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July 23rd, 2002

arghh piss me off @ 11:44 am

nicstaru2:
Yesterday morning I was driving up to the bay, listening to Triple J, and a segment came on about tribute songs, tribute albums etc etc. And the DJ woman announced to all that U2 were planning to release a tribute song for Sept 11, before then, along with a billion and one other artists planning to release "tribute songs" and "tribute albums" for it.

I was like huh? Surely with all the info we *do* manage to find out on here, surely by now I'd have heard about THAT one. The more I listened the more annoyed I became. Basically her theory was "yeah we expect that of U2, the band with the social conscious". Unfortunately I couldn't listen to the whole program, so am not sure if anything else about U2 was mentioned, but was wishing like mad I could ring her up (because they were taking calls) to find out where on earth she got her information about U2 and a tribute song, apart from the bloody newspaper. And everything started to fall into place.

Of course, some journalist picked up that U2 have a song coming out titled "The Hands That Built America" and automatically assume that its been written solely as a tribute song for Sept 11. RESEARCH YOU IDIOTS! *BEFORE* you put pen to paper. The song has actually been written for a movie and although some lyrics etc may be written with the thoughts of Sept 11 in the back Bono's mind, and there may be a subtle refernce to it here and there, therefore the song maybe influenced by the whole thing, it doesn't mean its suddenly a tribute song intended for the event, to be released around the time of it to get more sales, or to raise money for the whole thing.

Or am I wrong? Have I missed somewhere, that this is in fact going to be a tribute song. I hope not. I mean, and I can see I will be shot down in flames here, its a good cause or whatever, but as far as I am concerned, U2 did well paying their tribute to the tragedy at the Superbowl. And how bloody lame is it to have a song called "The Hands That Built America" as a tribute song to the whole thing.....its just reeks of tackyness. And I don't want to see U2 to become tacky like that. If they want to do a tribute song or something for it, I think I'd rather see something along the lines of Mothers Of The Disappeared being done....know what I mean??
 
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From:bostondave
Date:July 22nd, 2002 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Did you correct the station? hehe
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From:magicalcatie
Date:July 22nd, 2002 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally with you, nicstaru2, I saw something on the internet that said somewhat the same thing and had pretty much the same reaction. The article that I saw referred to "The Hands That Built America" specifically as a tribute song...which, as far as I've heard, it is not, though I'm sure it has been influenced by the tragedy. (But, hey, what hasn't?) Anyway, I really do hope that "Hands" isn't billed as a tribute song, I agree with you that it would definitely be beneath the class that U2 generally exhibits.
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From:billhelm
Date:July 22nd, 2002 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I'm being too light about it, but does it really matter what it is? I doubt the band will announce that the song is a tribute to September 11th. If some journalists or DJs wish to interpret it as such, what's the big deal? One song can have a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people.
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From:nicstaru2
Date:July 22nd, 2002 10:14 pm (UTC)

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well I think if i was to create something, be it a piece of art work, a song, or whatever, and others started saying "its a tribute to such and such" and it wasn't I'd care. It wasn't a case of interpreting anything. The DJ hadn't heard the song, so how could she interpret anything?
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From:billhelm
Date:July 23rd, 2002 11:18 am (UTC)
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She Interpreted the title... incorrectly.
From:loopaygirl
Date:July 23rd, 2002 06:19 am (UTC)

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yeah that's umm. messed up. it's not about 9/11! actually I'm quite tired of 9/11 {"tributes songs" in general. it's like enough already.

I haven't even heard the song yet! I don't know WHAT it's about.
From:gravitysdream
Date:July 23rd, 2002 10:28 am (UTC)
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Actually, according to what Ive been reading in Prait's U2 news stuff, its a song ABOUT America and sorta/kinda for America, but for a MOVIE!!!

I rarely even give U2 critics a second glance. U2 is still the greatest and will always be the great music making machine in the universe!

At least in this fanatics mind,

best
jonathan

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