A band with no real category, except special - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Your Blue Room > Everything You Know Is Wrong > Everything You Know Is Wrong Archive
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-16-2004, 12:25 PM   #1
Blue Crack Addict
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 17,927
Local Time: 10:21 AM
A band with no real category, except special

I was thinking today, how would you categorize U2? They are rock, yes, but they are not like anything else. They have done a lot of stuff, and they are still around, together, all these years later. There is no other category for U2 other than U2. And that's a great thing.

U2Kitten is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 12:32 PM   #2
Blue Crack Addict
U2girl's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: slovenija
Posts: 21,029
Local Time: 05:21 PM
Very hard, out of the major music genres they are closest to rock, however they're way more melodic and appeal to a wider fan base than most rock bands.
I think Edge said it well once "We're a guitar band with soul".

U2girl is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 01:04 PM   #3
The Fly
AquariumDrinker's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 239
Local Time: 09:21 AM
You can't categorize them today. Tell someone they're rock, and the person'll wonder where's the screeching guitars and the screaming vocals. It's a shame, because rock can be so much more than that. It's more of a spirit and attitude.

Personally, U2 was the first band I ever got into, and from them I developed my definition of what rock can and should be: Guitar-oriented sound with a committment to explore ideas and feelings, no matter what avenues it goes down.
AquariumDrinker is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 01:56 PM   #4
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,477
Local Time: 03:21 PM
U2 is a Pop band the way pop should be played. Unfortunately nobody has ever come close to doing it the way U2 has done, except for The Beatles for a short period of time.
Yahweh is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 02:04 PM   #5
The Fly
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 158
Local Time: 03:21 PM
I think I remember Bono referring to U2 as a "folk band with electrical guitars".
mwheelonh is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 03:04 PM   #6
love, blood, life
HelloAngel's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: new york city
Posts: 14,534
Local Time: 11:21 AM
I was thinking about this today when I saw that HTDAAB is still #2 on the Billboard charts and selling 280,000 copies a week. I mean, that's truly amazing for this point in their career. What other rock band on the planet unites so many people, elicits so many emotions from anyone? U2 - a band that defies convention and category!
HelloAngel is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 03:10 PM   #7
Vocal parasite
Axver's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: 1853
Posts: 152,760
Local Time: 02:21 AM
They're the loudest folk band in the world.
"Mediocrity is never so dangerous as when it is dressed up as sincerity." - Søren Kierkegaard

Ian McCulloch the U2 fan:
"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

U2gigs: The most comprehensive U2 setlist database!
Gig pictures | Blog
Axver is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 03:21 PM   #8
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Chicago till July, then moving to Belfast for grad school
Posts: 318
Local Time: 09:21 AM
According to AllMusic, they are rock, alternative pop/rock, post-punk, and college rock.

U2 are a rock band. Rock is such an expansive term now--I mean, how many bands play rocknroll in the style of Chuck Berry and the other bands for whom the term was initially used?
tennispunk is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 03:48 PM   #9
Blue Crack Addict
Reggie Thee Dog's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be...
Posts: 17,988
Local Time: 07:21 AM
The are one of the first true "Alternative Rock" bands of our time.
Reggie Thee Dog is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 03:55 PM   #10
boystupidboy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Posts: 2,026
Local Time: 02:21 AM
They should be in the 'bloody good' category
boystupidboy is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 04:37 PM   #11
U2RNO1's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Brooklyn
Posts: 19
Local Time: 11:21 AM
Aren't they "the last of the rock stars, when hip-hop drove the big cars"?
U2RNO1 is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 04:55 PM   #12
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Jack In The Box's Avatar
Join Date: May 2003
Location: MX
Posts: 7,700
Local Time: 09:21 AM
they're some folk, yup, but... some rock, some blues, some punk and a little of gospel with electronica

Jack In The Box is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 04:58 PM   #13
RickFly's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio,North America
Posts: 1,377
Local Time: 03:21 PM
RickFly is offline  
Old 12-16-2004, 05:40 PM   #14
love, blood, life
AtomicBono's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Athens, Greece
Posts: 10,486
Local Time: 09:21 AM
Originally posted by U2RNO1
Aren't they "the last of the rock stars, when hip-hop drove the big cars"?
They are. U2 is one of the few truly great rock bands left, and I fear that rap is going to take over rock completely (it already has in some respects). However, there are a lot of new good rock bands out there, like The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, so there may be hope yet...

U2 is indeed in a category of their own. My Chemistry teacher said so, so it must be true He was talking about classifying things like music, and giving examples, and he said "Rap, country, rock, U2..." and I said "because U2 is in their own genre of awesomeness" and he said "Yes, they sure are"

I actually was having an arguement with my friend about this... some dumb formulic pop song was on, and I said "Oh boy, whiney predictable pop shit" and she was all "Hey, I kinda like this song..." and I said "Well, that's fine, it's not in my tastes personally. It sounds exactly like every other pop song on the radio, which is crap." She got slightly miffed and was like "Whoa wait a minute, what do you think U2 is?" "...um, ROCK?" "My mom used to work at a music store, and you know what they categorized them as? Pop." I tried to explain that U2 was a pop group in the sense that they were popular, however they were leagues beyond the flavor of the week shit that's hot now... their songs have, y'know, REAL insturments, and they sound DIFFERENT from other songs and all that good stuff. She's heard me ramble about U2 enough so I don't think she really listened but to lump U2 in with all those sugar-coated pop "bands" that all have the exact same wannabe-catchy chord progression... ugh. U2 is rock at the least, though really their ultimate genre is "The Best Fookin' Band in the World."

AtomicBono is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com