Ok, first - watch this:
Then download this, their debut album:
Then sit back - and listen. Ta-da! You're a U2 fan!
I won't address the 'Bono' factor in this thread - just the music.
Well, it seems where U2 are concerned - people 've already made up their minds. I was in Year 8, and they were my wonderful English teacher Mr. Tardifs favourite band - well, snobbishly I rejected any of his music suggestions. Despite his loving Beach Boys, Cream, Beatles, Hendrix. I adore David, he was later my Year 12 history teacher, and he snuck U2s "Van Diemens Land" into one of our classes, and somehow managed to connect the Concert for George DVD to the Eureka Stockade.
Anyway, he left the school last year and I went in to say goodbye. I got surprisingly emotional, probably never see him again, he's heading off to the beach with his young missus and their baby. He was a wonderful, burnt out 50 year old music lover - so lovely, alot of soul. I miss him.
So yes, I was in my first year out of school - missing the heck out of Tards... just starting to get back into music, so I think, let's give those U2 lads a go. Mr. Tardif had actually burnt me a copy of the Best of 80 to 90 years before, so I started listenin' intently to that.
With or Without You, Bloody Sunday, New Years Day, I Will Follow, Sweetest Thing, Bad, some fantastic pop material on there.
So, head first for Joshua Tree - and ain't it fucking good. Takes me some time to warm to a few tracks, but "Running to Stand Still" really got to me, played the heck out of that song. Very powerful. Same with "Exit", this was a darker sound than I was expecting. Great stuff, menacing bassline from Adam, one of my favourite aspects of the band.
Then I borrow Achtung Baby from the library. Holy shit.
Yeah, that closing trio of tunes could be the best thing they ever did. Almost completely un-arena rock, for those who despise that aspect of the band, just fucking good, powerful, emotionally overwhelming music.
Your love was a lightbulb hanging over my bed... Baby, baby, baby light my way...
And I'm crying :cry:
Don't let the bastard grind you down... Indeed.
I'm thinking at this point I was really stupid to let Tardsys less than subtle suggestions that I listen to this band go unheeded.
Some time passes, lets do this shit chronologically I think.
"Boy" - WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!?! Such a strong, powerful, exciting, self-assured debut. I was expecting "I Will Follow" accompanied by alot of immature dicking about. Into the Heart, The Ocean, Another Time, Another Place - wow. The whole record is incredible.
And on it goes - this is a fucking powerful back catalogue folks - Say what you will of everything post Zooropa (or everything they've ever done), this band are incredible.
Funnily enough, the stuff I like most by the band is the stuff people who hate them will have never heard. Gloria, Lemon, Tomorrow, Wire, Drowning Man...
Ahh well. I'm willing to argue my corner here - these guys were fucking wonderful.
I really want to see the Red Rocks performance, sounds incredible.
Ooh, Bono and Bruce!
Probably the tightest white rhythm section in history. One of the most innovative guitarists of the last 30 years. And Bono.
Edited by Harlen Maguire, 03 April 2007 - 07:41 AM.