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2003-02-19 02:51:36 PM  
Evidently, Danaganooc has never heard of Achtung, Baby.

You know, Bono isn't preaching at you people. He's just giving his money and his time to causes he believes in. Which is a hell of a lot more than you asshats who sit at your comps all day are doing. Yeah, he's famous because of his music, and he's trying to use it to do some good. Bashing him for it is just sad.
2003-02-19 02:51:55 PM  
It's not even a question of loving or liking U2. the sad truth is that the band hasn't been musically relevant in almost a decade. They have been left behind furiously trying to reinvent themselves for a younger audience who couldn't care less about their smarmy, tongue-in-cheek take on American culture (referring to the big failure that was the pop mart tour). For further referrence, please see Madonna's career.

Bono himself is the epitome of meddling left leaning media whores who try desperately to do some good in the world (this is from a meddling, left-leaning liberal) but failing miserably. I mean, why the hell was he touring Africa, for chrissakes? So he can write a freakin' song about it? yeah, that did a lot of good when africa was America's "Cause Of The Month" back in the 80s.

Music and musicians should shut the hell up and churn out inoffensive, bland love songs and realize that all they are is entertainment in a culture that is amusing itself to death.
2003-02-19 02:51:59 PM  
I nominate Osama. If he wins and comes to claim the prize we zap him from the 757 laser. Cool special effects.
2003-02-19 02:53:31 PM  
DRFS Rich - I was wondering if anybody else noticed that. I could be considered somewhat of a neighbor of yours in Rockford.

George Ryan - the same George Ryan under investigation for every sort of crooked politician act you can come up with being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize?!??!

I don't know what the qualifications are for that, but apparently not much.
2003-02-19 02:53:50 PM  
02-19-03 02:12:36 PM Thirdrail He did more than you're giving him credit for...

Did he fix the AIDS problem? NO! He just went over there and said, "Hey wow look at all these people with AIDS man" And then brought the issue to Washington, knocking on doors looking for direct financial support or debt relief. He achieved the latter, awareness is being raised on the former(G.W. himself mentioned in his State of the Union).

Did he fix the conflict in Northern Ireland NO! He had some top political people shake hands at one of his concerts but that's it there was no major treaty signed or anything. Wrong - Trimble and Hume had hammered out a treaty, and it was up for vote. The concert and appearance was to raise public awareness, and sway young voters' approval. The treaty passed.

Did he help developing Nations? NO! He just talked. I could have did that! $435 million debt-relief package from the U.S. alone. Mostly because Bono knocked on doors and sat in offices in D.C. to initiate bipartisan dialogue, which turned into bipartisan support for the bill.
2003-02-19 02:55:15 PM  
Sadly, Bono is better than two other shortlisters: Chirac (wait til they find out he dealt biological agent materials to the Iraqis), and George Ryan, who committed a publicity stunt to cover up his own corruption indictment. (One of the death sentences he commuted was a man who killed a family of four while trying to rip the fetus from a pregnant woman to give to his own girlfriend, who'd had a miscarriage. Charming.)

The Nobel is attempting to discredit itself UN-style.
2003-02-19 02:55:35 PM  
Yeah, Bob Geldof's performance in the wall was awe-inspiring.. from the cigarette burning down to the filter and burning his fingers, to him cutting his nipple off, to him laying comatose on a stretcher. truly a magnum opus.
2003-02-19 02:56:25 PM  
But I think Ozzy should get the prize, for teaching a scared nation that it's OK to laugh again.
2003-02-19 02:57:05 PM  
"and this show has reached an all time low"
2003-02-19 02:58:32 PM  
casaguapo? handsome house?

Sure, why not? Those are two good things that get better when you put them together. Like 'Ma' and 'Newer.'

Timmy O'Toole. Heh heh.
2003-02-19 02:59:08 PM  
Apparently anyone can win it now.
2003-02-19 02:59:17 PM  
Where the songs are so lame on New Years Day?
2003-02-19 02:59:56 PM  
George--yeah, you see, it's a ma--which is good--with a newer on the end. ma-newer. manure.

Girl--I think we should see other people.
2003-02-19 03:00:23 PM  
why won;t he take off those damn sunglasses? that;s what really pisses me off about him. oh, and he didn;t tip the "potato man".
2003-02-19 03:01:19 PM  
I'd KILL for a Nobel Peace Prize.

-Steven Wright.
2003-02-19 03:04:00 PM  
George never did have much of a rapport with the ladies.
2003-02-19 03:06:18 PM  
BillDarryl, Thanks for the info I stand corrected but do you really think if it wasn't for him none of this would have happened?
2003-02-19 03:06:29 PM  
I can't believe that only Jocko mentioned that All That You Can't Leave Behind was really good.
2003-02-19 03:06:41 PM  

Isn't he the guy that likes to biatch about the inequalities of wealth distrubution in the world? The guy that has made millions of dollars for singing and lives in a castle but thinks that corporations are bad for making a buck?

