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U2 — Red Hill Mining Town
Album: The Joshua Tree
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Released: 1987
Length: 4:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
From father to son
The blood runs thin
Ooh, see the faces frozen (still)
Against the wind.

The seam is split
The coal-face cracked
The lines are long
There's no going back.

Through hands of steel
And heart of stone
Our labour day
Has come and gone.

They leave me holdin' on
In Red Hill Town.
See the lights go down on ...

Hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to.
I'm still waiting
I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to.

The glass is cut
The bottle run dry.
Our love runs cold
In the caverns of the night.

We're wounded by fear
Injured in doubt.
I can lose myself
You I can't live without.

Yeah, you keep me holdin' on
In Red Hill Town.
See the lights go down onĂ–

Hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to.
I'm still waiting
I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to
On to.

We scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky
And we steep so low
To reach so high.

A link is lost
The chain undone.
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes like a hunter (child).

I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to.
I'm still waiting
I'm hangin' on
You're all that's left to hold on to.

We see love, slowly stripped away
Our love has seen its better day.
Hangin' on
Lights go down on Red Hill
The lights go down on Red Hill.
The lights go down on Red Hill.
The lights go down on Red Hill Town...
Comments (235)add comment
No conventional radio station ever plays this song when they reach for this album. Good on ya RP.
The tune is a little beyond Bono's vocal skill level, but he doesn't care and does it anyway. That's pure punk!
They got everything right on this album - even the shit songs are good (Trip Through Your Wires, Still Haven't Found..).
Shame they didn't put Spring Hill Mining Disaster as a B-side for The Joshua Tree album. Not the same song, but an easy reminder.
It might be hip to dislike U2 these days, but being hip doesn't mean cool. Disliking an album this good is nuts.
Halfway through October. Sound like a good place to be - Can't wait for Tomorrow to start. Great song.
In it's comprehensive cohesive entirety,  closer to perfect than any other Rock / pop album release from the 80's until present day!
Stupendous song writing and performance!

Simply an Iconic piece of art!
 MiracleDrug wrote:
these guys (and Eno and Lanois) INVENTED this genre... {#Notworthy}
 
And which genre would that be please?
 grant wrote:
Although I am a fan of some of U2's material - particularly the work done with Eno, Lillywhite and Lanois - I was surprised that many of the musicians that I know hold them in very low esteem.

These folks, several of whom are working musicians, who arguably know more about music than me, regard U2's musical capabilities as very limited and their music as derivative and un-inventive.

Their overall impression is that U2 are a group of talentless hacks who have succeeded despite of themselves - a position that surprised me at first, but it's something I've heard/read more than once from people whose musical capabilities I respect.

I'd be interested in hearing what other formally trained and/or practicing musicians think of U2. 
 
  I've never been a big fan of U2, but many musicians who are not successful or famous will deem musicians who are successful or famous to be "talentless hacks".  It's the same old "I can do that better" routine that most of us have heard hundreds of times.  Also, it's not cool to admit that one likes a band which had been very popular for a long time.  As for "derivative" and "un-inventive", those words are pretty hollow.  "Derivative" is a word people use when they can't think of any other criticism of music: "Oh, yeah, it's got drums and electric guitar; it's derivative of something." as to the latter - U2 essentially "invented" a unique sound in the early 1980s.  Of course, now that they've been at it for almost 40 years, there may be other criticisms which could be levied against them.
Memories..... 
Takes me on a trip far back in time and lets me feel kind of sentimental.

Always a good sign, when music is able to manage this.
  Wolford wrote:

A great song from their best LP.  It's easy to slag U2 these days, but at their peak (Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, and Achtung, Baby!) they were untouchable.



 Baketown wrote:

Rattle and Hum as well! 

 
Songs of Experience too!!
 Baketown wrote:

Rattle and Hum as well! 

 
Boy and War. 
Seeing them perform this live was unbelievable!  

