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August 5th, 2005

Introductions to U2 @ 12:01 am

lumencuro:
I'm currently feelin: curious curious
I'm currently hearin: U2 - (Place your favorite song here.)

OK, so I have been reading and posting to many of my fellow U2 fans journals, and being as big of a fan of them as I am, I thought this is the perfect place to ask a few questions...

1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?

5) What bank member do you like most and Why?

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?

I ask because of several reasons. The main one is that I have been asked and had to explain my U2 'relationship' to others that wonder why I talk about them so much as well as so highly. So, I was hoping to hear other fan's feedback on the subject.


Finally, I wish to thank everyone in advance that participates in this 'survey.' Please do not feel that you have to answer everything but the more information I can get together the better! So, again "Thank you!"
 
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From:hew_
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
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This is a really awesome survey :P

1) Uhm.. I think it was With Or Without You, back when I was a baby. My parents and one of my uncles have always been U2 fans, so yeah, i've always been into U2 in some way or another.

2) Sweetest Thing. Heh. Yep.

3) Man, that song is pure sweetness. I was watching the video and saw Bono being all cute asking for forgiveness, and that just won my heart. I did some research and found out I had been listening to a lot of their stuff without even noticing, hah.

4) I guess the fact that if there's ever something I could hold on to, it's U2. They've always been there for me through their music, and even though they've gone through so many eras, they're essentially U2 (same members and ideals). Also their friendship. It's so rare to find a band like U2... feck, it's rare to even be friends with someone for more than 25 years.
Every change they've had was for good in my eyes. They're always reinventing themselves, keeping their fans amused.

5) Bono. He has inspired me in ways no one else has, and he's constantly showing me that nothing's really impossible. Also, he's fecking coooooool. I think he's the only person who can wear shades late at night and not be called 'lame'. ;)

6) Not much at all... they usually play their music on the 80's radio station and it's always the same 2 or 3 songs.
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From:hew_
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
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Feck, I forgot to mention I'm in Beaumont, TX.
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From:boriel
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
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1. not sure which i heard first

2. with or without you grabbed my ears, head, and heart. i was hooked.

3. it sounded like nothing i'd ever heard before...bono's voice was part of it, adams's bass line....that bass line still invades my sleep sometimes

4. i hated pop and zooropa (sorry...although i'm beginning to find hidden gems there as of late) and All that you cant...behind, didnt thrill me either...but the new album is pure U2. I heard one song and knew it was U2 like i'd fallen in love with earlier and bought it on the strength of that one song. i've not stopped listening to it since.

5. for physical attributes alone - edge. no i shouldnt say that...not phyical alone. what i mean is i'm not physically attracted to bono - never was. I prefer edge in that respect...but bono is who attracts me most spiritually, emotionally..i think he has a quirky side, a charisma, would be fun to be around and unpredictable...although i think he's too much of a talker for me...so yeah, back to edge lol.

6. i'm from vancouver canada. there is one radio station that plays u2 almost every day but i hate the dj's - everything is about sex all day and its boring listening to some ageing dj talk about his 'member' all the time. the other stations play very little u2, even very little of the new stuff. but they did bump it up just before the concerts here in april.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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I appreciate your honesty in saying what you do and do not like... That sucks what your local radio station that plays U2 does! Did you go to a concert in April when they were there? I have added you as a friend.
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From:dazzlingamy
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?

Pride (in the name of love)

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?

one/with or without you

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
they were just so beautiful, lyrically full and haunting - i could even begin to describe how they made me feel. But to explain a bit, i have listened to both those songs thousands of times each and everytime, i still get goosebumps. They affect me that much.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?

Because they change and evolve. As i tell people U2 seriously has a song for every day of the year, and every emotion you feel. They are all surrounding all enveloping with their ears listeing to the beats of human hearts..

