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February 26th, 2006

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rational_twists:
I'm currently feelin: nervous nervous

Curious... how many different themes can you group the U2 canon under and what songs would you place under what themes? What I mean are political themes (Sunday Bloody Sunday), religious (Until the End of the World, Yahweh), historical/tribute (Pride), any other issues (Bad), or anything else you might think of. Sorry this is kind of all over the place...

I'm giving a speech on U2 to inform my audience, and I want to explain how their music transcends various themes and give examples. I managed to put this off until the day before it's due, and now I'm gathering up information from every source I can think of. Thanks for any help!
 
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From:canadanne
Date:February 26th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)

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The complex nature of human relationships / the mystery of a woman / the loss of Bono's parents / the transition from child to adult...

Lots of songs that can double as either a religious song or a love song, depending on how the listener wants to interpret it.

I can think of a few examining the nature of celebrity and the modern world in general.

Hmm... will comment again if I think of any more...
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From:bonoffee
Date:February 26th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
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There are lots of songs about sex, whether relationships or the elevation of women, or just... sex, haha! I don't know if you want to talk about sex all the time but AB is full of songs with that theme... Then you could expand that to say that AB is sometimes interpreted as a running story/concept, because the idea of a concept album uses different themes and links them while keeping the fundamental theme the same. If that makes any sense? (Probably not, haha!)

Then as you say, you've the political. I'd maybe put Pride under that heading too, as it can refer to wider issues especially these days. SBS, of course, and you have Seconds, most of the War album is based on war, of course ;) and could be politically bent however you see fit.

Boy... Bono said himself it's an album not about losing virginity, but about virginity itself. That's another variation on the 'sex' theme but another angle, the youth and the hope of that album could be used, maybe.

Ummm... As canadanne said, the ambiguity of many songs. For example, Until the End of the World is religious if you base it on the Jesus/Judas thing but in another context it's also a bitter love song.

Hope my rambling is of some vague use... I'll think some more!
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From:rational_twists
Date:February 27th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
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Thank you both for your suggestions! It took about 6 hours altogether, but I think I've got a pretty good speech written here! Hopefully my professor thinks so, too. Thanks again! :)
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From:bonoffee
Date:February 27th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Eeee good luck with it! Let us know how it goes!
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From:wydok
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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"A Man and a Woamn" basically lays out the 5 themes of U2 songs:

Love
Faith
Sex
Fear
And All The Things That Keep Us Here

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