Why I hate U2 - and it's so totally unfair

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    Nov 28, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    I saw U2 in concert when they first came to states. They were the opening act for the J Geils Band (Freeze Frame!). I don't remember the year, but they had their first album out, I think it was "Boy". The Edge didn't wear a knit cap, and Bono sported a full head of curly hair.

    I was at the edge of the stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in SF. I remember Edge looking at me and flashing me a grin as I mouthed to him "You're going to the top!!!"

    I thought they were awesome. Knew all the lyrics to every song, and I could tell they were destined for greatness. Same thing applied to their second album "War".

    Unfortunately, all this was experienced during my relationship with my very first boyfriend... which ended in disaster. He was a total unfaithful slut who did some real emotional damage.

    After our breakup, he tried to reconnect by sending me a copy of U2's third album, which I promptly threw in the garbage. Ever since, I'm unable to really appreciate everything that U2 has contributed to the rock world.

    That sucks... cuz I suspect they're still a really good band.icon_cry.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    No worries. They pretty much sucked after Joshua Tree. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    You havent missed much.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    I've seen U2 in concert 3 times. They are still a great band. People expect them to sound like the same band they were in the 80s but music has to evolve people, it just has to evolve!
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:22 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidI've seen U2 in concert 3 times. They are still a great band. People expect them to sound like the same band they were in the 80s but music has to evolve people, it just has to evolve!


    Evolving and crap are two different things.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    I've never cared much for them myself. I liked maybe 2 of their songs, but that's it.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    Squarepeg said
    Unfortunately, all this was experienced during my relationship with my very first boyfriend... which ended in disaster. He was a total unfaithful slut who did some real emotional damage.


    Coincidence... i also associate U2 with my first male relationship in college, except it was more what you'd call a "bromance" today... never got sexual but was emotionally pretty intense. That was my figuring-out time. I remember lying on the hood of his car listening to The Joshua Tree and watching shooting stars. He's married now (to a woman) but no ill feelings, it was forever ago.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    I liked them since the 80s, continued to listen to them through the 90s, but then had to give up. Yeah, they evolved, as did my musical taste, but we went in two different directions. I ripped their oldest albums and will gladly listen to those visceral tunes any time, but anything that came out after Unforgettable Fire to me is just meh now.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    JakeGHK saidI thought only not so know artists open for others.


    depends on the label and the artist.
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    I still love the band U2 and they are among my top three of all time.

    I appreciate their evolution, and, I have to say that there are many bands or groups that I would feel otherwise.

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    Nov 28, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Dallasfan824 said
    CHIdude saidI've seen U2 in concert 3 times. They are still a great band. People expect them to sound like the same band they were in the 80s but music has to evolve people, it just has to evolve!
    Evolving and crap are two different things.
    Definitely this. I've seen excellent bands that had AMAZING debut albums and then they "evolved" and shit into the microphone and sold it.


    Ok then your asses listen to the album All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) and tell me it isn't good and quite different from the stuff in the 80s >=(
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    JakeGHK saidI thought only not so know artists open for others.


    Before Unforgettable Fire some would argue they would fit into that category in the States. The OP mentioned some of their first few albums.

    Also, sometimes to artists of arguably equal stature will pair up for a tour (e.g. Billy Joel and Elton John). I would not have put the them together with the J. Geils Band, though.
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    Nov 28, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I understand. - Although it is too bad. I have liked them up until their last studio album (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) - it just did do anything for me.

    Also, their experimental phase in the 90's with the whole Pop-Mart thing wasn't all that great.

    Otherwise, they did what you thought they would - they are on top.

    Maybe someday, you will look at that relationship experience as something that you needed to go through that has made you a stronger person and learn to appreciate the music of that time as a stepping stone that let you to something better.

