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big girls r def the best 09-03-2002 05:03 PM

What u2 was all about during the period of 1990 to 2000
If you had to choose one song that u2 was "about" during the time period of 1990-2000, which song would you choose?

They experimented a lot during this period, except for ATYCLB, and a lot of great music came out. So, if you could pick one song that would be quinisential (sp?) u2 during that period, which song would you pick?

Sicy 09-03-2002 05:11 PM


rock and &%#$#%@ roll.

U2Soar 09-03-2002 05:40 PM

Interesting idea ! Which song best sums up – describes – defines – what U2 were about in the nineties ? It’s tougher than I thought ! I believe Zooropa could be contender too. On a related note – how about creating poll on what song best sums up what U2 were about in the eighties ? Pride (In The Name Of Love) ?

womanfish 09-03-2002 05:40 PM

MOFO!!!!! Kick you in the ass music, attitude, and some of the best lyrics around.

SkyBlueDreamer 09-03-2002 07:30 PM

"Mysterious Ways" sums it all up perfectly! :yes:

pinkfloyd 09-03-2002 08:59 PM

HOLD ME .......

( One , Stuck in A Moment , Kite , Your Blue Room , Miss Sarajevo )

THRILL ME .....!!

( Beautiful Day , Zoo Station , Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses , Zooropa )


( Babyface , Mysterious Ways , If You Wear That Velvet Dress , Ultraviolet , Do U feel Loved )

KILLLLLLLL MEeeeee ...mmm...mmm ..hey..OOuu ..ouh

( Last Night On Earth , Until The End Of The Word , Love Is Blindness , The Fly , Dirty Day , Miami , Stateless )

Bono's shades 09-03-2002 10:21 PM

It wasn't an easy choice, but I picked Zoo Station. It was the first track off Achtung Baby, their first album of the '90s. Edge's opening guitar riff tells you right off the bat that this is NOT '80s U2. Then there's Bono's distorted vocals and the lyrics: "I'm ready/ready for what's next," and "ready to let go of the steering wheel." Talk about an opening statement for the entire decade!

madonna's child 09-03-2002 10:45 PM

The Fly, of course

popkidu2 09-03-2002 11:38 PM


Originally posted by Sicy

rock and &%#$#%@ roll.

tru...but I would have said


Tech 09-03-2002 11:42 PM

Mysterious Ways sums it all up baby!!!:yes:

wertsie 09-04-2002 08:12 AM

Well, I don't know if it was necessarily what they were "about," but I had to choose "One" for the simple reason that it's my favorite song.

Sicy 09-04-2002 10:21 AM


Originally posted by popkidu2

tru...but I would have said


remix version ;)

Michael Griffiths 09-04-2002 01:08 PM


Why is this song not on the list? 90s U2 was, to me, about embracing uncertainty. 'Zooropa' is all about that very concept. "What do you want," became the slogan of ZooTV on the Euro tour, and it all came from 'Zooropa'. That was the essense of the 90's in my opinion.

It's the one song that really should have been included on the Best Of -- even ahead of 'Lemon' and even 'Please' for that matter.

HeartlandGirl 09-04-2002 01:25 PM

I would vote for Zooropa even though it isn't on the list. That song captures a mood. Every time I listen to it, I feel like I'm in Tokyo with the band, late at night, bombarded by advertising, exhausted but exhilirated, fucking up the mainstream.

Zooropa the song is the epitome of the 90s for U2, imho. I think I could write an entire dissertation on why Zooropa = U2 in the 90s, but my lunch break is almost over. :D

Whats The Story? 09-04-2002 01:29 PM

I really agree with those last two posts. Zooropa really encapsulates the mood and themes of U2 in the '90, and definitely should be on the Best-Of for that reason.:)

U2Soar 09-04-2002 01:31 PM

Guess what I was thinking of last night – Michael ? ! MOFO has a lot going for it in it being The Pick. However - the lyrics for MOFO are quite personal and autobiographical in nature – his mother and his two little girls. Whereas the lyrics for song like Zooropa are more objective. It’s about all of us as individuals and as a society. Zooropa describes this new era of Western culture – the age of cable and satellite TV (the internet too) – media over-saturation – consumerism is the new religion – etc. Zooropa can capture and evoke the images of both the ZOOTV Tour and the PopMart Tour. Zooropa has a chaos in its sounds and in its lyrics. It also has a numbness in its delivery and in its lyrics. This chaos and numbness can bring to mind pictures of a massive shopping mall – the perfectly manicured and sterile suburbs – using the remote to zap from one TV station to another – driving in the jungle of billboards / advertisements / neon signs of our “advanced” cities - flipping through stations on the car radio – etc.


(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)

Zooropa...Vorsprung durch Technik
Zooropa...be all that you can be
Be a winner
Eat to get slimmer

Zooropa...a bluer kind of white
Zooropa...it could be yours tonight
We're mild and green
And squeaky clean

Zooropa...better by design
Zooropa...fly the friendly skies
Through appliance of science
We've got that ring of confidence

And I have no compass
And I have no map
And I have no reasons
No reasons to get back

And I have no religion
And I don't know what's what
And I don't know the limit
The limit of what we've got

Don't worry baby, it'll be alright
You got the right shoes
To get you through the night
It's cold outside, but brightly lit
Skip the subway
Let's go to the overground
Get your head out of the mud baby
Put flowers in the mud baby

No particular place names
No particular song
I've been hiding
What am I hiding from

Don't worry baby, it's gonna be alright
Uncertainty can be a guiding light
I hear voices, ridiculous voices
Out in the slipstream
Let's go, let's go overground
Take your head out of the mud baby

She's gonna dream up
The world she wants to live in
She's gonna dream out loud
She's gonna dream out loud
Dream out loud

MrPryck2U 09-04-2002 02:16 PM

It's nooo secret. sha la!

DaveC 09-04-2002 08:11 PM


Originally posted by U2Soar

(What do you want?)
(What do you want?)

It's very simple.

Zoocifer 09-04-2002 09:39 PM

Ah am so happy to see that "The Fly" has many, many votes. The song can sum up the whole decade, in my opinion. The irony, the darkness, the soul, the glasses...

- z -

Danospano 09-04-2002 10:03 PM

I picked Lemon, because that sound reflects both periods of the band. It sounded like something that mixed both Achtung, Zooropa, Pop and ATYCLB together.

A lot of people are picking The Fly, which is just a viable as Lemon. I didn't know the results when I picked Lemon, but my second choice was The Fly.

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