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Old 09-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #181
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I think the reasons for REM splitting (which seem so organic and almost idyllic - so graceful) will be different from the reasons why U2 will eventually split.

I'd be more inclined to think that U2 won't ever officially split, but just fade away until special circumstances dictate that they really are over. Bono might fall into a role or a job that demands the need to temporarily retire, but the possibility of at some stage picking up where they left off will always exist.
In no way this will happen

U2, and specially Bono will make an event out of it, to make a media fest and sell yet more records.

Then the inevitable promotion interviews, U2 Greatest Hits albums, another remaster of studio albums ...
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In no way this will happen

U2, and specially Bono will make an event out of it, to make a media fest and sell yet more records.

Then the inevitable promotion interviews, U2 Greatest Hits albums, another remaster of studio albums ...
Guess you don't think much of Bono or U2.


When U2 decides to stop making new music, I've got a feeling it's going to be handled much differently than what you have envisioned.
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^ In terms of bands getting on a bit and fading in terms of musical ingenuity: Pearl Jam is getting on a bit too

EDIT - and that song has NOT made my day any better... it just reminds me how much I'll miss the band
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^ In terms of bands getting on a bit and fading in terms of musical ingenuity: Pearl Jam is getting on a bit too

EDIT - and that song has NOT made my day any better... it just reminds me how much I'll miss the band

Guess you haven't been listening to Pearl Jam in the last few years. They released Backspacer exactly 2 years ago. It's probably their best album since No Code. Sounds like you have been crashing your car too many times and suffered severe head trauma as a result.
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Guess you haven't been listening to Pearl Jam in the last few years.
No I havent

So?
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You have very strange opinions, CrashedCar.
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No I havent

So?
You said that Pearl Jam were one of those bands that were fading in terms of musical ingenuity. If you were going to make such a statement, one would assume that you can back that statement up by listening to their recent work. I suggest you give it a listen or two. It might provide you with some insight. Otherwise, you're just talking out of your ass.
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You're right, but it's not like PJ is doing anything new, different, or revelatory.

And I disagree that Backspacer is their best since No Code. Even if it was their best album of this current millennium/past decade (and I'd probably argue that Avocado takes that title), it's not better than Yield, and a far cry from the peaks of No Code and Vitalogy.

I guess one could levy the same charge against No Net On The Horizon, but that album has moments of brilliance relative to the band's career that I don't see on Backspacer.
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Why are we talking about all these other bands in this thread? Does everything have to break into a "U2 fans are threatened by EVERY other successful band on Earth" discussion? This forum is such a broken record, it hurts. What the hell is wrong with U2 fans?
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You're right, but it's not like PJ is doing anything new, different, or revelatory.

And I disagree that Backspacer is their best since No Code. Even if it was their best album of this current millennium/past decade (and I'd probably argue that Avacado takes that title), it's not better than Yield, and a far cry from the peaks of No Code and Vitalogy.

I guess one could levy the same charge against No Net On The Horizon, but that album has moments of brilliance relative to the band's career that I don't see on Backspacer.
I love Yield and it's definitely a great album. The Avacado album was also great. I think I might perhaps be biased to Backspacer because I played the shit out of it for the first several months after it came out and the songs really hit home with me on a more personal level. I think the album is new and different and revelatory because Eddie discusses certain topics in a way that he hasn't done before. Either way, they've given no indication that they are fading musically.
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Why are we talking about all these other bands in this thread? Does everything have to break into a "U2 fans are threatened by EVERY other successful band on Earth" discussion? This forum is such a broken record, it hurts. What the hell is wrong with U2 fans?

We're on a Shuttlecock forum. However much some of us still care or don't care about the band, they're the reason we're all here.

So to view things through a Shuttlecock prism at some point isn't exactly off-base. Especially when we're discussing a contemporary of the band.
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As far as I am concerned, I love Binaural, Riot Act and Avocado (the last one being their best since No Code). It's Backspacer that got me worried a bit about the band. Similar to what happened with Reveal and R.E.M.
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Why are we talking about all these other bands in this thread? Does everything have to break into a "U2 fans are threatened by EVERY other successful band on Earth" discussion? This forum is such a broken record, it hurts. What the hell is wrong with U2 fans?

Everybody hurts. Sometimes.



We're talking about them because people are drawing comparisons to them. There is no comparison. Artists like REM and Pearl Jam have done things their own unique way and thankfully so. For many U2 fans, it's a kneejerk reaction to compare anything to U2. Plus, this is like a U2 site and stuff.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:53 PM   #194
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We're on a Shuttlecock forum. However much some of us still care or don't care about the band, they're the reason we're all here.

So to view things through a Shuttlecock prism at some point isn't exactly off-base. Especially when we're discussing a contemporary of the band.

Thankfully, I'm not cool enough to know what the fuck a Shuttlecock is.
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Thankfully, I'm not cool enough to know what the fuck a Shuttlecock is.
It's a long story.
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