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Old 05-14-2017, 02:56 PM   #1
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Album covers - best and worst

In your opinion, what is the best of U2's album covers, and what is the worst?

For argument's sake, let's exclude the best of compilations, passengers, EPs etc... and just go for the 14 official U2 albums.

For me:

Best - The Unforgettable Fire, as I'm a sucker for castles

Worst - Songs Of Innocence, as I don't bat for that team lol
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as I don't bat for that team lol

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You're not on Team Father Holding His Son?
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You're not on Team Father Holding His Son?
I'm not on the team of wanting to see men topless lol, take it with a pinch of salt, I had to choose a least favourite
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Maybe keep your homophobic comments to yourself, asshole.
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Maybe keep your homophobic comments to yourself, asshole.
I honestly didn't mean to offend. I'm not homophobic. We are talking album covers, and I had to pick a least favourite. I would rather look at castles, horizons, shots of the band, trees, scenery, etc, than a topless man, this doesn't mean I'm homophobic Homophobic would mean I'm against it. I'm not. I'm talking about preferences.

But I guess my tongue in cheek reason didn't go down well, so I apologise for that.
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While you may not be homophobic, your comment about SOI certainly is. Try harder.
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While you may not be homophobic, your comment about SOI certainly is. Try harder.
I don't see why it is. A straight man not being keen on the idea of looking at a man topless on an album cover is not homophobic.

Homophobic means you are against homosexuality.

There is absolutely nothing in my post to say that I'm against homosexuality. And I'm not, why would I be?

Furthermore, it wasn't even a serious comment really, I put a lol on the end.

I find it very silly how people on the internet are so hungry to argue with people and call names over absolutely nothing, just for the sake of it. The point of this thread was to see other 'best' and 'worst' album cover decisions. If people are more concerned with telling me I'm being homophobic, when I'm actually being pretty polite to those that are telling me so, then just close the thread. There is enough darkness in the world, and it's a poor show if we can't post anything without being accused of things.

I suppose you think people are racist for not wanting a black james bond. I suppose you think people are ageist for not wanting to start a relationship with someone 20 years older than them.

But whatever. I apologised. And I don't want to argue about something that isn't even really there.
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look again at "as I don't bat for that team lol"
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look again at "as I don't bat for that team lol"
Well that's just how people are interpreting it. It's one tiny sentence, I didn't mean to offend anyone with it. And the lol on the end just shows that I wasn't exactly being serious anyway. It was a joke that clearly didn't go down well. And I apologised. So.... I've done and said all I can really, haven't I?
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Well that's just how people are interpreting it. It's one tiny sentence, I didn't mean to offend anyone with it. And the lol on the end just shows that I wasn't exactly being serious anyway. It was a joke that clearly didn't go down well. And I apologised. So.... I've done and said all I can really, haven't I?
True. It's over with, but even in jest that might ruffle a few feathers.
Time to move on.
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Jarvio, saying "I don't bat for that team" in reference to a picture of a shirtless man certainly seems to imply a level of distaste with being associated with something "gay." But I'm willing to take you at your word that that's not the case.

Though if you're going to claim you're being treated unfairly, maybe don't follow that up with your assumptions about what else I must be offended by.
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If you want to literally translate "homophobic", the "phobic" part means fear. And if you're so put off by a topless man that you can't bear to look at a fucking album cover, it seems like you're pretty afraid of it.

Must be hard for you at the beach or any swimming pool.
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He didn't have any issue with Boy or War though
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Understood. Thanks for the clarification.
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October is the worst, it's not even a well-lit or sharp photo. I don't know how this is even debatable.

HTDAAB is indeed lame because they're sitting down and it makes them look geriatric (aside from Edge who at least looks like a badass East L.A. gang member), but the actual photography is nice, plus I really like the font/typography reminiscent of a web address and the red slashes on the black border.

I think if you're judging solely on the pose you're really not taking the whole cover into account because it's not only about Corbijn but Averill's work as well.

The Joshua Tree obviously has a great photo but I also love the widescreen framing and all the black space. TUF has great coloring with the burgundy as well as the blurry, impressionistic photo that is a great representation of the music.

Achtung is a clever idea, riffing on Exile on Main Street while reflecting on the chaotic atmosphere of Berlin/the new EU, and the bursts of color giving the band a fresh look.

Ultimately I think I have to go with War as the best. The photo is so striking, so perfect for the album's themes, and I love the self-reference to the Boy cover. Plus that bold red lettering pops so well off the black & white.
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Agreed about October, I'm really surprised this is even up for discussion.

I'm a sucker for colour so I would rank AB and Zooropa as 1A and B for my personal tastes.
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Not as good as Expect Nothing.
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