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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #45 on: January 26, 2016, 12:17:54 AM »
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The Sweetest Thing. Not a bad tune on the face of it but this song is evil. If it wasn't for the good press the band got for "returning to the classic U2 sound" with this song then I believe I wouldn't still be saying that POP is their last great album.
This song stopped U2s creative trajectory dead in its tracks and deserves to have every copy burned as a result. I would even fund a King Herod stylee search for the last copy just to get even!
 ;)

So, do you really, really think it was that song that made them change, or perhaps the pain in the rear that it was to make Pop, the critical and commercial negativity that went with it, and then the slog that Popmart ended up being for them? You're right, it was probably the song rather than three or four years of a rough time professionally and artistically that did it. (This is not a criticism of Pop or Popmart, but an acknowledgement of how much trouble they had with the album and the tour.)


I fully agree that a lot of time and effort went into Pop and not what followed.


Where did I say that they didn't put time and effort into what followed? Thing is, they could put all the time and effort into Pop that they wanted, but if they didn't like what became of it, they would feel much more unhappy about being a band. Obviously they weren't at breaking point, but they obviously also weren't happy with where U2 was at. So, in that sense, the time and effort mean nothing. It's the final product that counts.

You're 100% correct to assume the band were not at breaking point! they were enjoying the most creative spell of their careers.
If the barren spell of the last 15 years has told us anything, it's that U2 won't put out a record if they are not happy with it. 

I would agree that the '90s was their most creative, imaginative phase, but to call the past 15 years barren is to utterly disregard how much better they are as musicians and pure songwriters now, and how amazing they've been live. The past four tours have been amazing, and the I+E tour resonated with me longer than any other tour I've seen from them. Just because they shifted focus and started working on something else, something that doesn't talk to you or that you don't feel, doesn't mean what they've done is barren. What they're doing now is just as interesting as what they were doing then, but in a different way.

It's all good Ian, if you read my post you'll see that barren was used to describe the frequency of releases.
I'll agree to disagree on the "interesting" label you give to recent releases though, with the exception of NLOTH.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2016, 12:18:39 AM »
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The Sweetest Thing. Not a bad tune on the face of it but this song is evil. If it wasn't for the good press the band got for "returning to the classic U2 sound" with this song then I believe I wouldn't still be saying that POP is their last great album.
This song stopped U2s creative trajectory dead in its tracks and deserves to have every copy burned as a result. I would even fund a King Herod stylee search for the last copy just to get even!
 ;)

So, do you really, really think it was that song that made them change, or perhaps the pain in the rear that it was to make Pop, the critical and commercial negativity that went with it, and then the slog that Popmart ended up being for them? You're right, it was probably the song rather than three or four years of a rough time professionally and artistically that did it. (This is not a criticism of Pop or Popmart, but an acknowledgement of how much trouble they had with the album and the tour.)

I fully agree that a lot of time and effort went into Pop and not what followed.


Where did I say that they didn't put time and effort into what followed? Thing is, they could put all the time and effort into Pop that they wanted, but if they didn't like what became of it, they would feel much more unhappy about being a band. Obviously they weren't at breaking point, but they obviously also weren't happy with where U2 was at. So, in that sense, the time and effort mean nothing. It's the final product that counts.

You're 100% correct to assume the band were not at breaking point! they were enjoying the most creative spell of their careers.
If the barren spell of the last 15 years has told us anything, it's that U2 won't put out a record if they are not happy with it.

well we should probably qualify that.  Larry wasn't happy with either Pop or NLOTH based on the comments he has made.

so perhaps you could say Bono and Edge won't put out a record if they aren't happy with it.

I can see the conversation going something like this:

Bono: So, we're going ahead with the release?
The Edge: I don't think Larry is happy with it.
Bono: What's that got to do with anything?



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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2016, 12:31:53 AM »
F**king Wild Honey.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #48 on: January 26, 2016, 01:13:15 PM »
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The Sweetest Thing. Not a bad tune on the face of it but this song is evil. If it wasn't for the good press the band got for "returning to the classic U2 sound" with this song then I believe I wouldn't still be saying that POP is their last great album.
This song stopped U2s creative trajectory dead in its tracks and deserves to have every copy burned as a result. I would even fund a King Herod stylee search for the last copy just to get even!
 ;)

So, do you really, really think it was that song that made them change, or perhaps the pain in the rear that it was to make Pop, the critical and commercial negativity that went with it, and then the slog that Popmart ended up being for them? You're right, it was probably the song rather than three or four years of a rough time professionally and artistically that did it. (This is not a criticism of Pop or Popmart, but an acknowledgement of how much trouble they had with the album and the tour.)


