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Old 01-20-2009, 08:07 AM   #31
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^ bit harder now to make something totallt new when you are 33 years old as a band, and have exhausted just about every creative outlet available to a rock band
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:13 AM   #32
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Gotta love this bit:

"Listen, they say this is the most aggressive track from the album
The rest of the tracks are more mass-appeal. The next single Mysterious
Ways (Nov.6th) is rumored to be the With or Without You or
I Still Haven't Found What I'm lookinf for of the new album."

This guy was in for another shocker.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:19 AM   #33
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Excellent find!!

This bit is brilliant:

">If 'The Fly' is any indication of the rest of 'Achtung, Baby' and
>U2's musical direction, I think we can fashion 4 caskets, and label
>them: Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry. U2 is dead. What an unimaginative
>piece of garbage. "

I laughed out loud at that post!
Thankfully I had no idea that there was such thing back in 1991. I think the excess of crictics spoil the gift of music. Anyway, I can tell, the comment above is so erroneous that makes you laugh out loud.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:19 AM   #34
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Internet was there before the WWW. In 1991 people could subscribe to newsgroups like these and post there. It was sort of the predecessor to the Forum concept nowadays. groups.google.com has Usenet archives dating back to 1981..
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:21 AM   #35
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Internet was there before the WWW. In 1991 people could subscribe to newsgroups like these and post there. It was sort of the predecessor to the Forum concept nowadays. groups.google.com has Usenet archives dating back to 1981..
wow. I knew there was BBS around the early 90's but I had no access to it.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:22 AM   #36
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The Fly was and sounded different, revolutionary and fresh. It wasn't the 80s U2 updating their sound, rather it was a damn shocking new band with a new musical style, direction and sound.

There's nothing, absolutely nothing new, nothing we haven't heard before from the U2 catalog in Boots. It's pretty much Vertigo 09 version with Pop-like production.
I could also post links to discussions around the release of the Fly that disagree with what you say about the song, going as far as saying that "race against time" was more radical than "The Fly"

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Old 01-20-2009, 08:26 AM   #37
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Race Against Time probably is a bit more out there than The Fly.
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:29 AM   #38
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this is a good piece:

Now, I am certainly not trying to raise "The Fly" to the level of
Stravinsky; I'll get to my feelings about that song in a moment. But I am
saying that whether or not YOU choose to "get used to it", there is the
possibility that the rest of the "culture" (if something so amorphous
actually exists) may eventually pull in that direction, and we don't know
what may GROW OUT of songs like "The Fly".
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #39
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I seriously had no idea the internet existed prior to 1995. Learn something new everyday.

Just imagining all those 90's kids wearing their baggies and wierd looking 90's jeans getting all hyped up at their computers for the new U2 album.


Coool thread....
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:35 AM   #40
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This is absolutely fantastic- what a find. You could literally superimpose the entire discussion onto the new track.

Funny, though, isn't it- there was generally solid reviews universally for "Vertigo", then it ebbed as people found it bland or overly simplistic. This one has had some degree of animosity, which as another poster mentioned, I quite like.

Music is at it's best, always, when it makes one take an opinion or reflect. I like to hear U2 doing that again. May it long continue...
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:38 AM   #41
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Have you guys never seen Wargames? The internet has been around for quite a while.
You'd think they'd get it between that and "Real Genius"
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:49 AM   #42
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Great thread!
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:51 AM   #43
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The Fly kicks ass - I can't believe people in 1991 thought it was techno garbage... (Wait til they hear pop : P)

Also, the internet existed in 1991?? Really?
The thing you know as the World Wide Web was created in 1993. The "internet" itself has been around for a lot longer!
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:55 AM   #44
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In one of the other discussions from 1991, people claim that U2 were probably very heavily "influenced" by this Guy. They claim both the music and video were very similar. Watch for yourself, Interesting..

YouTube - Daniel Ash - This Love
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:56 AM   #45
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I think all those people that were worried U2 were done when they first heard the Fly had a sigh of relief when they got to hear One.
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