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Old 02-01-2002, 09:09 AM   #1
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First New U2 Album Experience?

I became a U2 fan in '95. Therefore, Pop's release was my first new U2 album experience. I had school that day, and I kept calling the music store between classes from the pay phone in the hall to make sure they had it/still had it. *lol* I think I drove them crazy.

What was yours? Or have some of you new fans that were drawn in by ATYCLB have yet to experience it?

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Old 02-01-2002, 09:35 AM   #2
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Well I was a fan of Joshua Tree and songs from Rattle and Hum but didnt really become obsessed till Achtung Baby so it was Zooropa.
I remember listening to it for the first time and thinking U2 had gone absolutely mad.
Bono screaming like a woman about fruit?!
Weird noises?!
Edge rapping?!
Some old country singer singing the final song?!??!!?!?!!!

Now I call myself zooropamanda.

Who'd have thunk it?
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*lmao*

What a great Zooropa review!

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the new album will be my first release experience, as i became a fan with ATYCLB.

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LOL@the review.

Hmmm, my first...

AB, (sort of) courtesy of my brother's stereo. I remember listening to the songs on it, and i was just amazed by the incredible sound that was unlike anything i ever heard - especially the guitar. I liked it immediately.

The first U2 album i bought was ATYCLB. After hearing the clips, i went to the CD store the day it was released and bought it. (i never do that kind of thing, usually i wait till i hear the singles on MTV)
And then listening it at home, and again, loving it instantly, and comparing the clips to the songs - being most pleasantly surprised at Wild honey, and later letting the songs grow on me.

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Let it be known that that was my very professional critque which i actually was awarded the pullitzer prize for

Hey U2girlie, that is one cool town name. Ljubljana..I just wanna say that over and over
Ljubljana
Ljubljana!Ljubljana!
If i knew how to say it of course...
Teach me?
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Originally posted by zooropamanda:
Hey U2girlie, that is one cool town name. Ljubljana..I just wanna say that over and over
Ljubljana
Ljubljana!Ljubljana!
If i knew how to say it of course...
Teach me?
Seriously? Or are you kidding around?



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I diiiiiiiiiddy oh bo buy white tape with black writing, when they existed and in Isle of Man bought the t-shirt and shit.....then heavy rubber metal broke U2 spirits and turned all four men into tough little shits with rubber and drums, high-speed dancin by Bono and shoulder rubbin crowds screamin for Mr B's leather crotch - THAT was my first album on tape..

first album album as in CD was POP......the rest is history, and I so hope to meet Bonos ass some day........
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I am serious U2girl.
Its a very cool name. I like cool place names.
I'd like to know how its pronounced.

ZA<-- Puts on serious face to show U2girlie she isn't mucking aorund
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Originally posted by zooropamanda:
I am serious U2girl.
Its a very cool name. I like cool place names.
I'd like to know how its pronounced.

ZA<-- Puts on serious face to show U2girlie she isn't mucking aorund
Well i saw the grinning smiley and i thought you were pulling my leg. Plus no one ever asks me something like that.

Well, in that case ... Thanks!

First go by saying parts of the word:
LJU ("lyou" in official Slovene, but we townsfolk of Ljubljana pronounce it "lou", which may be easier on you to pronounce as well)

BLJA (again 2 possibilities: "blyah" in official Slovene, "blah" for us townsfolk)

NA ("nah", "na")

Now just put those 3 together and you're all set! LJUBLJANA.

By the way, if you change one letter and turn LJUBLJANA to LJUBLJENA it means "the loved one".

ps: teaching stuff feels weird LOL.



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I fell for U2 while dating my hubby back in '89 so my new U2 album experience was
Achtung Baby, man, I was in love!
We went to a midnight album release and listen to it right away, over and over again.
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I remember the day Joshua Tree was released. I made my mom drive me to the mall so I can purchase it - on tape. I also ran to the store to purchase all of the Joshua Tree singles on tape (anyone remember the boxes the single came in?) I think I still have those boxes somewhere....
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I remember when POP came out. I was working as an assistant manager at a video store, which also sold music. We got our shipment in of cd's on the saturday before the release date. I remember I schedualed myself and the two other U2 nuts. When the box came in we were so excited. Our manager said that we were not allowed to take the cd's home until it was released. So we counted down the hours until the shift was over, and then the three of us spent the whole night in the backroom (and yes, this was a Saturday) listening to the cd!! I ended up being a really naughty girl. Since the cd was coming out on Tuesday morning, I took a copy home with me Monday night after close, and I came back in the morning to pay for it!!