5) What bank (band?) member do you like most and Why?
Bono. Purely because when i close my eyes and listen to the music, all i see is him (doesn't mean i dont love the other guys less, just bono is always in the foreground of my mine! :D)

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
Australia...and not that much, maybe one or two songs a week?? More when thery're pushing the single!
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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Great point on having "a song for every day of the year, and every emotion you feel." This is another great reason that I like them for... How were you introduced to U2? I have added you as a friend.
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From:bonoffee
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
I think it might have been With Or Without You. Not sure when though. And I do remember hearing I Still Haven't Found... And HMTMKMKM when it was just 'that song from Batman' and not one of the sexiest things ever (but I was only young!).

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
Um... Either WOWY or One, I'd say.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
WOWY - I loved the fact it was a slighty twisted love song and the vocal is amazing. And One... well, it's just THE song, isn't it? It's gorgeous and just something you want to hear over and over. And I just wanted to know more! I didn't buy a ton of albums at the time but I got the Best Of and took it from there.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
It's the very changing and evolving that makes me want to stick around and see what happens next ;)

5) What band member do you like most and Why?
I like all of them! Honestly, I do. I know my user name is bonoffee and I spend a ridiculously-silly amount of time staring at pictures of Larry but I have days when I love one of them more than the others for whatever reason! I mean, I love Bono because he's so passionate and talented, and he's funny too. And Edge is just amazingly talented, and I find someone who can play that well rather attractive. Larry, I love his attitude. Adam, he's really lovely and talented as well. So erm, can't choose, but you got a nice essay there ;)

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I'm from Scotland (and therefore the UK as well) and depends what radio you listen to. If they have a single out they probably get it played a bit on the major radio stations, and some of the 'oldies' stations will sometimes play older u2 tracks like WOWY. Last night though one of the big stations played Streets and I turned it up so loud, haha. So yeah, I suppose if you listen long enough you'll get some u2 but I hardly ever do, really.

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From:lady_le_fey
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I looooove your icon!!!!
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From:sapphires13
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
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1) Numb. I was about 8 years old, and I loved the video because it was just so weird, but I was really too young to pay much attention to music.

2) I hate to say it, but Vertigo. I'm a late U2 bloomer. The iPod commercial drew me in, because I was like "1, 2, 3, 14?! WTF?!" and I really liked the song too. So I started exploring all of the U2 songs I could remember from being a kid (Numb, Lemon, One, Mysterious Ways), and also songs from the 80s that my mother remembered being a fan of (Where The Streets Have No Name, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Gloria, New Year's Day).
(The weird thing is, even though Vertigo was the song that pulled me into U2, after hearing more and more of their music, I don't even like Vertigo that much anymore)

3) "Your love is teaching me how... how to kneel." That line grabbed me. I'd heard, in passing, several years back that U2 "used to be Christians", and at the time, I didn't put much thought into it, because I really didn't listen to U2 or know much about them.
But that line grabbed me, because, as Bono puts it "I'm not easy on my knees". I have great difficulty with religion. I have a need for spirituality, a need for belief, but I find it difficult to identify with any specific belief system.
That line made me curious to explore the band further, and find out more about them.

4) Sort of continuing from above. As I was discovering U2 for myself, I found God hidden in almost every song. As I researched the band, I was quite pleased with what I found about about Bono's beliefs and attitudes toward religion.
The guys are something else. They're like no other band. They've stayed together this long without breaking up. They're not jerks. They have morals and are family men. They care about the world around them, not just themselves.

5) I'm a Bono girl. He's more than twice my age, and my mother fancied him before I was even born, but GUH, I can't make myself stop fancying him. It's disturbing and pathetic. Damn him.
But one thing I like to get clear to people. It's not just about the "hot leather-encased Irish crotch" (don't ask), it's not just about the SEX, I have a great respect for him. As a man, as a musician, as a husband, as a father, as an activist, etc. He amazes me.

6) Western Kentucky. And I really don't listen to the radio much, but from what I have heard, when U2 does get played, it's usually the same songs over and over again.
Of course the newer singles like Vertigo, SYCMIOYO, and City Of Blinding Lights get played. But as for older songs, the only ones I've heard have been Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, ISHFWILF, WTSHNN, and Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Now, I'm sure some others get played, but I rarely listen to the radio.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:August 5th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you on the example of Bono's spirituality. I've always had issues with religion, but over the years I found that I really needed something spiritual in my life. Bono showed me it was possible to be spiritual, in fact VERY spiritual, without having to put up with Dogma.
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From:like__a_song
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)

sorry for writing so much, but its 2:30 am...

