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Subj: Re: New banner! Do you think U2 sold out?
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 at 11:17:07 am EDT (Viewed 575 times)
Reply Subj: New banner! Do you think U2 sold out?
Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 at 11:34:05 am EDT (Viewed 632 times)

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I always used to hear people say that. "U2 sold out." I used to hear that about another band too, and I think I'll make that the subject of our next banner. Meanwhile - Did U2 sell out? What does that even mean?

I think it has to do with making music that's more commercial. Did they? And if they did - is that some sort of betrayal of someone or something? Doesn't "commercial" just mean more likely to have broad appeal? Is having broad appeal bad? Does it maybe mean they stopped being their true artistic selves?

Along those lines - Did you like their older stuff best, or their newer stuff? Or maybe their in-between stuff?



I gotta say, I haven't listened to much U2 so I can't say. The first time I ever heard of them I was at a movie and saw a trailer for "Rattle and Hum" and I thought what is this, is this a movie? It took me a while to realize it was a band.

The band I most hear of selling out is Metallica, perhaps that's your next subject.

I think if a band changes their musical style and someone doesn't like it they get accused of selling out. Especially if they gain more mainstream popularity after that. But if they are changing just because they want to change I wouldn't call it selling out. If they like two different styles but they choose one over the other because it has a bigger audience, that's not selling out. If they stop doing what they themselves love to get more money or popularity, that is selling out.

Did U2 undergo a major stylistic revamp mid-career?


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