{#Fever}

too much UF2 and Sting today, for my liking.

 


 Wolford wrote:

A great song from their best LP.  It's easy to slag U2 these days, but at their peak (Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, and Achtung, Baby!) they were untouchable.



 
Rattle and Hum as well! 

A great song from their best LP.  It's easy to slag U2 these days, but at their peak (Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, and Achtung, Baby!) they were untouchable.


I am fired up!  I can't wait to hear them play this live next month in Phoenix.  Great Album! 
This song - like all the songs on Joshua Tree - are as timely now as they ever were. So glad I got to see them live on this current tour.
30 years?  Wow, how time flies! Almost that long ago I bought this album for my soon to be husband who was loving U2 at the time.  I surprised him by putting in on the stereo and we happily danced to it in our San Francisco little rental house.  Thanks for surprising me with music I forgot I loved and music I hadn't known yet, but love it now.
 
 torino390 wrote:
top of their game with this album, not a bad track on it. might have to dig it out and give it a play.
 
So is this their best album? It sure feels like it. 
 dwlangham wrote:
It was after this album that everyone knew about U2, not just me and a few of my friends. :)

 
I think their popularity became worldwide with the release of The Unforgettable Fire, followed by their electrifying performance at Live Aid, especially their mash up of BAD and RUBY TUESDAY. 

I was fortunate enough to see them open for the Cars at the Beacon Theatre, NYC, back in the stone age and even then you knew they were special.


It was after this album that everyone knew about U2, not just me and a few of my friends. :)
top of their game with this album, not a bad track on it. might have to dig it out and give it a play.
U2 are an Irish band and yet they could write songs about America that were as insightful as anything I have ever heard by any American band of a similar genre. Also this album was released in 1987 when U2 were still young men - that is an achievement in its own right never mind being what we now might call a "seminal album".  I understand why people say they can't stand Bono and that the Edge is not the greatest guitarist in the world but they were/still are capable of writing some great songs.
 Will62 wrote:
Found out something really cool this morning. Had to share it with y'all.

I hit the 'PSD' button when this wailing banshee started to assault my aural senses and came up with absolutely no sound at all. What a refreshing change it was. 

 
Easily amused.
Found out something really cool this morning. Had to share it with y'all.

I hit the 'PSD' button when this wailing banshee started to assault my aural senses and came up with absolutely no sound at all. What a refreshing change it was. 
This whole album is really good. Thanks for playing this one.
 grant wrote:
Although I am a fan of some of U2's material - particularly the work done with Eno, Lillywhite and Lanois - I was surprised that many of the musicians that I know hold them in very low esteem.

These folks, several of whom are working musicians, who arguably know more about music than me, regard U2's musical capabilities as very limited and their music as derivative and un-inventive.

Their overall impression is that U2 are a group of talentless hacks who have succeeded despite of themselves - a position that surprised me at first, but it's something I've heard/read more than once from people whose musical capabilities I respect.

I'd be interested in hearing what other formally trained and/or practicing musicians think of U2. 

 
Proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Thank goodness that the music sometimes moves us the greatest doesn't have to be made by the most technically proficient musicians.  The Edge's brilliance doesn't lie in his technical ability at all, in fact, he would most likely be the first to admit it (and does as much in the documentary, "It Might Get Loud"). To say it's un-inventive is just not true.  He needed to be inventive with the effects he uses to make up for the aforementioned lack of technical ability.
 t00lur wrote:
boring bono sings again

 
Actually he sang this in 1987. What you are hearing is a recording, douche!
marginal at best..{#Arghhh}
 grant wrote:
Although I am a fan of some of U2's material - particularly the work done with Eno, Lillywhite and Lanois - I was surprised that many of the musicians that I know hold them in very low esteem.

These folks, several of whom are working musicians, who arguably know more about music than me, regard U2's musical capabilities as very limited and their music as derivative and un-inventive.

