Annie (canadanne) wrote in u2,

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A U2 survey

I was extremely bored so I wrote a little survey. If anyone else wants to fill it in, you could either post your answers in the comment section here, or post it in your own journal, or both....

Most underrated U2 song: The Refugee is an example of one song that loads of people seem to hate, and I really cannot see any reason for it - I think it's a great song which I loved from the start. As for the most underrated as in under-mentioned song, I guess it would probably be something off Boy, like A Day Without Me. When Connie did her Boy poll, I think I was the only person who voted for that song.

Most overrated U2 song: Mmm, there are a few that I think are a bit overrated. A lot of people make a big fuss about Gone and Walk On and Kite, saying they're the best tracks off the last two albums, and I just don't see what's *so* amazing about them... if I was forced to vote my least favourite tracks off the albums, those would probably be among the first to go!

Most underrated U2 album: Well... I think it'd have to be either Boy or Pop - Boy because it just doesn't seem to get mentioned as a great album very often (which it IS), and Pop because it gets a lot of slagging-off in certain parts of the world, which horrifies me because I think it's a very strong and fun album.

Most overrated U2 album: Probably The Joshua Tree or ATYCLB. TJT always seems to top these Greatest Album Of All Time lists you see in the papers, and it bothers me simply because I think Achtung Baby is much greater and more deserving of that award. As for ATYCLB, that one's had a lot of reviews saying that it's "perfect" and stuff, and that it joins TJT and AB to complete a trio of U2's best albums. I like it, sure, but I certainly don't agree with that. Plus I'm probably a bit resentful of all those "return to form" comments, because I think the 90s stuff was brilliant. ;p

First U2 song you ever heard: I probably heard a few U2 songs in my youth without really noticing them or knowing who recorded them (for example, I'm sure I must have heard One before, because the first time I listened to Achtung Baby I found I already seemed to subconsciously know the chorus of One off by heart). The first U2 song I heard and knew to be U2, though, was probably Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, when I saw the video of it on Top Of The Pops.

First U2 song you heard and loved: Staring At The Sun. I didn't like HMTMKMKM when it came out, because I was a strange child and found the song (and video) disturbing. I also didn't like Discotheque when it came out, and wondered why such a load of old shite was at No1 in the charts. I did quite like Staring At The Sun when I saw it on TOTP, though. The next U2 song I liked was Sweetest Thing. It still took me another year before I had the bright idea of getting a U2 album, though.

All-time favourite U2 song: One can tug at my emotions like no other song, but it has to share pole position with Lemon, which fires up my passions with its sexy falsettoey MacPhistoey lemony goodness.

All-time favourite U2 album: Achtung Baby remains the only album which I loved totally from the very first listen. All the others seemed to have at least a small degree of inconsistency when I first heard them.

First U2 album you owned: Achtung Baby, but I got the Best Of 1980-1990 & B-Sides before that.

U2 albums you haven't got (yet): None. Well... the next one. *g*

Favourite U2 era: ZooTV, and I don't even hesitate for a microsecond to say that. The AB/Zooropa era can never be beaten IMO. It was just so damn FUN. The screens, MacPhisto, The Fly, the music, it was all absolute perfection.

Least favourite U2 era: I dunno really. I enjoy the music from all U2 eras. I guess I'm not always overly interested in the live stuff from the early days, and I'm in the minority that wasn't *that* impressed by the Elevation Tour (mainly because I had terrible seats in a terrible arena). None of the other eras hold the same fascination for me that ZooTV does, anyway.

Well, that was a fairly bland selection of questions, but now I'm tired and can't think of anything else, so I'll stop there. Perhaps someone else could come up with some more (better!) questions, and post a Part 2 to this survey, or whatever....
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