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Old 08-20-2005, 02:47 PM   #46
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Hearing my older brother's Achtung Baby cassette in 1992.
The first seconds of Zoo Station came on... I was won over immediately.
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Old 08-20-2005, 05:06 PM   #47
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wow.. my story is a lot less interesting, it was like 2001(or 02 i dont know) i bought the so fresh CD (full of pop stuff that i don't like) anyway Walk On was on it... i just kept putting it on repeat and i feel in love with it.. and coz all the other bands on that CD were new i thought wow this is an awesome new band (im stupid i know) so i went to the shops and bought the album that had Walk on on it, ATYCLB, and i kept listening and listening, i talked to my uncle about them and found out they wern't so new! so every month or so i bought or burned a new album!

and now i have all of them... on to the bootlegs!!

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Old 08-20-2005, 05:29 PM   #48
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u2phan - get The Unforgettable Fire.
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Old 08-20-2005, 05:30 PM   #49
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Then get Zooropa. And definitely buy another copy of Pop.
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Old 08-20-2005, 10:13 PM   #50
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It's when I bought the best of the 80s. Can't really seem to remember what possessed me to buy it. Spirit of God n' all that I 'pose.

Anyway, I heard Streets and Pride and SBS and I was like, "Damn where have you been all my life?"
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Then get Zooropa. And definitely buy another copy of Pop.
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yay allright UF then

it amazes me how much I love U2, but only have about half of their collection. And all those B-sides I haven't heard, and what else. Still so much U2 left to dazzle me...
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with or without you. i heard it and thought, "woah." many many years later, it's still my favorite song.
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Old 08-21-2005, 01:50 AM   #53
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When I heard Streets in the best-of. But the first songs I listened from U2 were Staring at the sun, Discothèque and Beautiful Day. The three are kind of special to me.
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I wrote a huge story about it -

The beginning of my U2 experience really began at a friend’s party in grade four, the year being 2000. It was a sleepover, and in the morning we woke up and watched the popular music TV show, Rage. We watched the top 5 or so songs I think, and that was the exact moment in my life I became interested in music.

Ever since then, Rage was one of my favourite TV shows, and around that time, Who Let The Dogs Out and Teenage Dirtbag - by the Baha Men and Wheatus respectively - were out. They were huge hits in their time, and most people can still remember them today.

I think it was in 2001 that I had my first experience with U2. While watching Rage, a song called Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of came on. I thought it was pretty good, and it stuck in my head for a while. Then Elevation came out, and everyone knew that. The Tomb Raider remix then came out, and Elevation was wildly popular. My uncle was a big fan of the Playstation game Tomb Raider at the time, and I though he looked a bit like the singer of that band who sings Elevation. I also vaguely remember the song Beautiful Day, though I can’t recall hearing it on Rage or Video Hits.

From this encounter on Rage and also Video Hits, I knew the albums All That You Can’t Leave Behind and The Joshua Tree existed. But I did not know that U2 had been around since the late 1970’s nor did I know that The Joshua Tree was actually released three years before I was born, in 1987.

So from the years 2001 – 2004, if someone mentioned the band U2 I knew who they were, but only knew three of their songs (I had heard I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For but I never knew it was by U2). That was until the release of Vertigo. Thanks largely to the iPod ads, this song became quite a large hit as well, and I took a real liking to it. It was at this moment that I knew I wanted the new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

My Mum bought the album for me, but it wasn’t until Christmas Day, 2004 that I actually got to listen to it. I must say, that it was one of the few albums that I liked most of the songs based on first listen, probably because I had nothing to compare it against. I fell in love with City of Blinding Lights from the moment I first listened to it, and liked most of the rest. The only songs I didn’t like at first were Love and Peace or Else, which is probably the most guy-friendly song on there. It figures. That’s what I’m sort of like, preferring chick stuff to guy stuff, even though I’m a guy. I also didn’t really like One Step Closer, because I felt it was a bit of weak track, a bit too quiet, a bit boring and so on. Looking at the album now though, LAPOE is one of my favourite songs from the album. I thoroughly enjoy it now.

I got some Christmas money, and in roughly February I decided to go and spend it on CD’s. I brought Evermore’s Dreams, Blink-182’s self-titled album, Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane and then couldn’t decide between a footy DVD and Green Day’s International Superhits. I went and looked up the letter U, and found All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Considering it was released almost four years prior I considered myself pretty lucky. I brought it, and I am very glad I brought that instead of the Green Day CD. I wouldn’t have stumbled upon a very good band if I hadn’t have brought it.

I took it home and had a listen, but it took me 10 minutes to get it working. It wasn’t reading properly. Eventually it worked, and I listened to it. My first impression was that it was absolute crap, apart from a few tracks. I look back now and wonder how I thought it was so bad.

Beautiful Day, Stuck and Elevation I already knew, albeit not too well. Walk On was the first one outside of these three I heard and I really liked it. Kite, while it is my third favourite song nowadays, I didn’t like at first, mostly because of the guitar work in the verses. It threw me off a bit. The rest I didn’t really like, and ATYCLB all of a sudden was back in its case.

