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Old 12-13-2017, 04:06 PM   #61
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There's absolutely no mention of help in any of those quotes, so yes, misunderstanding on your part.
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Not just help - basically a complete outsourcing of a huge amount of creative work...
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Not just help - basically a complete outsourcing of a huge amount of creative work...


Except neither one of those quotes speak to that at all. Can you point to what you think is an outsourcing of creative work?
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https://www.billboard.com/articles/c...ngs-experience

I ran across this article thanks to my Google news feed. Interesting insights here.

I will admit that while I really like a lot of SOE, the escalating reliance on producers and others bothers me. Feels like the band are essentially outsourcing most of the creative process and simply showing up to record their bits and sing lyrics they may or may not have written.

Andy's comment about the 'huge family' sounds more like 'huge corporation'.

I've said before that these guys are a very part time band nowadays but it feels like they've taken it to a new level. At what point is this not a U2 album and merely a U2 franchise effort???

Take this quote - wow:

When Bono writes he doesn't write lyrics per se. We call it Bongolese. He'll basically make up words about the view or the cup of coffee he's drinking -- just pure channeling -- and from that we would find what feels good and piece it together. The next day he would listen to the vocal shape that we came up with, write a narrative and, when he was excited by something, take it to The Edge.

Or this one - another wow:

I've got to say, it was quite unnerving. I've never done a multi-producer record before. And for 21 years I've been an artist where you get very attached to ideas and songs are like your children. So when other producers got involved and began chopping up my children, I had to swiftly learn to be less precious about my ideas. The good thing about it is that we were all pitching ideas for the band and from that they could then piece together how the whole arrangement was going to flow.
These were exactly the kinds of concerns that made me think about this topic. One Republic already tweeted to it's fans that they may "recognize" U2's Summer of Love as West Coast from the Oh My My sessions, and Tedder writing the chorus melody for EBW, which I think is a major songwriting contribution, others disagree. Yet both songs still say Music by U2. With the integrity that the band puts forth in discussing their relavance, creative process, and wanting to push themselves, this bothers me too.
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These were exactly the kinds of concerns that made me think about this topic. One Republic already tweeted to it's fans that they may "recognize" U2's Summer of Love as West Coast from the Oh My My sessions, and Tedder writing the chorus melody for EBW, which I think is a major songwriting contribution, others disagree. Yet both songs still say Music by U2. With the integrity that the band puts forth in discussing their relavance, creative process, and wanting to push themselves, this bothers me too.


No, they didn’t. That was a fan account and they were just making a reference to the video and making the same assumptions as you.
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These were exactly the kinds of concerns that made me think about this topic. One Republic already tweeted to it's fans that they may "recognize" U2's Summer of Love as West Coast from the Oh My My sessions, and Tedder writing the chorus melody for EBW, which I think is a major songwriting contribution, others disagree. Yet both songs still say Music by U2. With the integrity that the band puts forth in discussing their relavance, creative process, and wanting to push themselves, this bothers me too.
you are obviously not a true fan... a true believer...
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ok, this whole Summer of Love business is pretty ridiculous to me.

We have to believe that Tedder/One Rep. had a song called West Coast - and then at some point Bono/U2 heard it and they liked it so much that they said, we'd love to use it in some way.

And then Bono and the boys, instead of just using the riff, or some part of the song structure and coming up with new lyrics, said NO, we are too lazy for that and want to just use the song.
So then Bono manufactured a story about looking out on the ocean and thinking about the "other west coast" across the sea that was so different than the one he was standing on - JUST so it could fit into the song title/lyrics/chorus of the One Republic song!?!?! Then regale reporters with his phony story, just to cover up the use of the One Republic song.
And then made sure that Tedder was rewarded handsomely instead of giving any writing credits.

This is what we are to believe, and not that U2 had a riff, or rough cut of a song, gave it to Tedder for a while to work on and come up with some ideas and changes and bring it back and see if the band liked it, and then work on it some more?

Really
Whats weird though is that in the clip, Redder seems very excited about working on a One Republic song called West Coast. Montrose shared a tweet that One Republic sent to it's fans stating that they may recognize U2's Summer of Love as West Coast worked on for their album Oh My My.
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Whats weird though is that in the clip, Redder seems very excited about working on a One Republic song called West Coast. Montrose shared a tweet that One Republic sent to it's fans stating that they may recognize U2's Summer of Love as West Coast worked on for their album Oh My My.


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You know another interesting thing about the video; when talking about the first song, he says “this is a One Republic song”. That struck me as odd, because duh you’re OR, but if he was also playing songs that you were producing for others in that same setting, then it would make sense to say that.
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All the fan did was put clips together which Montrose posted the separate clips, and you can facepalm all you want. If One Republic wrote big chunks of Summer of Love, you can't wish it away. It's just facts, not condemnation.

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All the fan did was put clips together which Montrose posted the separate clips, and you can facepalm all you want. If One Republic wrote big chunks of Summer of Love, you can't wish it away. It's just facts, not condemnation.

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What? I’m not wishing anything away.

I’m facepalming your grasp on the facts, you keep trying to tell people OR tweeted that and they didn’t.

