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Title: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: The Exile on March 12, 2013, 01:03:35 PM
There's been a lot of talk about U2 fandom. Maybeómaybe too much talk....

Some people think that fans too young to have experienced U2 in all their '90s ironic glory and who discovered the band via Beautiful Day aren't real fans, and others feel as though unless one worships at the altar of City of Blinding Lights, he or she can't be a true devotee of the band. And the more measured among us have dismissed all this talk of real and fake fandom as silly by definition, since tastes are subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But I actually do think there is a legitimate reason that a person's fandom could be questioned, and that is if there is officially-released U2 material out there and readily available that they simply have never bothered to hear or watch. For example, if someone hasn't heard Stateless or Always Forever Now, or if they've never watched Red Rocks or Rattle and Hum, then I think their fandom could be placed under suspicion. 

There may be obvious exceptions to this, such that someone may be given a pass for never having heard Cartoon World or Street Mission, but for my part, I can't imagine there being actual U2 material out there (that others fans talk about and even rave about) that I simply choose to ignore.

Discuss.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: smee on March 12, 2013, 01:54:20 PM
I just think its great that a fan of any age gets into u2.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: THRILLHO on March 12, 2013, 02:24:12 PM
I would agree with this. I may not understand someone taking ATYCLB/HTDAAB seriously, but if it's gets them into U2's back catalouge, etc, than i say good for 00's-U2.
In regards to not seeing all the DVD released concerts etc, i wouldn't say they aren't real fans per se, but skipping R&H cuz of the critical backlash and not giving it a viewing to make your mind up yourself would be illogical.
I know a woman over 50 that has seen U2 nearly 25 times since 84 and hadn't heard a single post-AB b-side, didn't even really care to seek them out, i find that very very odd but i wouldn't ever question her fandom.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 02:31:50 PM
I'm one of the measured among us.  *btw, I measure 6 inches, so I guess that makes me an average fan.*

I would describe myself as a fan of the band but only because I'm a fan of specific periods in the band's history.  If U2 were basically their early years albums (1980-1983) and the 00s, then I probably wouldn't have become a U2 fan.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 02:34:02 PM
ps. I haven't seen Red Rocks and I couldn't give a monkey's toss what anyone thinks about that.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: THRILLHO on March 12, 2013, 02:43:10 PM
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If U2 were basically their early years albums (1980-1983) and the 00s, then I probably wouldn't have become a U2 fan.

this. i'd have a passing interest but not enough to see them in concert.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 02:53:55 PM
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If U2 were basically their early years albums (1980-1983) and the 00s, then I probably wouldn't have become a U2 fan.

this. i'd have a passing interest but not enough to see them in concert.

I'd probably think of them in a similar way to The Killers or Coldplay.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 12, 2013, 03:04:10 PM
Sure, whatever floats anyone's boat.  I will say, I know of one guy who's older than I am (and therefore was certainly old enough to know of U2 in their prime), who didn't really discover them until NLOTH/360.  And that's cool and all, but I kind of have to scratch my head in disbelief, like, "THIS is what got you into U2?  Not the Joshua Tree, or the Rattle and Hum movie, or Achtung Baby, or Zoo TV, or ATYCLB, or the Elevation Tour?"  And he's become a fanatic about them, and seems to love every part of their career, so it's not like there was something about them back then that he doesn't like.  He just legitimately went through years of their history without even knowing anything about them.  There's a part of me that kind of feels sorry for the guy, and he might even regret not having discovered them earlier.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 03:08:14 PM
To be honest, it was the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour in 1989 that got me into the Rolling Stones.  It was the start of a long term love affair.  So I don't think it matters much what actually got somebody into an artist in the first place.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 12, 2013, 03:12:34 PM
Sure, sometimes it just hits you later than others.  It just surprised me, as high-profile as U2 have always been, that they'd somehow been under his radar for like 20 years of mainstream success.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: _acrobat on March 12, 2013, 03:21:35 PM
I repeat, will the real U2 fan please stand up? We're gonna have a problem here.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 03:30:54 PM
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Sure, sometimes it just hits you later than others.  It just surprised me, as high-profile as U2 have always been, that they'd somehow been under his radar for like 20 years of mainstream success.

True.  I mean, I was only 16 when I discovered the Stones.  So it's like young U2 fans on this forum discovering U2 through 360 when they were 16.  They're likely to remain fond of 360, even if they prefer U2's older work when they start to discover the back catalogue.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 12, 2013, 03:38:01 PM
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Sure, sometimes it just hits you later than others.  It just surprised me, as high-profile as U2 have always been, that they'd somehow been under his radar for like 20 years of mainstream success.

True.  I mean, I was only 16 when I discovered the Stones.  So it's like young U2 fans on this forum discovering U2 through 360 when they were 16.  They're likely to remain fond of 360, even if they prefer U2's older work when they start to discover the back catalogue.