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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
I think it was Beautiful Day when i was around 13. Actually I probably heard more before that, i just didnt know it was u2

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
The Hands that Built America. I know thats an obscure song, but my mom had heard some of their earlier stuff and thought she liked it, so for her birthday I got her their 1990-2000 greatest hits, because that was the one cd i saw with a song i recognized on it. I heard the rest of the album and fell in love with that song, and a lot of the other ones on there too, but that one stands out.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
the melody. i find myself attracted to songs with a strong melody, usually in a more minor key, and the melody in "the hands that built america", as everybody here probably knows is incredible. plus, the lyrics are beautiful.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years? well i'm more of a recent fan (i started listening to them when i was about 13-14, only about 3/4 years ago) so for me its more of discovering the old stuff than anything else. i know im not going to stop being a fan because although their music has changed through the years they always manage to come out with something incredible. you would think after multiple decades, they would run out of ideas, but they dont. each new thing they do is something exciting to discover.

5) What bank member do you like most and Why? well i dont really know much about the rest of the band members besides bono, but i definitly admire bono not only for his voice and musical talent (unbelieveable), but the fact that hes so charitable and seems like a really wonderful person.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I'm from los angeles and as far as airplay- NOT ENOUGH!!!! its pretty rare for me to hear a u2 song on the radio, except for right after how to dismantle an atomic bomb came out, vertigo was playing on this one station like 24/7. that same station also has 80's music on friday nights and occasionally i'll hear something by u2 on that. but basically.....not enough!
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)

Re: sorry for writing so much, but its 2:30 am... <--- No problem!

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Thank you for the reply! Yes, you have to respect what Bono has done for Africa and he is a wonderful person that can express his emotion in songs in a wonderful way... Are you going to the concerts at the Staples Center this fall? I have added you as a friend.
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From:stdash
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
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1) Pride - it was on the Greenpeace vinyl, and I hardly knew it was U2then, but well felt the energy of it.
2) Angel of Harlem and One, subconciously Unchained Melody (didn't know it was U2)
3) It always took me a long time to really start liking any of their songs - they are somehow too different from everything else... but when I actually started liking them I got hooked up on all..... Bono's voice and manner captured me at first
4) There's something in them that gets some people "on their wave", and once you are "tuned in" I believe you can't escape them anymore :)
5) Bono - he's a charismatic elf :) for me their sound is his voice
6) I'm from Moscow, Russia, and they never got too much coverage on the radio except for a couple of radio stations, but there are still a lot of fans who dream of the band visiting the place (which will never happen, I guess). I've been living in Europe for several years now, thus having a chance to travel to their concerts!
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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Good point about not being able to escape them! How well is U2 accepted as a whole by the Czech people? I look forward to hearing about your first concert experience... I have added you as a friend.
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From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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Yes, I do agree that the friendship is amazing and make them so awesome beyond words... What do most Germans think of U2? I have added you as a friend.
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From:ringlunatic
Date:August 5th, 2005 11:16 am (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
One

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
Beautiful Day

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
The harmony of that song. And the fact that during Live8 Bono added Blackbird to it as well (I'm a Beatles fan ;)) and it fitted so perfectly!

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
Their lyrics. I love the music, I love the harmony, but the lyrics... I just have a thing for good written songs and I really can't name any U2 song that isn't well written

5) What bank member do you like most and Why?
That is such a hard question! I really like them all! Especially since I firmly believe that if one of them wouldn't be in U2 for some odd reason U2 wouldn't be half as good as it is now. I love Bono for everything that he does, his writing, his passion, his singing, his love, everything. Then the Edge, the guy with the magic fingers and the great abbility to make a guitar cry. Larry, the unbelievable good looking bloke who has sarcasm written all over him and last but not least Adam, the coolest guy I ever set my eyes on.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?

