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Chad Haden
09-06-2006, 10:52 PM
I say nay!

Josh S
09-06-2006, 10:54 PM
MUTHAFUCKIN NAY!

Chad Haden
09-06-2006, 10:56 PM
Stuckasaurus Rex, I thought you loved U2. You just told me I wasn't a true music fan cause I wasn't down with them.

Josh S
09-06-2006, 10:58 PM
Yeah, I know. I was just babbling. Seeing how long I could go on about them before you felt the need to poll the Maniacs. A few things about me:

1. I know less than shit about music.

2. I'm full of shit.

3. I've heard maybe five or six U2 songs in my life.

4. I don't like any of them.

Chad Haden
09-06-2006, 11:01 PM
Really? Dude I totally bought into that.

No offense meant to any U2 fans, they just don't trip my trigger.

Josh S
09-06-2006, 11:02 PM
I mean offense to U2 fans.

Jesper Maintz
09-06-2006, 11:04 PM
Finally! A music thread I like!

Chad Haden
09-06-2006, 11:05 PM
Jesper, you're also a U2 hater? My beef is with Bono, I think he's too self-important

Jesper Maintz
09-06-2006, 11:20 PM
Agreed! Bono is a pain in the ass, even though I dont think he wants to be - he just cant help it.

The Edge is a joke as a guitar player - how he managed to fool an entire world of music lovers to think he is a "riff specialist" is beyond me.

Clayton is a mediocre bass player at best - when were the last time, we could even hear him?

And Larry Mullen Jr. still plays like he is in a boarding school band - and I really have lost faith in him getting any better.

Together, they are U2 - and IMO, they havent done anything decent since RATTLE AND HUM - and thats nearly two decades ago - so, my answer will be NAY!!!!!

Damian P
09-06-2006, 11:24 PM
I like some of their earlier songs but not enough to buy their music, besides it's on the radio all the time.
I've heard Bono talk numerous times and each one was more painful than the last.
I do love to hear Henry Rollins rip on them so. :)

Todd J
09-06-2006, 11:28 PM
I fuckin' hate them. USuck.

Jason S
09-06-2006, 11:33 PM
NAY! I fucking hate them. Talk about overplayed......

John M. Bernhard
09-06-2006, 11:44 PM
I liked them alot up until the early nineties...when Bono adopted The Fly persona he took his ego based pretensions over the top for me ( and that was also the end of their last truely creative period ). In the last 15 years it's been a rehash / nostolgia thing with the band is as much a platform for Bono's political agenda as a rock band. I think alot of bands blow mnuch, much harder but that said, I was done seeing them live in 1992.

Randy Thomas G
09-07-2006, 12:22 AM
And Larry Mullen Jr. still plays like he is in a boarding school band - and I really have lost faith in him getting any better.


One of the shittiest drummers I've ever heard. I remember listening to some B-sides in high school where U2 butchered 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Paint it Black' live and I realized what a bunch of chumps these losers are outside of a studio. Notice that the rhythm section is usually buried in the mix.

I do like 'Bullet to the Blue Sky' though, apparently a lot of U2 fans don't dig that one.

Oh, and Bono is the most self-important prick in rock and with Sting still around that's saying something.

Denise*G
09-07-2006, 12:37 AM
haha, i guess this a more of a "hate" thread, but i'm not afraid!
i honestly liked them when i was a kid... til about '84 when i was 13-14.
i saw them on the "Unforgettable Fire" tour with The Waterboys (who?)
i wore my Venom "Welcome To Hell" t-shirt to the show :cool:

Ariel P
09-07-2006, 12:51 AM
a big NAY for me. I think Yawn is more accurate.

Chad Haden
09-07-2006, 01:37 AM
haha, i guess this a more of a "hate" thread, but i'm not afraid!
i honestly liked them when i was a kid... til about '84 when i was 13-14.
i saw them on the "Unforgettable Fire" tour with The Waterboys (who?)
i wore my Venom "Welcome To Hell" t-shirt to the show :cool:


Did The Waterboys do "The Whole Of the Moon"? :cool:

Chuk H
09-07-2006, 01:50 AM
Nay....

Although like the minx, I liked their first album or 2 back in the EARLY 80s. But I was a completly different person back then.

Frank Estrada
09-07-2006, 02:05 AM
I could smoke The Edge on guitar.

