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May 2nd, 2005

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Hi, I'm new here. And I don't know if it's customary to do so, but I felt like making a "Hi, I'm new here" post. This is going to turn into an essay though, because I have so much to say. Thankfully I'll use LJ-cuts, so as not to turn everyone's brains (and friends pages) into mush. I'll even divide the whole thing into sections, so people can skip around if they'd like.

I'm almost 20 years old (just 10 more days until my birthday!) but I didn't grow up listening to U2. I'm the youngest of four kids, and I grew up listening to whatever my older siblings were listening to. In the early to mid 90s, it was mostly Pearl Jam and Nirvana, and after that, it was mostly Madonna and Jewel.
It wasn't until my mid to late teens that I really started to individualize myself, and start seeking out my own music. It wasn't easy, especially because I seem to have an aversion to listening to the radio/watching MTV. So it's hard for me to discover music for myself, without having it shoved at me. Also, I tend to get into phases with individual bands. I'll listen to one band almost exclusively for a couple of months, and then move on to another one. This also hinders my discovery of anything new.
The first band I really became a fan of on my own was Linkin Park, and then Matchbox Twenty, and Evanescence.

Now, I'd heard some of U2's bigger hits growing up, it was pretty much inevitable. But never much. In the time after I'd began listening to my own music, it never occured to me to give U2 a try.
Until a certain commercial for a certain Apple product..
Yes, I jumped on the Vertigo bandwagon. The little bit of the song in the iPod commercial had a way of working its way into my brain and getting stuck there. So of course, I had to hear the whole thing, and I liked what I heard.
My mother had also become a fan of the commercial and began popping into my room several times a week to ask me to play the music video for her. Not that I was complaining, before that she used to ask me to play Hoobastank for her... so I was glad she was asking for U2 instead.
At that point it was just Vertigo. I hadn't branched out yet. But when I heard U2 were going to be on Saturday Night Live, I had to watch. It was pretty much what I expected... until the end of the show.
Bono just jumped up and started a third song. I loved it. And then he was running all over the place and doing his camera-dancing thing. And then.. he jumped onto the lap of some DAMN LUCKY woman in the audience... I think it was at that totally shocking moment that I fell in love with the man. I was just in awe.
But then I went into an Evanescence phase, and it would be another couple of months before the real discovery came.

One day, I was looking for new music to listen to, and I remembered hearing U2 perform Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own on SNL, and that I liked it, so I started trying to find it.
Only I couldn't find a working file of it. But I remembered hearing an online friend from England mentioning it, so when she got online I asked her to send it to me. She ended up sending me half of the How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album.
The first song out of the ones she sent me that I really latched onto was Fast Cars. I didn't know then that that song was a bonus track exclusive to the UK/Japan version of the album.
The second song I latched onto was Miracle Drug, which has stayed my favourite of that group. I love it (and have featured it in my icon =P), the whole thing, the lyrics, it's all just so beautiful.
Needless to say, the seven songs she sent me got me hooked. I needed more, so I promptly went on a downloading spree, and ended up with a nice random splattering of music spanning their entire career. And I loved all of it.

I've stayed mostly chronological so far, but I now need to branch out.
I'd heard several years ago from a Christian friend that U2 were religious, but I didn't put much thought into it.
See, I've had my own personal struggles with religion. I spent my childhood as the average American kid that goes to church twice a year, if even that, and would claim Christianity as their religion, if asked, because they know the bible stories.
But at about age 13, through an odd turn of events, I ended up becoming a bit of a Jesus Freak. The church I'd joined taught a strict doctrine. I was told that as a Christian I should strive to be as holy as possible, this meant church four times a week, prayer and bible study everyday, no non-Christian music, and a wholesome lifestyle.
It was hard on me, particularly when I started growing up and wanting to individualize myself. I wanted to be myself, but I wanted to believe. But I'd been told so much that I couldn't. I couldn't have my cake and eat it too, so to speak.
So I ran away, I left it behind and embraced Agnostism, because I didn't know what else I could do.
This is where U2 comes into the picture. Back during my first discovery of Vertigo, something in the song struck a nerve with me: "Your love is teaching me how to kneel" It started making me think about what I'd heard before. But I put it out of mind, until I really got hooked on U2, anyway.
As I began listening to more and more U2, I began noticing more and more religious references in the music. So I started doing research (as I would've anyway, anytime I get hooked on anything, a band, an actor, a movie, an author, I want to find out as much about them as possible), I went to various websites and read biographies of the band as a whole, as well as all four members. I also read trivia, random facts, and interviews and quotes.
I began to gain an understanding, particularly about Bono. He's found a way to be a Christian, to be religious, to have faith, and to believe... and still be himself. I admire that so much... I'm jealous of it in fact.
The man has such an understanding of faith, that I will never have. And at the moment, I'm not quite sure what I believe, but I was never happy about abandoning what faith I did have over mere confusion of who I should be in order to believe. If I do decide to take up my faith again, I plan on taking a page out of Bono's book and having both my faith, and my individuality.