Exactly--being born too late to see a particular band in their prime is unavoidable in countless cases.  But this guy was in his 40's when he discovered U2 via NLOTH/360.  I mean, let that sink in.  Think of all of the stuff that had not just been out, but been on the charts, winning Grammys, all over radio, the Super Bowl, etc.  And he'd been way into Peter Gabriel for years, etc., so he was into their peak-year contemporaries.  I was just like, "how can you miss all of that stuff for 20 years?  And then discover them on a (imo) sub-par album and tour?"
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: mdmomof7 on March 12, 2013, 03:40:54 PM
What a hodgepodge non U2 fan I am.

I considered myself a casual fan until I saw them live and that wasn't until 360. I remember wanting to go see them when ATYCLB and Vertigo came out, but I wasn't quite at the "I'm free to go to concerts again" stage. Since 360, I consider myself a rabid fan, or as my kids have tagged me a U2 Fanatic.

I still haven't seen all the concert videos nor heard all the B sides or unreleased items. I'm not sure I want to so that I will have something to discover when they stop making new music. Which, if I believe the consensus of this forum, could be any day now, but certainly within the next 5-10 years.

I do love Red Rocks, Rattle & Hum and Slane.

I would have loved to have seen them live back in the day when I first heard NYD. Alas, where I was at that time - I had just stopped going to concerts regularly. I did not appreciate them nor pay much attention to new music for many years.  :o

So, according to the posters' criteria in this thread, I am not a U2 fan.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 03:41:54 PM
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Sure, sometimes it just hits you later than others.  It just surprised me, as high-profile as U2 have always been, that they'd somehow been under his radar for like 20 years of mainstream success.

True.  I mean, I was only 16 when I discovered the Stones.  So it's like young U2 fans on this forum discovering U2 through 360 when they were 16.  They're likely to remain fond of 360, even if they prefer U2's older work when they start to discover the back catalogue.



Exactly--being born too late to see a particular band in their prime is unavoidable in countless cases.  But this guy was in his 40's when he discovered U2 via NLOTH/360.  I mean, let that sink in.  Think of all of the stuff that had not just been out, but been on the charts, winning Grammys, all over radio, the Super Bowl, etc.  And he'd been way into Peter Gabriel for years, etc., so he was into their peak-year contemporaries.  I was just like, "how can you miss all of that stuff for 20 years?  And then discover them on a (imo) sub-par album and tour?"

Maybe he'd just been too busy with work and family life and everything.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: GardenTart on March 12, 2013, 04:24:54 PM
My yardstick for measuring fandom is pretty simple: Ability to name all of U2's albums in chronological order + Owning all of said albums = True Fan.

I apply this with all bands. While I consider myself a " big fan" of Beastie Boys, I'm not a "true fan" because I don't own all of their albums.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 04:27:27 PM
I don't own Passengers, but then that's not a true U2 album.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: THRILLHO on March 12, 2013, 04:38:12 PM
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My yardstick for measuring fandom is pretty simple: Ability to name all of U2's albums in chronological order + Owning all of said albums = True Fan.

I apply this with all bands. While I consider myself a " big fan" of Beastie Boys, I'm not a "true fan" because I don't own all of their albums.

go fix that now! the only ones that aren't 5 star are License To Ill and To The 5 Boroughs
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: AJ on March 12, 2013, 04:59:21 PM
I got into U2 only 2 years ago. I have not seen Red Rock although I have the Cd. My fav album is ATYCLB.


 Am I not a real fan ;)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Bads316 on March 12, 2013, 05:00:40 PM
If you're alive and a fan of U2 then you're a real fan in my book. I bloody hate glory supporters though. 
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 12, 2013, 05:16:11 PM
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I bloody hate glory supporters though. 

Yeah, I bloody hate Man Utd supporters, too.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: GardenTart on March 12, 2013, 05:22:14 PM
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My yardstick for measuring fandom is pretty simple: Ability to name all of U2's albums in chronological order + Owning all of said albums = True Fan.

I apply this with all bands. While I consider myself a " big fan" of Beastie Boys, I'm not a "true fan" because I don't own all of their albums.

go fix that now! the only ones that aren't 5 star are License To Ill and To The 5 Boroughs

Still missing Hello Nasty  :o and The Mix Up. I will get me to an HMV ASAP.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 12, 2013, 05:27:29 PM
As I mentioned in another thread, at one point I picked up pretty much anything with U2 music I didn't already have, including all the CD singles.  I did refrain from a few of the multiple Pop/ATYCLB singles.  Then I stopped buying singles entirely with HTDAAB.  And with NLOTH, I contented myself with the basic CD, and none of the deluxe versions.  I've also never really cared about the fan club releases.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: andrei on March 12, 2013, 05:30:02 PM
I really don't think someones ages defines how big of a fan they are... I discovered Beautiful Day when I was 10 years old and it went from there... I now own every album, most DVDs, almost every single post Joshua Tree and have happily queued up for many hours to get up the front at the Vertigo and 360 shows.

