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Discotheque 0 0%
Do You Feel Loved 3 6.38%
Mofo 0 0%
If God Will Send His Angels 19 40.43%
Staring at the Sun 9 19.15%
Last Night on Earth 5 10.64%
Gone 1 2.13%
Please 0 0%
Wake Up Dead Man 10 21.28%
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:42 AM   #1
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Best Song Survivor: Pop, Round Four

Since digitize is out of town, he has asked me to start this round, and it is very nice indeed to return to the Survivor driver's seat. In the last round, it was a very iffy battle (sorry), with If You Wear That Velvet Dress narrowly losing to If God Will Send His Angels. We are now left with nine songs fighting it out for Pop's three spots in the 1990s quarter-final. You have 24 hours to vote for your least favourite song, the next song to be eliminated from this contest. For anyone just joining us, rules may be found here.

Last round's results:
19 votes: If You Wear That Velvet Dress
16: If God Will Send His Angels
6: Staring at the Sun and Wake Up Dead Man
3: Last Night on Earth
0: Discotheque, Do You Feel Loved, Mofo, Gone, Please
(Total votes: 50)
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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IGWSHA, again. Truly one of U2's strangest single choices.
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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."

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I don't mind the song actually, but it'll be IGWSHA for me this round as well.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:59 AM   #4
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This is when it gets hard. I really like all of the songs remaining. Last Night on Earth, I guess.
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No. Still easy. If God Will Send His Angels. Again.
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IGWSHA, again. Truly one of U2's worst song choices.
Fixed.
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Fixed.
Up until 2000, perhaps.
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Since I don't care which one leaves first (between LNOE and IGWSHA), my vote goes to LNOE in hopes of a tie.
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Actually change my vote to IGWSHA please. It sucks as well and Last Night does not deserve to go yet.
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IGWSHA, again. Truly one of U2's strangest single choices.
Same.
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Devastated by the IGwSHA hate. Absolutely love it.
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IGWSHA, again. Truly one of U2's strangest single choices.
And not in a good way. Gone or Mofo would have made much more sense.
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Devastated by the IGwSHA hate. Absolutely love it.
Personally i don't hate it, I like it a lot more than I used to and I quite happily listen to it from time to time, but I do find it fairly boring compared to the others.
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I quite like IGWSHA, but I'm neither devastated or surprised by the hate for it around here. Its relative accessibility, and presence (albeit in alternate form) on a middling movie's soundtrack (has U2 ever done a song for a good movie?) makes it an easy target.
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Even the man who thinks POP is the worst album of all time defends songs from it. What a surprise!

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Devastated by the IGwSHA hate. Absolutely love it.
I agree!

I can't decide what to vote for...

Okay, went with my actual least favorite, Wake Up Dead Man. Even though that only makes like two votes for it.
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Even the man who thinks POP is the worst album of all time defends songs from it. What a surprise!

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Of course Pop isn't the worst album of all time. It's just the worst album with the name U2 written on it.

My votes in Rate the Song show I don't dislike all the songs on this record..in fact, there a few I do like, and one that I'd put in my U2 top 10.

I just think the remainder of the songs on the record as so bad that it more than cancels that good work out. Pop's problem is that as a U2 record it just does't work, and is so derivative of work by other bands, in a genre that at the time was actually on the decline. Despite it being "different" sounding for a U2 record, there's strikingly little that's original about it. Pop is credited, by some, for U2 taking a bold new direction, ala Achtung Baby...but it wasn't that at all...U2 just tried to do something that a long of other bands before them did, and better. It didn't work. But don't ask me, ask them. They'll tell you the same thing, and have said as much...more than once.

Uncharacteristic for them, they tried to jump on a bandwagon just as it was running out of steam.

It does have some quite strong moments lyrically, however.
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Pop's problem is that as a U2 record it just does't work, and is so derivative of work by other bands, in a genre that at the time was actually on the decline.
Uncharacteristic for them, they tried to jump on a bandwagon just as it was running out of steam.
I strongly disagree that the genre was on the decline. On the contrary, in 1996 (when Pop was recorded) it had actually broken into the mainstream in a big, big way. Underworld had their biggest hit single ever, The Chemical Brothers were rising to prominence, The Prodigy were racking up uber hits. An argument can be made that U2 were meddling in a genre that they didn't really understand and were unable to master. In hindsight, that was probably a mistake.
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I strongly disagree that the genre was on the decline. On the contrary, in 1996 (when Pop was recorded) it had actually broken into the mainstream in a big, big way. Underworld had their biggest hit single ever, The Chemical Brothers were rising to prominence, The Prodigy were racking up uber hits. An argument can be made that U2 were meddling in a genre that they didn't really understand and were unable to master. In hindsight, that was probably a mistake.
Perhaps you're correct...I probably should have said "peaking". The point is, they weren't exactly doing anything new, fresh, or groundbreaking in terms of sound (well, except for them), and what they were doing was not in the same league as some of the other bands that made a name for themselves with that music.

That's not to say that Pop cant be enjoyed, that's of course purely a subjective opinion. There's just nothing particularly original or ground breaking about the record.
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And not in a good way. Gone or Mofo would have made much more sense.
Mofo was a single. It didn't chart in any country I believe, except Australia, where it peaked at #35, making it the worst-performing single on Pop.

IGWSHA peaked at #11 & #12 in Ireland and the UK respectively.
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