It's probably quite odd to put this section right under the section about religion, but I'm almost done, and there's not really any other place for it. It's a bit scary though.
See, I knew I fancied Bono, it started with the Saturday Night Live insanity. And I was always slightly disturbed by the fact that I fancied him so much. He's 25 years older than me (almost to the day). And of course.. there's the fact that my mother fancies him, and probably has since before I was born. I don't think she knows I fancy him, and I don't think she fancies him as much as I do.. at least, I hope she doesn't, that would be scary.
Anyway, after I'd gotten hooked on U2, I went to visit my brother. He has a collection of official music video DVDs from various bands and artists, and he had U2's The Best Of 1990-2000 DVD, so I borrowed it from him.
So I sat one afternoon watching it. I giggled over the camera swinging up between Bono's leather-clad legs in the Even Better Than The Real Thing video. I swooned and smiled over Bono in drag in the One video (men in drag are hot!), but The Edge makes a better drag queen I think.
And then I got to the video for Until The End Of The World. It used live concert footage, which made it interesting to watch. Bono started doing his camera-dancing thing, which I'd seen before, and liked. And then he gave the camera lense a nice wet kiss, I hadn't seen that before, but I liked it, a lot.
And then... and then Bono grabbed the camera and brought it down against his leather-clad crotch. I stopped breathing. I was just in shock and awe. And boy was I jealous of that DAMN LUCKY camera.
So of course the first thing I did was go on and on about Bono's camera humping to my friends. My friends are not really U2 fans, even the ones that do listen to U2 don't obsess like I do.
It became a sort of running joke that I would randomly just start talking about Bono's "hot, leather-encased, Irish crotch" as I so poignantly dubbed it.
His is not the first crotch I've obsessed over, during my rabid Linkin Park fangirling days, I obsessed over Chester Bennington's crotch, after reading that he gets an erection when he hears the fans singing along during concerts. It makes watching live video clips fun to watch, there's a particular one on Launch where it's so obvious.
Anyway.. I'm trying not to seem like a total perve or something, but my crotch-obsession is mostly just a running joke. Last night, a friend remarked "If Bono ever gets raped, I'm going to laugh, because I'll know it was you." So yea, it's mostly a running joke, but it did cause me to make this icon:
Highly animated, large filesize, beware dial-up users.
I love the icon, it's just so silly, but I'll probably never use it, because I'd have to kill the image quality to get it under 40kb (the LiveJournal filesize limit for icons).
Anyway, I toned down my obsession a lot in the last couple of days, because my friends were beginning to get less amused by the crotch-obsession, and more annoyed.

That's part of the reason I'm here, because none of my friends are fans like I am, and I'm afraid they might tape my mouth shut if I don't shut up about Bono.
Plus, I like the idea of a place where I can just talk about the songs, and what they mean to me, with people that will understand exactly what I mean.
Oh, plus I want to brag about my willpower. See, I decided that because I liked Fast Cars so much that if I got the How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album, I would have to get the UK/Japan version. So I checked out my options and discovered that if I bought it myself, I would end up having to pay about twice the price.
Luckily I have a birthday coming, and another online friend in England offered to buy it for me and send it over. And so he did. It arrived a week ago, and my birthday is still more than a week away. I haven't unwrapped it yet. I promised the friend that I wouldn't open it until my birthday. That's willpower, to have something you want at your fingertips, and no one to stop you from taking it, but you don't because you know you shouldn't.

Alright, I think I'm done here... I wonder if anyone's gonna actually read the whole thing... ah well, it was fun to get it all out anyway.
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Date:May 2nd, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
First of all welcome to the community. New fan or fan since the beginning, I think you'll find that U2 fans are the most generous and accepting and wonderful. I've been a part of this community since the beginning of this year I think and I love it. The people here are so awesome.

