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2003-02-19 10:39:09 PM  
Oh, and the album of stolen songs was released by someone else and was apparently taken from tapes stolen out of someone's car. If you're a fan, you'll find it an interesting look into the creation fo their greatest album (Achtung Baby) with something like 20 versions of Salome (which eventually became Zoo Station), snippets of other songs that never made it to albums, melodies pulled out of songs and out back into others and song titles like Wake Up Dead man that bear no relation to the song that eventually was released. If you're not a fan it will reassure you that they are a bunch of hacks that rely on the producers to work out the mess, and that Bono is a really terrible singer/ lyricist. but don't blame negativland. It was some booleg producer.
2003-02-19 10:47:43 PM  
Okay, I've loved U2 forever... Boy was the first album I ever bought. I am not going to apologize for being a unabashed fan. I am also not going to apologize for learning about Amnesty International and becoming a member when I was 12 years old because of U2's involvement with the organization. U2 has a strong political purpose and I'm just glad I grew up with them instead of some lame ass group like N'Sync which has the social and political awareness of a potato.

(Sorry, done ranting)
2003-02-19 10:48:06 PM  
I guess I'm not a fan because I think The Joshua Tree is their best album, with Achtung Baby a close second.
wil [TotalFark]
2003-02-20 01:05:12 AM  
I so desperately want U2 to release another album that's as good as Joshua Tree . . . but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.
2003-02-20 01:11:01 AM  
zoorpa was a fantastic cd. i remember when i got it in 8th grade. ya, i'm not that old =P (23), and yes, i like lemon. i thought lemon was great, but so where alot of the songs on the cd. its not my favorite u2 cd, that coveted spot got directly to war.

funny enough, new years day could of been on pop, making pop my favorite cd of all time.
2003-02-20 02:39:48 AM  
A) Bono and the rest of U2 had everything to do with it. They were informed by their lawyers as to what was going on throughout the entire ordeal and gave their conscent to Island to continue pursuing litigation. Maybe they didn't attack Negativland themselves, but they certainly looked on as their pitbull attacked.

From All Music Guide:
As if the storm of controversy over "Christianity Is Stupid" wasn't hectic enough, what the band did next was nearly enough to do itself in permanently. With barely any advance publicity - but all too suspiciously timed to appear just before U2's long-awaited 1991 album Achtung Baby - Negativland (with Lyons taking a temporary break) let a two-song single slip out in the summer of that year called U2. The contents turned out to be two radically different versions of the Irish band's anthem "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," using and chopping up the original beyond recognition, as well as splicing in bits from a notorious underground tape featuring legendary - or at least long-lived - American DJ Casey Kasem obscenely ranting about nearly everything.

What happened over the next few months is still the subject of legal threats on all sides, but first U2's label crashed down hard on the release, forcing it to be withdrawn after only a few days of being in the stores (
all of which occurred without the knowledge of U2's members themselves, by all accounts). Kasem found out what happened as well and launched his own lawyers onto the case. Things then got even more hairy for the band when SST suddenly turned on the group, with Ginn seeking to recoup his financial losses via the bandmembers (even as a follow-up EP, Guns, slipped out). The ensuing barrage of claims and counterclaims, documented first in the band's 1992 CD/book The Letter U and the Numeral 2 and then in even more detail three years later in an expanded release called Fair Use, found Negativland beset by legal and monetary woes that almost sank it. At the same time, what had been a joke and a dare soon became a new focus for the bandmembers, who inadvertently made a name for themselves as crusaders for both artistic integrity and a freer interpretation of copyright law in opposition to corporate control.
2003-02-20 02:48:35 AM  
bono's farking sanctimoniousness is making it difficult for me to enjoy any of u2's music, which is a pity because they are an excellent band, and i own pretty much all their cds.

if bono wins the nobel prize... argh!!!

actually, if bono wins the nobel prize, i might have a shot at it. as far as i can tell bono hasn't actually ACCOMPLISHED anything other than getting people to meet and discuss things (namely, discuss why he's such an annoying git.) ah yes, bono truly does inspire unity among the citizens of the world... we all want to see his ass kicked.
2003-02-20 04:23:02 AM  
Zooropa...was good. Pop...wasn't AS good, but nothing I've heard from U2 could even be considered bad, and they are so rad live. Give 'em a break.
2003-02-20 05:36:24 AM  
Pop was great. Some songs weren't so good, but I loved Do You Feel Loved, Mofo(my favorite off the album and deeper than you think), Gone, Miami(best done live) and Please(a classic). Zooropa is great too.....Zooropa(the song), Dirty Day, Stay being my favorites. If you don't understand them, then you never will. But fluff they aren't or ever will be.

And yes, I've had the honor of meeting Bono, as a long time fan. The coolest guy around. End of the concert, wanting to get an autograph, a black SUV comes out of the Pond and it didn't have to stop, but it does. He was with his wife and all, and he gets out and gives autographs to 20 people (including myself) and then hugs a little sickly girl(looked like she had down syndrome or something) after the autograph and tells her she'll be alright. His voice hoarse from the whole concert. No cameras, no publicity....just him being one class act.

2003-02-20 06:14:27 AM  
Mr Mephisto, I have met Bono and spoke to him for a while. He is a genuine guy and very giving of himself and his time when he doesn;t have to. There were no cameras or media present. Just him and I in an alley behind the factory studio in Dublin during a recording session. There was nothing to be gained for himself by speaking to me and asking me all about myself. the only winner was me.
He doesn't have to do what he does. He doesn't need the publicity. He already has more money than he'll ever need. What asshat thinks he's using his political agenda to sell more albums? he doesn't need a gimmick to sell records. He doesn;t care, he rich beyond his wildest dreams.
What's so great about Ted Turner giving a billion? If I had a couple of billion I'd give one to charity. Big Deal. It's all relative. Ted Turner giving a billion to charity is the equivalent of me giving $10,000. Should I win any prizes for that if I did it?
Giving of your time and effort is far more difficult to do. Bono is a far greater man than all of us put together. He gets famous and tries to use that to do good, while most of the rest of the music industry tries to use it to make themselves richer.
2003-02-20 07:25:06 AM  
The poseur and his sheep are a bit more vocal.
2003-02-20 07:45:26 AM  
...can't stop laughing....
2003-02-20 10:50:50 AM  
Liz wrote:
"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."

How many people do you expect to read this and say, "You know, I was all for it, until I read that insightful ripping of his accent! Ha ha!"

If you don't like that he's trying to help people, fine. You're an asshat, but fine. To paraphrase Bill Hicks, you're asshats; this isn't a matter of opinion, this isn't a matter of personal taste, it's a fact, and I can prove it on a pocket calculator.

For christs sake, grow a synapse or two.
2003-02-20 11:22:36 AM  
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2003-02-20 11:52:11 AM  
PMG I think the absurdity of the statement is what turns people off. Well, that, the funny name, the sunglasses, the leather pants...
2003-02-20 05:14:04 PM  
He's from Ireland ........... Ireland/peace ...uhmmmm dosnt go together.

Damn Irish
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