If that doesn't make me a real fan then I'm not sure what does.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 12, 2013, 06:06:00 PM
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My yardstick for measuring fandom is pretty simple: Ability to name all of U2's albums in chronological order + Owning all of said albums = True Fan.

I apply this with all bands. While I consider myself a " big fan" of Beastie Boys, I'm not a "true fan" because I don't own all of their albums.

I like your criteria.

Let's face it, some one is only considered a real fan when "you are as big a fan as me" and if they are a bigger fan then they are a "fanatic" and if they are a lesser fan then they are a "casual fan". There is of course one final category of fan, those who insist on calling large bodies of U2's work "crap", this category is known as the "anti-fan" (but hey, a fan none the less).
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 12, 2013, 06:18:27 PM
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I really don't think someones ages defines how big of a fan they are... I discovered Beautiful Day when I was 10 years old and it went from there... I now own every album, most DVDs, almost every single post Joshua Tree and have happily queued up for many hours to get up the front at the Vertigo and 360 shows.

If that doesn't make me a real fan then I'm not sure what does.

Wise words.

I don't own a copy of Boy, that's my biggest sin.

But I have listened to Always Forever Now, more than once. Where does that place me?

Let's see... Garden Tart, I like your criteria.

I will buy a copy of Boy soon, so I can be considered a "real" fan.  ;)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 12, 2013, 06:36:47 PM
P.S.: Does the fact that we're in this forum, answering this question, add some extra points?  :D
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: andrei on March 12, 2013, 06:43:46 PM
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I really don't think someones ages defines how big of a fan they are... I discovered Beautiful Day when I was 10 years old and it went from there... I now own every album, most DVDs, almost every single post Joshua Tree and have happily queued up for many hours to get up the front at the Vertigo and 360 shows.

If that doesn't make me a real fan then I'm not sure what does.

Wise words.

I don't own a copy of Boy, that's my biggest sin.

But I have listened to Always Forever Now, more than once. Where does that place me?

Let's see... Garden Tart, I like your criteria.

I will buy a copy of Boy soon, so I can be considered a "real" fan.  ;)

Well you know what to do next... go get yourself a copy! It really is a great album. My favourite allbums are Unforgettable Fire, Achtung Baby, Pop and HTDAAB so my taste really does vary.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: missey on March 12, 2013, 06:51:25 PM
I'm also a "late bloomer".  While I'm certainly old enough to remember their first album, I never gave them much thought back then.  Then they released ATYCLB and the Boston DVD and I became obsessed.  Now I have over 100 bootleg CD's and DVD's and I don't go a day without listening to them.  I've also dragged my husband, sister, niece and nephew into my U2 world, and after seeing them live, they are all on the bandwagon as well.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 12, 2013, 06:53:08 PM
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Wise words.

I don't own a copy of Boy, that's my biggest sin.

But I have listened to Always Forever Now, more than once. Where does that place me?

Let's see... Garden Tart, I like your criteria.

I will buy a copy of Boy soon, so I can be considered a "real" fan.  ;)

Well you know what to do next... go get yourself a copy! It really is a great album. My favourite allbums are Unforgettable Fire, Achtung Baby, Pop and HTDAAB so my taste really does vary.

Go for the deluxe version.  The tracks from Three and Saturday Night are worth it.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: zootv on March 12, 2013, 07:09:00 PM
If your reading this, then you're a real fan.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: THRILLHO on March 12, 2013, 07:40:38 PM
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I'm also a "late bloomer".  While I'm certainly old enough to remember their first album, I never gave them much thought back then.  Then they released ATYCLB and the Boston DVD and I became obsessed.  Now I have over 100 bootleg CD's and DVD's and I don't go a day without listening to them.  I've also dragged my husband, sister, niece and nephew into my U2 world, and after seeing them live, they are all on the bandwagon as well.

i really REALLY hope you didn't pay for any of those

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Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: smee on March 12, 2013, 08:05:20 PM
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Sure, whatever floats anyone's boat.  I will say, I know of one guy who's older than I am (and therefore was certainly old enough to know of U2 in their prime), who didn't really discover them until NLOTH/360.  And that's cool and all, but I kind of have to scratch my head in disbelief, like, "THIS is what got you into U2?  Not the Joshua Tree, or the Rattle and Hum movie, or Achtung Baby, or Zoo TV, or ATYCLB, or the Elevation Tour?"  And he's become a fanatic about them, and seems to love every part of their career, so it's not like there was something about them back then that he doesn't like.  He just legitimately went through years of their history without even knowing anything about them.  There's a part of me that kind of feels sorry for the guy, and he might even regret not having discovered them earlier.
Maybe the guy in question, like me, has gone thro a moment of musical clarity. untill about 3 years ago......i had fooled myself into thinking i didnt need anymore than the handfull of music acts i was into to keep me entertained.
And for reasons unknown, i would just not allow myself to like certain acts, for no good reason at all. its not as tho i had checked them out or anything..i had follishly writen them off.
NOW.........i just cant get enuff new music (new as in, new to me...not modern music), but point being, some people do shut music acts out for no good reason, only to discover in later life...they had in fact only been cheating themselves
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on March 13, 2013, 12:07:30 AM
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who discovered the band via Beautiful Day aren't real fans

and others feel as though unless one worships at the altar of City of Blinding Lights, he or she can't be a true devotee of the band.