It’s like years ago a beach clip appeared, and everyone assumed it was a U2 song, but it ended up they were playing back a julian casablancas song, I believe...
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What? I’m not wishing anything away.

I’m facepalming your grasp on the facts, you keep trying to tell people OR tweeted that and they didn’t.

It’s like years ago a beach clip appeared, and everyone assumed it was a U2 song, but it ended up they were playing back a julian casablancas song, I believe...
Look, I didn't make up the video, or the tweet. Tedder is very prolific and writes songs for other artists as well as his own band. IMO, that's why he says it's a One Republic song. The guy is on a creative roll, whether you like him or not. He doesn't have to "claim" a U2 idea as his own and make a video clip of it
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Look, I didn't make up the video, or the tweet. Tedder is very prolific and writes songs for other artists as well as his own band. IMO, that's why he says it's a One Republic song. The guy is on a creative roll, whether you like him or not. He doesn't have to "claim" a U2 idea as his own and make a video clip of it


You’re not making any sense.

He’s not claiming a U2 idea as his own.

I feel like I’m either drunk or there are some people having some reading issues in here, and it’s quite possible I’m drunk
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Take this quote - wow:



When Bono writes he doesn't write lyrics per se. We call it Bongolese. He'll basically make up words about the view or the cup of coffee he's drinking -- just pure channeling -- and from that we would find what feels good and piece it together. The next day he would listen to the vocal shape that we came up with, write a narrative and, when he was excited by something, take it to The Edge.
This is how Bono’s done it for decades. They’ll be a take that finally has a fleshed out bridge, another one where he’ll say I like that chorus, and possibly another has the better verse idea, and then they’ll piece it together so Bono can spend some time alone with it and write lyrics. The only thing different is the ease to cut and paste compared to the UF days.


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Or this one - another wow:



I've got to say, it was quite unnerving. I've never done a multi-producer record before. And for 21 years I've been an artist where you get very attached to ideas and songs are like your children. So when other producers got involved and began chopping up my children, I had to swiftly learn to be less precious about my ideas. The good thing about it is that we were all pitching ideas for the band and from that they could then piece together how the whole arrangement was going to flow.


Even Eno and Lanois would do this with certain songs that maybe they didn’t see eye to eye, they’d create their idea of a mix and then play it back for the band the next day.

You really couldn’t have chosen 2 more business as usual quotes.
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https://www.billboard.com/articles/c...ngs-experience

I ran across this article thanks to my Google news feed. Interesting insights here.

I will admit that while I really like a lot of SOE, the escalating reliance on producers and others bothers me. Feels like the band are essentially outsourcing most of the creative process and simply showing up to record their bits and sing lyrics they may or may not have written.

How do you see it as either 'escalating' or 'reliance'? I don't see any indication that there's any more of anything on SOE than there's been on previous albums. I think Bono or Edge even addressed this once in an interview, counting up the number of producers and saying, actually, it's pretty par for the course.

The only thing I see as a slight nudge forward in the last two albums in the more overt mention of other contributing artists - Lykke Li, Lada Gaga, HAIM, Kendrick, etc. But that's just U2 playing the modern game of playing tag with other artists to get some cross-promotion going. We can't blame them for not being in step with modern stuff at the same time as criticizing them for adopting some modern practices.

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Andy's comment about the 'huge family' sounds more like 'huge corporation'.
You know that U2 is a huge organization outside the band, right? Like, they need people to market and sell product, merchandise, run the web site, sell tickets, organize tours, produce the shows, build the sets, pay the staff, and so on...?

And I see what you're doing - you're cherry-picking parts of a quote to validate your argument, but ignoring the rest.

What he said about the 'huge family' was:

"It's such a huge family of people and everyone they have is the best at what they do, from their video director to their lighting designer, they're all the best [in the business]"

See? Lighting designer, video director.. he'd probably have even met Gavin and Guggi, who have been around U2 since day 1. That's nothing new.

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I've said before that these guys are a very part time band nowadays but it feels like they've taken it to a new level. At what point is this not a U2 album and merely a U2 franchise effort???
Except this interview says the opposite - that while they were busy touring and performing as a band, Bono had Barlow around to help them produce new songs as they went along. Sounds like doing double-duty as a band - making a new album while touring an old one. That's more akin to their creative peak of making Zooropa while touring Achtung. Not that I'd confuse the two, but that's what the article talked about more than what you're trying to take from it.

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Take this quote - wow:

When Bono writes he doesn't write lyrics per se. We call it Bongolese. He'll basically make up words about the view or the cup of coffee he's drinking -- just pure channeling -- and from that we would find what feels good and piece it together. The next day he would listen to the vocal shape that we came up with, write a narrative and, when he was excited by something, take it to The Edge.
... and don't forget he continues:

"... take it to The Edge. From there, it would be like table tennis between the two of them -- like Lennon and McCartney bouncing ideas off each other."

Because Barlow comparing U2 to The Beatles is really backing up your point here. Sounds like Bono was doing overtime with a producer to get some songs started up, then he and Edge would build them up together. *wow*. Bono's *always* done this. I think it was Eno and Lanois that helped coin the term 'Bongolese' back in the day.
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