Their overall impression is that U2 are a group of talentless hacks who have succeeded despite of themselves - a position that surprised me at first, but it's something I've heard/read more than once from people whose musical capabilities I respect.

I'd be interested in hearing what other formally trained and/or practicing musicians think of U2. 

 
But does it move you?
Excellent

A very evocative reading of life in more than a few parts of the American west.

It's good to hear this song today, it hits home.


boring bono sings again
 bev wrote:
Bumped because  I think this comment is excellent and I agree!

colleen wrote:
One of the obscure gems on a treasure of an album
I've always thought that it is the texture of Bono's voice and the tone of the Edge's guitar that give them this ringing, heartfelt, joyous sound
And one of Bono's very best lyrics....
"we stoop so low to reach so high"


 
And:  "Love, slowly stripped away
            Love, seen its better day"

Bumped because  I think this comment is excellent and I agree!

colleen wrote:
One of the obscure gems on a treasure of an album
I've always thought that it is the texture of Bono's voice and the tone of the Edge's guitar that give them this ringing, heartfelt, joyous sound
And one of Bono's very best lyrics....
"we stoop so low to reach so high"


 



Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song, which is from one of the 10 best albums of all time...

 misterbearbaby wrote:
U2 represents our one, solid bulwark against the degeneration and sleaze represented by "The music business ...a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs." ;  They're building a lasting  monument to the power of rock and roll, the likes of which we haven't seen since Jimi lived. I am humbled and grateful.

 
Everybody in this room is wearing a uniform, so don't kid yourself.  - FZ
 Cynaera wrote:

Thanks, romeotuma - I always appreciate learning new things!  I gave this song a 10, but the whole CD is just fantastic. (And I switched it out from my vehicle's CD-changer, but then put it back into rotation shortly afterward. Yes, it's THAT good.)

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...  love this song...


Joshua Tree National Park

 
Although I am a fan of some of U2's material - particularly the work done with Eno, Lillywhite and Lanois - I was surprised that many of the musicians that I know hold them in very low esteem.

These folks, several of whom are working musicians, who arguably know more about music than me, regard U2's musical capabilities as very limited and their music as derivative and un-inventive.

Their overall impression is that U2 are a group of talentless hacks who have succeeded despite of themselves - a position that surprised me at first, but it's something I've heard/read more than once from people whose musical capabilities I respect.

I'd be interested in hearing what other formally trained and/or practicing musicians think of U2. 
U2 represents our one, solid bulwark against the degeneration and sleaze represented by "The music business ...a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs." ;  They're building a lasting  monument to the power of rock and roll, the likes of which we haven't seen since Jimi lived. I am humbled and grateful.
Timeless!
One of their best songs, off of one of their best releases.
Not the biggest U2 fan, and I'm tired of hearing songs from this release, but I really like this song.  I never heard it before. 
 MiracleDrug wrote:
these guys (and Eno and Lanois) INVENTED this genre... {#Notworthy}
 
yep
Wow- a lot of mixed opinions about U2.  I agree that their early music is what got me hooked and their middle to later years I wasn't an avid fan, but their is no denying their staying power and ability to keep their music interesting and current.  Where do they stand as all-time great bands- I would say the top 10.

 d-don wrote:

Thanks for providing this, Romeotuma. This is what I dig about the RP community. {#High-five}
 

Thank you...  hope you are having a very nice evening...

this is a fine song from a great album...

 
So torn by U2 these days. Back when this came out I would have rated them the greatest band ever. But really since this album their music has been in steady decline. So now when I hear these songs I get nostalgic about my high school and college years but am so tired of Bono that I find them somewhat hard to listen to now
these guys (and Eno and Lanois) INVENTED this genre... {#Notworthy}
 romeotuma wrote:

The Joshua tree is a plant in the southwestern United States, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers grouped in large panicles...

a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century named the plant the Joshua tree, after Joshua of the Old Testament— the forks of the tree reminded them of Joshua's hand raised as he prayed, and also the shape of the leaves reminded them of Joshua's spear...

the name of U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is complicated... first, the entire album has a religious theme... second, the title is a tribute to the global power of the United States... third, the album also shows U2's fascination with American culture, politics, and forms of music...

this is a cool song... 