Howard Farmer
09-07-2006, 03:15 AM
Get tired of the bellowing vocals. Nay. Only got about 2 songs I like and I can't think of either of them. :)

John White
09-07-2006, 03:27 AM
Does anyone get bored of watching middle aged men wandering round in leathertrousers and silly sunglasses? Does Bono's attempts to save the world and give a bit of cred to idiot politicians make you sick?

U2 bad.

Tom K
09-07-2006, 04:28 AM
Nay...

I liked the their stuff up until The Joshua Tree...I actually liked that one until everyone else told me I need to listen to this new band U2...

Too overplayed and too pretentious...

Marshall Crist
09-07-2006, 04:50 AM
Good lord, I hate this band.

mark t
09-07-2006, 07:54 AM
I think that their first couple of albums are decent, but have been sullied by their recent attempts. I know rank them up there with the Dave Matthews Band and Matchbox 20....completely mediocre, uninspired music that sounds like it might be hard enough to be alternative to my parents.

The fact that I want to smack Bono in the head with a tire iron repeatedly does not help. Why doesn't that guy just shut his damn mouth? Want to help reduce the world debt? Do a tour and an album for free....send all of the proceeds to the African government.

Aaron G
09-07-2006, 08:22 AM
Once they stopped working with Eno they become shithouse. He made them everything they ever were.

Aaron G
09-07-2006, 08:42 AM
Once they stopped working with Eno they become shithouse. He made them everything they ever were.

Mike Brown
09-07-2006, 09:53 AM
I liked the first two albums. After that, I've no use.

Graham Smith
09-07-2006, 09:56 AM
Don't like them one bit, but there is far worse music out there. It's their corporate mentality that riles me, such as their recent iPod promotion. Yeah, like they need the money/exposure...

Adolph L.
09-07-2006, 10:07 AM
i used to like early U2, probably til the joshua tree. after that they just got too... hell i cant even describe it -lol. like i heard it over and over again or before??

John G.
09-07-2006, 10:09 AM
Oh man, Bill's gonna love this thread. :D

Jonathan Douglas
09-07-2006, 10:13 AM
Definitely nay. They were a good rock band until '85 or so, after that they lost it and became 'experimental' (read: yuck).

David Huber
09-07-2006, 10:43 AM
Absolutley LOVE U2. They were my favorite band for much of the 80s, and much of the reason was because I thought they MEANT something that was more important than just music. I was hopelessly naive for much of my life (I've only recently become old and cynical), and I felt that U2...mattered, somehow. Their performance at Live Aid is my favorite musical event of all time, and I still get chills watching it now (via the DVD or the original VHS tape of the performance I still have). I havent' been as thrilled, musically, with much of their post-80s output, but even their weak albums still have a cut or 2 I like. I even saw them on their Spinal Tap/climbing out of a giant lemon PopMart Tour! And Bono is James Kirk personified, short and pudgy and roaming the universe trying to help mankind while the cynics make fun of his persona. He's a SAINT, I tell you!

I don't wanna hear no more shit about U2.

Gary Banks
09-07-2006, 11:08 AM
YAY. Bwah ha ha ha ha.

I feel about the same way as David where I don't care too much for anything after Achtung Baby.

Josh S
09-07-2006, 12:22 PM
I think that their first couple of albums are decent, but have been sullied by their recent attempts. I know rank them up there with the Dave Matthews Band and Matchbox 20....completely mediocre, uninspired music that sounds like it might be hard enough to be alternative to my parents.


My mom thought I would like Dave Matthews Band because they're from South Africa. Moms are the best and in most cases absolutely batshit insane.

Lewis G.
09-07-2006, 12:34 PM
I never listened to a U2 album but from what I heard on radio, they are not my cup of tea but they are still better than 90% of the bands on commercial airwaves. They are to pop rock what metallica is to metal.

Kieran M
09-07-2006, 03:16 PM
Never ever cared for 'em. One of the most overrated acts ever, so far as I can tell.

Horace Cordier
09-07-2006, 03:42 PM
Nay I'm afraid. Bono really annoys me.

Lewis G.
09-07-2006, 03:53 PM
I dont know this band's history and the story behind the nicknames but doesn't the nickname «the edge» sound a bit pretentious?

Ian Miller
09-07-2006, 04:03 PM
My biggest beef with them would have to be the Edge. Riggi-di-diggi-di-diggi-di-diggi-diggi-diggi-diggi-ad nauseum. Someoene take his echo AWAY, please. If you did, he may be able to play a rousing version of "Michael, Row The Boat Ashore", but I doubt it.

