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Old 08-02-2002, 04:55 PM   #1
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Does your age effect your obsession?

Do you think your age when you discover a band effects how much you relate to their music and personalities? I find that all the bands I really love and connect with I discovered while I was in my teens, not that I don't like lots of new bands now, but I don't seem to get as obsessed with them, maybe with their music, but not the band.
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Old 08-02-2002, 05:29 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-02-2002, 06:18 PM   #3
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im obsessed with u2 and queen and 70's abnds- bands who were formed before i was born but i like new bands everyday- im obsessed with u2 but started liking them when i was 11- age is irrelevant imo
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PASSION, PASSION - I've spent years convincing my Dad that I have a passion NOT obsession for U2.

lol It all started when I was 11 too. Guess your obsession can start at any age really. I think when you're a teenager you have more time to be obsessed with bands, life cuts in when you hit 20!

But I'm not 20 yet...



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I agree, it's a passion!!! I'm just glad that my "passion" started in my early 20's!! I can just imagine being a teenager with so much time on my hands

As much as I love music and other bands, for some reason U2 just is a great passion, obsession or whatever you like to call it that I like having, though it would be very hard and leave me with no $ if I became "obsessed" or even "passionate" for another band
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Old 08-02-2002, 07:35 PM   #6
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Definitely it's a passion! I guess what I was trying to get at is I "discovered" U2 when I was about 12 years old, they came along like magic and all of a sudden my whole life was illuminated and I felt like I wasn't alone in this world with the feelings and thoughts I had, that someone else understood how I looked at the world and what my purpose could be in life. What I don't know is if I would have had that same type of "revelation" had I discovered them later on when I was perhaps not so impressionable or honest with my feelings. Maybe now I am just a jaded, sceptical adult, but everytime I hear U2 it brings me right back to age 12 and that absolutely wonderous epiphany, that's just one reason why I think U2 is the best, that they can still arouse that kind of emotion. When I stray too far from my path in life, all I need to do is listen to them and it puts me back where I should be.
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lol It all started when I was 11 too. Guess your obsession can start at any age really. I think when you're a teenager you have more time to be obsessed with bands, life cuts in when you hit 20!
Not always! I didn't discover U2 until I was 20- but that was because that was in 1981 and when they first hit here LOL! In the 70's as a teenager I was obsessed with the Who and Paul McCartney but also liked other 70's bands. There are newer bands I've liked too, but I just never got that deep emotional feeling for anyone that I have for U2. Maybe because they're my age, maybe because they're so special, or magic, or Bono's magnetism, I don't know. But I have never felt the connection with anyone that I have for U2. That's why I feel so strongly about everything concerning them.
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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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I'm almost 30 and I have posters all over my room.
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I'm almost 30 and I have posters all over my room.
I was just telling my mom today that I'll be like that when I'm 40!!!
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Age does affect my "obbesion" but I do find that i like a lot of older bands vs the newer ones bc the newer ones are just lacking something i dont know what it is tho. I have always like to for as long as i can remember but i like them more now bc i know what they stand for, but years ago i just like U2 bc i thought adam was cute(psst I still do)
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Re: Does your age effect your obsession?

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I find that all the bands I really love and connect with I discovered while I was in my teens, not that I don't like lots of new bands now, but I don't seem to get as obsessed with them, maybe with their music, but not the band.
although i think it's mostly because there are good bands out now, but nothing worth obsessing over bands that started hitting it big 10+ years ago.

but, i'm still in my teens (almost) so i can't really talk.
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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.
So I might be a canditate to enlighten you, LOL. My answers...

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does the passion wear off?
No way, it only gets worse...and people start thinking you´re being childish all the time, LOL

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will i ever stop talking about u2 to friends and family?
I seriously doub it Amanda, even though they tend to all the time

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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."
Well...I was "gently" invited to transfer mine to my daughter´s bedroom...but they are still there and I feel proud of both...my posters and my daughter, LOL

btw...I love U2. 17 years of passion, in fact. Another thing I´m proud of.

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Old 08-02-2002, 11:07 PM   #14
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Great topic, btw.

My passion was affected more by whatever age I was, because in your teens you are more likely to develop intense fixations on things - some last (U2) some don't (Backstreet Boys).

I no longer am at the mercy of my emotions as I was when I was a teen, so while I fervently discover new bands and music all the time, I tend not to fixate on them.

It's a more measured attachment as I've grown older.
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Old 08-02-2002, 11:23 PM   #15
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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."
I'm 35 and have been obessesed since the early 80's. In answer to your questions...

No..I'm still VERY passionate

No..I've actually lost a few friends because of this but my family just tells me to shut up

You probably will take your posters down after you get married or live with someone. If I was single, believe me, my room would be plastered.
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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. As for posters, I've got three that I've recently acquired that I want to have framed and displayed around my apartment. (THAT's how you know you're getting older; you have the posters framed instead of hanging them up with tape!)

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 activities—posting and reading posts on Interference and such. They are occupying time that I used to spend watching the New York Yankees during the baseball season, every night; a contract dispute has kept the primary channel for games off my cable system

So, yes, this is a band you can enjoy for years to come!
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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 activities—posting and reading posts on Interference and such.

I feel the same way. I have also been a fan since they first got airplay, but since this last album and tour after all these years I am realizing how much they mean to me! They are like old acquaintances and they are my favorite band! I love these guys!
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For me, at least, I think that getting interested in U2 in my teens has affected my obsession. I was 15 when I first became a hardcore fan. They are still the only band that I really go nuts over.
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Interesting topic!

Well, with me it started in primary school. First i only taped their music onto tapes from my brother's CDs (he has all U2 albums - almost!), and i listened to it a lot. Not all the time, but often.
Then came the time i was really into the Beatles and didn't listen to U2 for like a year (or even longer, can't remember for sure).

So one day, i go back to my 90's U2 tape and there it was again... the magic came back. I "discovered" U2's pre-JT albums and made a 80's tape, and listened a lot to that too. Instead of the tape, my brother burned me a 90's U2 compilation CD.

Then ATYCLB came and it became the only U2 album i own (and it's the only album i ever bought on the day of its release). A bit earlier i found this site and it provided me with a brand new dimension of U2: the bootlegs! I never thought i'd ever stumble across any of them. Also, i have been taping various U2 stuff on VCR - which is also something i didn't do before.

So... for me it isn't wearing off. If anything it's getting worse - since ATYCLB came out, i think i probably listened to U2 more than ever before.

I wonder too sometimes if it will last, and also i wonder how experiences in life will afect it. For example, when i'm 30, 40 etc...will JT or AB still represent the same as it does now?
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Speaking from my own experience as a U2 fan for the past 15 years, the obsession never really dies even though you may go through periods when you aren't QUITE as obsessed as you once were. When I first became a fan I was so starry-eyed and excited, and I tried to find out everything I could about the band. Then I graduated from college and got a "real job" and became less obsessed not only with U2 but with music in general, which tends to happen when you get older. U2 remained by far my favorite band and I listened to their albums all the time, but I was not longer hunting down every magazine article I could about them or watching the Grammys and VMAs hoping to get a glimpse of them. Even when I first got online a few years back I only visited U2-related sites once in a while. I bought ATYCLB as soon as it came out, and I eventually began visiting U2 web sites a bit more often and tried to catch all their numerous TV appearances - and then one day I realized I was seriously obsessed! So obsessed that if I'm away from these message boards for a day I go through withdrawl! I don't know if it was the Internet that fed my obsession or the band's being in the public eye so much lately or the fact that I'm older now and understand their music in an entirely different way. Maybe it's a combination of all those factors. Who knows?
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