 
Thanks for providing this, Romeotuma. This is what I dig about the RP community. {#High-five}



soooo emotive...  love it...
 
 Cynaera wrote:

Thanks, romeotuma - I always appreciate learning new things!  I gave this song a 10, but the whole CD is just fantastic. (And I switched it out from my vehicle's CD-changer, but then put it back into rotation shortly afterward. Yes, it's THAT good.)
 
Yes, this album is a great classic...  hope you are having a nice evening right now...

love this song...


 
 romeotuma wrote:

The Joshua tree is a plant in the southwestern United States, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers grouped in large panicles...

a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century named the plant the Joshua tree, after Joshua of the Old Testament— the forks of the tree reminded them of Joshua's hand raised as he prayed, and also the shape of the leaves reminded them of Joshua's spear...

the name of U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is complicated... first, the entire album has a religious theme... second, the title is a tribute to the global power of the United States... third, the album also shows U2's fascination with American culture, politics, and forms of music...

this is a cool song... 


 
Thanks, romeotuma - I always appreciate learning new things!  I gave this song a 10, but the whole CD is just fantastic. (And I switched it out from my vehicle's CD-changer, but then put it back into rotation shortly afterward. Yes, it's THAT good.)

 justlistening wrote:


Nice summary.
 


Thanks!  This is a fine song from a very interesting album...



 chix wrote:
{#Bananajam}9
 
{#Guitarist} 10

{#Bananajam}9
 romeotuma wrote:

The Joshua tree is a plant in the southwestern United States, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers grouped in large panicles...

a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century named the plant the Joshua tree, after Joshua of the Old Testament— the forks of the tree reminded them of Joshua's hand raised as he prayed, and also the shape of the leaves reminded them of Joshua's spear...

the name of U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is complicated... first, the entire album has a religious theme... second, the title is a tribute to the global power of the United States... third, the album also shows U2's fascination with American culture, politics, and forms of music...

this is a cool song... 


 

Nice summary.
 Canlistener wrote:
The second half of this disc was WAY better than the hits on the front half in my opinion.
 
I totally agree!  (but for me it was side B of the vinyl that was better)
 SaintPeter wrote:
Bono.  Please go.
 
Straight to my house.

The Joshua tree is a plant in the southwestern United States, with sword-shaped leaves and greenish-white flowers grouped in large panicles...

a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century named the plant the Joshua tree, after Joshua of the Old Testament— the forks of the tree reminded them of Joshua's hand raised as he prayed, and also the shape of the leaves reminded them of Joshua's spear...

the name of U2's album, The Joshua Tree, is complicated... first, the entire album has a religious theme... second, the title is a tribute to the global power of the United States... third, the album also shows U2's fascination with American culture, politics, and forms of music...

this is a cool song... 


i bought this record (on cassette) the day i learned of a dear friend's death (by motorcycle).  i listened to it the whole way back home and wept the entire time. it still brings up strong feelings for me.
 Cynaera wrote:
I have this CD in my vehicle, and I can't seem to get past it all to listen to the other nine CDs. This has to be one of my all-time favorites by U2. And I don't care what anyone else says about it.
 

Me too. This whole album, IMHO, falls somewhere between outstanding and godlike - not one mediocre track on it.
Bono.  Please go.
Not sure about other parts of the country, but here in Boston U2 is so overplayed that I would not miss them if I never heard them again. Bore me to tears
 Jelani wrote:
I'm really loathe to say this, as I cannot stand Bono or most of the bands' music, but I really like this song.

 
Opposite for me — Bono sounds so whiney on this track.  I never got into the Joshua Tree.  I do love most of the rest of their work though.

