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Old 06-14-2002, 10:13 AM   #1
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Sinead O'Conner

Last night I saw a muchmusic bio on her.

I had always been annoyed with her, always had no time for her ways. She always pissed me off.
But last night as I was watching that I just feel right in love(in the general sense )

I think she must be the most misunderstood singer of our time. I was almost in tears the whole time and at the end when she sang Amazing Grace with that eeiry beautiful voice, I broke down. That has not happened to me in a long time. I just broke down; so picked up my guitar to play it myself. I was a wreck.

It was weird, something really struck me and I can't quite put I finger on it. I couldn't even sing for God's sake I was crying too much.

Anyway, that was weird.
But back to the main thing.

I was gonna talk about her in the Lemonaid stand but when your talking about O'Conner you best put it here!

An idealist; a naive protester
but I admire her so much it.
I admire her fight against the record label not to grow her hair out and wear miniskirts, but to actually shave her head completely so people would like her just for her music.

I can now understand why she didn't want to have the US anthem played before her show.
She thought that any song that said "bombs bursting in air" is an anti-christian song.
She probably misread it, but you have to understand where she comes from. Abusive mom, violent country at times. to say bombs bursting is nothing to be taken lightly. But even old blue eyes threatened to "kick her ass" after that ordeal.

I can now understand why she ripped the popes picture in half. It was extreme but she was upset about the vatican for knowing about these child abuse cases and trying to hide it. And being an abused child herself...and VERY disturbed as you can see by her music...of course she got angry at the Head.

The Bob Dylan tribute was so sad. She got booed so loudly...so sad how ununderstanding people can be.

And her being a priest? Whats wrong with that? Why can't the vatican recognize women priests? Does God favor men above them?
And I say that anything that helps her right uplifting almost gospel music is a good thing. To finally get away from that angst filled stuff...which was necessary in itself. I can relate. Writing music is the best way to get out angst and sadness.

I think I want to pick up her latest album, Gospel Oak -
actually most everything I've heard by her is haunting and beautiful music.
Her cover of Nothing Compares to You is enough to almost bring me to tears everytime.

Anyway, I see her in a new light.
Shes a mystery...I love mysterys.
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Old 06-14-2002, 12:17 PM   #2
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Basstrap, you've pretty much summed up the same thing that happened to me after I watched VH1 Behind the Music. I had always like Nothing Compares but I thought Sinead was an idiot. After I watched that, I suddenly "got" her, I understood what she was about and where she has been coming from. She is now one of my favorites and has actually gained a spot in my U2 CD album (not an easy thing to do).

She has a lot of guts but most people don't realize that she has feelings and is actually very vulnerable. I think her appearance makes her look much tougher than she actually is so its easy for people to pick on her.

Great post Basstrap!
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I think she has an album more recent than Gospel Oak, and possibly even something more recent than Faith and Courage. She also did vocals on a new Moby song, which I've not heard but I understand is lovely.

Try to track down a song by her called "Fire on Babylon." Positively chilling.
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I really like her as a singer, she has a beatiful voice and she trys to get our attention on issues that she thinks are important.



sidenote: My gram can't stand her because she tore up the picture of the Pope on SNL. I tried to explain to my gram why she did that but she won't listen. My gram never liked and refuses to listen to her because of that and I think that it is terrible.
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Sinead has always been very misunderstood. I've always been a big fan of her's and my favorite Sinead song is "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance". I love "Fire on Babylon" too. WOW.
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i love her song Famine.

Amazing, extraordinary political dialogue that is uncomprimising in its tone. And she has a truly awesome voice.
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I too have changed my opinion on Sinead a bit.
I was thinking about this subject recently too

Thanks for posting this BassTrap.

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sidenote: My gram can't stand her because she tore up the picture of the Pope on SNL. I tried to explain to my gram why she did that but she won't listen. My gram never liked and refuses to listen to her because of that and I think that it is terrible.
Why DID she do that, BTW? I have always wondered. I was about twelve or so at the time, so I really didn't notice that much, aside from the typical outrage.

Funny enough, I've been thinking about a thread like this as well. Sinéad is a very talented singer, and, yes, that Moby song of hers is great.

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Why DID she do that, BTW? I have always wondered. I was about twelve or so at the time, so I really didn't notice that much, aside from the typical outrage.

I believe it had something to do with child sexual abuse and the church not doing something about it. I might be totally wrong tho, that's just the first thing that my memory brings up.
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I believe it had something to do with child sexual abuse and the church not doing something about it. I might be totally wrong tho, that's just the first thing that my memory brings up.
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Sula got it right

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I guess Sinéad is vindicated then, now isn't she?

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I guess Sinéad is vindicated then, now isn't she?

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Yes.
A bit.

I vacilate on this item wondering if it was necessary and what I would of did in her shoes.

Her career suffered for it as well, which is sad.

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She has admitted that maybe the picture ripping thing wasn't the best way to get her point across but at the time, she was frustrated and furious with the church and lashed out. She also says that maybe the pope shouldn't have been her target but she can't take it back.
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I've always liked her a lot. Like diamond said, it really sucks her career has suffered in the wake of all those controversies.
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THIS WILL PISS ALL OF YOU OFF, THOUGH IT IS NOT MY INTENT

I agree with her ideal criticisms of the problems of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

I disagree with her method of (or lack thereof) diplomacy. The Pope is very special to a lot of people around the world, perhaps moreso than any living figure. Ripping up his picture on television is, well, risky.

Compare and contrast, if you well, Bono's methods of communicating the importance Third World debt relief and remedying the African AIDS crisis to The Pope. Personally, I think Bono has been more effective in the shortest amount of time (a couple of years). The Church is now facing more clerical-sexual abuse cases/allegations than ever before, while we are now truly gettin somewhere with Third World debt relief and addressing the African AIDS crisis. But that is just my ignorant opinion. Don't mean to bug ya.

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