I'm from the Netherlands. Although I don't listen to the radio very often (as in, almost never) I do remember that they get a respected amount of radio airplay. You can hear their new singles and the older ones as well and I believe last week one of our radio stations had a U2-weekend, cause the band had just been voted Best Group of the Last 40 Years.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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Yes, U2 songs are always well written because they are so full of energy and emotion... They are so good because they put everything into performing the best possible song that captures everything and more when you hear it! Have you been to a live show yet? I am adding you as a friend.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:August 5th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
That would have to be Where The Streets Have No Name, when I was about one and a half years old.

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
Probably the entire Joshua Tree album, particularly Red Hill Mining Town, In God’s Country, and Trip Through Your Wires.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
Everything. The vocals, of course, are what I noticed first, and the music gave such a feeling of freedom, of “roofless-ness,” that I was hooked.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
Well, I suppose it’s that they keep making good music. It doesn’t really matter that their sound has changed for me, because I found that when I was first getting into U2, and then when I “rediscovered” them last summer, every album seemed almost like a new band, but still recognizably U2.

5) What band member do you like most and Why?
I can’t say definitely. I like them all for different reasons. It really depends on which song I’m listening to. It’s hard to play favourites when without just one of the band members, U2 wouldn’t be the same band.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. U2 gets little to no airplay here anymore. Actually, the last time I remember hearing them on the radio was when HTDAAB was released; one station played the whole album because, as one of the DJs said, sounding very put-upon, “We have to play them. They’re the biggest band in the world.” The DJs on this station went on to make fun of every song after it played. (Vertigo? Uh, VertiNO! What was Bone-oh thinking? That is his name, right? Bone-oh?)
All the stations here are either hip-hop, pop, or classical now, so U2 is “not cool,” and everyone I’m around in this city has barely even heard of U2.
It’s sort of scary.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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WOW! That has to be the worst feeling in the world, to know that people do not know and/or appreciate what U2 has done for so many things, even beyond the music scene... Have you been to a show yet? I have added you as a friend.
From:krysten220
Date:August 5th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
Probably "With or Without You" or "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
I had always liked U2, but the song that made me an even bigger fan was "Beautiful Day" -- which was released my junior year in high school.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
Can't put it into words!

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
I'm a loyal fan. And they're just so cool! Plus their music is always great.... Not only the music itself but the message behind the lyrics. Gives me something deeper to think about.

5) What bank member do you like most and Why?
I think you mean "banD member" ... I'd have to say Bono. I think he's just the coolest person alive. Plus I love the sunglasses. And he's got a big heart.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I'm from Columbus, Ohio, but I'm currently in Durham, NC. I think U2 gets much more radio airplay in Ohio, mainly on the so-called "classic rock" and pop stations. Many of the songs played are from either Joshua Tree or ATYCLB, and with Atomic Bomb's growing popularity, more of the new songs are being played as well. But U2's airplay still doesn't equal bands like Maroon 5 or Coldplay -- they don't get nearly as much time as they should!
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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It always has seemed really weird to me that it only classic rock stations play U2 in many American cities... I do not think that U2 gets as much appreciation as they should! Have you been to a live show yet? I have added you as a friend.

