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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:edgeucated
Date:August 5th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
Probably "Sunday Bloody Sunday" when I was little. My Dad had the tape of "War" (but none of the more recent ones at the time. Weird.) and he would always play it in the truck.

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
"Beautiful Day". I sorta forgot about them for a while and then saw the video for it and heard the song and remembered thier greatness.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
Bono's voice. It's just...guh. And Edge's guitar in both songs respectively. Oh, and of course the lyrics.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
It doesn't matter what they make, I always like it in some way. I like that.

5) What bank member do you like most and Why?
I'm definitely an Edge girl. I like how he's all quiet and smart but also intelligent and funny. And he's an AMAZING musician.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I'm in Muskegon, MI. They get some, but mostly just radio hits on the classic rock station.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 7th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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We have something in common as Sunday Bloody Sunday was what I song that I consider as my formal introduction to U2! My HIstory teacher played it for us to understand the lesson for the day... Where were you when the song Beautiful Day reminded you of them? I have added you as a friend.
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From:edgeucated
Date:August 8th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)

Re: Thank you!

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That's pretty cool about your history teacher playing Sunday Bloody Sunday.
As to when I heard Beautiful Day... I was probably sitting in my living room eating breakfast and watching Vh1 when the video came on, like, when the video first premiered. I immediatly remembered them.
Cool, I'll friend you back.
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From:lady_le_fey
Date:August 5th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
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1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing? Mysterious Ways

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

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2? I liked the way the guys were just having a really good time with the video (Numb), they looked like they were actually having fun and not just shooting the video for the sake of it.

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years? They're a great band with an awesome talent for writing and playing music. They're musical geniouses and very down to earth on top of it. They put everything they got into their music and concerts and put their fans first.

5) What band member do you like most and Why? Hard to say. Bono I think I can relate to the most b/c what he went through with his father with cancer, I'm going through with my grandmother. It's very hard to see what she's going through and I can definately relate to the song "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own"

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area? I'm from Connecticut in the USA. Depending on which station I listen to, I usually hear about one or U2 songs a day, sometimes maybe more.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 7th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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I agree 100% about, "they looked like they were actually having fun and not just shooting the video for the sake of it!" That is one of the many things that makes them special... Have you gotten to see U2 live yet? I have added you as a friend.
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From:lady_le_fey
Date:August 7th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)

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i've gotten to see them live twice. Once in 2001 when they came to hartford, USA and this past year in Boston. I am going to see them again when they come to Hartford in December. I have also added you as a friend. :)
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:August 6th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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I had wanted to respond to this hours ago, but I was out all day with work stuff. So, here goes.

1) What was the very first U2 song that you remember hearing?
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" when I was four on PBS. I think Reading Rainbow. They had a special on about Ireland.

2) If different than #1, what song convinced you that you liked U2?
I think what really sealed the deal was "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me". I knew I really liked everything I'd heard by U2 up to that point (I was 12 when that song came out), but that was the be-all-end-all.

3) Name something about the song in #2 (or #1, if applicable) that hooked you on U2?
Okay, so I'm 12, right? I heard that song, and just knew it was dirty and my mom would be so shocked. It was dangerous and sexual and dark and gothic (ah, Batman...) and cheeky and snarky and everything that would attract a curious (pre-)teen. Call it the awakening to teenage rebellion, I guess. :)

4) What makes you stick with U2 even though they have changed or evolved over the years?
Probably because they *have* changed and evolved so much. They are constantly innovating their sound and, in turn, innovating rock music on a whole. They always seem at least one step ahead of everyone else and always do it best. I'm always excited about what they might do next, but their music is still timeless.

5) What band member do you like most and Why?
I love all the boys, but Bono's my favorite. He's one of my personal heroes. The passion with which he lives his life, through his art, his humanitarian works, and through his love for his friends and family is so inspiring to me.

6) Where are you from and how much radio airplay does U2 get in your area?
I'm from New Jersey, right across the Raritan Bay from New York City (30 minute ferry ride). U2 get LOADS of love and radio play in our area, both in New York and from our local Jersey Shore stations. Plus, I played them pretty much every week on my Alternative and Indie Rock specialty show on my college station. I've been in Texas for the summer (Dallas/Ft. Worth area), and I rarely *ever* hear them out here. But, then again, I quit listening to the radio out here, mainly because I never heard U2, so things may have changed in 2 months? Probably not.
From:lumencuro
Date:August 7th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)

Thank you!