That guy?

Good. Use your popularity to try to help others. But how about spreading some of YOUR wealth? A Nobel Prize for giving an opinion? I guess any Farker is now qualified.
2003-02-19 03:07:14 PM  
Not only can anyone win it, but anyone can nominate anyone for it.

A true farce, look at the farkups tha thave won it in the past, Jimmy carter and mandelea?

Might as well throw Adolph one while they are at it.
2003-02-19 03:07:39 PM  
Last few albums...

Achtung Baby

Seems like great stuff to me. Oh yeah, I forgot - people here have to bash anything that comes up. Silly me.

*cough* asshats *cough*
2003-02-19 03:09:19 PM  
Commodore69: When you see poopy, you gotta say its poopy. Bono is poopy.
2003-02-19 03:11:48 PM  
Who's got the stupidest stage name? Yes, they're all stupid, but which one is worse?

Nikki Sixx?
The Edge?
Guy Innagorillasuit?

My nickname's stupid, but at least it's not pretentious.
2003-02-19 03:11:50 PM  
CineKal - I guess I'll stick to the ol' standby: Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one.
2003-02-19 03:12:41 PM  

Come on. Achtung Baby wasn't half bad, but Zooropa and Pop really blew.

2003-02-19 03:13:15 PM  
Fromt he nobel website Faq:

Q. Has X been nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Prize? Where do I find a list of Nobel Prize nominees?
A. According to the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation, nominators must not make public the names of the nominees nor inform nominees privately of the proposals. Even invitations to propose names are confidential. Proposals received for the award of a prize, and investigations and opinions concerning the award of a prize may not be divulged. The names of the nominees are classified as confidential information for at least fifty years.
2003-02-19 03:13:17 PM  
Ye Gods. I never, ever, EVAH, thought I'd have such a legitmiate use for this link:


Game, set, match! I win. Yea me.
2003-02-19 03:13:48 PM  
So, will it say "Bono" on the prize, or just "Paul Hewson"? What a fu<king butthook that dude is.
2003-02-19 03:15:18 PM  
if u2 was still a rock band, i wouldn't bash them.
2003-02-19 03:16:06 PM  
Thirdrail I think the Northern Ireland accord would have passed anyway... but I do think he was a force in getting the ball rolling on U.S. action.

But Nobel Prize? I dunno... if he wins it, they should automatically take it back as reparations for the "PopMart" tour.
2003-02-19 03:16:41 PM  
Again, it's an opinion thang - some will like, some won't - I happen to like those albums. I grew up w/Boy & War, etc. but the newer ones are good too. It just gets old watching people biatch about someone trying to do something positive when 98% of them are sitting around, pulling their puds. Bah, don't know why I even bother posting. BTW - Lemon kicks ass.
2003-02-19 03:16:52 PM  
The Nobel Peace Prize has as much credibility and significance now as the WWF Title Belt. Can the committee retroactively nominate Lenin, Khomeini and Joe the thimble stamper from Manitoba too?
2003-02-19 03:18:24 PM  
Hielo: The rules for the peace prize, which is awarded in Oslo instead of Stockholm as is the case for the others, are different, the nominations are often made in public, compared to for example the literature prize, which's nominations (or notes from the meetings) are made public after 50 years.
2003-02-19 03:18:47 PM  