We're almost the same age. (You're a few months older than me...I'll be 20 in August) and I can relate to a lot of what you wrote about, especially the religion stuff. I'm a "All That You Can't Leave Behind" bandwagon fan, but I'd kind of grown up around U2's music (mainly Joshua Tree stuff).

I am moderator of another U2 community I think you'd enjoy - u2christians. There's a link to the community on the side of the page of this one under "Links", I believe. You should join us!

Again, welcome! I know you'll love it here.

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Date:May 2nd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I actually went and looked at that community earlier. It looks nice, I might join.
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Date:May 2nd, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the community (and to U2 fandom in general)!

I smiled at the paragraph where you described researching the band on loads of websites, etc. I did the same thing when I first became interested in U2... I'm still amazed by how much information I managed to absorb in the space of a week or two. (Actually, it was looking at U2 websites that got me interested in U2 to begin with... I was initially just trying to find out the band members' names, for a somewhat unrelated project!)

Oh, and the crotch icon made me laugh. *g*  I bet you're fond of the Discotheque video. I saw that video in 1997, wayyy before I was a U2 fan, and years later the only thing I could remember about it was Bono... "thrusting". It was just burned into my brain. ;p
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
I do like the Discotheque video, gotta love campiness. Though Bono's... actions in that video seem less sexual in nature, and more just fun-loving and silly (probably due to the the campiness), so it's not as exciting for me.
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
OK, well, have you got the ZooTV Live In Sydney video?  Apart from being mindblowingly excellent throughout, it also features more footage of The Fly having sex with those cameras. ;)  Highly recommended.
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
I'll have to find that one.
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
The man fulfills so many of my fetishes, he's short, he's Irish, he wears leather **drools**, and he just plain rocks.
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
In case you didn't know... "Fast Cars" is also on the deluxe version (the one that comes with the book) in the U.S. It's a little more expensive than the regular version, but it's not as bad as trying to get a UK/Japanese import, plus you get the cool book too. Some places have had it really cheap, so I'd advise looking around.

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Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
I've got the UK/Japan import now, thanks to a friend in England buying it for me (for my birthday) and sending it to me.
Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
*dies laughing*
So I sat one afternoon watching it. I giggled over the camera swinging up between Bono's leather-clad legs in the Even Better Than The Real Thing video.
I remember when I was first getting into U2 and I was flipping the channels and caught that music video and I just stared and thought to myself that's sexy.
Then I watched Discotheque and my friend Courtney and I freaked. It was a great moment.
Now I own the DVD and adore it and Until the End of the World shocked me but not really. Then after a while my mom said, "Bono's crazy."
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
My first thought of that video was that the camera-work made me nausesous. Then I was turned on. *g*
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Bono is a middle aged, dovish father of 4, and you speak of his crotch as if he were the next Brad Pitt or something. ((shakes head))..

You people are demented. But that's why I adore you. ;)
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Date:May 3rd, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Aww you sound just like me! 19 going on 20, relatively new to the U2 phase (although I did love ATYCLB to bits until it got lost while moving) and obssesed about things easily.
Though I don't have an addiction to Bono or his crotch. Maybe his voice. And the way he acts in the Sweetest Thing video. But that's it.
And the glasses.
That's all. I swear. Everything else is Edge.

Love the crotch icon, btw.
I also love a certain crotch (points to icon) but it is Ralph Fiennes who does it for me.
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Date:May 4th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm new here too! Joined after I saw them live. And OMG you and I are so alike! My mum has been a HUGE U2 fan, she'd been trying for 21 too see them live. Then the nice daughter that I may spent a Saturday at ticketmaster to get tickets with my hard earned income tax.

Anyway! I relate to almost everything you've said. Not to sound like everyone else but Bono is my fave, they are all great but I was drawn to Bono. Maybe it's the way he is with fans, I dunno, it's just there. But after seeing them live I did what my friends like to say and became (still am) obsessivly complusive about U2. I know from my mum that when the Zooropa album came out that was the only thing I'd listen to for ages! But I've never been a die hard fan like some people. But within the last week (because that's how long it's been since I saw them) I've stolen my mum's U2 CD's and I've learned so much! I love how active Bono is in third world countries, that's something that really stands out to me. That's something I've always wanted to do.

Anyway, I think I'm rambling so I'm gonna go (must listen to something U2ish) go ahead and friend me, I've friended you. We can obsessive over Bono's hot, leather-encased, Irish crotch without the pesky friends threating to hurt us!! LOL cheers
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Date:May 4th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I added you =)

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