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U2 are the only band to emerge post 1980 that are the REAL thing. THE CLASH started off great, but dissolved into addiction(s).|
U2 write lyrically compelling material buoyed by THE EDGE's interestiung open tunings & effects. Their first selection, last year's "Beautiful Day" was killer. Do you know what the song is about?
NO ... i'll tell you: You've lost your job ... you've lost your wife (& family), you've lost all wordly possessions ... you have no money - but you don't care ... 'cause it's a beautiful day. This kind of thinking is called "Buddha consciousness" & is truly relevant to these times.
Their staging for the "Where The Streets Have No Name" - the black scrim, scrolling names of the fallen ... then dropping from the ceiling was one of the greates stage effects I have ever seen. This song is so pertinent to 911 ... " ... see the dust cloud rise over you ..." it might be considered prophetic.
For all time great anthems ... US are in a class all their own ... with Paul Kantner & Peter Townshend.
Maybe their immense popularity turns you off ... look past it & check out the music ... too many great songs to mention here.
As for "what's an Irish band ... etc." The American ideals ... embodied in The Constitution & Gettysberg Address (& BIG kudos to the producres if The Super Bowl for those wonderful segments) - resonate wih ALL peoples. The Irish have always looked to America (antipathetic as they have been to The Crown) ... migrated to America ... most of the police & firefighters that fell on that fateful day were of Irish descent ... & the gifts of 'liberty for ourselves & our posterity' are for ALL people ... even for those that would see us fall.
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