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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #45 on: April 28, 2016, 02:22:38 PM »
My own thoughts on Pop is that if you swap its release date with that of Zooropa then it would be the latter that splits opinion while Pop would be lauded for what it is, a playful album full of heavy lyrics and kick ass tunes. Zooropa got away with it due to its timing and unmistakeable links to AB and Zoo TV. Had it been released in 97 then it would make little sense as all momentum was lost by the 4 year hiatus.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #46 on: May 02, 2016, 12:16:20 PM »
I still also think that marketing and title ruined Pop.  Pop was a silly name for the album and set up a weird expectation that wasn't helped by U2's marketing strategy. 

I imagine there was a goal to be ironic, but unless people are aware that the band is trying to be ironic, the intent is lost.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #47 on: May 02, 2016, 12:41:41 PM »
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I still also think that marketing and title ruined Pop.  Pop was a silly name for the album and set up a weird expectation that wasn't helped by U2's marketing strategy. 

I imagine there was a goal to be ironic, but unless people are aware that the band is trying to be ironic, the intent is lost.

I also don't like the title.  Of course, after listening to the record you realise it is ironic, but given the weight of the material and the topics covered might not a more serious title have helped?  I'm not saying call it "War" but something like "Wake Up Dead Man" would've be better IMO.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #48 on: May 02, 2016, 01:24:21 PM »
It could have been as simple as calling it "Pop?"


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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #49 on: May 02, 2016, 01:31:40 PM »
I remember hearing or reading "Discola" as a working title.

Love the sound of that.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2016, 02:04:22 PM »
On this board, it's ATYCLB. It seems some feel betrayed by it and view it as a retreat, while some, like me, love it and see it as the logical next step after the irony drenched 90's. At least, that's how I see the split among older fans. I know there is also a large number of younger fans whose first exposure to U2 was ATYCLB.

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« Reply #51 on: May 02, 2016, 07:51:31 PM »
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I remember hearing or reading "Discola" as a working title.

Love the sound of that.
Never heard this, sounds like a cool follow-up to Pop!

Just looked it up, apparently it was considered as being the name of Pop and I think the song Discotheque as well.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #52 on: May 03, 2016, 03:02:38 AM »
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I remember hearing or reading "Discola" as a working title.

Love the sound of that.
Never heard this, sounds like a cool follow-up to Pop!

Just looked it up, apparently it was considered as being the name of Pop and I think the song Discotheque as well.

Was a working title yes......its a belter of a name!

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #53 on: May 03, 2016, 07:51:19 AM »
I've always Pop was a weird title for the album. I understand that it was supposed to be ironic but the PopMart Tour already had plenty of irony and represented the message well. It's not a horrible name but something with a bit more grit probably would have worked better in the long run. I kind of like that Discola name! ;D
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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #54 on: May 05, 2016, 09:38:14 PM »
I completely agree that Pop was not a wise choice for an album title... XD

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #55 on: July 07, 2016, 09:12:50 PM »
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I completely agree that Pop was not a wise choice for an album title... XD
The title did seem disappointing when I first heard it before the album came out.  Then came the electronic, techno sound of the actual album, then the costumes and then the stage show. 

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #56 on: July 07, 2016, 10:30:09 PM »
Polarizing or not I really like Pop.  But I am also biased and find SOI to be their weakest post 80s album and probably 2nd worst ever.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #57 on: July 07, 2016, 10:40:03 PM »
I enjoy "Pop" and think most fans would also find something they like on that album.  As far as the most polarizing album, I would nominate either "NLOTH" or "October", both of which I love but which seem to get a fair share of criticism on this forum.

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #58 on: July 08, 2016, 07:46:39 AM »
I'll say this.  Every time U2 releases an album, it polarises its audience.  Some fans love it and some fans hate it.  Whether its Achtung Baby (Bono : "We'll lose some of the pop kids but we don't need them") or Songs of Innocence, U2 loses some fans but ends up gaining some new ones.

Live is where U2 lives.  I like to judge an album on its recorded version as well as its live version.  In that case,  albums like Pop and ATYCLB are excellent in that sense.  These two albums create a lot of discussion, whether its love or hate.

Consider a short set concert like this:

1.) Beautiful Day
2.) Discotheque
3.) Elevation
4.) Last Night on Earth
5.) Gone
6.) Stuck in a Moment...
7.) Kite
8.) Mofo
9.) Please
10.) Walk On

What other band or artist could have a show as good as this only playing songs from its arguably two most polarising albums?

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Re: U2's Most Polarising Album.
« Reply #59 on: July 08, 2016, 10:48:20 AM »
Check out this article:  The Story of U2's Polarizing 'Zooropa'.  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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