For example, if someone hasn't heard Stateless or Always Forever Now

1. I discovered the band through Beautiful Day

2. I worship at the altar of City Of Blinding Lights

3. Stateless is one of my favorite U2 songs.  Always Forever Now is also great.

Does that make me half of a real fan?
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: The Exile on March 13, 2013, 12:14:39 AM
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who discovered the band via Beautiful Day aren't real fans

and others feel as though unless one worships at the altar of City of Blinding Lights, he or she can't be a true devotee of the band.

For example, if someone hasn't heard Stateless or Always Forever Now

1. I discovered the band through Beautiful Day

2. I worship at the altar of City Of Blinding Lights

3. Stateless is one of my favorite U2 songs.  Always Forever Now is also great.

Does that make me half of a real fan?

Just to clarify: None of these are my views, they're just made-up criteria that do reflect in some ways the opinions of people here.

It seems to me that if we're going to talk about levels of fandom, we may as well have an objective way to do it. There's no way to measure who likes the band more, but we can say that someone who has never heard October is less likely to be taken seriously around here than most others.

PS - And cheer up, you're 5/6 of a fan.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: surit87 on March 13, 2013, 01:56:11 AM
I live in an Asian country, so chances are that I'll never see them live. I don't have CDs of all U2 albums, I've downloaded their mp3s (legally) and almost ruined my ipod listening to them. I don't listen to any other artists (except the rare occasion of Johnny Cash). My mom and bro are pretty much sick and tired of me listening to U2 all the time when I'm home and not at job. I've watched borrowed DVDs of Popmart, Elevation (Slane castle), Rattle and Hum, Rose Bowl and Vertigo Live in Chicago more than a dozen times. I've watched the ZooTv dvd, which I own, a thousand times and ruined my dvd player with it (I'm gonna fix the d**** thing and run it again). Whenever I'm called to preach a sermon in my church, I quote Bono frequently and people look at each other, 'who's Bono?'
So you see even though I don't own all the cds and never been to their concerts, I eat, sleep and breathe U2. I leave it to other fans to decide if I'm a fan.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: TongueInMyEar on March 13, 2013, 03:05:04 AM
I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 13, 2013, 04:53:38 AM
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I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.

I agree that people should be free to like different eras more than others. The thing that really annoys me is when some people insist on calling the albums of the 2000s crap. This is offensive to those of us who really like the 2000s. I only question someone's motives when they are so insistent on being so derisive.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: The Exile on March 13, 2013, 11:17:49 AM
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I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.

I agree that people should be free to like different eras more than others. The thing that really annoys me is when some people insist on calling the albums of the 2000s crap. This is offensive to those of us who really like the 2000s. I only question someone's motives when they are so insistent on being so derisive.

But if their not liking the '00s bothers you, I'm sure your not liking that they don't like the '00s bothers them (so if they can't criticize U2, why do you get to criticize them with impunity?).

Physician, heal thyself....
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 11:49:44 AM
Yeah really.

You know if you can't live with people having opinions that bother you then may I suggest withdrawing from civilization?

You will ALWAYS find people whose opinions conflict with yours and you may find reprehensible.

Whether its those of neo nazis, pro lifers, Westboro baptist, atheists, wiccans, LDS, communists, etc.

Yes I think HTDAAB is a steaming turd. Yes I am a U2 fan. Deal with it.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: The Exile on March 13, 2013, 12:01:22 PM
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Yes I think HTDAAB is a steaming turd. Yes I am a U2 fan. Deal with it.

OK, now you've crossed a line. It is definitely not steaming, it is festering. Festering.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 13, 2013, 12:04:47 PM
And I don't dislike HTDAAB--I actually like a lot of it, except for a few of the songs.  Oddly, I am in no way offended by the fact you don't agree with me.  Perhaps I'M not the real fan!   :o
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: mdmomof7 on March 13, 2013, 01:27:07 PM
Hmmmm...Under the Discography/Album page the "official" U2 site lists the Wide Awake In America EP. If so, why does it exclude U23 (included in SINGLES category) and U27 (not included anywhere?) http://www.u2.com/discography

I do now have CD singles, but no Passengers, or Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack, or U23 - yet. However, I do have the CD single of U27.  ;)

I also have the AB SD, and all the available Remasters Boy, October, War, UABRS, TUF, TJT.