Yes, I did mean banD member. I also understand not coming to the ability to say in words what you think of a song! Many of their songs are this way for me...
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From:gracejames
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
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1. I’m about to date myself as the oldest member of this forum. The first song I saw/heard was on MTV. It was ‘Gloria’. MTV was new and you kids probably don’t remember – but they used to play videos. In fact, the local video station had only U2 videos it seemed. So, I saw some rare gems like ‘Celebration’ all the time.
2. The song that hooked me was ‘Surrender’.
3. There was a raw feel to it. It seemed urban and desperate. I loved Edge’s guitar work in it. And it boasts some of my favorite lyrics in it. ‘Oh, the city's alight With lovers and lies Bright blue eyes Oh, the city is bright It's brighter than day tonight’.
4. What makes me stay? I did stray during the 1990’s. I was all caught up in the grunge sound and Pop was far from that. Plus I was dirt poor during the Popmart Tour. U2 and I grew up together. I started listening to them when I was 11. I’ll be 34 next week. We’ve been through relationships, death and birth together. I told my fiancé that U2 were my boys and they’ve been around longer than him. They come first. 
5. Well, I started off as a Bono girl – I love his ideas and heart. Then I moved to Edge – he is goofy, calm and a techno-geek. Then I appreciated Larry – he is gorgeous in a way most men never tough, his dry wit and his commitment to me as a fan – and an older fan touches me.
6. I live in U2’s second hometown – Boston. We have adopted them as our own. I hang in the pubs they hang when they’ve in town. When U2 come to town, the radio stations play nothing but weeks before, during and little after they are here.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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You did not date yourself that bad, and I am not that much younger than you... I can just imagine the fun that Boston has when U2 comes to town! Have you been to a live show yet and/or are you planning to go when they go to they go to the Fleet Center in the Fall? I have added you as a friend.
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Date:August 5th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)

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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For around 1991.

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?

My first listen to TJT confirmed I was gonna love this band. Tho it didn't kick in properly until about 4 years later when I saw the Live Aid performance.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?

Just that guitar.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?

Live U2.

5) What band member do you like most and Why?

I really I'm not fussed.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?

Berwick Upon Tweed, UK. U2 gets shitloads of airplay here.
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Date:August 5th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
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i thought i recognized your username. you're in the_cedar_room too.
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From:rational_twists
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Yay, I love filling these things out!

1. This one's hard. Beautiful Day is the first song I remember hearing on the radio in its entirety. But before that, I had heard snippets of Stuck In A Moment. But the first time I heard all of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, I had recognized it from childhood. :/

2. It was probably a few songs. It takes a lot to convince me, hahaha. I bought ATYCLB and at the time could only get really into the first few songs. But then somebody made a mix for me to get a taste of their older stuff, and Pride and With or Without You (2 of the first 3 tracks) sucked me right in.

3. In Pride, it was just the way the music and lyrics fit together. So perfect. And With or Without You... isn't there enough said??? Most of all, his cry at the end.... GAHHHH, I love it.

4. I've only been a fan for a little over 2 years, but I managed to accumulate all their albums in a random order. There are albums I almost never listen to. But they have such a varied sound that no matter what type of music I'm feeling at the moment, if I want to hear U2, I can find something I'll like.

5. Bono. I didn't mean to love him. He's just so... powerful. The first minute I first saw him on stage on the Vertigo tour, it was like God had just appeared in the room. And the way he talks so passionately, his vocabulary... half the times I don't even understand the words he's using, hahaha. But he still makes me want to listen and understand.

6. Long Island, and I've given up on the radio here. When I do listen to it, I very rarely hear U2, unless there's a rock block then they'll occasionally get their 3 songs in a row. I need to invest in a subscription to XM Radio or Sirius. :/
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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All of the variety is one of the things that makes U2 as good as they are... I do not think enough people are open-minded enough to fully appreciate U2 in this country! Can you please, share information about the live Vertigo show that you went to (as my show is later this year) and what it was like compared to others if you have been to others? I have added you as a friend.
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From:domnace9
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
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1) The first one that I remember associating with U2 is Discotheque.
2) My favorite even to this day and I'm sticking to it, is Stuck In a Moment.
3) It motivates me to move on from painfull experiences.
4) The fact that they do change and evolve is very cool to me. They experiment and do things that people say that they shouldn't and they still do it and say Fuck Off to the critics.
5) The Edge. He's got mad guitar skillz! Seriously, he's the very thoughtful one. I love how you can see his mind working all the time and he's so well spoken but he likes to goof off. He knows when to not take himself too seriously. My perfect kind of man.
6) Georgia, I wouldn't know, I just listen to my cds. I don't even bother with the radio.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 6th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

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I fully agree about "The fact that they do change and evolve is very cool to me. They experiment and do things that people say that they shouldn't and they still do it..." This is one of the reasons that they have got to be considered among the best ever! Have you gotten to go to a live show yet? I have added you as a friend.

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