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Old 05-08-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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Marcy gives me hope for the future of U2...

First of all, don't get me wrong, I like HTDAAB. And I like ATYCLB. But I am in the group that finds these albums much less exciting and challenging than anything else U2 has ever done in the past. I do believe they are pandering to the Top 40 radio crowd, and intentionally doing whatever they can to stay relevant in pop culture. And to their credit, it has worked...BD and ATYCLB were truly the "third coming" of U2...they came back from being labeled as "has-beens" after Popmart, and secured their legacy. But there is no doubt that the music since 2000 has been (by U2's standards) very, very safe.

Then I heard Mercy.

I'm not sure what it is about this song, specifically, but it gives me a whole lotta' hope for the future of my favorite band. Something about that song is so unique, so different, so...not what they've been doing. It isn't a throwback to the old days, but it feels to me like it comes from a whole new place U2 hasn't been before. If they could just tap into that place, wherever it is, and let it spawn some new material with the same feel...now THAT would be something.

I will not concede that the U2 that made brilliant, unique albums such as AB and Zooropa is dead when I hear a song like Mercy. This song is proof to me that the band can still push ALL the boundaries - even those that they've somewhat created with the past two albums. I think, if they are brave enough to venture into this new uncharted territory, we could hear some amazing music in the near future.

Here's to hoping...
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Wish I could change the thread title...MERCY gives me hope for the future of U2.... (ugh!)...
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I was wondering who Marcy was.....
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Mercy gives me a headache, not hope for the future of U2.

Things like COBL give me hope for the future. Knowing U2 are again able to make songs as good as they made in the eighties makes me extremely excited.
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With a bid of polish, I think Mercy can become a modern day 'Bad'.

The structure of the songs are similar, and so is the feeling I get from both (though with Mercy it is more of a 'potential' feeling).
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Marcy rocks!!!



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I wonder if some of the same people that keep shouting "ATYCLB and HTDAAB are too much like 80's" realize Mercy is a lot like 90's U2. But I guess repeating a certain era is ok.
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Mercy is great!
I prefer Fast Cars......for the future!
More zooropa and wake up dead man style....
Reduce the electronic sound...just a bit like radiohead's Bends
Give me more Edge achtung baby guitar heavily distorted like "my bloody valentine sound"
And less Bono straight to the heart lyrics but more joshua tree poetic lyrics .
errr.....and another passangers ...please...
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Marcy rules! Marcy! Marcy! Marcy!

No, really, I think too that the band did not include Mercy too in HTDAAB for some especulation about the future... But in a certain way, it can be seen as a clue for U2's future...
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Marcy teehee , can i give a thread title 5 stars? If so i.....

"The nominations for the best thread title are...
...Marcy"

"and the winner is .................................MARCY!"



Funny as fuck,thanks Zoocoustic
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lol still laughing
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Will someonbe send me Mercy, I want to make a new HTDAAB, with more songs, and a new running order. Shorty11857@hotmail.com
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What about Marcy D'Arcy?
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Re: Marcy gives me hope for the future of U2...

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I do believe they are pandering to the Top 40 radio crowd, and intentionally doing whatever they can to stay relevant in pop culture.
U2 has no chance with the top 40 radio crowd. If they're pandering they're failing miserably. Plus, U2 makes middle aged man songs. If they were pandering they'd pull an Aerosmith and pretend to be 21, oogle over young girls and put hot young chicks in their videos. U2 does almost the exact opposite. U2 still believe in their new music and want to prove that rock can still compete with other "hipper" genres in the marketplace. U2 knows that rock is dying and they are fighting hard to prevent that. I think it'd be great if U2 did a '90's thing again, too. Problem is, the Radiohead's of the world are a luxury. They don't sustain the health of the genre. They add dimension to it, but without a center there is nothing to add dimension to. U2 loves rock too much just to move to the fringe and let a dead horse lie down. Bottom line, U2 is not doing whatever they can to stay relevant in pop culture they are doing whatever they can to demonstrate that rock is still relevant in pop culture, but they are being very true to themselves in the process. Hence, the top 40 inaccessabilty of every song on 'Bomb'.

It's amazing Vertigo got to 35 or whatever, but that was only because of the million IPod ads. That's what you have to do to keep rock out there. Now you see "cool" songs like 'Take Me Out' and 'Jerk it Out' all over the TV. U2 has made it easier for young alternative bands like Franz Ferdinand to feel comfortable taking their rock to the masses in the way you have to today. The traditional notion of selling out is an alternative old fogey notion. U2 are pushing forward as much as they ever have been.
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Re: Re: Marcy gives me hope for the future of U2...

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U2 has no chance with the top 40 radio crowd. If they're pandering they're failing miserably. Plus, U2 makes middle aged man songs. If they were pandering they'd pull an Aerosmith and pretend to be 21, oogle over young girls and put hot young chicks in their videos.
Exactly, they'd also get lots of bling bling and start talking in urban slang in their songs, and get lots of cars a la hip hop/rap videos and include women degrading lyrics in their songs and collaborate with a trendy urban artist.

U2 just wants to be interesting for the masses, and that includes the young, CD buying public that helps create the charts. Where was the "pandering to top 40" comment in the 80's or 90's when they had their biggest hits?
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I think the goal of alot of fans is to see a Billboard Top 100 (and equivalents) without ANY rock songs on it. Then we could all justly claim that our favorite bands have not sold out. It just does not get any better than that, does it??
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Exactly, they'd also get lots of bling bling and start talking in urban slang in their songs, and get lots of cars a la hip hop/rap videos and include women degrading lyrics in their songs
I'm picturing this right now and I'm about to piss myself laughing!! I'm thinking of a 2-Live Crew inspired video with the boys in a hot tub surrounded by scantily clad "ho's", pimped out rides, guns, etc...


With respect to the original post, yeah Mercy does bode well for the future and the band would do well to release an album with songs of a similar style.
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