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 don't know whether they "sold out" or not because I don't know their principles and if they were ever especially honorable or something. I don't particular admire Bono's humanitarianism.
Joshua Tree was an AMAZING album; truly original and artistic; religious really. They never came close to equaling it. Achtung Baby was also quite good to a lesser degree.
The next time I thought about U2 was when the mediocre "Beautiful Day" was played at Al Gore's 2000 Dem Convention. I sorta groaned.