About a week or two later I gave it another chance, and for some reason I fell in love with it. I started singing along to the songs with the lyrics from the booklet and took a real liking to it. There were still songs I didn’t like, such as In A Little While, New York and Grace, but I began to enjoy the rest. Nowadays I like basically the whole album, though I still don’t like Grace very much. It’s like One Step Closer off HTDAAB, except longer, and even more boring. It’s like a lullaby.

I then went in search of a U2 forum on the web where I could share my thoughts with other U2 fans. I found one, www.forum.interference.com, and have posted regularly on it since. I started a thread asking what album I should get next, and although my memory’s a bit hazy (I’m not even 100% I started the thread) I think the opinion was it’s up to you.

I decided on The Joshua Tree, but then when I went to get it I changed my mind and brought the Best of 1980-1990. I do regret it a little bit now, because I brought TJT recently and having heard the opening the three tracks on the 80/90 best of meant I didn’t appreciate TJT as much. But that’s another story.

I listened to the album, and that’s when I became the U2 fan I am today. I took a real liking to the first 10 tracks on the album, and the last one (All I Want Is You) eventually grew on me. It was tracks 11-13 that I didn’t really like (Desire, When Love Comes To Town, Angel of Harlem).

But the album made me into a real fan, and I was able to relate to a lot of the forum’s threads after buying it. By now U2 was just about the only band I listened to.

I started another what CD do I get next thread and the unanimous reply was Achtung Baby, considered a classic by a lot of people. I went out and bought it, and I must say I got pretty upset because it seemed everyone on the forum loved it, and I didn’t love it anywhere near as much.

I copped a bit of flak for the ratings I gave for the songs, but I was able to make a strong rebuttal in my opinion. But I was determined to give the album a fair go, and so for about three weeks it was the only album I listened to. I didn’t listen to any other U2 song in full during that period except for the 12 tracks off Achtung Baby. I was a bit disappointed to end the impressive run.

At the moment, it’s surprising but now I really like Achtung Baby. There are three really good songs on there for me, five out of fives. I got over my upset feelings I had. I just felt a pressure to love the album or I wouldn’t be accepted in the U2 crowd. It hardly matters now, because I actually do love the album. Talk about the tables turning.

It was a long while before I got my next U2 CD. The next U2 thing I brought was the DVD from U2’s concert in Dublin, entitled U2 Go Home Live at Slane Castle. It introduced me to U2 live, as well as the songs Out of Control, Wake up Dead Man and Staring at the Sun. I felt a bit guilty when I said the version of Kite didn’t have much emotion. I later found out that Bono’s father had just passed away and that he was actually crying in the rendition. But easily the best rendition on there was One, from Achtung Baby. It was, put simply, absolutely fan-bloody-tastic, to use an Aussie term.

I brought The Joshua Tree very recently (I had to pay $26 for it!) and also War at the same time (for only $10!). As I mentioned before, my thoughts of TJT weren’t as clear because I had heard the three opening songs before on the 80/90 best of. So that was a bit disappointing because now I don’t appreciate TJT as much as I could. But regardless of this, I think it’s a pretty good album, with some really good songs on there such as Running to Stand Still and Red Hill Mining Town. Based on first listen of TJT and the first listen of Achtung Baby (not counting the opening three tracks on TJT) I prefer TJT but I think I actually prefer Achtung Baby more overall. It’s weird because of all the comments and arguments I made against Achtung Baby.

As I said, I also bought War, and I had the same problem with that that I do with TJT. I had heard Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year’s Day previously on the 80/90 best of. At the moment I haven’t really listened to it much, I have listened to TJT more, but I like Drowning Man and ‘40’ quite a bit. The rest I’m not too keen on at the moment, but I’m sure it will grow on me when I listen to it more. I’m not too fond on Bono’s raspy, rough vocals on the album. But I’ll have to get used to it. They were only 20 or 22 at the time they made it.

Well, that’s my U2 experience right up until now. As of this moment I’m listening to The Ground Beneath Her Feet which is on my version of ATYCLB. I’m currently lying in hope that U2 will announce that they will tour Australia so that I can go see them first hand. That would be fantastic. Next album I’ll get will either be Boy or Pop, but I can’t see myself getting them for a while.
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Great story COBL_04

Hey dude, why don't you download the albums you don't have and then buy them, when you're able to do it? That's what I done
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That's kinda what I'm planning on doing. Since I have heard no Zooropa and only one October I'm going to download the 6th and 7th best songs from each (as voted in the worst song survivors) and then I'll eventually go ang buy them.

I think I also have a bootleg or two in the offing...

PS Thanks for reading that MacPhistoPT. I had a feeling no one would because it was on page four and interest was dying.
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The electric guitar in Staring at the Sun and Zooropa sealed the deal for me.
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That's kinda what I'm planning on doing. Since I have heard no Zooropa and only one October I'm going to download the 6th and 7th best songs from each (as voted in the worst song survivors) and then I'll eventually go ang buy them.

I think I also have a bootleg or two in the offing...

PS Thanks for reading that MacPhistoPT. I had a feeling no one would because it was on page four and interest was dying.
COBL where abouts you hail from?
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Probably Achtung Baby.

I liked some of their stuff in the '80s - Desire, All I Want is You, The Unforgettable Fire (single) but at that time I was more into pop music and U2 were a bit 'heavy' for my tastes.
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Werribee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Southern Hemisphere, Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe...you get the idea.
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