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Offline robert

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U2 are fighting to be relevant
« on: February 15, 2011, 01:28:14 PM »
I'm sort of watching the brits awards thinking about how stupid the people and the artists are whilst reading a novel seeing a distinct lack of U2 influence. I've heard Chris Martin's name a few times. And even Arcade fire when accepting their award, named almost every band apart from U2.

They need to release an album where people can't help but love it and just 'get it' if you know what I'm saying.

Any opinions?
« Last Edit: February 17, 2011, 08:13:43 AM by robert »



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Re: U2 are fighting for their lives
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 01:30:39 PM »
Hmm I get what you're saying. the next album really needs to be something special.
the title annoys me a lot. a bit dramatic don't you think?

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Re: U2 are fighting for their lives
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 01:32:53 PM »
No, I really think they are fighting for their lives. They aren't a popular band in Britain. No one openly says they're a U2 fan.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their lives
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 01:35:10 PM »
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No, I really think they are fighting for their lives
their "lives" aren't exactly dependent on how influential they currently are.
Fighting for relevancy is what they're doing.
In fact U2 could retire now, and still live.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their lives
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 01:36:07 PM »
Ok I'll change it to relevancy, just for you

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011, 01:43:34 PM »
There's something missing with U2. The Beatles are eternally loved and admired, and advertised all the time, but U2 aren't.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011, 01:53:42 PM »
why thank you Robert.
I think it's because of the modern nature of the industry. U2 have fought it for a long time.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011, 01:54:23 PM »
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There's something missing with U2. The Beatles are eternally loved and admired, and advertised all the time, but U2 aren't.

Well, the Beatles were only widely-known as a band for like seven years or something, and even at the tail end of that they were pretty strongly criticized by the media (so I have heard, I wasn't alive then).

When history looks back on U2 in 20 years, it will judge them to be one of the best bands of all time. Now, if U2 keeps this chub they've got for relevance and popularity, then it will tarnish their legacy a bit (like the athlete who should have retired years ago, or the TV series that ran a few seasons too long because they can't admit they've lost it).

On the other hand, if U2 start acting like Radiohead and make artistically bold and challenging music with little regard for popularity (since they're one of the only bands in a position to even consider such a thing), then the media and the culture will once again sit up and take notice.

But as it is, they're trying too hard, and it's a bit embarrassing. And sad.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 01:59:28 PM »
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On the other hand, if U2 start acting like Radiohead and make artistically bold and challenging music with little regard for popularity (since they're one of the only bands in a position to even consider such a thing), then the media and the culture will once again sit up and take notice.

But as it is, they're trying too hard, and it's a bit embarrassing. And sad.


PERHAPS, but radiohead are a bunch of depressive geeks. Haha.

They do try too hard though. They should be more subtle. I heard that the Edge was listening to the National, which is a good thing. I'm also really happy that Aracde Fire won album of the year awards at both the Brits and the Grammys.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011, 02:18:12 PM »
Haven't they always been fighting for relevancy?...
* Fighting to get that first deal with Island Records
* Fighting to recover from October
* Fighting to recover from Rattle & Hum at the same time the music landscape changed (most of their contemporaries failed)
* The struggle of trying to sell Pop and Popmart
* The mixed signals from the Vertigo Tour and NLOTH

It's just a different fight now - still a fight

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2011, 02:22:21 PM »
I suppose you're right, but I don't get this sense with any other bands

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2011, 03:09:50 PM »
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There's something missing with U2. The Beatles are eternally loved and admired, and advertised all the time, but U2 aren't.

The beatles are and will be the most widely loved band on earth because they brought people together, while U2 on the other hand, are unashamedly polarizing. When you are polarizing, there is no possible way to get a universal love for you, and it really is quite a feat that they have as many fans as they do.

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2011, 03:28:36 PM »
Just ask Liam Gallagher he's never even met a U2 fan in UK  lol ;D

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Re: U2 are fighting for their lives
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2011, 03:33:50 PM »
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No, I really think they are fighting for their lives. They aren't a popular band in Britain. No one openly says they're a U2 fan.
I DO :)

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Re: U2 are fighting for their relevancy
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2011, 04:20:29 PM »
Eh try find someone in Ireland who will admit to been a u2 fan

Something changed since the Vertigo tour....And i've no idea what