All this, just to muddy the murk further.  ;)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 13, 2013, 01:38:51 PM
I'm not sure if U23 is technically considered a single or an EP.  U27 was basically a Target-only release, so it may not be considered an "official" release, as it was a compilation of already-available b-sides.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on March 13, 2013, 01:51:28 PM
If the regular posters on here represent their biggest and best fans, I'm concerned.   I read A LOT of self-important posts on here.   
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 13, 2013, 02:14:35 PM
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I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.

I agree that people should be free to like different eras more than others. The thing that really annoys me is when some people insist on calling the albums of the 2000s crap. This is offensive to those of us who really like the 2000s. I only question someone's motives when they are so insistent on being so derisive.

But if their not liking the '00s bothers you, I'm sure your not liking that they don't like the '00s bothers them (so if they can't criticize U2, why do you get to criticize them with impunity?).

Physician, heal thyself....
Must they be so vocal about it? Why not hate quietly?
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 02:19:30 PM
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If the regular posters on here represent their biggest and best fans, I'm concerned.   I read A LOT of self-important posts on here.   
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Exhibit A

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: northstarjo on March 13, 2013, 02:22:42 PM
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ps. I haven't seen Red Rocks and I couldn't give a monkey's toss what anyone thinks about that.

gasp....

;D
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 13, 2013, 02:23:22 PM
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I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.

I agree that people should be free to like different eras more than others. The thing that really annoys me is when some people insist on calling the albums of the 2000s crap. This is offensive to those of us who really like the 2000s. I only question someone's motives when they are so insistent on being so derisive.

But if their not liking the '00s bothers you, I'm sure your not liking that they don't like the '00s bothers them (so if they can't criticize U2, why do you get to criticize them with impunity?).

Physician, heal thyself....
Must they be so vocal about it? Why not hate quietly?

But Pasha, this is a FORUM.  People are allowed--ENCOURAGED--to express their opinions on these things.  In fact, that's the entire point of the site.  If you don't like hearing certain opinions, then the issue is with you, not them.  These are opinions on art--they are by nature subjective, and they are not meant to be opinions of you as a person.

I'm sorry, I just don't think you seem to understand the idea that we are all capable of expressing our own opinions--particularly on the MUSIC, as that is the main point here--and should not have to edit ourselves for fear of offending someone who doesn't agree.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Thunder Peel on March 13, 2013, 02:35:12 PM
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I just think its great that a fan of any age gets into u2.

Agreed. Fans are fans, whether they like two songs or their entire catalogue. The diversity of fans and opinions is one of the things I love about being a fan.:)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: zootv on March 13, 2013, 03:08:16 PM
OK I'm just gonna say it.... If you think that 2000's U2 is their best era musically then you're probably not a real fan. As a matter of fact, you probably have poor taste in music in general ;)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: The Exile on March 13, 2013, 03:19:28 PM
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OK I'm just gonna say it.... If you think that 2000's U2 is their best era musically then you're probably not a real fan. As a matter of fact, you probably have poor taste in music in general ;)

Oh no he di'int!!
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 03:22:03 PM
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I really dislike the bickering and comments on "you can't be a serious U2 fan" etc etc...
Can we not just accept that there will be people who love different eras of the band, some who love all eras?

As for me, I own all official U2 albums and dvds, but I don't own Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel (the latter is in the post, the former I plan on buying very soon, but I've heard most of it anyway). I've only seen them live once, but only had 2 opportunities to see them in Glasgow since I've been a fan, and 2nd time I was abroad. Next tour I'll be scrambling for tickets like most here.

My favourite album is Achtung Baby, but depending on what mood I'm in I can go through spells of only listening to 80's U2, or only 90's or 00's, that's part of the reason they're my favourite band, I can get different things from all their albums.

But I don't exclusively listen to U2, infact I can go months without putting on a U2 album, but I'll always come back to them.

I agree that people should be free to like different eras more than others. The thing that really annoys me is when some people insist on calling the albums of the 2000s crap. This is offensive to those of us who really like the 2000s. I only question someone's motives when they are so insistent on being so derisive.

But if their not liking the '00s bothers you, I'm sure your not liking that they don't like the '00s bothers them (so if they can't criticize U2, why do you get to criticize them with impunity?).

Physician, heal thyself....
Must they be so vocal about it? Why not hate quietly?

You never did look up the meaning of "forum" then huh ?
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: An Cat Dubh on March 13, 2013, 03:23:36 PM
We all need to consult with Jick. He likes to 'educate' people on everything and anything that is U2. According to him, we may be all 'newbies' as he like to put it. maybe he can tell us all what kind of fan we are.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: DGordon1 on March 13, 2013, 03:29:44 PM
All this discussion of "real fans" is pointless. Who exactly do you need to justify your musical tastes to? Musical is a personal thing and there's no point wasting time labelling yourself. If anyone tries to tell you you're not a real fan then they're probably a loser anyway and you'd be daft to waste your time listening to them. All this arguing about who's a bigger fan is a bit pathetic in truth and most people not invested in the argument would probably agree with that.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on March 13, 2013, 04:08:02 PM
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If the regular posters on here represent their biggest and best fans, I'm concerned.   I read A LOT of self-important posts on here.   
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^
Exhibit A



You are absolutely right JTBaby.  I should have added "..including this one.".   Thanks for catching that.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 04:09:33 PM
You're most welcome! Cheers.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Northern Soul on March 13, 2013, 04:33:02 PM
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We all need to consult with Jick. He likes to 'educate' people on everything and anything that is U2. According to him, we may be all 'newbies' as he like to put it. maybe he can tell us all what kind of fan we are.