I fully agree that a lot of time and effort went into Pop and not what followed.


Where did I say that they didn't put time and effort into what followed? Thing is, they could put all the time and effort into Pop that they wanted, but if they didn't like what became of it, they would feel much more unhappy about being a band. Obviously they weren't at breaking point, but they obviously also weren't happy with where U2 was at. So, in that sense, the time and effort mean nothing. It's the final product that counts.

You're 100% correct to assume the band were not at breaking point! they were enjoying the most creative spell of their careers.
If the barren spell of the last 15 years has told us anything, it's that U2 won't put out a record if they are not happy with it. 

I would agree that the '90s was their most creative, imaginative phase, but to call the past 15 years barren is to utterly disregard how much better they are as musicians and pure songwriters now, and how amazing they've been live. The past four tours have been amazing, and the I+E tour resonated with me longer than any other tour I've seen from them. Just because they shifted focus and started working on something else, something that doesn't talk to you or that you don't feel, doesn't mean what they've done is barren. What they're doing now is just as interesting as what they were doing then, but in a different way.

It's all good Ian, if you read my post you'll see that barren was used to describe the frequency of releases.
I'll agree to disagree on the "interesting" label you give to recent releases though, with the exception of NLOTH.

Ah, fair enough. I thought you were referring to the quality of their releases. My mistake.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #49 on: January 28, 2016, 08:39:32 PM »
90s Sweetest Thing, by a long shot.  Saccharine poppy B.S., and the video was even worse.  Bono dressed as elvis costello.

Peace on earth and new york are pretty dreadful as well.  So is miami.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #50 on: January 28, 2016, 09:45:37 PM »
Wild Honey.

I absolutely adore In A Little While. And to a lesser extent Yahweh. Both really good songs to me.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #51 on: January 28, 2016, 10:21:09 PM »
I don't get the hate for Wild Honey, must be a guy thing mostly and not a ladies thing.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2016, 09:38:05 AM »
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I don't get the hate for Wild Honey, must be a guy thing mostly and not a ladies thing.

I KNOW! Wild Honey is a great song...

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #53 on: January 29, 2016, 10:27:11 AM »
Wild Honey is an inoffensive bagatelle.  Maybe for its time it lacked weight for a U2 song but not by todays standards of U2.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #54 on: January 29, 2016, 10:45:48 AM »
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I don't get the hate for Wild Honey, must be a guy thing mostly and not a ladies thing.

I'm a guy and I like Wild Honey. ;D

It's not a masterpiece but it's a sweet summertime tune that's just fun.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2016, 10:52:39 AM »
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I don't get the hate for Wild Honey, must be a guy thing mostly and not a ladies thing.

I'm a guy and I like Wild Honey. ;Dy
It's not a masterpiece but it's a sweet summertime tune that's just fun.

YAY...a guy that likes Wild Honey...and will admit to it! I bet there are other guys who like it, but you are the only one with the guts to say so! YAY

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #56 on: January 29, 2016, 11:19:57 AM »
Of all the tracks ever to appear on a u2 studio album...i really only Struggle with GOYB....but wont skip it when listening to the album. SUC is weak too.
Two songs i get sick of hearing (again and again) is BD and Vertigo....but...BD especially bores me live now

of the songs which have cult status among many u2 fans...i dont get all the luv for Mercy. For me...its a plodder that never really takes flight

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2016, 11:44:52 PM »
Wow, what's with the wild honey hate? Seriously, it's not a great song but its also inoffensive. There are worse.....a lot worse. How about Bono's cover of Leonard Cohen's hallelujah? Not the 360 version, the 90's studio version. Woof.

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #58 on: January 30, 2016, 08:45:04 AM »
There are a lot of songs I don't love, lots of the ones listed already, but the only U2 song I actually hate is The Hands That Built America. Am I the only one??

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Re: Worst U2 song?
« Reply #59 on: January 31, 2016, 03:21:12 PM »
The worst U2 song? Of the albums, "Wild Honey". Of the rest of the work, something like "Smile" or "Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come".