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It's always funny when ego cases crash and burn.  Because their inflated senses of self and egocentric worldviews tell them they have talent and skill, things go wrong couldn't POSSIBLY be their fault.  After all, they've done well all this time, they've got all this love, why isn't it translating into success?  You see it in every artistic endeavor.  I saw it will small press comics (the things you photocopy, cut in half, and staple, and sell maybe 20 copies at most), I see it with movies, I see it in furry (oh God, do I see it in furry), and I see it in music.

Oh, hello, U2.  I didn't see you over there.

U2 is pissed off because their new album, No Line On The Horizon, isn't selling as well as they feel it should and it hasn't produced any songs cracking the charts.  But according to Bono and Adam Clayton, the problem isn't that people are rebelling against a band full of raging egomaniacs who feel it is their duty to reveal people's phone numbers to persuade them to vote for causes they approve, and the problem isn't that their core following is falling away with no one new filling up the numbers.

Nope.  According to them, rock and roll is becoming extinct.

"We weren't really in that mindset and we felt that the album was a kind of an almost extinct species, and we should approach it in totality and create a mood and a feeling, and a beginning, middle, and an end.  And I suppose we've made a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of pop stars."

Aw, my heart bleeds for them, recording albums in a world full of people exercising their right to buy what they like instead of what they are told is artistic genius.

Part of the reason hiphop and rap have become so popular is that you can record stuff without even the level of ability the Ramones had.  Get a drum machine, follow reasonably on beat, and you're done.  It's easier to dream about the rap star life than the rock life where you have to actually sing or play an instrument.  And as for pop?  What's wrong with pop?  At least, current pop.  It may be filled with American Idol alumnists, but it beats the stupid pedo-rock that Britney Spears and N'Sync were pushing, and U2 wasn't complaining then.

The idea that music appreciation is down is bullshit (and this is coming from someone writing and drawing a comic book that is practically a valentine to music).  Music is still selling.  Music is still popular.  But self-righteous bands looking to assert their own legend status and constantly reminding everyone how much better they are than them won't sell as well.  Aggorance used to be a selling point, just like bragging in rap songs is a selling point.  But U2 have lost their relavance.  Assuming they had any to begin with.  And instead of trying to make actual music people want to listen to circa "Under The Blood Red Sky", they are churching out their masturbatory bullshit.  Don't blame the fans for your failings, especially when it was your failings that made you sell, and if people truly appreciate music like you say they should, they see there's no artistic genius at work here.


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Nov. 4th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
We weren't really in that mindset and we felt that the album was a kind of an almost extinct species, and we should approach it in totality and create a mood and a feeling, and a beginning, middle, and an end.

Like what? A concept album? Wow, how innovative of U2.

Why am I not buying or listening to U2's new album? Simple. They are too damned preachy. I left the church due to preachy people, and church wasn't costing me money. So why would I spend money on preachy people whose music isn't as good as it was in the 80's?

As for Rock -N- Roll being extinct, I quote Sha-Na-Na, "Rock -N- Roll is here to stay, it will never die." That which is going the way of the dinosaur is not the music, it's just U2.
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
I gotta ask -- would my stuff (Stress Puppy, my writing here) be considered preachy, and if it is, why haven't you told me to sod off yet?

Just wondering where the line is between opinionated and preachy.
Nov. 4th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Also, I love the comment that their album was a bit challenging for people who listen to pop music. That implies the listeners are being lazy, if they would just put some effort into it, they would see what a work of genius the album is.

I will put up with things worth my while. Their sanctimonious claptrap gets filed under TL;DL (Too Long, Didn't Listen).

The only U2 song I've liked recently is Beautiful Day, and that was the Paul Oakenfold remix. He gave the song a hook and punch that they didn't. Then again, he is a mixer, it's his job to take generic songs and make them worth listening to. This is why his albums where he produces sell millions and he gets paid more than some rock stars just to DJ. What's U2's excuse?
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I think it implies that the listeners of pop music are too stupid. And while the sales of some pop acts would suggest that is the case, it is still overly arrogant of U2 to even suggest it. Simply put, if you are trying to sell lots of albums, you change yourself to fit the listeners, not the other way around. If on the other hand, you are okay with making music that entertains enough listeners to make it worth playing smaller venues (i.e. Alice Cooper), then you will have a pretty steady income from your specific fan base for the rest of your life.

Obviously, after having been HUGE, U2 is selfishly refusing to be scaled back. They think that they should be able to do what no band has ever done, stay at the top. But it doesn't work that way for anyone. Not for Alice, not for Ozzy, not for Styx, not even for the Rolling Stones. Eventually, your fan base either goes away or starts to die off, and you can't expect them to be replaced as easily as they first arrived. Just because U2 is the big noise on a little island doesn't mean that the world cares.
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