Oh that's easy.  According to him, as long as you don't like Pop, you're a fan.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: An Cat Dubh on March 13, 2013, 05:35:07 PM
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We all need to consult with Jick. He likes to 'educate' people on everything and anything that is U2. According to him, we may be all 'newbies' as he like to put it. maybe he can tell us all what kind of fan we are.

Oh that's easy.  According to him, as long as you don't like Pop, you're a fan.

And you cant be a real fan unless you believe sales figures and Grammy are a sign of real quality.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 13, 2013, 05:42:40 PM
I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy things that are new and creative. I also enjoy the nostalgic. I'm not actually trying to rank which is better.

Essentially if you insist time and time again on calling Atomic Bomb crap, when you have made your point, after a while it just becomes impolite, childish behaviour. Call it what ou want, but it is certainly not respectful. A lot of you guys here act like high school students, whether it is me you are talking to or Jick or bethere. Try having friendly, respectful conversation for a change. JTBaby, you are by far the most sarcastic and rudest person on this forum.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 13, 2013, 05:47:43 PM
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I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy things that are new and creative. I also enjoy the nostalgic. I'm not actually trying to rank which is better.

Essentially if you insist time and time again on calling Atomic Bomb crap, when you have made your point, after a while it just becomes impolite, childish behaviour. Call it what ou want, but it is certainly not respectful. A lot of you guys here act like high school students, whether it is me you are talking to or Jick or bethere. Try having friendly, respectful conversation for a change. JTBaby, you are by far the most sarcastic and rudest person on this forum.

 ;D Gotta agree with you there, mate.

Having said that, I like having him around and he adds to what makes this forum what it is. 

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 05:48:31 PM
I'm glad I have made an impression !

Cheers!

J


Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: zootv on March 13, 2013, 06:09:34 PM
I just want to add that Atomic Bomb is crap. I really don't believe that, I just wanted to say it.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on March 13, 2013, 06:22:06 PM
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I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy things that are new and creative. I also enjoy the nostalgic. I'm not actually trying to rank which is better.

Essentially if you insist time and time again on calling Atomic Bomb crap, when you have made your point, after a while it just becomes impolite, childish behaviour. Call it what ou want, but it is certainly not respectful. A lot of you guys here act like high school students, whether it is me you are talking to or Jick or bethere. Try having friendly, respectful conversation for a change. JTBaby, you are by far the most sarcastic and rudest person on this forum.

It would be nice if the moderators of this forum could step up and do something about it.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 13, 2013, 06:25:58 PM
If this is how much your panties get in a bundle over what is essentially an alcohol free on line bar, I shudder to think how you handle reality.

Major facepalms.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Inishfree on March 13, 2013, 08:09:35 PM
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Sure, whatever floats anyone's boat.  I will say, I know of one guy who's older than I am (and therefore was certainly old enough to know of U2 in their prime), who didn't really discover them until NLOTH/360.  And that's cool and all, but I kind of have to scratch my head in disbelief, like, "THIS is what got you into U2?  Not the Joshua Tree, or the Rattle and Hum movie, or Achtung Baby, or Zoo TV, or ATYCLB, or the Elevation Tour?"  And he's become a fanatic about them, and seems to love every part of their career, so it's not like there was something about them back then that he doesn't like.  He just legitimately went through years of their history without even knowing anything about them.  There's a part of me that kind of feels sorry for the guy, and he might even regret not having discovered them earlier.
Maybe the guy in question, like me, has gone thro a moment of musical clarity. untill about 3 years ago......i had fooled myself into thinking i didnt need anymore than the handfull of music acts i was into to keep me entertained.
And for reasons unknown, i would just not allow myself to like certain acts, for no good reason at all. its not as tho i had checked them out or anything..i had follishly writen them off.
NOW.........i just cant get enuff new music (new as in, new to me...not modern music), but point being, some people do shut music acts out for no good reason, only to discover in later life...they had in fact only been cheating themselves

I like all kinds of music and not just rock. 
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 13, 2013, 08:27:32 PM
Maybe any member who cares to can start their own thread wherein nobody can disagree with them?

"I like HTDAAB!"
"Ok, me too!"
"Also me!"