ATYCLB. I had planned to buy it on my lunch hour at work, but unfortunatly I got stuck at the office in a meeting. So I decided to stop by the record store on the way home. My dad had car troubles though, and called me to rescue him. I was really annoyed, but hey, he gave me life. How could I say no!! So I was driving home with my dad in the car, completely out of the way of the mall where the record store is. Thinking about how I would run out right after dinner. Then I saw a small used record store that I had never seen before. I saw a sign on the window that said "We have new CD's too". I parked the car and ran in to find out that there new cd's consists of about 10-15. But guess what???? They had it!!! I was thrilled!!
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I was a casual fan back in '92 and listened to a few songs in Achtung Baby. I only saw them live last year and got hooked since then. Now, I'm rediscovering Achtung Baby, and by far, it's my fave!!!
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I started listening to the band in 1983, when I first got cable, and of course, MTV. The New Year's Day video got me hooked on that song. At the time, I was a HUGE Asia fan, so the thought of liking someone else was absurd. I got over that after I went out and purchased War, and then October, and then Boy. Then, of course, was the MTV broadcast of the Red Rocks show. The Unforgettable Fire was the first album I WAITED to buy. I actually remember the exact moment I heard Pride on the radio for the first time. No other band had a chance after that. The next year was the first year I saw them live.

I think back at the anticipation of listening to The Unforgettable Fire for the first time, and it was so amazing. It was really quite different from the three previous albums. IMO, UF was U2's first "Zooropa". All of the bands in the 80's kept putting out the same music year after year after year. Everyone sounded alike (was still a great decade of music IMHO!!!). U2 was the first band I can remember to throw that stereotype out the window.

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Hmmm, let's see.

My very first U2 purchase (actually, my mom bought it for me since I was 8) was Live at Red Rocks on vinyl!!!

Then, I had my dad by me WAR on tape (still have it in the car, it's all warped sounding!).

When I first got my CD player, the very first CD I bought was Unforgettable Fire. I don't know why I picked that one. I guess I thought it might sound the best on CD.

I distincly remember when POP was released because I was joking around telling everyone that because U2 were finally releasing a new album,it was a holiday. (Man, it felt like forever between Zooropa and POP). I think it was like March 4th, 1997. I remember that day because we had just moved into our new office space at my company and I remember declaring that day to be a holiday and there should be a parade (because of the release of the album) while my co-workers just stood there and

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I distincly remember when POP was released because I was joking around telling everyone that because U2 were finally releasing a new album,it was a holiday. (Man, it felt like forever between Zooropa and POP). I think it was like March 4th, 1997.
It sure was. I remember having just about no money and having to scrape enough together just to buy it. My parents said something like, "If you don't have that much money, why don't you just wait, and we can get it for you for your birthday?" But I would have none of that because my birthday wasn't unil March 9th...I was NOT waiting 5 days to get it!

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The Unforgettable Fire

Early winter '84. I was 12 years old. The portable cassette player (walkman) was a big deal in those days. Every night I would steal the Unforgettable Fire cassette from my brother's room. Then I would steal my dad's portable cassette player. I would turn of the light, climb into bed and pull the sheets over my head. With the earphones on, I would attempt to play the tape as loud as possible. Sometimes I would put more covers on my bed to help with hiding the noise. More often than not, I would be caught by my parents because I was singing too loud. When you're a kid, sometimes you forget how loud you can sing when you are listening with earphones. I became Energizer and Durecell's best client, playing the portable cassette player on a nightly basis until Bono would sound less like Bono and more like Barry White. Back then, batteries lasted a couple of songs (so I thought).
In order for my brother to deal with the hostage situation he had to give me a copy of the Unforgettable Fire that very Christmas.
In order for my dad to deal with the hostage situation he had to give my a portable cassette player that Christmas too! ...with lots of batteries!!!

I can honestly say that I have listened to Bad more than any other U2 song thanks to my 12-year old self.
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Joshua Tree was the very first CD I ever bought, on release day. The guy at the record store had to open the box to get one for me.... I didn't even have a CD player yet. Had to give it to a buddy to tape it for me. Had him leave 'Exit' off the tape, rather than go on to the other side. So, didn't recognize the song when they ripped into it on 5.2.87 in Worcester, MA. (Lesson learned: there are no "throwaways" on a U2 record.)

BTW, Rattle and Hum was my first DVD purchase... also before I had a player. :-)
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I have to admit, my brother got me hooked. It started out with me falling asleep to the tunes of Joshua Tree coming through the walls...but the first release that I think we both went through was Pop. It took him a while to get to like it, but whenever we'd go to visit my dad, and had to pull into a small town gas station, we'd make sure that we cruised in with the top down bumping Discotheque. My bro had some big Fly-style sunglasses and I thought he was the epitome of cool. We felt like we were the hippest people, jamming out to the sweet tunes, getting looks from all the people, their envy evident that they themselves were not Discothequing.

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