A really good group in the very beginning but they are just so overplayed & as far as the members well Bono comes across very inauthentic & seems more into things for the notoriety.  The phoniness of Bono kind of ruins it more for me attempting to listen to them.

I have this CD in my vehicle, and I can't seem to get past it all to listen to the other nine CDs. This has to be one of my all-time favorites by U2. And I don't care what anyone else says about it.
The second half of this disc was WAY better than the hits on the front half in my opinion.
 Jelani wrote:
I'm really loathe to say this, as I cannot stand Bono or most of the bands' music, but I really like this song.

 
So... what you mean is that you actually really like U2 as this is pretty representative of their entire catalog.  Good for you.

Average Song ecxept you can get into it!

I love it's simplicity.

@Bosami
{#High-five}
This track is tasteful simplicity at its best.



fantastic... this album was seminal...



Someone said earlier "I can remember when this came out like it was yesterday".

I can relate.

Powerful stuff.
I'm really loathe to say this, as I cannot stand Bono or most of the bands' music, but I really like this song.

 WayUpNorth wrote:
This song still gives me goosebumps ... perfection.
 
Just had to say it again ... the emotion in his voice is so powerful.

 Imkirok wrote:

Please tell me you didn't just compare Coldplay to U2.

 
Yeah, I know. A grievous insult to liken them to a bunch of complacent tired MOR has-beens. Coldplay would be well narked.

Just a reminder  they once made great songs
This is in the running as my favourite U2 song.
Love it!
Goosebumps!


I think its the Strings in the back of this tune (This and One Tree Hill) by I believe the Armin Familiy with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno that made those songs so strong... even now - so many years later they still leave a mark

So well done
 papaman wrote:
I used to be a great U2 fan for many years but lately I've begun to wane on Bono's singing.  All the years have taken their toll on his delivery and message...in addition Coldplay and other mega-stars are beginning age the group.
 
Please tell me you didn't just compare Coldplay to U2.

Just a fantastic song. Has almost a Gospel feel to it.
 jpfueler wrote:
Too bad he like demanding higher taxes to help the disadvantaged in Ireland then moves his publishing company to a lower tax nation to avoid the taxes he demands. Wanna help Africa? Stop giving money to corrupt polititians and clean out the trash that is passing for legit government in pretty much the whole continent. Aid like Bono wants for Africa kills more than it saves. Too many Bobs and Bobwannabes in Africa
 
So it is. The help Bono and Bob have in mind only leads to more shopping tours and machine guns for all those Mobutus.


This song still gives me goosebumps ... perfection.
 colleen wrote:
One of the obscure gems on a treasure of an album
I've always thought that it is the texture of Bono's voice and the tone of the Edge's guitar that give them this ringing, heartfelt, joyous sound
And one of Bono's very best lyrics....
"we stoop so low to reach so high"

 
I agree! One of the many gems on this album. {#Cheers}
This is one of my favorite U2 songs.  Unfortunately I've never seen it performed live. It never fails to send shivers down my spine.  
There is so much passion and emotion in his voice(as there is on much of the Joshua Tree).  Whatever you think about Bono, you cannot say that he doesn't give himself wholeheartedly to the song.  But I guess that can be lost on some people.
One of the obscure gems on a treasure of an album
I've always thought that it is the texture of Bono's voice and the tone of the Edge's guitar that give them this ringing, heartfelt, joyous sound
And one of Bono's very best lyrics....
"we stoop so low to reach so high"



This is a great song from a great album... it is good for the ears...


I used to be a great U2 fan for many years but lately I've begun to wane on Bono's singing.  All the years have taken their toll on his delivery and message...in addition Coldplay and other mega-stars are beginning age the group.


Great song...


Outstanding
 strokingatwork wrote:

Overwrought, overdone, cloying, pretentious.  Perfect for a nice big shit. 


