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Old 08-03-2002, 11:25 PM   #21
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Good topic

I am another fan who has been listening to U2 since the early days. I guess I first discovered them in the early 80's on MTV. They were one of many band I enjoyed. There are a few artisits I still listen to including Tom Petty, Bruce and Neil Young. I was also a big INXS fan back when they were big. The truth is I think I am actually a bigger U2 fan now than I was before. They are the only band that I have all their albums (some on vinyl and disc) and some singles and almost everything availble on video or DVD. I have enjoyed every phase of what they have done and look forward to the new stuff.

The only newer bands that have really interested me lately are Garbage and Doves. There aren't really many new bands that do anything for me. There have been a few songs here and there, but nothing like some of the artists I grew up with.

I don't know...maybe it is an age thing. Or maybe everything is just too commercial now. Less emphasis on just creating good music and too much emphasis on marketing and image.
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Old 08-05-2002, 10:13 AM   #22
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you're never too old

i'm 40. and my "problem" (if you want to call it that) isn't a lack of passion. it's having TWO major passions in my life that sometimes cause major headaches.

since i was 18, i've been obsessed with springsteen. i still am. it's just as bad NOW as it was when in 1980. meanwhile, i had always been a casual U2 fan since the unforgettable fire era but last year, i definitely became a full-blown convert.

i don't see either passion or obsession or whatever you want to call it fading away any time soon at ALL. personally, i think it keeps me alive and kicking much more than some of my contemporaries. they either sneer, roll their eyes, think i'm silly, etc., etc. whatever.

meanwhile, they have almost NO life in them. they don't have any passions or interests that brings a spark to their souls. i find that very depressing.

i'll take my passions anyday, thank you.
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Old 08-05-2002, 10:47 AM   #23
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My obsession/passion for U 2 even increases as I'm getting older. I enjoy being a fan more than I did 10 or 15 years ago.

Being the same generation as the boys is very nice (I'm 38). Just as if you're growing older with them. I think I'll still feel as passionate for this band when we will all be getting REALLY old

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Old 08-05-2002, 11:20 AM   #24
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I think the passion only gets better as you get older bc there are more songs to draw from, you start to understand them more and growing up with U2, you can definitely relate to the same experiences that they're going through as people and as a band.

And by the way, the posters are now referred to as fine prints as you get older so they're still coll when you're an adult!
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Well, seeing as how I just started...

to really get into these guys music, my passion for them is not full-fledged yet, but it's certainly on its way there. .

I'm like a lot of the people on the first page during the first few posts who said that they're into bands that came out long before they were born. I'm like that, too.

I'm 17, but I feel that a lot of the older music is better lyrically and musically, and so I can get into it a lot easier. And a lot of the older music is stuff I can relate to, as far as beliefs on the big issues and feelings about certain things go-for example, I believe older artists can put the feelings unrequited love brings into words perfectly, and do so a lot better than a lot of the newer artists today (and I should know from personal experience).

A lot of the newer stuff just isn't really something I can see myself getting into and being a diehard fan of for years to come. There's a few artists out today that I do like, but not many.

And chances are I'll also be one of those people who, no matter what age I am, will still have posters of my favorite bands on my walls. .

So age doesn't really have an affect on my passion for a band, I don't think.

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Old 08-05-2002, 03:03 PM   #26
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It just gets worse but in a good way!
I've been a fan since '89 and every year I get more U2-obessesed.
I feel like I'm in the closet tho, some family members don't know about all my U2 adventures, like my little Vh-1 TV debute, I'm afraid they would think I'm going thru a mid-life crisis.
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Definitely not. I've been a fan for almost 20 years. I'd call it a "passon" for me, not an obsession.
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Old 08-07-2002, 08:00 PM   #28
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you know I wonder about this a lot. more than a lot actually.

I am scared sometimes that the kind of passion we have for things like music when we are young will get lost in the real world. I don't ever want to lose it because I dunno, there's just something about hope in music and I guess all art that is so important to me. I don't want to have to grow up and become a slave to duty and forget that there are things like music out there that can open up your mind and help you get perspective. I don't know what Im saying really right now, so don't mind me.

this reminded me of something my dad said to me after I took him to a U2 concert last summer...we were walking out, and he told me, "You know I got this feeling while I was in there that I've sold out somehow. Bono's a really cool guy, he's never going to sell out on his beliefs." And I look at my dad, he only really listens to the music from his teen years, I've burned plenty of stuff for him to try and just let him have something new and recapture that a bit, but U2 has been the only real success with him, I don't know for sure why but I do have an idea.

anyway, way too much info, Im sorry, but this is a great topic I think
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Old 08-07-2002, 08:43 PM   #29
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you know I wonder about this a lot. more than a lot actually.

