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Subj: Re: New banner! Do you think U2 sold out?
Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 at 11:26:54 am EDT (Viewed 467 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?



Whenever I hear someone use the term "sold out," I think of the Tool song "Hooker With A Penis."

"All you know about me is what I've sold you, dumb ****
I sold out long before you ever heard my name
I sold my soul to make a record, dip****, and then you bought one"

But no. I pretty much think U2 were what they were from the beginning. Their styles have changed a bit, but not really a whole lot. They've always seemed to be a very passionate, spiritual group, and that hasn't changed.




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