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January 5th, 2006

A bit of school work help... @ 10:31 am

achtungeternal:
I'm currently feelin: calm calm
I'm currently hearin: The sound of kids talking and the hum of the computers.

I got an assignment this morning (I'm still in school, yay for free computer use during lunch!) to write a persuasive essay on any subject I wish. Bands, people, places, or activities. In short, I have to write an essay on why U2 is the greatest band in the world.

Just to get opinions from others, what you consider to be U2's finest, biggest, grandest, most daring, exciting moments?

Thanks for any help!
 
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From:dysprosium
Date:January 5th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Just to get opinions from others, what you consider to be U2's finest, biggest, grandest, most daring, exciting moments?

I think every Zoo TV concert just about qualifies. ;)
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From:thegoal_issoul
Date:January 5th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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aww wow, i forgot about that. :) yay Adam
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From:boriel
Date:January 5th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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one of their finest moments was when they played in Ireland and bono convinced leaders from the opposing sides to not only give up the fighting and killing, but to appear on stage together - and he took them both by the hand in front of thousands of their own countrymen and got them to promise to a ceasefire. (the song Please is apparently based on the actions of these two men before this all happened)
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From:fiveandfour
Date:January 5th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I can't pinpoint exact "moments", more things they've done consistently over the years that is different from how other bands do things, and which conventional wisdom said shouldn't be done. For example:
-not worrying early in their career about making their songs radio friendly.
-taking musical risks and going in directions that were true for them and not necessarily the musical industry. This was a big deal with The Unforgettable Fire album, then again for Joshua Tree, and once more for Achtung Baby. Now it's like a key to their success, but at each of these turning points they had the choice to do the same thing again and consciously chose not to, even when it meant the possibility fewer sales and/or old fans not finding them again.
-speaking on ideas and themes that aren't usually spoken of in rock music.
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 5th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
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And don't forget to mention when the mullet Bono jumped off the stage at Live Aid to go dance with that girl.
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From:joey788
Date:January 5th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Anything involving ZooTV would work as a one of those moments but the one that sticks out for me is when Bono ordered 10,000 pizzas in Detroit for the audience.
From:lostintheflood5
Date:January 5th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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i had to do something like this for my communications class. we had to do a presentation (music review and presentation actually) on a CD. i chose HTDAAB. so basically i had to write and talk about how GREAT U2 is. i talked about how they have their own distinct style.
but i mostly had to talk about what i liked about that CD...

what i think U2's most daring thing they have done is POP. they totally redefined themselves. they tried something different. they stepped away from that whole three chords and the truth thing and just wanted to kick the audience's ass with their music.

another great thing about U2 is how they have stayed together. they have stayed together through the rough early years, the almost maybe wanna break up unforgettable fire, and all the 20 some years of being around each other. their bond with each other is what is amazing. they are a family.
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From:irish_klepto
Date:January 5th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
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I think you could do pretty much anything from ZooTV and it would qualify... but particularly when Macphisto phoned politicians.

I'd also suggest the Sellafield 'invasion', or being the first major act to play in Sarajevo.
From:starbucksmanic
Date:January 5th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm not one for remembering grand moments (Live Aid? Oh yeah, where he wore the leather pants! Mmm...) but here's something I'm impressed with. In 1987 where Adam stood in front of Bono when they thought he was going to get assassinated. That's not something to be taken lightly, and they all have that kind of character. SURELY, FAVOURITEST TEACHER IN THE WORLD, THIS BAND MUST BE THE BEST!

But really, character is where it all starts. The people are what make the band, and keep it together. I'd mention that, and Bono's work in Africa, and the article where Larry helped out the lumberjacks whose family member died (lol I don't remember it very well)... like, say that these are really good people who kept working even when they sounded like crap because they were passionate about the music and not fame 'n riches. Also, Larry stayed with the same chick he's been with since he was 12. Bonus commitment points.

Also, they're all pretty sexy. That kind of stuff makes for great persuasive essays :D

Hope I could help or inspire any ideas. Feel free to also plag... plaggeyeri... steal anything from this comment for said essay, woohoo
From:achtungeternal
Date:January 5th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much everyone! This will help me greatly. I'll be sure to add what AWESOME fans they have. :D

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