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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2012, 12:34:02 PM »
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We've had our comedy threads (U2 vs Bieber, U2 vs Bon Jovi), our slightly more serious thread (U2 vs Coldplay) but how how about a proper battle of talents: U2 vs Radiohead.

Of course for my money Radiohead wipe the floor with U2 with their emotional intelligence, subtlety (something U2 have never been accused of) and all round cleverness (something U2 only seem to find from outside sources ie Eno). They are also contrary fellows who at the height of their powers refuse to pander to the lowest common denominator (something you can't say about U2 anymore). They are also a superior live act. I caught them two nights in a row at the O2 in London recently. Check out this outstandingly beautiful version of Nude:

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I take exception to the thought that U2 have no sense of subtlety. I take a lot of exception to that, actually. Listen to all the little details and the delicateness in songs like "If You Wear That Velvet Dress", "Grace", "Promenade", "One Step Closer", "Cedars Of Lebanon"...etc...plus the whole Passengers project.

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2012, 12:38:42 PM »
"U2 vs. Radiohead"

Ruth's Chris vs. Vegan Chili outlet


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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2012, 12:39:56 PM »
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Never ever understood using 'depressing' to fault something, I take that to mean it's honest and emotionally effective, such a lazy label. Mediocrity and banality are much more depressing to me.

Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Wasn't faultin them for that. Just understand its not everyone's cup of tea.


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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2012, 12:42:20 PM »
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Never ever understood using 'depressing' to fault something, I take that to mean it's honest and emotionally effective, such a lazy label. Mediocrity and banality are much more depressing to me.

Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Wasn't faultin them for that. Just understand its not everyone's cup of tea.



Wasn't in reply to you dude, was just a general reply to the 'depressing' tag that Radiohead have in the big wide world.

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2012, 12:45:35 PM »
Oh. Care on then  ;D

I'll take n.l.o.t.h. Over in rainbows and kol anyday

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2012, 12:45:42 PM »
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Pablo Honey - 'Creep' 'Blow Out' 'Stop Whispering' 'Prove Yourself'. A 'beyond crappy' record simply wouldn't contain those songs.

As for Radiohead's work since OK, I'll take any of them over ATYCLB and Bomb. I'll take Johnny's soundtrack for 'There Will Be Blood' over most of U2's 00's output. Apart from a handful of tracks on 'No Line' U2 don't have anything that competes with the amount of great songs Radiohead have penned over the last ten years. I'll concede that another great album has alluded them since OK, but we're talking fine margins here.

Idlewild are awesome, no probs with that :) It's like choosing between The Stones and The Who. 

1. Creep = good novelty song. the rest "perform services" on goats.

2. Obviously, you can take far more punishment than I can.

3. The Who >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the Stones.

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2012, 12:45:49 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.


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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2012, 12:47:54 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.
Oasis>blur>>>>>>>Radio****

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2012, 12:48:14 PM »
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1. Creep = good novelty song.

Hey, that's my song.


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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2012, 12:48:42 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.
Oasis>blur>>>>>>>Radio****

That's only because you're a closet Manc.


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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2012, 12:49:01 PM »
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1. Creep = good novelty song.

Hey, that's my song.



I didn't say it sucked.

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #41 on: December 02, 2012, 12:49:07 PM »
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Pablo Honey - 'Creep' 'Blow Out' 'Stop Whispering' 'Prove Yourself'. A 'beyond crappy' record simply wouldn't contain those songs.

As for Radiohead's work since OK, I'll take any of them over ATYCLB and Bomb. I'll take Johnny's soundtrack for 'There Will Be Blood' over most of U2's 00's output. Apart from a handful of tracks on 'No Line' U2 don't have anything that competes with the amount of great songs Radiohead have penned over the last ten years. I'll concede that another great album has alluded them since OK, but we're talking fine margins here.

Idlewild are awesome, no probs with that :) It's like choosing between The Stones and The Who. 

1. Creep = good novelty song. the rest "perform services" on goats.

2. Obviously, you can take far more punishment than I can.

3. The Who >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the Stones.

I love creep, the rest of the album tracks are filler IMO

And yes the who Over stones anyday

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #42 on: December 02, 2012, 12:49:54 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.
Oasis>blur>>>>>>>Radio****

That's only because you're a closet Manc.
yup

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2012, 12:54:18 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.



They should be, but the sheer amount of commercials they have done is big mark against them for me. The music on it's own merits puts them up there though. 

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Pablo Honey - 'Creep' 'Blow Out' 'Stop Whispering' 'Prove Yourself'. A 'beyond crappy' record simply wouldn't contain those songs.

As for Radiohead's work since OK, I'll take any of them over ATYCLB and Bomb. I'll take Johnny's soundtrack for 'There Will Be Blood' over most of U2's 00's output. Apart from a handful of tracks on 'No Line' U2 don't have anything that competes with the amount of great songs Radiohead have penned over the last ten years. I'll concede that another great album has alluded them since OK, but we're talking fine margins here.

Idlewild are awesome, no probs with that :) It's like choosing between The Stones and The Who. 

1. Creep = good novelty song. the rest "perform services" on goats.

2. Obviously, you can take far more punishment than I can.

3. The Who >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the Stones.


1. Radiohead didn't write a novelty song. It being perceived as that has nothing to do with them. If U2 released 'Stop Whispering' this place would turn into the Ewok village at the end of Return Of The Jedi. 

2. Obviously.

3. Stones.

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Re: U2 vs Radiohead
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2012, 12:57:39 PM »
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Great, great, great band. Easily the best band to come out of the UK in the last 20 years.

Blur are close contenders.



They should be, but the sheer amount of commercials they have done is big mark against them for me. The music on it's own merits puts them up there though. 


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