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Your answer to #5 is one of the biggest reasons that I have total respect what this band has done together for the last 25 years as well as in the world as well... Plus, as you said and I agree: Their music is timeless! Have you gotten to hear U2 live yet? I have added you as a friend.
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From:u2bonoluv
Date:August 7th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
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yep, you're right about the DFW area and U2 play... the radio circuit down there has completely changed since the early 90s there. There used to be a station called Q102 w/ this DJ named Redbeard.. omg. He was the COOLEST DJ ever. He'd play everything that ROCKED, including U2. I still wonder if it really wasnt HIM that got me into U2 instead of seeing Discotheque on MTV...but I digress. Yeah, since most of the 'rock' stations have pulled outta the market there, there's really not many stations that would be ABLE to play U2 there. Its sad, really. Have you joined the U2Texas list?? If not... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/U2Texas . :) I'm the moderator for the list since I started it back in 2000.. but I live in the Nashville, TN area now. Lots of people on there have gatherings in the Dallas area and most are really nice people. Take care!
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:August 8th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
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Oh, it's a shame I didn't talk to you before! I've been out here since May, but I'm leaving on the 27th for good. I was really just under the impression that people out here did not like U2 at all, with the exceptions of my cousin and her husband. I had thought I'd do alright, what with The Joshua Tree having some classic country influence, but the radio out here is just awful.

Oh, well. Thanks for thinking of me, though. :)
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From:u2bonoluv
Date:August 8th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
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ahhh you're leaving Aug 27? Dang! Where you heading to, then? I can definitely see how you'd get the impression that DFW is non-u2 country because of the 'retarded' radio station market there right now. I still can't believe how good it was in the 90s.. and went to sucking SO BAD nowadays. At least they play them at a fair rate here in Nashville, lol...and we're not even getting a show!! Have you made it to any shows this year yet?
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:August 9th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
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I'm heading back to the Jersey Shore near New York City. I've lived in the New York market my entire life (including college) save these past few months in Texas. I can't *wait* to get home.

And I did go see our boys this year, two nights in a row, in fact. May 17th and 18th at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. The greatest nights of my life, as they were the first and only times I'd see U2 perform live. :D
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From:junkets
Date:August 7th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
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1. Mysterious ways
2. Same as above, and probably also Hold me thrill me kiss me kill me
3. The "it's alright it's alright..." I was 10 or 11 at the time and didn't speak much English eheh (I'm Italian). So those were the only words I could grasp and I liked them!
4. They're proven quality. You can't go wrong with U2. I would buy their record without even hearing a single first. I trust them!
5. Larry coz he's hot! Ahah! And a great drummer ;) Given that I basically like all of them, I'd say Bono because he's such a charismatic person, beside being the best voice around.
6. I'm Italian and U2 usually get quite a lot of radio airplay. Now it's obvious because of the new record, but you'll always find some "oldies" on radio stations here and there.

Cheers!
From:starbucksmanic
Date:August 8th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
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1) I think the first one was 40. I remember thinking "meh." :D

2) With Or Without You: I'd downloaded a version that I still don't even know exists. It sounds like a studio recording in the late 90s guessing by the rasp in B's voice. (Anyone have an idea what it is?)

3) Something about each song, maybe the fact that they're all so different, appealed to me and made me think that these guys were better than any other band I'd heard.

4) First of all, there can be aspects of the music that I don't like (does anyone love EVERY song?) but what keeps me in the fandom is the people. I look up to the four band members as role models. So if I'm iffy about the music, I take it apart and say, all right, the lyrics are really great. Edge's guitar is awesome. They did something really creative with the sound. Wow, they're really creative. And I end up liking the song.

5) I love them all and I hate that question, hehehe. But today it's Adam for his general Adamness.

6) I live with a bunch of sheepshaggers in an eensyweensy town in Virginia. They play nothing, NOTHING, but country.
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From:queenallie03
Date:August 10th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)

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1. I don't really remember which was the first. It was back during the Pop tour and my radio station just started playing more of them.
2. Bullet the Blue Sky. I heard it and went, alright. I keep hearing songs by this u2 band, and now I must find out more about them.
3. Oh goodness. um... It was just different from all the other stuff on the radio. The guitar solo and the end part where Bono's talking more than singing just sucked me in and even to this day I stop everything I'm doing when that song comes on and just listen to it.
4. The fact that they've changed and evolved. If they hadn't I would have gotten quite bored with them. I may not like the way they've changed, but it shows that they're true musicians. Writing what they think and feel and not what they know will make money. Like too many bands/singers are doing these days.
5. Bono. I'm a big humanitarian and hippyesque type girl so it makes me happy to see someone who has "made it big" and yet still thinks of people besides himself. He's a true insperation. But Larry's the cutest :D
6. I'm from Houston, Texas. They get a bit of airplay on our local alt rock station, a pretty good amount on the classic rock station and the 80's music station and probably the most on the "mix" radio station. But generally I just listen on my computer :)

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