I am scared sometimes that the kind of passion we have for things like music when we are young will get lost in the real world. I don't ever want to lose it because I dunno, there's just something about hope in music and I guess all art that is so important to me. I don't want to have to grow up and become a slave to duty and forget that there are things like music out there that can open up your mind and help you get perspective. I don't know what Im saying really right now, so don't mind me.

this reminded me of something my dad said to me after I took him to a U2 concert last summer...we were walking out, and he told me, "You know I got this feeling while I was in there that I've sold out somehow. Bono's a really cool guy, he's never going to sell out on his beliefs." And I look at my dad, he only really listens to the music from his teen years, I've burned plenty of stuff for him to try and just let him have something new and recapture that a bit, but U2 has been the only real success with him, I don't know for sure why but I do have an idea.

anyway, way too much info, Im sorry, but this is a great topic I think
No--I totally get this! (I'm having this feeling like I'm talking to a good friend very, very late at night and just sort of going around in circles, but at the same time making complete and honest sense!)

I first got into U2 when I was 12/13, back in the very early days of MTV. I was still knocking around and trying to find my musical taste--tried on heavy metal and new age. None of it stuck. When I was 16/17 I "rediscovered" U2 and it stuck for good, then. I'm in my 30s now, and I am more passionate about the band than I was 15 years ago. I'll listen to other bands--I like lots of other music--but none of the other stuff "talks" to me like U2 does.

I talk to friends and U2 will come up in conversation, and I am always interested to hear an "outsider's" view. The other day a friend said that she liked U2 but that she didn't like Bono. That is so confusing b/c U2 is the way it is *because* of Bono (and the other 3 of course--they are a unified whole). She complained that he got all "rock star" and "bigheaded." I didn't get into how she didn't get the humor underlying the Zoo message...but I did say that, no matter how he might act at times when he is in Rock Star mode, he means well, and that if it wasn't for U2 I would not have grown up to be the person I am now. It was this band that got me interested in the world--it was U2 that turned me on to Greenpeace and Amnesty International, etc.

I might find other things that distract me in my life--that's part of being a grown-up in the world. But U2 will always be a touchstone for me. They will always remind me of the world that is out there, and the world that is in my heart. So yes, I suppose I am more passionate about U2 now than I was when I was young *because* it happened when I was young. It was important for me then, but it is more important for me now so that I can remember what it is like to be young and new.

Ok, so now I am the one talking in circles!
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Old 08-07-2002, 09:25 PM   #30
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I don't think it's so much your age as your personality and the type of person you are. Some people are more obsessive, some have stronger emotions and tend to become more attached to things and feel more passionately about them than others.
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i was drivign aroudn with a friend a couple years ago, and we had Green Day on the radio, and were singing to it at the top of our lungs....suddenly, we stopped and looked at each other and said, "are we getting too old for this?"

as i get older, i'm finding that i like less and less of the music that's "out there"....it's all shallow teen/kiddie pop, or so blatently angst-ridden and angry, that i can't relate to it at all. it's not a really big deal with me - it's usually only about the music itself, but there are times when I catch myself thinking "i think i am getting too old for this!" they say everybody has a "music age" (or a music "rut" as the case may be) - everyone has a certain era of music that becomes their favorite, and they tend to not vary too much from it. i guess i'm an 80s/90s gal!

but i love U2 - not only are they my age, but their music is classic, timeless...their albums have been a sort of "movie soundtrack" to my life. Bono's lyrics have spoken for me when i couldn't, and like fine wine, the guys and their music just seem to get better with age.
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Old 08-07-2002, 11:34 PM   #32
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I don't think it's so much your age as your personality and the type of person you are. Some people are more obsessive, some have stronger emotions and tend to become more attached to things and feel more passionately about them than others.
Good point! And another thing that might come into play is how much of a "music" person you are generally. Some people just get really, really into music and others don't although they might get passionately attatched to something else, such as movies. Just as some people might not understand how I could care so passionately about music, I have never understood the devotion some people have to movies. To me movies aren't a big deal. Sure, I've seen some good ones but it's not something I get really excited about. I couldn't even tell you what my favorite movie is because I honestly don't know. But I could probably write a doctoral dissertation on why U2 is my favorite band (Uh, don't worry, I'm not going to attempt that here - at least not tonight!)
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Old 08-08-2002, 11:23 PM   #33
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hey it's ok enggirl - sometimes talking in circles can get you somewhere, and sometimes it's just, well...talking in circles!

but yeah I know what you mean about U2 being a touchstone. I think it always will be for a lot of us. what just gets me is the fact that they are the one band my dad has really managed to connect with when he's long since retreated to the touchstones of his youth.

and basically, I think we should always be able to keep growing and expanding in terms of music taste, and pretty much everything else.
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And also...

be it movies or music or books or whatever-it's always nice to have something you care deeply about, something you're really into and interested in.

