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Old 06-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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A confession and introduction

Howdy all,

I used to not care for U2 when I was younger, perhaps I disliked them even. The few songs I had heard I thought morose and depressing, "With or Without You", "One", I still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". Furthermore one song irked the history buff in me, "Pride", while another simply gave me that nails on a chalkboard feel, "Where the Streets have No Name". (The build-up still irritates me and I find it a tad painful, am I the only one who feels that way?)

Their gigs on a few TV shows also sent a shiver down my spine. I was rather upset that the American Flag was used as an article of clothing, which I found disrespectful, and covered up most of the show to boot! Their duet with Green Day saw me feeling as though "The Skids" had lost their punch. And the solo performance of "Numb" viewed as a very young lady did not strike any chord, but then I had not read Kafka and Simon de Beauvior being still young, so I suppose that is my ignorance rather than any lack of musical and artistic flaw.

Later I found that U2 actually did play some songs that were fun and had a catchy beat, "Desire", "Mysterious Ways", "Vertigo", and "Elevation". Of course I had heard these songs before but never really connected them with U2 until I really started to listen to the lyrics and the overall sound. Being a big fan of the CD and Mix Tape I generally did not listen to the radio so my intake of U2 was minimal. I picked up a copy of Achtung Baby and was cranking it up almost instanter to hear and feel the sound it produced.

The big change from me being ambivalent at best about U2 and hating them at worst was watching their Rose Bowl broadcast via YouTube. I thought to myself: I must find out why everyone seems to think them grand when all I can discover about them is their depressing outlook on life. The sound blew me away, the joy and happiness the band radiated simply astounded me from my previous take on them, and the set itself, being a techie, just floored me. I recall spending hours after the show had aired looking up the technical details that such a large ITR set entailed, logistically and financially. Being a student of architexture, the barrel vaulting also peeked my interests as you can well imagine.

Now, I appreciate a great many of their tunes and have endeavored to purchase their record collection. Still missing rather a few but I've got the biggies and am looking for their earlier stuff and the odd stuff in between (not sure about Pop but I'll get it and give it a chance) as well as their singles.

So after a long journey I'm here to sort of get my U2 studied going properly. I hope I found the right place. I want to know everything (it is the academic in me I reckon) about their music, the politics and the religion. I also hope to make a few friends here as U2 fans in Florida seem non-existent.

Cheers, Meg

PS A wee bit about me personally, I enjoy horseback riding, gardening, reading, archery, and travel. I work retail and would eventually like to own my own business. But first I want to get to Europe and walk the same streets Descartes would have, to visit the fields that the Napoleonic solider would have bled upon, and eat at the same inns that Uccello might have dined. Many thanks for permitting me to join you.
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Definitely don't skip Pop. It's fantastic, and feels like a very personal, powerful album for them. One of my favorites.

Welcome here.
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Plenty of U2 fans in Florida! Start with the first album, Boy, which only has a couple of slower songs. Great debut album and blue print for every one that followed.
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Plenty of U2 fans in Florida! Start with the first album, Boy, which only has a couple of slower songs. Great debut album and blue print for every one that followed.
Yes! Picked that up and was impressed with it, really was. They are a punk band to be sure. It's a bit rough but so are punks bands expected to be. It was not the U2 I was so often used to hearing.
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I recently started rediscovering the back catalog as well. My best strategy is to spend a lot of time with each record and boots and footage from its tours to really get a feel for the period before going on to another. There's a lot to discover! I have to agree with Comet, don't skip Pop.
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Looks like I must listen to it then, eh? :P

I'll keep your advice in mind, though I don't want to get burnt out on one record. It seems that U2 really shines as a live act, not that their records are shabby, so I'm going to definitely be looking into concerts and their videos. Their live performances get me to like their records, if that makes any sense. There's so much passion in their live stuff.
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Looks like I must listen to it then, eh? :P

I'll keep your advice in mind, though I don't want to get burnt out on one record. It seems that U2 really shines as a live act, not that their records are shabby, so I'm going to definitely be looking into concerts and their videos. Their live performances get me to like their records, if that makes any sense. There's so much passion in their live stuff.
First off, welcome.
I think a lot of people, maybe most, get into U2 based on their live performances, that's really where the band shines. I'd recommend watching Zoo TV live in Sydney, and U2 Go Home Live at Slane Castle. All of their concert videos are great but those are the best. Also, if you're really feeling ambitious, U2start.com has a huge collection of concert bootlegs. Search interference for lists of the best to download.

Enjoy!
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Looks like I must listen to it then, eh? :P

I'll keep your advice in mind, though I don't want to get burnt out on one record. It seems that U2 really shines as a live act, not that their records are shabby, so I'm going to definitely be looking into concerts and their videos. Their live performances get me to like their records, if that makes any sense. There's so much passion in their live stuff.
In Bono's (and the band's) words: "Live is where we live."
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Larrys words
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Larrys words
Yes, they have probably all said it before, but I know I've heard Bono and Larry say it.
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For me it was Slane Castle. Magic!
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First off, welcome.
I think a lot of people, maybe most, get into U2 based on their live performances, that's really where the band shines. I'd recommend watching Zoo TV live in Sydney, and U2 Go Home Live at Slane Castle. All of their concert videos are great but those are the best. Also, if you're really feeling ambitious, U2start.com has a huge collection of concert bootlegs. Search interference for lists of the best to download.

Enjoy!
Good to know, thank you. I've got most of their hmm, shall we say live videos which one might purchase from reputable sources and really do enjoy Slane Castle and the Vertigo tour from Chicago the best (for now!). The Chicago show's closing numbers are just brilliant.

And thank you guys, I really do feel very welcomed here! It's nice to find such a warm site with friendly folks willing to share what they love.
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