    I love Christmas music. About 3 years ago, I was working with a church that I had been going to for the prior 20 years or so - since I was a teen. In fact, my uncle started the church. Well, it had sort of been discovered that I could half way carry a tune - I can find the key, but have some pitch issues - no vocal training. - I was in charge of organizing a christmas event and I was actually going to sing one of the songs. I was going to sing with a friend the "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth: - Bing Crosby/David Bowie - I know that's shocking for church, but they were actually OK with it. - I was going to do the David Bowie part. - Well, we were also practicing some other carols that another group were going to sing - not even me - not even trying to sound good, just singing some Christmas carols, when the pastor overheard and came in and chewed us out for sounding bad. It crushed me. I have never sang out loud in front of people again. I dropped out of the performance the next day. There were some other things that happened after that and I left the church. I stopped listening to Christmas music. - Fast forward a few years and in hindsight, leaving that relationship - because after nearly 20 years, it was a relationship to me. I was married to that church - I can listen to Christmas music again. Leaving was the best thing I could have done and I can't let the opinions of a few people ruin something I love. At some point I plan to take some voice lessons to correct my pitch issues - and maybe audition for a musical play. If I don't make it, that's fine. At least I will have tried.

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    Nov 28, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Interestingly my ex BF was a huge U2 fan. After a horrible breakup, couldn't listen to them again. Until I heard Stuck in a Moment. Really helped me to focus on my future and move on from our relationship. Whenever I hear this song, it reminds me of a tough time in my life that I successfully rose above!
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    Nov 28, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    I went through my U2 phase and still lsiten to them once in awhile.
    I will always like late 70's, 80's and 90's classic rock. Lately, I am listening to more country.
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    Nov 28, 2011 11:05 AM GMT
    i like this U2 song. it has a wishful, hopeful, yet lonely quality.

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    Nov 28, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    Whether you like U2's music or not, there's no question that they're great musicians who have become legendary.

    My beef with them has nothing to do with their talent, but with the fact that The Edge and especially Bono have become so attached to their schtick (Edge's knit cap, Bono and his insufferable sunglasses) that they appear cartoonish and vain.

    Now Bono is pushing Louis Vuitton luggage on print ads in high-end magazines... which totally leaches any value from U2's "message".
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    Nov 28, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    NC3athlete saidWhether you like U2's music or not, there's no question that they're great musicians who have become legendary.

    My beef with them has nothing to do with their talent, but with the fact that The Edge and especially Bono have become so attached to their schtick (Edge's knit cap, Bono and his insufferable sunglasses) that they appear cartoonish and vain.

    Now Bono is pushing Louis Vuitton luggage on print ads in high-end magazines... which totally leaches any value from U2's "message".


    Agreed. I expect if we did some digging into how that luggage was produced it would dilute that message further. I don't expect them to sleep in tents, necessarily, but if you want people to see you as a prophet of social justice, have a little humility.
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    Nov 28, 2011 1:45 PM GMT
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    NC3athlete saidWhether you like U2's music or not, there's no question that they're great musicians who have become legendary.

    My beef with them has nothing to do with their talent, but with the fact that The Edge and especially Bono have become so attached to their schtick (Edge's knit cap, Bono and his insufferable sunglasses) that they appear cartoonish and vain.

    Now Bono is pushing Louis Vuitton luggage on print ads in high-end magazines... which totally leaches any value from U2's "message".


    Agreed. I expect if we did some digging into how that luggage was produced it would dilute that message further. I don't expect them to sleep in tents, necessarily, but if you want people to see you as a prophet of social justice, have a little humility.


    Few people know or remember that they started out as a Christian rock band.

    That didn't last long... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    I also associate certain artists with an ex boyfriend and still can't listen to them. I'm sure that happens to all of us.

    U2's first album came out in 1981, and their second album was "October" in 1982. It's often overlooked, but still has a couple of gems in it. I have seen them on several different tours, and they were all different in their own right, but they are still an incredible live band.
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    Nov 28, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    Squarepeg said

    Few people know or remember that they started out as a Christian rock band.

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    THAT speak volumes about that genre!icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    mplsmike saidI also associate certain artists with an ex boyfriend and still can't listen to them. I'm sure that happens to all of us.

    U2's first album came out in 1981, and their second album was "October" in 1982. It's often overlooked, but still has a couple of gems in it. I have seen them on several different tours, and they were all different in their own right, but they are still an incredible live band.


    That's right, "October". I liked that one too. "War" was their third.

    Somewhere along the line thought they just seemed to get kind of, I dunno, full of themselves, as NC3 suggested.

    I was telling the BF the other night that is one of the things that strikes me about GaGa. So far, it hasn't seemed to go to her head and she appears a genuine and sincere person. We'll see if that lasts. icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 28, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    notadumbjock saidi like this U2 song. it has a wishful, hopeful, yet lonely quality.

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    agreed my fav, eerie almost.........icon_biggrin.gif