccable trimming leaves room for Edge' s ethereal orchestration and gives Bono just enough breathing time to belt out his signature emotional phrases.

Adam Clayton' s style is calm cool and collective all the while managing to hold down the GROOVES so EDGE can do his thing.
With a humongous hole to fill since U2 for the MOST part only has one guitar player( sorry Bono) but his acute sense of rhythm is the antidote.
With bass lines like NYD, THBAO, WOWOY, BTBS, UTEOTW, SDABTO,PLEASE, Magnificent, Volcano and many others who can argue.

The Edge WOW where did he come from ?
This man has single handedly given music a whole new pallet to paint with after all the years of white guitar players stealing and pillaging riffs from the black bluesman of the past along comes the KING of minimalism who with just 2 notes can bring down the walls of Jerhico. I would rather listen to the intro of WTSHNN then any rehashed recycled solo from
Jimmy Page and the like any day. I'd better stop or this will take up the whole thread.

BONO or the spirit of U2 one of the most charismatic entertainers in the history of Rock with an extremely unique style of singing a man filled with Joy and Pain , Anger and Peace
Love and Hate miraculously manages to let it all out in howls falsetto's and whispers.
Of all the lyricist' s other than the Psalmist King David ( who has been Bono's inspiration) none have spoken to me like the little man from Ireland.

2. The Performances
Throughout their career U2 has managed to put on some of the best shows ever from the
no thrills 80's shows to the theatrical 90's extravaganza's and up until this day they can blow the roof off any indoor arena and unite an entire stadium for 2hrs plus.

3. The music.
I always said U2 has never released a bad album NO there not all CLASSICS like TJT or AB
and even ATYCLB ( ducks ) but there all special in there own way.
I can't imagine my world without the 13 studio albums live albums and countless bootlegs from this remarkable band.
Be careful their songs might become the soundtrack to your life. :)


4. Their Commitment
U2 have managed to stay friends all these years and for that reason alone in the world of entertainment business is none other than a miracle.
The Beatles sang "  all you need is Love " but ended up in lawsuits, bickering and just plain angry with each other.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards rarely even speak and sadly the list goes on and on.
U2 sings" were one but not the same , we get to carry each other " and that's exactly what they do.

5. Their Faith
Last but not least as a believer in Christ you can feel like an outsider in the world of Rock, a world that for the most part projects a lifestyle that is contrary to all you believe and hold dear but U2's music has been soothing to the soul and an encouragement in times of doubt and weakness.
And for that reason I salute the band for not hiding their light under a bushel or shying away from the fact that they believe in God and the teachings of Christ.

What are the top 5 reasons why you think U2 is great ?











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Real World / Re: What's The Last Movie You've Watched?
« Last post by mdmomof7 on March 28, 2015, 10:33:53 PM »
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Saw three over break that go from great to good to average...

Rebel Without a Cause

Chappie

Jurassic Park

You're not saying that Jurassic Park is the average one, are you?
Unfortunately yes... I guess dinosaurs don't do much for me.  :P

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News and Rumors / Re: "Song For Someone" is the next single (rumor)
« Last post by mdmomof7 on March 28, 2015, 10:28:42 PM »
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The problem for me with SFS is its just so very, very bland sounding and so firmly stuck in the middle of the road.

It's a pop song, it's a bit sappy, and I just can't see it earning the band much praise from their critics or being anything like memorable enough to go down a storm, it really could be any old song by an old artist and u2 really should be aiming higher than that. It is one of those songs that if it wasn't a u2 song people here wouldn't give it a second thought, so it's chances of making a dent with the masses are remote.

Personally it isn't the kind of music that drew me to u2 and it isn't what I want to hear from them.
Thats nonsense ,it's one of the better songs on a non extraordinary album ,the miracle was boots part 2 ,for me ebw,sfs,and the troubles are the standout moments on the album the rest are average at best and some even sound like bsides ,volcano and tiswycrmn springs to mind.

Ah you must be right then, thanks for letting me know

an tha - did you get a chance to listen to the Graham Norton "couch" performance of SFS? You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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General Music Discussion / Re: Whats the Last Album You Listened to in Full
« Last post by mdmomof7 on March 28, 2015, 10:21:41 PM »
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Songs of Innocence

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Deluxe side too?

I'm trying to determine if when I listen to the reissued/remastered/deluxe U2 albums I can say I listened to a full album if I listen to just the 13 tracks of the additional/deluxe/remaster version! ;)
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