I'll say Two Hearts Beat as One.
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The Joshua Tree is a perfectly fine album, it's more what it came to represent them and stadium rock in general and how ubiquitous that guitar sound became.
Lemon is fun I guess. Sunday Bloody Sunday is probably their finest moment.
is pretty ace.
I thought I'd be ridiculed for choosing this song. But it's fun! And that riff!
Really encapsulates the frustration of a Sunday.
like that, U2 specified the first and last tracks, and they arranged it in order of what they thought best to worst, bizarrely thinking this is how tracks should be ordered, and ended up with an album that gets worse as it goes along...U2 to be fair signed off on this saying they thought it worked well or something
makes me feel old.
I was expecting loads of comments about 'War'.
New Years Day anyone?
Still Haven't Found...
In The Name of Love
The latter 2 are 10/10 songs that I jadore.
Pride (In The Name of Love) is an absolute beast, New Year's Day, One, With Or Without You, I Will Follow, all of Boy is really strong
The last 10 years and Bono being increasingly insufferable don't erase the fact that they were pretty great for much of the previous 20 years.
+ The Unforgettable Fire is nice as well.
er, that's it.
The Fly, New years day, Pride, streets,
Time to dig out your copy of Achtung Baby, guys.
U2 has been mediocre for a while, but from 1983-1997 they were beasts.
I loved them up until Pop, and then it was horrendously downhill from there. 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' was one of the most crushingly disappointing albums I've ever heard. It's only got worse from there. But the run of albums from War to Zooropa is pretty unbeatable.
There's my neck for the chopping.
Because the screeching guitar line and the bassline!
but it's got some corkers!
I love Discotheque, Mofo and Miami.
Then again, I love pop.
New Year's Day
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
I quite like a lot of U2 songs. Don't even hate some of the news ones, like Vertigo, Beautiful Day.
On the other hand, I remember Bono waving his big white flag, back in the 80s, and I never really took to their optimistic anthem approach to everything. (I fell into the Bunnymen camp of quiet/loud desperation...obv.)
I like vertigo
THERE I SAID IT
Probably the first/only time in years that The Edge's formative guitar influences of Keith Levene and Andy Gill have come to the fore.
The Joshua Tree are near flawless for me.
They sell more records than Animal Collective, so what? Get over it...
Get with the programme
That song is the shit.
and One are great, but I always loved Stay (Faraway, So Close).
Stay (Faraway, So Close) is superb, love it to bits. Was very aware that I was pretty much the only person who was singing along to it when they played it when I saw them on 360 tour (and my voice is terrible, I need it to be masked by the rest of the crowd otherwise its a bit embarrassing) :/
u2 have LOT of ace songs.
had all their albums prior to The Unforgettable Fire but for me that seemed like a natural progression for them rather than sticking to what had came before
last U2 album I got was The Joshua Tree then never got anything after it. At the time though when they were good they were great
three nearly flawless albums which make for a great story: superstardom, going crazy, the downfall. a great story..as for songs: ultraviolet, love is blindness, lemon, zooropa, wanderer, if you wear that velvet dress, mofo, wake up dead man...some gems early on too: a celebration, war, october, bad.
and the kicker, wasted on a best of: electrical storm
and fuck all after that.
Unforgettable Fire is beautiful
spotified zooropa after hearing it. was rather disappointed by everything else.
I've always really liked that one. And New Years Day obv.
I dunno, most of their output is 'decent' but not 'great' to me. Except Get On Your Boots. That was mega-shit.
I'm not sure if there's any one album I'd point to as being truly really great, as they all kind of have elements of fromage to them, but they knocked out some superb songs- Bono's public persona is undeniably pretty irritating, but I think with a bit of distance it's hard to hold it against a good album of theirs.
Songs I like include Mofo, Lemon, The Fly, Exit, The Unforgettable Fire, New Year's Day, Out of Control...
There seem to be too many posts about the later stuff that seems to mean that some seem to think it's all "Joshua Tree" rubbish and "Achtung Baby!"
The early stuff is really good, especially with the Joy Division influences. So most of the "Boy" and "October" albums, especially "I Threw a Brick" and "Rejoice". They got a bit bombastic around the time of "War", although "New Year's Day" cannot ever be faulted for such a great riff.
The "Unforgettable Fire" has some good moments e.g. the title track, "Wire,"Indian Summer Sky" but NOT "Pride" - awful awful awful.
