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News and Rumors / Re: U2 video Beckett bridge
« Last post by Siberian Tiger on Today at 04:57:21 AM »
Just another video for their private archives. Until they make an announcement they could easily get cold feet and not release anything.
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Last flight to leave Moscow from futurology is pretty special too. As is the title track.
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The Music / Re: The little riffs/sounds that make the U2 song
« Last post by Edgedisciple on Today at 03:23:48 AM »
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Now consider the WHOOSH sound that comes after the verses of "If God Will Send His Angels." I love that WHOOSH. The song wouldn't be as good for me if it wasn't there. Niall Stokes writes in his book "Into the Heart" that the sound comes from Howie B.

"Having taken a sample of Larry's hi-hat, and lowered it a couple of octaves, he (Howie B) unleashed the resulting whoosh to magnificent dramatic effect."

That sound was the first reason I fell in love with Pop <3
I would add the bit-crushed synth (or guitar?!?) of Do You Feel Loved that starts at 0:16 and reappears sporadically throughout the song, awesome! The background synth that pops out after the first half of the choruses is also amazing. But that record is full with little things like these, we could fill two pages.
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General Music Discussion / Re: Manic Street Preachers appreciation thread
« Last post by an tha on Today at 02:51:23 AM »
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I'm pretty sure I've got a top ten somewhere in this thread but I'll do it again and see how different it turns out...

I'm with you on the holy bible. Top 5 albums of all time for me that one.

1. Yes
2. Stay Beautiful
3. Roses in the Hospital
4. Faster
5. Me & Steven Hawking
6. 4st 7lbs
7. Motorcycle Emptiness
8. This is Yesterday
9. Little Baby Nothing
10. PCP

Staggeringly good band.

1. Of Walking Abortion
2. She is Suffering
3. 4st 7lbs
4. Faster
5. Enola/Alone
6. This is Yesterday
7. Removables
8. The Girl Who Wanted to be God
9. Life Becoming a Landslide
10. La Tristesse Durera
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News and Rumors / Re: 9/19 or 9/30?
« Last post by Chargedvt on Today at 02:50:02 AM »
The cut off has always been September 30, I believe.
So the first single is eligible for one year, and the album for the next year. Beautiful Day and ATYCLB cleaned up in '01 and '02.
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General Music Discussion / Re: Manic Street Preachers appreciation thread
« Last post by an tha on Today at 02:45:42 AM »
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20 years ago this week, this band released the Holy Bible. It remains probably my favourite album of all time. It fights with a few others but there's none other like it. Absolute genius lyrically, musically, and so out of step with everything that was going on at the same time in the UK...

Happy (?) Birthday to the Holy Bible. And Rest, or live, in peace Richey Edwards...

An album of epic tortured beauty and pain....

The way James fitted the music around Richeys words and still managed to create tunes that stuck in your head was an incredible feat.

I love that album.
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The Music / Re: The little riffs/sounds that make the U2 song
« Last post by wraitii on Today at 02:43:34 AM »
The mouth-made "whoosh" in Baby Until The End Of The World is 100% awesome.
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Lyrics / Re: Examples of Bono recycling lyrics (sometimes)
« Last post by wraitii on Today at 02:42:53 AM »
"Real" but unused for the last 20 years.
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News and Rumors / Re: 9/19 or 9/30?
« Last post by an tha on Today at 02:40:35 AM »
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I would hope that u2 aren't planning their release of new music around Grammy nominations

Why? That is what they have done with every other release.

To be fair to them, is it?

I don't know much about the Grammys but if the cut off date mentioned on here has been the same every year, then U2 have never released an album around the cut off date.

They may very well be a band who crave these awards, but I am not sure that it is fair to say their release strategy has been set up around them.
That said I dont know what the cut offs have been in previous release years is, or when the awards are....
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News and Rumors / Re: New Album In (Anyone Care To Make A Guess?) Thread!
« Last post by an tha on Today at 01:45:15 AM »
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Make great tunes, be about the music and they will be fine.

There are myriad musicians that make great tunes and are all about the music and they're eating Top Ramen for dinner tonight.

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One of the main reasons why u2 attract hate (possibly more so over here than in the US) is down to the sledgehammer approach.

Key point right there, I think. Very different thing over here in the US. Even when U2 did the full week on Letterman, it was seen by a tiny, tiny fraction of the music-buying public. Outside of the Super Bowl, there really is no mass event that the whole country is aware of and watches/hears/consumes. Everything is so splintered on radio, TV, etc.

Likewise, about zero percent of the US public care about -- or are even aware of -- any of the tax-related stuff that seems to be a continual thorn in their sides over on your side of the Atlantic. In fact, I'd guess that U2's biggest issue here in the US is lack of awareness that they're still around ... which was one of the common questions I heard during the "Invisible" promotion. ("I didn't know U2 were still together!")

So I'd disagree with your "hated, adored, but never ignored" comment. Here in the US, I'd say ignorance and apathy are their two biggest challenges.

Had to Google 'Top Ramen'

How many of those bands have been around for 30 years, have a huge legacy and as we seem to be heading down a money route have made hundreds of millions....

Little point going around in circles, our fundamental attitudes towards the subject are very different.

I take your comments about the US and u2 at face value as you are over there and have an insight and I don't.

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