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Old 03-03-2009, 07:50 AM   #1
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Is u2 relevant Today

On the radio q107 in toronto the morning host John Derringer asked listners to write in if they felt if u2 were relevant today because according to him any band which makes a song like Get on your Boots is irrelevant.

So kindly and please go to the web site to the contact page and under the morning show email uncle johhnie and tell him what you think. Me thinks that uncle johhnie is now getting on in age and is becoming irrelevant himself
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:07 AM   #2
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Define relevance?

That's the key thing, what does relevant mean?

TV On The Radio might have made what was critically regarded as the best album of '08, but they've hardly captivated millions of people like U2 or Coldplay do. Of course, TV On The Radio have nowhere near the commercial scope to captivate these millions of people, but if no one's hearing the songs, what relevance does the band and a song like Golden Age truly have?

This isn't a criticism of TVOTR, just a query as to whether they have the potential to be as relevant as a more established band.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:20 AM   #3
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The reason the word relevant came up is because Mr. Bono said that this is their best album and if it is not then U2 is not relevant anymore. So now the blame belongs to mr Bono .
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They are still relevant to me and for the most part I could give 2 shites if they are "relevant" to anyone else. In fact to be totally honest with y'all, I wouldn't mind them being less relevant, I'll be able to see them this Tour for smaller amounts of money.
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We're not gonna know whether it's their best album for a few months anyway. I have a strong feeling it isn't, but let's give it time to sink in, I have only been listening to the album for 5 days.

I believe U2 are relevant cause they tend to make better music then most bands out there. That's their gift, that's their relevance.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:37 AM   #6
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Can I just say... U2 are a band, four members, plural !
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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yep they are still relevant to me as well, so I don't care about the rest of the music world in general right now, because I find it all very irrelevent
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:44 AM   #8
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Musically: No, they have done enough to grace the world with beauty and although NLOTH is a very good album it is hardly groundbreaking like Achtung Baby for instance. it is still better than 95% of what is comming out though, so it is a bit of a toss up.

For me they still are, they are my lifeband and it would take a lot to abandon them
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Thanks for posting keep posting
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:55 AM   #10
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Can I just say... U2 are a band, four members, plural !
That's predominate in Commonwealth English, but here in 'merica, one would tend to say 'U2 is' instead of 'U2 are'. Spending as much time on this board as I do, around more Commonwealth English speakers than 'merican English speakers, I personally tend to use 'are' instead of 'is', although I do say 'is' occasionally. I used 'are' the other day in front of a friend of mine, though, and he gave me a really funny look and said that 'are' didn't make sense.

But, anyway, if U2 aren't relevant, than the mainstream is missing out... it's their loss.
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On the radio q107 in toronto the morning host John Derringer asked listners to write in if they felt if u2 were relevant today because according to him any band which makes a song like Get on your Boots is irrelevant.

So kindly and please go to the web site to the contact page and under the morning show email uncle johhnie and tell him what you think. Me thinks that uncle johhnie is now getting on in age and is becoming irrelevant himself
I think the guy is just looking for people who are willing to bash U2. Every time I have listened to his morning show he has done nothing but trash talk the band.
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Of course not!
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I don't get the whole "relevant" debate. Either you like their music, you don't care either way, or you don't like their music, as far as I'm concerned.
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Do you notice how the only band that really generates this argument is U2?

You hardly ever hear this about contemporaries (in age) like REM or Bon Jovi or Depeche Mode, etc...

Or even slightly younger bands like Radiohead or Oasis or Pearl Jam, etc...
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:41 AM   #15
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Relevant? Of course they're relevant.

Anyone else ever wonder why music generates so much hatred? I suppose it's because it generates so much love, which is probably equally as irrational. But read YouTube feedback, or this board, or reviews of any popular album. It's either treated like Tolstoy or it's a worthless, DESPICABLE waste of oxygen. *L*

I'm not a Jonas Brothers fan, but I understand their appeal. Consequently, I don't feel compelled to go on YouTube and tell their fans how much they suck. Anyway, it's just always baffled me why people feel so much need to express hate. It's just funny to me. It's entertainment! As Lennon once said, "it's nothing important."
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I don't get the whole "relevant" debate. Either you like their music, you don't care either way, or you don't like their music, as far as I'm concerned.

Full-on agree. Ultimately, I think the tour will be a HUGE factor in determining their relevance, whatever that means. But, if they knock stadiums out of the park again, then it is hard to say that they don't matter.

If you're booking Letterman for a whole week, kinda hard to say that you're irrelevant. But, that doesn't mean you're relevant either.

In my eyes, relevance is constantly pushing forward trying to evolve and reach a substantial core of people. Are the boys breaking new ground? Probably not. It's not easy creating one masterpiece, let alone two. So, I think as long as a lot of people appreciate them for trying to get back there, they'll be relevant.

It could be worse ... we could be Stones fans.
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Maybe they're just too worried about being "relevant"-whatever that is. If it's appealing to younger fans and the numerous mentions of that are real and not just a bunch of hype bs, well I think they (or at least Bono) might be.
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People wouldn't be talking about them if they weren't relevant. I think this type of discussion rears its ugly head mainly because U2 has been such a huge group for such a long period of time; people are going to feel passionately about them in a positive or negative light.
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We're not gonna know whether it's their best album for a few months anyway.
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Who gives a damn wether they're relevant or not?


Do you like their music? I assume you do, since you're on this forum and not banned. Then why care what others think about it?
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