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AB and ZOOTV 61 85.92%
POP and POPMART 10 14.08%
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:10 PM   #1
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Big Grin AB vs. POP

Songs, tour, look, the whole package. Such very different eras! Which did you prefer and why?
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:13 PM   #2
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Aha! No matching threads! I knew this had never been done before! It's about time!
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:15 PM   #3
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AB/ZOO TV. Music, lyrics, image, tour - everything wins.

POP/POPMART wanted to be better (and copied some ideas) but failed oh so badly.
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Its a rout so far!

I just love the period from The Fly release up to the end of the ZooTV tour. The songs off AB and then Zooropa, just stand out as two of the finest moments of the bands career. Topped off by a world-wide, record smashing tour. The Fly and Macphisto persona's were fantastic, and the Live performences outstanding.
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Achtung Baby and Zoo Tv, U2 was exploding with intelligent and interesting original ideas and taking a few steps forward on their songwriting and concepts of what a live concert should be like. Many amazing things happened at the same time and it was U2's turning point! All the praises I give the AB era I also give to the POP era however the AB era was a bit more stronger (not talking about popularity here) and historically more important to U2 so that weights heavy on my judgment. But I also love the POP album and Popmart, I think that album is more experimental than both AB and Zooropa and U2 was at that time more successful than they were when they were making AB so that shows that our boys have balls and don't give a fuck about doing the same things to keep their popularity up on the skies only about making their music stronger and better while stepping into the unknown. That’s why I love them!
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Totally had to vote for Achtung Baby/Zoo TV on this one. Achtung Baby is my favorite album of all time by any band, but I have to make clear that Pop is tied with The Joshua Tree in second place on my list of U2 albums. I love that album VERY VERY VERY much! Achtung Baby just rocks the house, you know? Fucking killer album, all the way! I'm not sure that I'll ever find anything better...

I also think that the peak performances of Zoo TV don't hold up to the peak performances of the band during PopMart. That's obviously subjective, but I do think that PopMart had better super-high-quality performances than Zoo TV did. Even so, Zoo TV wins out because it was pretty much high-quality night in, night out; PopMart started out pretty slowly, so that hampers it a bit. Really, though: I think that PopMart's best shows EASILY surpass the best shows of Zoo TV....there just aren't too many of 'em!
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One word - Macphisto.
Zoo TV was more eccentric - more trivial. Popmart seemed a little forced in comparison.
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Its a rout so far!
....And continues to be!
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:50 PM   #9
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Gee, I just can't decide, since I consider both 'eras' part of a collective whole....
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I know absolutely nothing of zoo-tv and pop-mart tours, but AB is better album.
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Gee, I just can't decide, since I consider both 'eras' part of a collective whole....
Their career is a collective whole, the eras are distinct, unique and individual pieces of the puzzle. They are one, but not the same.
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This is a ridiculous thread to compare the two strongest tours the band have ever done. I voted for Zoo Tv cos of the best album ever made etc. But THE best concert I have ever been to was Popmart 1997 at Roundhay Park, no question absolutely blows everything else out the water.
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Ridiculous, why? Everything else has been compared, several times. But not these 2. I didn't think they had but when no similar threads came up I knew it! Why not? If they really are the 2 strongest (not my personal opinion though) shouldn't they be compared, battle it out, like the 2 best football teams in the Super Bowl?
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This is a ridiculous thread to compare the two strongest tours the band have ever done. I voted for Zoo Tv cos of the best album ever made etc. But THE best concert I have ever been to was Popmart 1997 at Roundhay Park, no question absolutely blows everything else out the water.
JT, Lovetown, Zoo TV and Elevation were all better than POPmart.

I do like it, though, that POPmart visited places U2 hasn't been before.
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Achtung Baby! My first day and THREE oppurtunities to snuff 'Pop' have been served to me ON A PLATE!
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Zoo tv, i liked the use of the TV screens as exstra instrument
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There needs to be more categories. I like AB better as an album, but I like Popmart better as a tour.
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Pop is my favourite album. I cant talk music talk to explain why, I just like it.
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AB no contest!
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Actung Baby oh yeah!!!
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