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February 7th, 2003

Stirring things up... @ 02:20 am

neverletmedown:
I'm currently feelin: mischievous mischievous

Just a quick note - I will be vague, as it's late, and I can't really go in depth right now. But just off the top of my head, after reading how many people voted in the recent U2 poll... that the majority of people enjoy U2 the way they are...

I have to ask, am I the only one who is kind of bored with the way U2 currently are?

Am I the only one who is not going out of my way to lap up the Hands that Built America... or... ?

I mean, I used to be the biggest, baddest die-hard-fan for years. I worshipped them every second, all the time. Maybe I'm getting old... I don't know. But... I find they don't fascinate me currently like they used to. They're becoming cliché... which, at least a decade ago this time, was what they were trying NOT to become. Or maybe I'm at the point in my U2 fandom where I feel I can be excrutiatingly critical....

Any thoughts?

Let the flames begin! ;)
 
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From:bostondave
Date:February 7th, 2003 02:31 am (UTC)
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I think I know how you feel. It could be why I've sort of stayed away from U2 news and music for a bit. There simply is nothing there right now so there is no need to overload yourself on U2. ;-)
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From:neverletmedown
Date:February 7th, 2003 02:33 am (UTC)
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Yeah... that's probably it in a nutshell. ;)
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From:ides_of_march
Date:February 7th, 2003 04:08 am (UTC)
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I understand you very well. There's not much happening and yeah, you're getting older and you have other things going on in your life. But to say they're becoming cliche' I think is harsh and unfair.

Now it's your turn to flame.
From:ex_satellite451
Date:February 7th, 2003 04:14 am (UTC)
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I have to admit I wasn't all that enthused with Hands That Built America. Electrical Storm was good though.

Old U2 is still my favourite kind of U2 though :)
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From:eclipse69
Date:February 7th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)

Sorry to be off the topic but.....

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Are Tim Tams those thin wafer-like cookies? If so, I saw Natalie Imbruglia guest on the So Graham Nortom show (BBC America), and she did this thing with her cookie and her hot tea, where she sucked the tea through it like a straw after biting off two opposite corners.
From:virginblue
Date:February 7th, 2003 05:42 am (UTC)
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To me...my love of U2 is really focused on the core elements of the lyrics...and the emotion of the sounds. The sounds, styles of their music and the personalities, colours and actions of U2 don't always enthuse me...and would probably see me loose interest oh so quickly...if it wasn't for the heartness of their songs. So on that level of "the way U2 currently are"...I understand you...and won't disagree. But that's not why I'm here. :P
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From:angelmouse
Date:February 7th, 2003 06:34 am (UTC)
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I do know what you mean. It's not that I'm bored of them, because I'm not. But as great a song as I think Hands...' is, it doesn't come close to the feeling I get from listen to anything from Achtung Baby.
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From:nostalgicecho
Date:February 7th, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)
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exactly what I was going to say. :p
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:February 7th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
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While "Hands That Built America" isn't a really rockin song and I haven't listened to it too much, I don't think they are boring. There isn't much going on right now cuz Bono's been fighting for his causes and they have been in the studio working on a new album (from what I've read). I loved ATYCLB and I remember being a bit bored before it came out too, but also getting a bit excited when a cool song would pop up here and there like TGBHF, much like ES popped up, I loved Larry in the video for ES and I am really looking forward to the new CD!
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From:eclipse69
Date:February 7th, 2003 08:28 am (UTC)
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They definitely don't rock like they once did. Even live when they play a classic song like Sunday Bloody Sunday, it doesn't have the same fire and umph! that it once did. And they steer clear of the real energetic songs from the old days like The Electric Co., and Gloria.
From:vanillarachel
Date:February 7th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
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well, in a way i think they've kind of stuck themselves in an "atyclb mold" or something. the beauty of old U2 was that they were constantly reinventing themselves, and i think it's time for them to do that again.
personally, i'm thrilled with hands, but i can see where you're coming from.
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From:pornrockangel
Date:February 7th, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)

