posted at 3/18/2014 12:09 PM EDT
In response to newman09's comment:
U2 reminds me of walking the halls in my college dorm, they were the it band then, something fresh, cranking from most rooms as you walked passed. I like almost all of their earlier albums, for me they jumped the shark after Achtung Baby. That album to me is the line in the sand, I like most of what they did Actung Baby and before, and little of what they did after.
But there are a lot of great early songs that still grab my attention when they pop up.
I will Follow
Silver and Gold
And most of the old hits.
Where the Streets Have No Name to this day is one of my favorite rock intro's, sometimes I change the station after the intro is over. Love the quiet organ that just builds with each instrument kicking in one at a time.
The Edge is one of my favorite guitarist, he makes my top 10 list. I wouldn't put him on the list of 10 most talented, but he makes my list of the ones I most enjoy listening to.
Rattle and Hum
Saw them at the old Garden back in the 90's, great show! They couldn't turn the house lights off, Bono finally said F... it, and they began the show doing their first few songs that way until they fixed it.
Bono said at his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame speech, if U2 were to come out today, that their fame and succsess would not have been close to where they are today. I dig at the present structure of the music business, and a topic for another day.
Great post, Newman.
I have to echo that U2 is a great 'singles' band, was always radio-friendly, and I've liked many of their hits over the years, with the exceptions of the hits that have run their course with me (ie, "With or Without You"). However, they've just slipped under the radar for me otherwise. Maybe I've taken them for granted?
Two of my favorite U2 songs are "One Tree Hill" and "Beautiful Day" which despite how often it is played, I've never grown tired of. Also love "I Will Follow" as others have said.
Bono's politics don't phase me in the least. In fact, their recent hit written for Mandela, "Ordinary Love" is a very nice tribute, IMO.