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September 20th, 2003

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irisheyedlass:
I'm currently feelin: complacent complacent
I'm currently hearin: coldplay - sparks

OK my best friend's friend asked her what U2 album she should buy bc she wanted to start listening to them. My friend said "wait a while and I'll ask an expert." She meant me - I'm not lol. I have 9 U2 cds and I know which one's I like, but I don't know what would be the best for someone starting off listening to. I asked my friend what kind of music she likes, and she couldn't really give me a straight answer...anyway, my first U2 cd was War but I don't think that's the best one to start off with. Any ideas? Thanks!
 
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From:dysprosium
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, whatever you do, don't start her off with Zooropa, I think it might frighten her. ^_^ I think only the true U2 fans can really appreciate the beauty of Zooropa...

You'd probably be safest starting her off with something like All That You Can't Leave Behind or Achtung Baby. ATYCLB has a good combination of rock/pop songs (if your friend's into that sort of music, of course). Achtung Baby would also be a good a fledgling fan... it's a bloody amazing album, and the only really "out there" song is Zoo Station.
From:dysprosium
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Grr, I hate the fact that it's impossible to edit comments on LJ...

Correction:Achtung Baby would also be a good choice for a fledgling fan.
From:irisheyedlass
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
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yeah Achtung Baby was what I was thinking about. ATYCLB didn't stun me when I first listened to it...I bought it because Beautiful Day makes me incredible happy lol. I love it now, but if she's anything like me, she won't love it right away. I think Achtung Baby is probably the best bet. Thanks :)
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From:got_edge
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:54 pm (UTC)

8-)

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dude, that icon rocks to the infinith power! lol
From:dysprosium
Date:September 21st, 2003 06:47 am (UTC)

Re: 8-)

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Ah, but of course - it's Edge! ^_^

*sigh* I love him... *goes off merrily to play The Fly*
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From:kjackson
Date:September 20th, 2003 08:16 pm (UTC)
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LOL I love that: WHATEVER YOU DO, don't start her off with Zooropa!

Zooropa was actually the second album of U2's that I gobbled up... I believe "Lemon" may actually have been the song that hooked me for good.
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From:amphibious_one
Date:September 21st, 2003 12:25 am (UTC)
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*nod* I fell in love with the band after hearing ATYCLB, but Zoo Station was the first album I bought, and for months it was my favourite.
It was actually that album that made me a true convertee.
From:dysprosium
Date:September 21st, 2003 06:50 am (UTC)
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I don't know why people don't like Zooropa... it's a kick-arse album! I played "Lemon" for one of my friends, and by the first high-pitched "Ahhh" she told me to turn it off. Lemon is such a cool song (ESPECIALLY the bass), and the video is even cooler!

Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car is also amazing...I don't know what sort of effect is running through the song... it's either a drum effect or a guitar effect, hard to tell. But whatever it is, it's awesome.
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From:got_edge
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:57 pm (UTC)

another good choice

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another good choice would be the Best of 1980-1990.
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From:izzybeth
Date:September 20th, 2003 07:57 pm (UTC)
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You could always start her off with one or both of the Best Ofs. That's how I got into U2 (a foreign exchange friend sat me down and forced me to listen to Best Of '80-'90).
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From:rob_dl
Date:September 20th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Achtung Baby is good, then after that tell her to listen to War. Definitely save Zooropa for last.
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From:julylorelei
Date:September 20th, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
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My votes are for The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, and All That You Can't Leave Behind - kind of a "then and now" thing... however, it might be best just to start off with the "best of" albums, since they're a smattering of everything.
From:indeegirl
Date:September 20th, 2003 08:54 pm (UTC)
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i hate it when people ask me those kinds of questions because each record represents something different for me. perhaps it is that i get too emotionally vested in music.

xx
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From:pseudobatman
Date:September 20th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I think ATYCLB is the best for an intro. The first four are good rock ones, and then it slows down a bit, so there's stuff for all sorts.

-BW
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From:axver
Date:September 21st, 2003 12:04 am (UTC)
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Definitely one of the Best Of collections. I'm a fanatic because of those.
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From:kuzza
Date:September 21st, 2003 03:08 am (UTC)
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"The Joshua Tree" can be the best to start with. In my opinion, it's the best album U2 ever released. Btw, I started with "Achtung Baby". So, this two. Not "Pop", please. It's also great, but not to start with...
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From:canadanne
Date:September 21st, 2003 03:54 am (UTC)
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DEFINITELY Achtung Baby (and/or the Best Of '80-'90). I started with the Best Of and then AB, and it completely hooked me - if I was trying to introduce someone to U2, I'd definitely start with those. If she doesn't like AB then there's no hope for her! ;o)
From:amerrydeath
Date:September 21st, 2003 04:52 am (UTC)
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My first album was the Best of 1980-1990, but I didn't really like them until I heard Sunday Bloody Sunday. Achtung Baby'd also be a good choice, methinks.
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From:_wild_honey_
Date:September 21st, 2003 06:24 am (UTC)
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The Best of 1990-2000 got me hooked on U2, because it has such a lovely mix of the greatest songs of the 90's. Tell her to buy that, and then she'll want the Best of 1980-1990.
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From:maro_chik
Date:September 21st, 2003 07:54 am (UTC)
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I'd go with The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby. Those were the first ones I got. If not those, you can't go wrong with the Best Ofs.
From:melst
Date:September 21st, 2003 04:43 pm (UTC)
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The first song I ever heard was Sunday Bloody Sunday (actually it was a video, the very first video I ever saw on MTV) and I was hooked. I was like "Who is that guy? He's so cool!" When they showed the name of the band I was like, "What the heck is a U-2?" :P

Then, well, in Massachusetts we had this music channel called V-66 and they played New Year's Day over and over and over...

Anyway, my first album was War (obviously). I loved it. War is what got me into U2.

BUT most people I know who aren't U2 fans of old don't seem to connect with War the way I did.

My Mum was more into Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Van Morrison, so she's more of a Joshua Tree/ATYCLB person.

OTOH, my husband listened to stuff like The Misfits, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, & Ministry, so I introduced him to U2 via Achtung Baby and Pop. He really likes Achtung Baby. (He also loves Bullet, but not really the rest of JT.)

U2 have had so many changes in their style (while always ultimately remaining U2, IMO) that I tend to base a person's other likes on which album to recommend.

Lastly, a couple I know who are both oldschool punk rockers only like Boy and October. So, who knows??? (I could go on and on, but I'll just stop now, lol.)

Good luck!
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From:u2biscuit
Date:September 21st, 2003 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh, definitely The Joshua Tree. AB is my fav, but Joshua Tree sounds incredible to someone listening for the first time. I've never met anyone who didn't think it was a work of art. JT is what got me hooked. Once they hear it, they will ask to hear more stuff from the band.
From:marlo121
Date:September 22nd, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)
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I definitely agree!
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From:wydok
Date:September 22nd, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I think I have to go with the majority here with saying Achtung Baby or Best of 80-90.

I dunno about the "save Zooropa for last" thing though. I loved Zooropa - it was the first U2 CD I bought as it came out (I bought Joshua Tree - Achtung Baby sometime between Achtung and Zooropa).

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