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yeah...I'm not too big of a fan of hands that built america either.
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From:jentwo
Date:February 7th, 2003 09:47 am (UTC)
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No, you're not the only one. I used to live, breathe, eat, drink, and sleep U2. But it took me a LONG time to get into ATYCLB and I haven't been thrilled by "Hands.." or "Electrical Storm." They just sound too...safe and middle-of-the-road. My favorite era of U2 is The Unforgettable Fire --> The Joshua Tree. But compared to the present, I MUCH preferred them in the Achtung --> Pop era when they were really pushing the limits and sounding DIFFERENT! My hope for the next album is that it really rocks, kicks some serious ass, and has more anger and rough edges.
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From:jentwo
Date:February 7th, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)
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Also, after reading other comments to your post, it sounds like we've had very similar "fandoms."

I got into them at age 11 in 1988 and they were all I cared about for the next 5-6 years. There were some other bands in my peripheral vision, like R.E.M., Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc., but U2 was where it was at for me. People at school knew me as "the U2 girl."

Then, around 1993-1994 I started to lose interest. I just didn't bond with Zooropa. It felt like an album for Europe and it was coming from a place I didn't understand. This is the point where I got into Pearl Jam with the same enthusiasm I once had for U2.

And that phase lasted several years, basically up until 2001 when I saw the Elevation tour and was reminded why I fell in love with this band in the first place. (I saw them once on the Popmart tour, out of a sense of obligation, really! It was a great show but I just wasn't feeling POP at that time so they were unable to take me back into their clutches. ;))
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From:divve197
Date:February 7th, 2003 12:34 pm (UTC)
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yeah... i agree. either we're getting old or they're getting old, but i guess both is true. I miss bono wearing lipstick and eyeliner.. and glittery platform shoes. i didn't really listen to music in the 80s, so the fly and macphisto were the frontmen of the U2 i grew up with. we ran along a similar thread here and that i think pretty well sums up how i feel.
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From:neverletmedown
Date:February 7th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I remember that thread well. Thanks for bringing it up again!
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:February 7th, 2003 01:37 pm (UTC)
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I liked HTBA but I honestly can't stand Electrical Storm. I don't like the video and I don't like the song. I pray that's not the direction that they're taking.

I want something completely new and different.

I think that ATYCLB is dead.
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From:aziraphale
Date:February 7th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, alright, you caught me.

I'm a big U2 fan, sure, but I've been less-than-enthused with most of their recent work. Okay, I openly praise "All That You Can't Leave Behind" as one of their top three albums of all time (you can probably guess the other two), but that's specifically because I enjoy the way the band has matured and toned down their style from the raging, rebellios "War" through the kitschy "Zooropa" and the flashy "Pop". But everything since then...well, it's like they're flatlining. Maybe I avoided "Hands that Built America" because I'm pissed at them for their newest "Best Of..." album and dislike the implied/expressed patriotic sentiment. Maybe I never dug "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" because it first appeared on the soundtrack of a stupid movie. Maybe I'd think more highly of their recent work if I'd seen them in concert more recently than "PopMart".

But, more or less, I agree with you.
From:vanillarachel
Date:February 7th, 2003 03:24 pm (UTC)
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their next album will hopefully be obnoxiously loud with clanging guitars and bono screaming at the top of his lungs... a reason to get up and jump around. i'd enjoy that.
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From:neverletmedown
Date:February 7th, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)

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Yes. Sounds delightful.

Bono: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!H!!!!!!!! MUAAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!

From:goblingemini
Date:February 8th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't say that I'm bored with them... but All That You Can't Leave Behind was definitely not my favorite U2 album. My ranking goes AB, JT, then PoP. I liked Electrical Storm, didn't like Hands. At all.

I liked the Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack, but it had to grow on me.

I want the boys to experiment with techno again, if that's worth anything - but I think I only feel that way because I was 14 when Pop came out, and that's when my obsession was cemented.

I mean, I've liked them since I was eleven. I bought The Joshua Tree in 1993 and was like, "whoah" - but PopMart is what did it for me.

I know, I'm that rare breed of fan ;-)

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