 
This troll is incapable of even picking a clever moniker. Instead s/he chooses something puerile. But at least she has some skill: She is an expert one-handed typist!


 sarahbean26 wrote:
Love this album.....but who doesn't!!!
  I don't. Not even one little bit. Call me a Bono basher.
"Hey man, I love this song". Oh god, not you too.

Overwrought, overdone, cloying, pretentious.  Perfect for a nice big shit. 


Great song & album, simply stunning stuff, so much emotion.



I remember when this came out like it was yesterday...


good memories with this album....timeless
This album is amazing no doubt!
oscar_driver wrote:
Remy Zero - Hermes Bird === U2 - Red Hill Mining Town IS that a joke?
I was wondering the same thing...
Remy Zero - Hermes Bird === U2 - Red Hill Mining Town IS that a joke?
:yes: Love this album.....but who doesn't!!!
Oh, pretty much all the tracks on the Joshua Tree rate an eight (or better). Seriously. :music:
Jesh! I just like the way the strings sound when Edge changes frets. Ziiiippp!
elizabethnyc wrote:
You know, some albums are considered stronger than others, depending on your own taste. We all wouldn't pick the same ones-- they probably wouldn't like all of their own songs and albums if you asked them. But name another band from an "indy" background that has made as consistently strong and evolving albums for so many years. There isn't one where I don't love at least one track.
R.E.M.
regardless of what everyone thinks of Bono and his non-musical aspirations, this song is very good, as is the rest of the album...enough so that it made me look up from my terminal and enjoy the song...thank goodness!
You know, some albums are considered stronger than others, depending on your own taste. We all wouldn't pick the same ones-- they probably wouldn't like all of their own songs and albums if you asked them. But name another band from an "indy" background that has made as consistently strong and evolving albums for so many years. There isn't one where I don't love at least one track.
siandbeth wrote:
Gosh, that darn Bono is saving countless lives in Africa but I wish he would spend more time writing songs so I can load them on my Ipod while sippin on my mocha iced latte frappe soya grande toodling along on my vespa with baggy pants and still no hope of a girlfriend. Plus for all those U2 dislikers, wouldn't you rather he spend his time with Warren Buffett trying to get things in better shape internationally than writing another song?
Too bad he like demanding higher taxes to help the disadvantaged in Ireland then moves his publishing company to a lower tax nation to avoid the taxes he demands. Wanna help Africa? Stop giving money to corrupt polititians and clean out the trash that is passing for legit government in pretty much the hole continent. Aid like Bono wants for Africa kills more than it saves. Too many Bobs and Bobwannabes in Africa
Gosh, that darn Bono is saving countless lives in Africa but I wish he would spend more time writing songs so I can load them on my Ipod while sippin on my mocha iced latte frappe soya grande toodling along on my vespa with baggy pants and still no hope of a girlfriend. Plus for all those U2 dislikers, wouldn't you rather he spend his time with Warren Buffett trying to get things in better shape internationally than writing another song?
fireboydan wrote:
This is one of my favorite U2 songs. Definitely my favorite album by them. Back before the big sunglasses bigger tours and biggest ego.
Heard Bono on All Things Considered the other day and was painfully thankful that he sounded like a normal dude who hasn't let deification go to his head - I too gave up on them when the rockstar thing overshadowed the music and the message. It was as balm to my ailing soul to hear him speak as he used to. Plus they busted him on the colored glasses. Heh!
smadanayr wrote:
U2 Fucking suck. I dont care what anyone says. Bono is an absolute doorknob, and they just suck. Completely. Iesu Grist dwi dim yn dallt o gwbl pam mae pawb yn hoffi nhw, iesu, mae nhw'n IFERNOL!!!
*ding* We're sorry: your fingers are too fat to use a standard keypad. To reach the "who gives a damn about your opinion" desk, please mash the keypad with your palm NOW.
healyf52 wrote:
Unlike Bob Geldoff who shuns the spotlight, Bono seems to seize every opportunity he can to appear with some world leader while sporting, yet again, another pair of those hideously expensive glasses with the colored lenses. I can't deny that U2 is one of the great pop acts of all time, but Bono can be such a load..