Other great tracks : "11 o'clock tick tock", "Mysterious Ways,"Walk to the Water", "One". Take away the bombast and there is some good stuff there. However, it's not easy to find these days. BUT check out the early stuff and compare.
U2 are pretty boring until Achtung Baby. Then there's heaps of gold.
Got no time at all for the likes of Joshua Tree. Give me all the post-earnest hits, thanks: The Fly, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Numb, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss me Kill Me, Discotheque, Mofo, Elevation, Beautiful Day, even Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (album version, though, please) and Vertigo.
Numb and Beautiful Day, especially, are two stone cold classics.
Just not so many on the last couple of albums, shall we say. There are a lot of reasons to commend U2 and, yes, even Bono. Standing up and taking ridicule is a very bold thing to do as opposed to the safe option of just raking the money in and keeping your mouth shut. The list of good things they've done outside of music is as long as the proverbial arm and I think many people that criticise it would be better using their energy to try and achieve positive things themselves. People are going to laugh at me saying that but it's bloody easy to be cynical.
All that said, I can't defend the tax thing and wouldn't pretend to try. Perhaps a lot of the money saved goes to worthy causes but that doesn't make it right.
And they are bloody good at "doing stadium". One of the few that makes it worth going to an enormodome. I'll be watching them at Glastonbury on Friday.
And Joshua tree... Just wow.
Is my favourite.
and almost including Pop, U2 were amazing. The Unforgettable Fire is still one of my all time favourite albums.
Nothing brave about it. Now, Simple Minds on the other hand...
To be honest, despite how much I hate them, I could probably put together an album's worth of U2 songs I love.
Think if they played that it would be a bit of a moment.
Not the biggest fan either. If they play a lot of the stuff mentioned above then it could be a great show.
They'll probably play Vertigo twice though, so it'll be shite.
off Rattle and Hum....cover obvs but it's a banging opening track. My fav live album ever.
but The Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby are immense.
Pretty much all of War is great. Half of The Joshua Tree is very good, most of Rattle And Hum, half of Zooropa, half of Pop. There are even a few good tracks on How To Dismantle...
All I'll say in criticism is that having tailed off in recent years, they really need to deliver another decent album, rather than a couple of crowd-pleasers and some filler.
Bit, uh, wet.. but I liked it when I was watching that Anton Corbjin Directors File DVD. Not great, but yeh.
can't believe folk are dissing some of the non singles Joshua tracks.
Joshua Tree is pretty much flawless. I think I love the second half more than the first to be honest. In Gods Country and Trip Through your wires are superb.
Wake Up Dead Man
She's a mystery to me
Big love for With Or Without You, All I Want Is You, Bad, Exit, and that "oh great ocean, oh great sea" bit on the Josh Tree, Trip Thru Your Wires.....Red Hill Mining Town as said above, yep to that.
In fact it's a big YEP for pretty much all of Joshua Tree/Zooropa/Achtung Baby/Rattle&Hum, all great.
My top 3
Bullet The Blue Sky
All I Want Is You
Other great ones
I Will Folow, Out Of Control, Stories For Boys, A Day Without Me, The Electric Co, Gloria, Fire, October, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Seconds, New Years day, Like A Song, Refugee, 40
Pretty much all of The Unforgettable Fire and definitely all of The Joshua Tree
From Acthung Baby onwards there hasn't been much to interest me.
Although I do like Discotheque, Numb and The Fly.
like the simple piano and guitar works really well.
The first half is great, then it kicks into some big middle eight riff thing and it suddenly sounds like a themetune for an ITV morning show. Completely kills it. Idiots.
But "The Sweetest Thing" is one of my favorite U2 songs. (Along with "Mysterious Ways")
Also, while I know everyone hates All That You Can't Leave Behind, the songs "Kite", "In A Little While" and "Wild Honey" are amazing. They are in sequence too, so sometimes I listen to those three songs and pretend they're the whole record.
all of Boy
all of October
all of War
most if not all of The Unforgettable Fire
all of The Joshua Tree
most of Rattle and Hum
all of Achtung Baby
all of Zooropa
most of Original Soundtracks
all of Pop
half of ATYCLB
half of Atomic Bomb
a couple from NLOTH (Magnificent, FEZ, live version of I'll Go Crazy)
Race Against Time
Silver and Gold
Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1
Lady with the Spinning Head
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad
No Line on the Horizon 2
..and then some. U2 are good.