And so on.  We can effectively each create our own happy place!
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Blue Silken Sky on March 13, 2013, 08:55:52 PM
I'm not too worried about anyone else's criteria of what makes a real fan. Even if you don't like the same songs/records that I like, I still get to enjoy them when I listen to then, right? And my disdain for that rarity you love shouldn't dissipate its impact on you, either.

I also tend to think that if we met at a U2 show, I'd probably like you all very much. It's easy to bait each other with snarkasm and one-upsmanship on the forum, and it would be a dull place if people didn't get overexcited and huffy once in a while.  But if you're the kind of person who, in a face-to-face meeting, would look down your nose at someone just because they've been singing the wrong lyrics to 30-year-old song for 20 years...well, I probably wouldn't like you actually, but you can still be a fan.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 13, 2013, 09:11:56 PM
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I'm not too worried about anyone else's criteria of what makes a real fan. Even if you don't like the same songs/records that I like, I still get to enjoy them when I listen to then, right? And my disdain for that rarity you love shouldn't dissipate its impact on you, either.

I also tend to think that if we met at a U2 show, I'd probably like you all very much. It's easy to bait each other with snarkasm and one-upsmanship on the forum, and it would be a dull place if people didn't get overexcited and huffy once in a while.  But if you're the kind of person who, in a face-to-face meeting, would look down your nose at someone just because they've been singing the wrong lyrics to 30-year-old song for 20 years...well, I probably wouldn't like you actually, but you can still be a fan.

Truth.  A friend of mine long ago was a U2 fan as well, and I was endlessly amused to learn, back in the day, that he thought the lyrics to Mysterious Ways were "you've been running underground, eating from a CAT."  We sang it that way knowingly during Zoo TV.  So now I occasionally like to sing it that way, myself.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: mdmomof7 on March 13, 2013, 09:17:29 PM
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I'm not sure if U23 is technically considered a single or an EP.  U27 was basically a Target-only release, so it may not be considered an "official" release, as it was a compilation of already-available b-sides.

Thanks for the info Johnny. I didn't know that. :)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: mdmomof7 on March 13, 2013, 09:18:06 PM
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ps. I haven't seen Red Rocks and I couldn't give a monkey's toss what anyone thinks about that.

gasp....

;D

Double gasp!!

Jo's here, folks!! Hooray! :)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: GardenTart on March 13, 2013, 09:21:42 PM
^ Double hooray!!
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: mdmomof7 on March 13, 2013, 09:28:27 PM
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^ Double hooray!!

^ Group hug!! (( group ))
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: GardenTart on March 13, 2013, 09:34:59 PM
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^ Double hooray!!

^ Group hug!! (( group ))

Awww! ((((((BIG GROUP HUG))))))
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: singnomore on March 13, 2013, 11:44:47 PM
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I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy things that are new and creative. I also enjoy the nostalgic. I'm not actually trying to rank which is better.

Essentially if you insist time and time again on calling Atomic Bomb crap, when you have made your point, after a while it just becomes impolite, childish behaviour. Call it what ou want, but it is certainly not respectful. A lot of you guys here act like high school students, whether it is me you are talking to or Jick or bethere. Try having friendly, respectful conversation for a change. JTBaby, you are by far the most sarcastic and rudest person on this forum.

It would be nice if the moderators of this forum could step up and do something about it.

This forum is about all sorts of opinions and it is about debating these and that is encouraged. The trick is accepting different points of view exist - life in this place becomes easier. That said the mods do intervene when the 'how' of the conversation gets pushed. For me it is simple - be civil and respect the fact a different point of view can exist out with your own

Reacting...always gets the reaction. Goading and some of the other tiresome stuff I've seen recently is not on and there are a few members walking a very thin line in terms of their on going participation. That said there are other threads where balanced discussion and more mature behaviour exist and it may be a better option to post there.

So enough of the mod intervention and on with the discussion...
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Hawkmoon2e on March 14, 2013, 01:58:31 AM
Simple: If you think you're a real fan, then you're a real fan.
And if I think I'm a real fan, then I'm a real fan. The problem is when all the measuring starts. Take it from Liam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7MFn-3Xu-A

And BTW, I'm a real fan, and I wrote this while sitting.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: surit87 on March 14, 2013, 04:18:26 AM
Well said, Hawkmoon.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: briscoetheque on March 14, 2013, 06:02:55 AM
All the answers you seek can be found here (http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,16018.0.html)

There are actually only 65 REAL FANTMs on this board.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 14, 2013, 07:02:10 AM
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All the answers you seek can be found here (http://forum.atu2.com/index.php/topic,16018.0.html)

There are actually only 65 REAL FANTMs on this board.