I'm a huge music person. I listen to lots of music, and I can thank my parents for that. I just feel that without music, life wouldn't be quite as exciting, you wouldn't be able to find solace in a song, because if music didn't exist, then people would not be able to put into words absolutely perfectly everything you're feeling and thinking.

And I think that's one of the reasons I got into U2-I just love the way they put things in their songs, they make you think about things you never considered before, their songs can relate to a situation you're in, and so on and so forth. I think that's one of the reasons a lot of you here like U2, if I'm not mistaken.

But you know what I mean? Be it a certain band, or music in general, or a certain actor or a movie, or just movies in general, or certain books, or whatnot, people will always find something in this world that they can get into, something that they will connect with, and I think it's a good thing to have something like that in your life, because when the rest of the world seems like it's gone off its rocker, you have whatever it is you are into there to comfort you and to make you realize that not everyone in the world has lost their marbles, the music you listen to or the movies you watch or the books you read all express exactly how you feel, just in much better words than you could ever hope to express, and so you feel better because there is someone out there who thinks along the same lines as you.

I kinda started rambling there, and going off in slightly different tangents, but, oh, well. Hopefully everyone knows what I'm getting at here.

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take it from an oldie

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i find this really itneresting actually. i'd like to hear from more older fans that have been following the band since the early 80's.
does the passion wear off?
will i ever stop talking about u2 to friends and family?
will i ever take down my u2 posters?
one of my friends came to stay the other week and said to me "gee i must be getting old, id never think to have posters in my room."
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yes--the posters will come down. to be replaced by expensive professional photos of the band in $500 frames.
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I am another fan who has been listening to U2 since the early days... The truth is I think I am actually a bigger U2 fan now than I was before.
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hey it's ok enggirl - sometimes talking in circles can get you somewhere, and sometimes it's just, well...talking in circles!

Thanks BabyGrace for understanding! It's always safe in here, no matter how out in the weeds we get!
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This is a great topic!

I've enjoyed U2's music since they started getting airplay in the States. Over the years I've gone to four concerts, bought their albums and watched them on TV whenever I could. However, I didn't know much about them as people; they were just a band I liked very, very much.

It was late February of this year when I realized that yes, U2 WAS my favorite band, and I started seeking out information about them in books, magazines and on the Internet. Before then, it wouldn't have occured to me to visit a site like Interference, let alone PLEBA!

I think, in my case, the "passion" is going to last for the rest of my life. U2's music has been a part of my life for so long; I can't picture NOT buying a record of theirs when it is released.
And over the last few months, I've come to realize that I think of this band kind of distant, old acquaintances of sorts. It was kind of a warm, familiar feeling that I had while watching them on SNL, the Grammies, the Super Bowl and similar shows. They've sort of been in my life all these years as background music. It's just in the past few months that they've moved to the forefront of my leisure-time activitiesóposting and reading posts on Interference and such.
That's exactly how I feel. Now I have tons of books, boots, and tapes. And I love the band more than ever.
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It never goes away

I'm going on my 13th year of HARD CORE fandom of this band.


My PASSION just shows itself in different ways as I've gotten older (25 now)...

I'm no longer writing BONO on every single page of a Lit book and I'm not writing FIRST NAME HEWSON on everything I own. THough I do think my employer would find that amusing...something to think about.

Anyway, this thing is just manifesting itself in different ways now. First of all, I spend serious money on this band now and, thank god, I now have the means with which to do. EBay is a constant in my life and so is the U2 room in my condo (I had to have in individually insured). Instead of screaming when they come on the radio, I scream when I get my 3rd Sweetest Thing chocolate bar in the mail, you know?

I'm babbling. I will stop.
I guess it.....
It EVOLVES.....Don't let it get awaaaaaay.....
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I think the reason there aren't any other bands I'm becoming obsessed with is because U2 is such a big obsession that there isn't room for anymore.

Though...there aren't any newer artists that I'd care to become obsessed with so far.

Thats how I feel! thru the 80's went thru loads of bands, seeing them live ect even though U2 were the faves,and like you say the obsession with U2 is to big for anyone else and quite frankly there is nothing coming thru that interest me. All we seem to get over here is manufactured boy bands and hardcore dance crap!
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