Why do so many people hate on Bono, so he is in the public talking to world leaders. I for one think that it is great that he brings out awareness to the public. Bono has been doing this for a long time. so many people did not have a clue about was/is happenning in many parts of the world. and no offense to Bob, but that would still be going on if it was not for Bono.
I'm grown up with U2, I started listening to them exactly with this the joshua tree when I was only a 14yo...now it really hurts to read all that bad comments about how an egocentric superstar bono become all over the years....but the fact is.... it's true! I can't honestly deny it.... I can feel through my skin how honest he was in this song and how he's not listening to vertigo now....just a sad thing to admit that time changes everybody....
This is one of my favorite U2 songs. Definitely my favorite album by them. Back before the big sunglasses bigger tours and biggest ego.
healyf52 wrote:
Steely Dan routinely 'schools' other musical acts in the sweet science of song writing and musicianship. When you are as good as SD has been, it's bound to stir up some jealousy and hatred. Think about the poor guitarist, who after hearing SD realizes that, muscially, he's just a 'toddler' - what a blow to the ego that must be..
I agree with you 100% but many listeners can't understand how I can detest U2 and I can never understand someone feeling that way about SD.
Magnus wrote:
I can't stand these guys as much as all those haters who shred on Steely Dan and I love Steely Dan but can never understand why people hate them.
Steely Dan routinely 'schools' other musical acts in the sweet science of song writing and musicianship. When you are as good as SD has been, it's bound to stir up some jealousy and hatred. Think about the poor guitarist, who after hearing SD realizes that, muscially, he's just a 'toddler' - what a blow to the ego that must be..
Unlike Bob Geldoff who shuns the spotlight, Bono seems to seize every opportunity he can to appear with some world leader while sporting, yet again, another pair of those hideously expensive glasses with the colored lenses. I can't deny that U2 is one of the great pop acts of all time, but Bono can be such a load..
I can't stand these guys as much as all those haters who shred on Steely Dan and I love Steely Dan but can never understand why people hate them.
Bringing me back to the good 'ol days! --Thanks!
I just registered now to say thanks for this tune! I dont even like u2 but this is one of my most favorite songs of all time. its so emotional, and one of the very few times where i feel bono is not pretentious.
I do love this song.
something has gone horribly wrong here!! Are there two songs playing at once.... one (U2) good.. and the other is um... er.. crap. ouch ** Retracted Post ** Operator Error.. :-/ Go figure! Love the song... and the album.. yes, I own the vinyl.
conceited, but back then they weren't talkin so much. I wish they would shut up and play. They have great talent.
Ho Hum......I'd rather see him call up the president in the middle of a concert....and really, who the F cares to see that when ya spend over $100 bucks a ticket to see this conceited fools......psst....I know, we're all fools, I just never dug U2....
siloco wrote:
I always liked side 2 of this record better than side 1.
Me too. This is probably one of my top 5 favorite U2 songs.
There is no adequate way to describe this. It surpasses all! Oh sure, they do have their detractors...One way you could not like this is to be over-awed and intimidated by its incredibly building power and intentionally deep mystery. I admit, when I first let this record roll by me when it just came out I felt disappointed and confused, having seen their manic stage shows live at Red Rocks (cut short by rain and their near-electrocution) and the next night at CU Event Center in June of '83...I was even "off" of them for awhile; like I felt betrayed, like they hadn't evolved in directions I'd expected, maybe... But over time I began to realize just what this record was: nothing short of a masterpiece, a miracle captured in sound. Like a rising spirit on its way heavenward, it soars! And indeed, over their amazingly long-lived career still with their original unchanged lineup, U2 have defied everyone's expectations and tastes at one time or another, or every time, and hey, as a group, could anyone else say the same? SOAR!