?

Log in

No account? Create an account

U2 LiveJournal

Hello Hello!!


August 21st, 2006

(no subject) @ 07:17 pm

mangoprophetess:
I'm currently feelin: disappointed disappointed

 
Share  |  |

Comments

 
[User Picture Icon]
From:roads_outgrown
Date:August 21st, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
(Link)
It'd make a bit of an amusement park out of the country if it was only U2 everywhere, yeah?

As it is, the radio in stores and cabs tends toward the cheesy pop/american side. It's pop culture, just like everywhere else. That doesn't mean that folk rock, irish music, etc, aren't popular- they're just not what you hear in centra or whatever. [I will say they *do* tend to play a lot more stuff that America's passed by radio wise though- I sat in a net cafe and got an rem marathon once and was a little more than pleased] However, if you walk down Grafton St, the buskers aren't (usually) playing Britney Spears, if you look on the cover of Hotpress, it's usually not featuring Sum 41 or whatever else, if you look at what the people are listening to, it's generally quite an improvement compared to here. I mean, when's the last time Nina Simone charted in the U.S.?

[User Picture Icon]
From:mangoprophetess
Date:August 22nd, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
(Link)
However, if you walk down Grafton St, the buskers aren't (usually) playing Britney Spears

Actually, Kelly Clarkson. But I'm glad to hear I was (generally) not misinformed as to the quality of the Irish music scene. It just struck me as odd not to hear them really at all, seeing as Bruce Springsteen grew up a stone's throw from where I live (he still lives a few towns over), and you can barely escape the man on a lot of our radio. I guess I figured it would be a similar situation with U2 in Dublin. Hometown heroes and all that.

And funny you mention Nina Simone - I almost bought this 40 euro boxed set of hers while over there but remembered I'd already spent *way* too much money already and resisted the temptation.
[User Picture Icon]
From:roads_outgrown
Date:August 22nd, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
(Link)
Are you serious? That rules. Last summer they were into the Pixies and Bob Dylan (as they always are, I suppose-- just depends where you catch them). The irish music scene is great, however it is just that- the *irish* music scene. If you stick to going to tourist spots or just shops or whatever you're not going to hear it, generally. But stop in Whelan's for a night, or Road recs or any other place... and you'll be set, you know?

To me it was... I guess reassuring that U2 isn't all over the place there? I go over every year and I don't *want* to get hit over the head with it- I'm sure natives don't either. You can go to rhythm records or whatever for when you want to indulge and for the rest you can just visit the actual country.
[User Picture Icon]
From:roads_outgrown
Date:August 22nd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
(Link)
*I guess I find it reassuring

I can not type

U2 LiveJournal

Hello Hello!!