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Old 01-20-2009, 05:14 AM   #1
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For comparison: Usenet discussion from 1991 about "The Fly"

I think it's cool to read that the diversity in opinions and discussions in 1991 was very similar to what we see happening now with GOYB..

U2's 'The Fly' - Are you JOKING? - rec.music.misc | Google Groups

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:20 AM   #2
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Very interesting ... The comments on The Fly are the same as of GOYB today I like the part: "The problem with 'The Fly' is that it sounds like what INXS has been
doing for a while now. In fact, I thought it was INXS when I first
heard it. And I didn't hear any trademark Edge guitar either"

I call this the thread of the day, but who am I to do that ? :-)
Bottom line for me is that GOYB is the same as those fans received the Fly in 1991: strange, experimantal new sound, but not an overall indication of the new album. There will definitely be atmospheric melodies and anthems in the other songs.

However, I doubt that GOYB will become my favourite U2 song, because that is The Fly :-) But I don't blame or hate U2 for that.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:34 AM   #3
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Haven't heard it yet but if it has anything like the same effect that the Fly had on me in 1991 then i will be happy beyond belief, The Fly is my fave ever U2 single.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:36 AM   #4
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Very interesting ... The comments on The Fly are the same as of GOYB today
And what was said about Vertigo, Discothèque, Numb, etc. You can only wonder now what the reactions were when With Or Without You or Desire premiered.

Interesting find!
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:39 AM   #5
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That's a pretty interesting little read. Thanks.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:39 AM   #6
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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!
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:45 AM   #7
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NEW NEGATIVLAND (buy it!) BOYCOTT OR KILL U2! - rec.music.misc | Google Groups

Wow, nothing really has changed at all.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:45 AM   #8
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Thanks to the OP for the perspective.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:48 AM   #9
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You can only wonder now what the reactions were when With Or Without You or Desire premiered.
I was thrilled with WOWY -- that was one of the few times I was ever completely happy with a band's single choice.

I liked Desire, but found that it wore thin after a while. Not sure what other song on R&H I would have used instead though. With rare exceptions (such as WOWY) I'm not much good at picking commercially viable singles.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:48 AM   #10
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U2's 'The Fly' - Are you JOKING? - rec.music.misc | Google Groups

On The Fly: "Contrary to someone else's posting, I
don't find The Edge's guitar at all interesting on this track"
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wow, this is really interesting to read, thanks
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:51 AM   #12
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Great thread - well done!
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:51 AM   #13
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It's official. The Fly sucks.

Coincidentally, I never understood the appeal of The Fly until last night when I heard it with a pair of headphones.

Jesus Christ.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:53 AM   #14
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It's official. The Fly sucks.

Coincidentally, I never understood the appeal of The Fly until last night when I heard it with a pair of headphones.

Jesus Christ.
are you serious?

GOYB sounds reeeally good cranked in some good headphones btw
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:54 AM   #15
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There was internet in 1991?

Seriously, I remember the internet becoming widespread around 1995, no?

I'm shocked, I was so behind!

But yeah, very interesting perspective, we all know U2 always had to live with the weight of their previous songs, and this weight is becoming heavier and heavier with each album.
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