I can’t stand U2….This started off as a dislike for their music as a teenager but has grown into a greater overall disgust as they became globally popular….Their success are a perfect symbol of the vapid, shallow times we live in….With a new album out, I thought I would list once more the reasons why they suck.
1.) THE RHYTHM SECTION….Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen play like they are wearing mittens….Their one two chord style and tinny sound have to be the worst of any major band I’ve ever heard.
2.) THE EDGE….While The Edge stole a lot from contemporaries like Andy Gill of the Gang of Four or Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen, he reminds me more and more in execution of Eddie Van Halen….That is to say he plays the same solo over and over again and at different speeds and never does anything remotely new or original.
3.) THEY ARE THE MASTER OF THE HOLLOW STATEMENT….All the talk about peace and freedom and justice aside, U2’s songs are really not about anything other than sky high imagery that is very general in its worldview and non-specific and generic accompanied by bloated anthemic choruses….You have to read an interview with them to know they are talking about Martin Luther King Jr. or British violence against Irish people.
4.) YES HE’S WELL MEANING BUT THE TRUTH IS BONO = A***OLE….Bono’s kind of like Oprah yeah you respect what he does in some ways but in other ways he just seems a like a pompous twit….He often reminds me of Jane Fonda in the 1960’s or Barbra Streisand, in that you know they might be on the right side of an issue but you just wish they would shut up as they only bring disrepute on the issue they champion.
There’s really nothing original or interesting about U2 or their music….They were just fortunate to be at the right place at the right time in the late 70's early 80's English post-punk scene just like Nirvana and grunge in the 90’s and similarly many other better more challenging bands didn’t get as much attention.I resent rock stars who attempt to sell themselves as anything more than people who make music and when your music has never really outgrown unoriginal teenage garage sensibility despite all the Brian Eno production adornments I despise them even more.