They should just make albums like Joshua Tree all the time. Then they would be better.
2003-02-19 03:19:10 PM  
Illinois Governor George Ryan The fact that he is on the short list seriously makes me want to whoop my lunch. Okay, so he did a lot with the death row pardons but what about the people he killed by letting illegally licensed truck drivers on the road per the whole license for bribe scandal? He is a corrupt son of a biatch who needs to see some jail time.
The only reason he let the people off death row was because he knew he didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting elected again. It was how he truly felt but he wouldn't have done it had he had any hopes of getting elected again.
I vote for Bono; The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a great song.
2003-02-19 03:19:21 PM  
Don't forget that great variety show in the early
70's. It brought a lot of people toghther.
2003-02-19 03:24:38 PM  
it's good to see that the cheese eating surrender monkeys are represented....gooooooo Chirac!
2003-02-19 03:25:30 PM  
The most ridiculous of all Nobel prizes.
2003-02-19 03:25:43 PM  
The award has nothing to do with U2's music. Personally, I like all of their stuff from Unforgettable Fire and on (although I'll skip right over Zooropa like a previous poster threatened to use against Bono should he make the short-short list), but that doesn't change what I think of Bono. I have respect for him as an artist, but I have more respect for him as someone who actually goes after issues and raises awareness of them. A lot of people here have accused him of just latching on the the charity of the month, but he's been going on about the same issues for the last 20 years. I recently saw a documentary about the famine in Ethiopia in the early and mid 1980's and the American response primarily through Live Aid, and there was Bono, front row center singing "We Are the World". I saw footage of actors and actresses speaking on behalf of the famine victims, but I haven't heard a peep out of any of the people they showed since then. Bono, however, has been talking everyone's ears off who will listen on famine relief, debt relief, violence in Ireland, etc. Is he using his celebrity status to promote his music? Nope. He doesn't even sing "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" anymore because he says it brings back too much for him. I didn't hear any songs about debt relief on "All That You Can't Leave Behind", so I'd say that his professional and personal lives have stayed pretty separate. U2 may have sold out in a lot of people's minds, and yes, I agree they aren't a rebel or political band anymore (ie, "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "MLK", "Pride", etc.). Would I like to see him win the Nobel Peace Prize? Well, given the other candidates that have been mentioned to be on the short list, then yeah, I'd like to see him win it. Just because he's a rocker (or former rocker, however you want to think of U2 yourself) doesn't mean he's not capable of tremendous things.
2003-02-19 03:26:02 PM  
"The Wanderer" on Zooropa kicked ass, and the rest of the album isn't half-bad. Hell, even at their worst, U2 isn't half-bad. Can't say that about a lot of bands. Bono and other artists do have an impact on things because evryone knows them. I'd be willing to bet Bono has more talent than all of us put together, and he's probably done a hell of a lot more for the world than we have, too. So there. Go Bono!!!
2003-02-19 03:27:05 PM  
Bono needs to get his ass kicked for what he did to Negativland over this album:

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2003-02-19 03:28:49 PM  
Hender- I agree with you, but they did "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on every show last tour....
2003-02-19 03:30:26 PM  

I must have gotten shafted at my show, then. :) I didn't see the last tour, but after the Popmart tour he gave an interview and said that he didn't like performing it anymore. GUess he changed his mind. Thanks for the clarification.
2003-02-19 03:32:01 PM  
Say what you will about Bono but he is sincere. If had that much bling I cant say that I would be spending my time globe trotting thanklessly for humanitarian causes and being second-guessed by mental midgets like Henry Rollins.
2003-02-19 03:41:22 PM  
He was a wonderful Congressman for the people of
California and I know that the good citizens of
Palm Springs miss his professional execution
of the Mayorship there. They also miss his
2003-02-19 03:42:21 PM  
I think Bono (and the rest of U2) participated in Bob Geldof's "Band Aid", not the Michael Jackson/Quincy Jones "We are the World".
2003-02-19 03:43:19 PM  
in other news, michael jackson has been nominated for the nobel prize in science, in the field of child psychology.
2003-02-19 03:44:10 PM  
It's not even a question of loving or liking U2. the sad truth is that the band hasn't been musically relevant in almost a decade. They have been left behind furiously trying to reinvent themselves for a younger audience who couldn't care less about their smarmy, tongue-in-cheek take on American culture (referring to the big failure that was the pop mart tour). For further referrence, please see Madonna's career.

So I suppose U2 shouldn't try to reinvent themselves and go the way of Britney Spears and all the other flash in the pan singers/bands and keep pumping out the same shiat over and over again, until no one can stand it anymore and then fade away.

When U2 became popular in the 80's, they forged new ground not only with their political messages, but also with Edge's sonic riffs on the guitar. Zooropa was a stinker, for sure. Pop actually has some good tunes on it. Gone is a great song, especially how they played it the last tour, and Please (almost prophetic about 9/11 in the middle of the song; gave me chills hearing it in concert 2 months after 9/11).

02-19-03 03:06:41 PM Scarneck
Isn't he the guy that likes to biatch about the inequalities of wealth distrubution in the world? The guy that has made millions of dollars for singing and lives in a castle but thinks that corporations are bad for making a buck?

How do you know he hasn't? Not only is money a commodity, but time is as well. How much time have you devoted to helping people with AIDS or fighting for debt in 3rd world countries. If you asshats weren't so quick to bash a celebrity just for the sake of bashing them, you might actually realize that what he is advocating actually makes sense.
2003-02-19 03:49:16 PM  
"Joost remembah -- while you're sittin' there eatin' yoor lobsters sooked in cheese sauce, some man in El Salvador is starvin' while bullets rain doon on his cheap tin shack."

Don't know if that's an exact quote, but I was laughing so hard I couldn't remember the line.
2003-02-19 03:58:43 PM  
i'd rather have Mike Tyson have it
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