NAY.

Christoffer S
09-07-2006, 06:43 PM
worthless band from a nation renowned for producing worthless overhyped music.

Chad Haden
09-07-2006, 06:51 PM
Aside from The Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains & Van Morrisson...I agree.


Almost said the Pogues but they formed in London

John G.
09-07-2006, 06:53 PM
Don't forget Them!

Van Morrisson is a genius.... big fan of that guy.

As for U2, I like the 80s stuff.

Chad Haden
09-07-2006, 07:09 PM
Well, I kinda lumped Them in with Van Morrisson since the Belfast Gypsies were ok but nowhere near as good as they were as Them.

Horace Cordier
09-07-2006, 07:55 PM
Almost said the Pogues but they formed in London

Almost said THIN LIZZY but they spent most of their time in England. :D

Chad Haden
09-07-2006, 07:58 PM
Fuck, I forgot about Phil Lynott :(

Randy Thomas G
09-08-2006, 01:13 AM
Don't like them one bit, but there is far worse music out there. It's their corporate mentality that riles me, such as their recent iPod promotion. Yeah, like they need the money/exposure...

I saw Bono on tv claiming that anyone who has a problem with them selling their music to iPod are thinking like 'their grandparents'; that it was all a out-of-date attitude left over from the 60s. Of course he'd use the 60s counterculture in music (Dylan, etc) to justify his overt preachy political bullshit. Even though I mostly agree with him politically I find him insufferable.

In another article Bono mentioned that the rest of the band actually have given him an allotted time during concerts where he is allowed to blather to the audience about whatever self-righteous garbage he wants but if he goes overtime the drummer will let him know. I bet the rest of the band can't stand him either.

Jonathan Douglas
09-08-2006, 02:14 PM
I know I can't.

Justin Frank
09-08-2006, 03:33 PM
Yay - one of the best rock bands of the '80s.

Bill Pissott
09-08-2006, 03:37 PM
Yay, though I wish Edge was just a bit more daring with his guitar. "Achtung Baby" is a masterpiece and I hate using that word but it's true.

William R.
09-08-2006, 05:16 PM
I dig the first few albums ( fucking hate saying that. it's such a music geek cliche), but once I got tired of the milking of the riff and bono became a "personality" I tuned out a bit. Up until War, I'd say. After then it get's worse to unlistenable at times. I just don't bother. So take that vote as a yay or a nay because in the grand scheme of things it means diddly.

Mike Brown
09-08-2006, 06:31 PM
So take that vote as a yay or a nay because in the grand scheme of things it means diddly.

I think it means quite a bit. You may hurt Bono's feelings. :eek:

William R.
09-08-2006, 06:47 PM
Bono is a shit head and I hope he catches some uncurable disease in Zambia or some shit.

Frank Estrada
09-08-2006, 07:38 PM
I remember when Bono was cool - he didn't have a political agenda back then, but he did have a SICK mullet!!!

Bill Pissott
09-08-2006, 07:43 PM
but he did have a SICK mullet!!!


My vote for best mullet ever

Frank Estrada
09-08-2006, 08:08 PM
I think I liked them up until "The Unforgettable Fire", and he did have that fantastic mullet in the "In The Name of Love" video.

Bill Pissott
09-08-2006, 09:54 PM
http://home.neo.rr.com/hillmanfamily/myu2page/bono/BonoWar.JPG

David Huber
09-08-2006, 10:31 PM
He looks like Robin Williams in that picture. Or maybe Sean Penn.

William R.
09-09-2006, 04:20 AM
Say what you want about U2, but to deny that they had any killer tunes would not only be lying to yourself but you'd be starving a child in Southern Nambibia.

Bill Pissott
09-09-2006, 08:59 AM
Say what you want about U2, but to deny that they had any killer tunes would not only be lying to yourself but you'd be starving a child in Southern Nambibia.


I couldn't come up with that analogy in a million years but THANK YOU!!!

Jesper Maintz
09-10-2006, 05:33 AM
This is a nice thread! A lot of hatred towards a really shitty band...

Even though we have to go back some 15 years (back when I actually listened to U2 and took it serious) they DID have a couple of good tracks - GOD PART II from the RATTLE & HUM album was a really great track. So was IN THE NAME OF LOVE (at least at the time).

Just wanted to write something positive about U2 - and Im not sure I suceeded.