Since you told us of that old poll, the count is now up to 68 yes and 15 no. So it's an old argument obviously. It is curious that 15 people said no. I wonder if they are still trolling around trying to pi*s off the real fans.
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 14, 2013, 07:07:42 AM
I just saw that poll for the first time and voted "no".  Because not caring what others think of my fandom obviously makes me not a real fan.  (Also, I passed on seeing U2 at least once when I could have, and I think the 00's have been a weaker decade than the previous two.)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 14, 2013, 07:09:54 AM
I voted yes even though I think a certain album is a large pile of something and i will no longer go see the band in a s***d** whether or not they are playing a hits set for the casual fans like they did on 3*0

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: dirtdrybonesandstone on March 14, 2013, 11:19:11 AM
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I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy things that are new and creative. I also enjoy the nostalgic. I'm not actually trying to rank which is better.

Essentially if you insist time and time again on calling Atomic Bomb crap, when you have made your point, after a while it just becomes impolite, childish behaviour. Call it what ou want, but it is certainly not respectful. A lot of you guys here act like high school students, whether it is me you are talking to or Jick or bethere. Try having friendly, respectful conversation for a change. JTBaby, you are by far the most sarcastic and rudest person on this forum.

It would be nice if the moderators of this forum could step up and do something about it.

This forum is about all sorts of opinions and it is about debating these and that is encouraged. The trick is accepting different points of view exist - life in this place becomes easier. That said the mods do intervene when the 'how' of the conversation gets pushed. For me it is simple - be civil and respect the fact a different point of view can exist out with your own

Reacting...always gets the reaction. Goading and some of the other tiresome stuff I've seen recently is not on and there are a few members walking a very thin line in terms of their on going participation. That said there are other threads where balanced discussion and more mature behaviour exist and it may be a better option to post there.

So enough of the mod intervention and on with the discussion...

I agree that reacting to any of those posts, or commenting on threads he initiates, is also questionable behaviour.   Regardless, there is only so much that one should have tolerate with being a member here.  I think commenting to one of the female posters on here about her panties crosses the line.   
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 14, 2013, 11:25:41 AM
^

You've never heard the phrase "don't get your panties in a bundle" or "don't get your knickers in a twist"





Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: flopro on March 14, 2013, 02:19:28 PM
I'm only 16 and i think that anyone can enjoy U2 music, but what classes someone as a 'real' fan? Someone who listen's to there music everyday (like me)? Or someone who collects everything U2 there is to get?
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Johnny Feathers on March 14, 2013, 02:21:56 PM
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I'm only 16 and i think that anyone can enjoy U2 music, but what classes someone as a 'real' fan? Someone who listen's to there music everyday (like me)? Or someone who collects everything U2 there is to get?

The correct answer is "yes".
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: flopro on March 14, 2013, 02:24:59 PM
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The correct answer is "yes".

 :o
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Siberian Tiger on March 14, 2013, 02:26:19 PM
If I was to say that I only like one U2 song and thought the rest were crap and yet called myself a fan, there is no way any of you would agree. You have to draw the line somewhere. So just what percentage of U2's material do you have to like to be a fan?

I'm curious to get some opinions on that percentage?!
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 14, 2013, 02:28:13 PM
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I'm only 16 and i think that anyone can enjoy U2 music, but what classes someone as a 'real' fan? Someone who listen's to there music everyday (like me)? Or someone who collects everything U2 there is to get?

Enjoyment of listening to their music is the most important thing.  Collecting possessions is just materialism and nothing to do with real fan status.  It's not strictly necessary to listen the music *every* day in order to be considered a real fan, but if you don't, other fans might start whispering behind your back. 

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: flopro on March 14, 2013, 02:33:20 PM
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Enjoyment of listening to their music is the most important thing.  Collecting possessions is just materialism and nothing to do with real fan status.  It's not strictly necessary to listen the music *every* day in order to be considered a real fan, but if you don't, other fans might start whispering behind your back.

U2 is the only music on my iTunes at the moment, but i just can't get enough!  ::)
Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 14, 2013, 02:34:09 PM
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If I was to say that I only like one U2 song and thought the rest were crap and yet called myself a fan, there is no way any of you would agree. You have to draw the line somewhere. So just what percentage of U2's material do you have to like to be a fan?

I'm curious to get some opinions on that percentage?!

I must say, you're going about this in the correct manner.  The only way you can hope to ever attain real fan status is by asking questions and receiving advice and guidance from the elders.

Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: JTBaby on March 14, 2013, 02:36:03 PM
There's zero rules about what is a "fan".

Remember "fan" is short for "fanatic".

If you consider liking one song out of 100 to be a fanatic, so be it.

I'd venture that maybe you are a fan of that SONG but I'd be in no place to cast aspersions on anyone's "fandom".

For those that need an actual number in order to grasp the idea of fandom it's very easy.

It's


Title: Re: Won't the Real U2 Fans Please Stand Up?
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 14, 2013, 02:37:01 PM
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Enjoyment of listening to their music is the most important thing.  Collecting possessions is just materialism and nothing to do with real fan status.  It's not strictly necessary to listen the music *every* day in order to be considered a real fan, but if you don't, other fans might start whispering behind your back.

U2 is the only music on my iTunes at the moment, but i just can't get enough!  ::)

U2gorgeitis is an internationally recognised medical condition.