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Old 05-10-2005, 03:40 PM   #1
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Who remembers....

The day "With or Without You" was first released? Sometime around late February 1987...friends and I listening around the stereo...thinking this a "weird" U2 song, huh? Remember wondering where the rauckus guitar was...that strange break and the outro...sounded kinda 'top 40' yet maybe the public wouldn't go for it...comparisons to The Police's 'Every Breath You Take'...being SO excited to get the album when it came out in a couple of weeks...anyone else with their recollections?
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unfortunately, i was only six. so i was more concerned about the next episode of Thundercats.

but i've heard a lot of stories about how weird "With Or Without You" was when it came out. i can only imagine that i would have felt the same way considering what came before The Joshua Tree.

actually, the only time in life i ever wish i was 10 years older is when i'm celebrating U2's 80's catalog.
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It was my freshman year at college and I taped off the radio and listened to it - repeatedly - on my walkman. Then I had to stake out the only TV in the student lounge and wait for MTV to show the video.

I liked the song, but it was a huge change for them and it really took listening to the whole album to get a better grip on that song [at least for me]. When we did see the video, there were a lot of jokes about how now that Bono finally has a guitar, all he is allowed to do is swing it around and dance with it.

This might also be around the time Jordan was born and Bono started really making these more political movements. It inspired me to get involved with my college's Amnesty International chapter. I was secretary the next year and our prisoner was released that next year and came to speak with a friend of Steven Biko's [who was a huge name cause for AI at the time]. That was very moving.

Thank god for iTunes and the internet. I have no patience for waiting around with my two fingers - one on play and the other on record - to catch a copy of a song [and a REALLY bad copy at that!] with a DJ talking over and into it.

Edit: Oh yeah, that was around the time that Larry first developed his carpal tunnel stuff and there were HUGE rumors that the band would break up. Statments like U2 is these four guys and without one we are no longer U2. That was pretty intense considering at the same time they were on the cover of Time and RollingStone.
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I was 16 and remember it like it was yesterday. I waited for it to come on the radio to tape it, then listened to it over and over. When they released the video my friends and I thought it was too blurry, we couldn't see Bono well enough That album was life changing.
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Along those lines, I also remember taking the Police comparison one step further...thought this would be the last U2 album before Bono went solo...how wrong was that? (!) It did seem like Bono was becoming bigger than the band...who knew they would rise up to the challenge and stick together this long?
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I wasn't even born.
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Yep.

I was -2 years old.
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Considering I was born two months after the release date...
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Old 05-10-2005, 05:24 PM   #9
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I was four months old and don't remember a thing... obviously. I'm sure it was a fun time to be alive.
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I didn't like the song when I first heard it. It didn't take long to grow on me.

When the JT album came out...we drove 45 minutes to the nearest record store to get it. My buddy bought the cassette and I bought the LP. We listened to the tape on the way back to school and I was screaming "where's the Edge?!?!?!" I thought the album was crap until "In God's Country." It didn't take many listens for the entire album to grow on me and I laugh now when I remember that I hated the album the first time I heard it.
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i was 11, and i absolutely fell in love with it. i remember saving my allowance for what felt like an eternity so i could buy my very own copy of the joshua tree tape.
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I was in uni then, having a generally crap time with life stuff, and I was waiting, waiting, waiting for U2 to release their next record. I looooved WOWY when I heard it and then had to wait to see the video on telly so I could record it on my new VCR

I remember the day the Joshua Tree was released was the first day of term. I rushed from uni, went to the record store in town, bought it and rushed home to play it over and over on the stereo. I remember being so overwhelmed by side 1, I'm sure I cried - Bono was so emotional, it felt like he was expressing what I felt at the time.

What a great record!!!!
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My best friend bought that album for me (it was actually a cassette) for my 16th birthday that year. I just remember playing it through the first time & being pissed that I didn't have a continually looping cassette player so I could have the thing going 24/7! There wasn't a note on the album that I disliked. Matter of fact, I ruined 3 cassettes of The Joshua Tree by playing them soooo much. Thank heavens that CD's finally came along!

The Joshua Tree
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I remember when the radio station made a big deal about the broadcast premiere on the radio. I loved it the first time I heard it. The cool thing about buying the record was when my friend and I went to our local Sam the Record Man, they did not have it yet. But the manager who was this cool dude with a big bushy beard told us that A&A records downstairs in the mall had the record. He even went with us when we went to buy it. Needless to say we were very grateful to him. I purchased quite a few records from his store after this great customer service. I still have that record, and cassette, and cd.
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Yep.

I was -2 years old.
me too!
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I thought the album was crap until "In God's Country."
Funny... I distinctly remember my friend saying "This is the song that sounds the most like old U2" about "In God's Country". We all agreed. The Bono swinging the guitar thing was funny too.
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I do! I was 17, what a special time!

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I was hooked the first time I heard it and still am.
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- a few months I was kicking it hot though
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:09 PM   #20
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Oh Yeah! I was on a roadtrip (from MN to GA) with my then- husband. I cranked it...he scowled and said EWWW that high-pitched geetar hurts my ears...

Needless to say, he is an EX-husband now!!!

BTW - we made this trip every spring and it seemed that when U2 was on tour in the midwest, we weren't there.
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