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Old 04-27-2015, 01:33 AM   #391
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:19 AM   #392
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I love how both Stipe and Mills basically settled on their present hairdos (or lack thereof) in about 1994 and have stuck to their guns ever since.

Kinda like the Edge that way.
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Old 04-27-2015, 02:57 AM   #393
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Well that's an evocative description and criticism.
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Monty Got A Raw Deal is quite forgettable and not good enough to be underrated. It's kinda just there.
Basically this. By the time you get to that point in the album, it's like, yep, this is what a song on Automatic For The People sounds like. But it doesn't really do anything interesting outside of the lyrical focus on Montgomery Clift.

It's kind of how I feel about Ultraviolet on Achtung Baby. It's a far better track than Monty, but up until that point you keep hearing all this new, exciting stuff, and Ultraviolet just sounds like an typical Achtung Baby song, if that makes any sense; you could construct it out of the sounds from all the songs that come before it. Conversely, Acrobat and Love Is Blindness add more colors to the palette and come off a bit more unique.
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I'm not sure there is a "typical" AB song. Aside from the intro I'd say Ultraviolet is a more traditional U2 song, anthemic, soaring guitars, simple yet moving lyrics. Certainly when I first came to Achtung Baby it is one of the few songs that stood out to me.
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Old 04-27-2015, 03:07 AM   #395
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I'd call Wild Horses the most Achtung Baby song on Achtung Baby; dirty, grungy and full of innuendo, yet melodic and lovelorn. I love that song.

Ultraviolet is the most typical U2 song on the album except for One.
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R.E.M. have done some pretty good covers, too.



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I'd call Wild Horses the most Achtung Baby song on Achtung Baby; dirty, grungy and full of innuendo, yet melodic and lovelorn. I love that song.

Ultraviolet is the most typical U2 song on the album except for One.
Horses and One have the benefit of coming earlier on the album. Which is why I made that statement so specifically; I'm not considering this in a vacuum. Just more about first impressions that stuck.
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Oh yes, back when Eddie Vedder used to be the lead singer.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:36 AM   #399
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Pretty good Grantland article with Stipe.
Talks a bit about U2 and also how he felt releasing E-bow as the first single sunk New Adventures In Hi Fi

http://grantland.com/features/michael-stipe-rem-career/
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Hi-Fi REPRESENT.
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:32 PM   #402
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So, Trump used It's The End Of The World at some campaign event today where a bunch of Republicans, including Ted Cruz, said insane things about the Iran deal. R.E.M. were not pleased. On social media:

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@vplus Cease and desist. — Mike Mills (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
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Personally, I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him. — Mike Mills (@m_millsey) September 9, 2015
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Stipe.
I'm not quite sure of his feelings on the matter.
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