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February 13th, 2005

U2 heyday? @ 09:13 pm

mrslat:
I'm currently feelin: curious curious
I'm currently hearin: U2 // Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Someone just asked me when the glory days of U2 were.... if they ever had a "heyday." I didn't know what to tell them. It seems to me like U2 has little spikes every five years, then slowly slips away until the next spike.

What do you folks think? Did U2 ever have a "heyday?" When was it?

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From:amerrydeath
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
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Even though I love JT-era stuff the best, I'd say right now.
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
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Sales or artistically?

The JT era was massive in the USA. Not so big in the UK. Ok the album sold shed loads, but the singles didn't.

Now with 2 #1 singles in the UK, this current period is now U2's most succesful in the UK.
ATYCLB & HTDAAB have also shifted shed loads in the US. Probably now then.

But if your talking artistically... Most definetly AB/Zooropa/Pop

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From:sirensong984
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
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I dunno if they had a specific one. I think the 5 year theory might be right, in that they do something every 5 years and it seems to be well recieved.
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
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Approximately 1978-2005........ and counting.
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From:canadanne
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
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Personally I think ZooTV was their peak and they'll never top that, although the current stuff is really good too. But there have been so many different highlights over the years, it's hard to say one era is better than another... the *image* was better in the 90s than it has been before or since, but the music has always been great.
From:pearsonstoaster
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)

I agree.

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Bono's voice was at it's peak in terms of range, in my opinion during the late 80's to early 90's. I think by the time they did Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me the 90's were theirs. Both Achtung Baby and Zooropa sold lots of copies and of course had several hits and I can't help but agree with canadanne on how Zoo TV was their "peak". I think in terms of Bono's voice on stage, definately. PopMart in terms of the amount of people played to was the peak in that sense. Every 3 or 4 years a new album is cut and some people dig it, some don't. But in my opinion, the substance is always there and always has been. I just hope we can see them release yet another album after this one. I mean, Bono has gone on the record as saying that his voice isn't as great as it used to be, not that I'd agree with him. But obviously it changes from "era to era". So, how long his voice can still provide him the range he "needs", will probably determine how much longer they will still release albums.
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From:clayboy103177
Date:February 14th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
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We both think alike!
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From:jayelde
Date:February 14th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
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According to the concept of popular culture...definately their "heyday" was 1986 - 1993 (Joshua Tree to Achtung Baby/ZooTV) days. That's when they were the "biggest band in the world".
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From:bad_lemon
Date:February 14th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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biggest accomplishment era was definately jt - ab and the zootv tour...
but my favorite era is definately pop
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From:wolfp10
Date:February 14th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
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They definitly hit a high with The Joshua Tree and Achtung/Zoo TV. Even within U2 fan communities there are mixed feeling about the whole Pop era. I definitly feel they are on a major upswing with ATYCLB/Elevation 2001/now.
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From:specialcamper
Date:February 14th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
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in america- during the JT era, you were considered way uncool if you didnt like u2. they were everywhere.
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From:axver
Date:February 14th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
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The heyday was unquestionably The Joshua Tree. U2 absolutely conquered the world then. Some people will try to tell you ZooTV, but that's the time when U2 alienated a lot of people who came on board with JT. Sure, they gained a lot too, but when you're in your heyday, you don't alienate people.

No U2 album since The Joshua Tree has equalled its sales. That speaks for itself. 10 million copies in 10 months in the US, fastest platinum sales in the UK. JT owned the world.

U2 are definitely soaring now too, but it's not a heyday ... yet. Let's see how this tour goes.
From:loopaygirl
Date:February 14th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
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woo! I agree!
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From:moydrumm
Date:February 14th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Like 9855 ''Heydays''

(1978-2005)
From:hot_coffee
Date:February 14th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I think that U2 is timeless and always on the top of their game. They have this amazing unique sound and heartfelt songs that make you stop and forget everything else that's happening around you. It feels like Bono's speaking to you and you feel like you've known him for many, many years and he's talking to you about such amazing things. If I could sum him up in one word it would be Bono.

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