Classic or Dud: U2

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Not all messages are displayed: show all messages (800 of them)

Right!

And that clip JiC linked (where he plays the same thing clean) is EXACTLY what I think of when I think of him nowadays.

I will never call myself a U2 fanboi. But would still vastly rather see them than yr Bonnamasturbatur/Satriwanki/Malmsteen thingy or Phish/Rush/Yes/Tool/whatever.

And though I am not a global superstar (and never will be) I follow more of an Edgian ethos in my own music. Play exactly like yourself, and put yourself in situations where that makes sense.

twas in the fleek midwinter (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

For sure, doing even the simplest stuff he does while running around on stage in a stadium I imagine is really hard! Edge is the best Edge we will ever get.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

I want to say achtung baby and zooropa was the last time he did anything that caught my attention. A song like Until the End of the World, he's moving around a lot more than usual, even has a guitar solo!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ok. I think there's at least an equally interesting debate about whether Adam Clayton can play bass or not.

Consensus in my youth was that Adam could not, in fact, play bass particularly well.

Consensus in their mid-career period was, who cares?

I don't know the current consensus. Still stuck on "don't care."

twas in the fleek midwinter (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

my relationship with U2 ends abruptly around Zooropa/Passengers so it’s possible my perspective is tainted.

I think adam is okay - he doesn’t have jazz chops or anything but you can catch him bringing something to the song.

as an aside, it’s probably a different thread really but I can’t understand bonamassa at all. he’s like a walking museum of ancient licks and he will influence no one.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

Adam iirc couldn't even play bass when he joined up, they just thought he was a cool-looking dude and he happened to have a bass or something. i could be misremembering my U2 history. he's good, i think. he's had a lot of good bass lines in his career, memorable ones.

Larry is probably the best musician in the bunch.

Bono has been both great and terrible in terms of both singing and lyrics.

omar little, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

Larry is p much unimpeachable, agreed

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

thanking u mad puffin

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

For sure, doing even the simplest stuff he does while running around on stage in a stadium I imagine is really hard!

I prefer when he falls off stages in stadium, tbh, if only he'd do more of that I've have more respect for him. Seriously though I think he's always been the only interesting musician in U2 and still is.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

my challenging opinion is that, in any creative field, if you don't think you're at least hypothetically capable of producing your very best work in the near future, you should just stop.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

I'm sure they think they are but hasn't the Edge got some ridiculous clifftop mansion to maintain?

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

...And my counterchallop is that as long as someone wants to hear what you're doing now and where you're going next, you may as well continue exploring/experimenting.

No, most people don't go to see the Rolling Stones with a burning desire to hear them say "here's one from our new album."

But on the other hand, making Tom Rush or Bob Dylan slog around with the same ten songs they wrote when they were 20 seems cruel in a different way.

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh right, he hasn't built it yet - well, as of May 2016 that is, an update would be appreciated...

http://static.latimes.com/the-edge/

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

IMO clifftop mansions are great for immensely rich older men with young, physically fit wives.

"Ooops, he slipped! There was nothing I could do!"

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 17:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Adam's bass playing is imo the highlight of "Pop." Adam, fwiw, also the only member of U2 to ever miss a gig (and, related, go to rehab).

I'd argue U2's major advances post Popmart have been stage design and presentation. The claw stadium stage, the Songs of Innocence set, even (in that context) the stripped down Joshua Tree redux stage.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

"Ooops, he slipped! There was nothing I could do!"

He's not too nimble on his feet either, as we have seen earlier.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

i heard American Soul off the new album on the radio recently and it reminded me that the way they've focused on 'rocking out' in the last 15 years or so, contrary to all their previous strengths, is so strange and i can't believe they're still at it

ufo, Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

um throwing Alex Lifeson in with Phish when he's probably the most economical guitarist of his generation is pretty bonkers

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think the new one "rocks" a bit more than the last one. The last one was also a better album.

omar little, Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

xpost Lifeson also clearly glommed on to what the Edge and cohort were up to.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Bono thinks The Biggest Band in the World should record rock singles * shrug*

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

Edge should have just had them include this Bill Bailey clip in that doco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8dZwXnMrRU

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

also Rush literally afaik has never jammed or improv'ed ever in concert

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

GUYS the distinction is "admired by chops-hungry muso types" / "reviled by chops-hungry muso types."

You can quibble all you like about who is included/excluded from each bucket, but it is a recognizable distinction.

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Edge can't play

But hes read all the manuals of the post-playing equipment

This is not even up for argument tbh. He couldn't even figure out the chords for the weight ffs

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 1 January 2018 00:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Quick note here that Bono, in his introduction to Tom Doyle's Billy Mackenzie biography The Glamour Chase, specifically admitted that they tried to rip off the Associates (and that he knew there was no way for him to rip off Billy's singing, a wise assessment). And as Doyle himself says in the book, I think you can pretty clearly hear it on the band's 1980 song "Paperhouse," from their debut The Affectionate Punch -- definitely a proto-Edge guitar break in there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U3xiazgtmA

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 January 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

(Should add of course that said guitar is played by the other core member of the original band, Alan Rankine.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 January 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

so as ILM's likely most loyal U2 fan i feel the need to add my 2 cents about the new album. don't read if you hate them, or me i guess.

like all U2 albums, if you're a U2 fan you're probably going to enjoy it but it feels like only half their work, there are a lot of songs on here that sound very much unlike them. more generic. This one too often feels like the work of other parties in places (recognizing that U2 has worked with other parties before of course but it felt a lot more collaborative in those instances.) though in a few cases on this album it works, the song w/Haim and a couple of the tracks with Andy Barlow from Lamb are nice.

But this is down there with Rattle and Hum and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb but where the former fell flat on its face sometimes bc of miscalculation and the latter was U2 settling into a very by-the-numbers groove, at least in R&H there were some genuinely outstanding songs and in HTDAAB they nailed a classic U2 sound and there are a couple of genuinely rousing tracks.

(also: after sitting with it for awhile i think Songs of Innocence is the better album and actually winds up in the middle of their discography quality-wise for me. upthread i complained about it but i think it's actually very good and sounds like a very heartfelt U2 album -- similar to No Line on the Horizon, albeit not nearly as great.)

my updated, subjective album rankings:

Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
Zooropa
War
Unforgettable
Passengers
Pop
Boy
No Line on the Horizon
Songs of Innocence
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
October
Rattle and Hum/How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb/Songs of Experience

omar little, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Probably wouldn't quibble with that ranking, even if I might shift a couple of the top ones around. Haven't even bothered with the new one.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

clicked this What's Going On cover expecting it to be disastrous, to my surprise it is not horrible https://open.spotify.com/track/5CPWcXuqQ2QSXJmc1sT19u

niels, Friday, 5 January 2018 20:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

War
The Joshua Tree
Unforgettable
Achtung Baby
No Line on the Horizon
Rattle and Hum
Passengers
Boy
Zooropa
October
Pop
Songs of Experience
Songs of Innocence
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just look at these two

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

Putt on your boots

failsun ra (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just-For-Men-Gel of Harlem

attention vampire (MatthewK), Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

where the geeks have no shame

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

i still haven't found what i'm looking for, which is my golf ball, so i'll have to take a two stroke penalty

omar little, Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

how long, how long must we play this hole

failsun ra (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Before and after hairplugs.

MaresNest, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

Stuck in a sandtrap you can't get out of.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

“You’re the best thing about me” is worse than “I’m my own best friend” and bono should just go crawl under a rock somewhere and not bother anybody

calstars, Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:53 (five days ago) Permalink


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.