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View Poll Results: Which song is what u2 was about during 1990-2000?
zoo station 3 3.66%
even better.... 5 6.10%
one 7 8.54%
the fly 35 42.68%
mysterious ways 9 10.98%
lemon 3 3.66%
numb 1 1.22%
hm, tm, km, km 8 9.76%
discoteque 1 1.22%
mofo 6 7.32%
please 2 2.44%
beautiful day 1 1.22%
walk on 0 0%
peace on earth 1 1.22%
stuck in a moment (note: just a juke, well to me anyway) 0 0%
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Old 09-04-2002, 10:31 PM   #21
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Hey man. Glad to see you are here making sure the Fly gets its props....

I have no doubt that it defined the attitude of the Achtung Baby album and led to the new persona of U2 in the 90's, as a result.


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Old 09-04-2002, 10:33 PM   #22
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The Fly.

The song is heavy, processed, sarcastic...but still U2. Achtung Baby shocked the world and they eventually embraced it.

"The Fly" is also a persona associated with ritz and glitz and glamour and sarcasm and heavily processed sounds, and that's what the 90's and U2 were about. ZooTV and PopMart sum it all up.

The Fly = 90's U2 (and damn, I loved it!)

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Old 09-05-2002, 11:41 AM   #23
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Old 09-05-2002, 03:56 PM   #24
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THE FLY with no trace of a doubt.

Though Mofo musically is U2's 90s at its highest expression it does not reflect in my opinion the spirit of the decade lyric-wise i.e. in the message conveyed. Maybe the desperate search for the innermost self Mofo depicts (as many other songs from Pop) could be interpreted as the conclusion derived from the decade. Curiously in the lyrics category (contents basically - not style) this particular song and many others off Pop relate much more to ATYCLB which is clearly dissociated from the 90s experience.
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Old 09-05-2002, 04:22 PM   #25
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The Fly.

Although HMTMKMKM is a close runner up.
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Old 09-05-2002, 05:25 PM   #26
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Oh yes - "Hold me Thrill me Kiss me Kill me" would be my second vote, too! When I hear that song I don't just hear a killer rock n' roll tune - I hear "MacPhisto's last stand"...

Just listen to it. Y'can't picture Bono singing it. Y'might be able to picture the Fly singing it. Sure as hell can't see Mirrorball Man belting it out... It's The Phisto! The style of singing - the held falsetto. Amazing. Fucking amazing. Ah wish they would've released it way back in the day so it could've been played at ZOO TV. Popmart did a helluva job for it, though. Lovie dovie, squids.

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Old 09-05-2002, 08:28 PM   #27
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I remember reading something about HMTMKMKM, that the song was again from the perspective of The Fly persona..Its got a Flypart2 feel to it definitely. Utterly brilliant song. Didn't they have this song recorded way back in the Achtung Baby or Zooropa eras? Definitely shoild have been on an album.
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Old 09-06-2002, 01:07 AM   #28
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Originally posted by Salome
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"I went out there
in search of experience
to taste and to touch
and to feel as much
as a man can
before he repents
yep, although 'the first time' is a passable substitute.
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Old 09-06-2002, 08:58 AM   #29
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90's U2 is represented by Discotheque. The 80's was some kind of activist holier-than-thou movement. The 90's was the party. Disco rules. Pop rules. U2 is disco. U2 is Pop. The 90's is a disco.


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Old 09-10-2002, 08:11 PM   #30
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Its no secret at all...

Interesting question you got there...The Fly is the answer of course. Bono's fly portrayal was all about making fun of the rock star image and TV hype. The band has pretty much continued on that vein until POP.
Sometimes I wonder why Bono had to make fun of his own success of the JT and RH years but I love Achtung to death. So I like to see it as a general knock on commercialization of the media.

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