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Old 03-06-2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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How on earth was the Acthung Baby the beginning of U2's downward spiral?!?!?

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This article is insane!! They claim from Achtung Baby and onward, was the beginning U2's demise (STAGE 4), comparing it to "Britney Spears shaving her head "...I mean com on, this author clearly has any knowledge of U2 - reme,ber Achtung Baby was U2's #1 album (in my opinion, but MANY will back me up) and also the rise of the ZOOTV LIVE tour, which is arguably the most talked about tour in U2's histroy (maybe "KISS THE FUTURE" will replace it?). Not to mention POPmart was U2's largest stage production, and one of the most innovative tours in history (poorly received by fans though, so I guess this would be the mark of U2's slump, unfortunately this should have been their peak).

Anyways, this article infuriates me a little so I thought I'd share it. How could U2 be on a downward spiral for the last 20 years, someone explain that to me as it makes no sense.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:11 AM   #2
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ah the Toronto Sun
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Yeah, Achtung Baby sucks.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:54 AM   #4
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Damn Canadian Liberal Media!
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thought the same thing when I read the article.

interesting concept, zero knowledge of rock history.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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What is it with Toronto? Isn't, NOW Magazine from Toronto, as well. They are the one's that gave NLOTH the 20% rating on Metacritic.
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Eye Weekly and The Toronto Star were low grades as well, if I remember correctly

Toronto sucks!
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:33 PM   #8
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Damn you Canadians.
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U2's not going to play here now!

OH NOES!
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Old 03-06-2009, 02:55 PM   #10
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Toronto Sun is ultra conservative right wing

I use their paper to wipe my ass
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Toronto Sun is ultra conservative right wing

I use their paper to wipe my ass
Doesn't that make it... you know... inky?
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:36 PM   #12
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I didnt become a U2 fan until Achtung Baby and even though there 80s material is great its the 90s and up that keeps me going.
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Toronto produced RUSH.....so go figure.
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Guess which newspaper gets dissolved first, once the invasion is over? GUESS!
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Really.

Everyone knows that Rattle and Hum was the beginning of the end.
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Guess which newspaper gets dissolved first, once the invasion is over? GUESS!
When are you gonna stop talking about this invasion and actually invade? If you don't go through with it soon, people are gonna start thinking you're just blowing hot air.

Who made you the general anyway?

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, JUST WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW


AB and ZOOROPA are amazing...the next three didn't suck but they weren't quite as amazing
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Old 03-06-2009, 06:49 PM   #18
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Come on! Everyone knows that the beginning of the end was October.

Seriously, how do threads like this start? And continue?

If you haven't liked U2 since JT or AB, what the hell are you still doing here?
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:37 PM   #19
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Seriously people, if it were within my power to issue an apology on behalf of Canada (and STOP! The Invasion), I would. Sadly, I don't have that degree of power.
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:59 AM   #20
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That is one of the stupidest articles I've ever read. In addition to the central thesis being absurd, the writer doesn't even get basic U2-facts right (he says Bono waved the white flag in 1985-1990!), and implies that Unforgettable Fire was not as successful as War, when in fact it sold more.

The first and most notable thing about U2's career curve -- whether or not you like their recent stuff -- is that they came back from their downward turn in popularity in 2000, and have enjoyed great critical and commercial success in their 40s. This alone distinguishes them from The Stones, Madonna, and whoever else the writer attempts to lump them in with.

Feel free to hate Toronto, by the way. Canadians do, too. The national government station recently produced a highly popular TV special called "Let's All Hate Toronto".
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