Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2014 15:48:39 GMT -5
I should have been more clear about that. I'm talking about Radiohead's BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD status, which was handed off to them from U2 (and which Radiohead is in the process of handing off to Arcade Fire). Being the BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD creates expectation, and the only half-graceful way of dealing with that expectation is to stop making music that sounds like the music that earned you the title in the first place. Elsewise you will be criticized for being 'stagnant'.
Radiohead still has integrity, absolutely. And U2 absolutely does not. But at their peak, both were the gold standard. Both were the band that all of the other bands were trying desperately to sound like. I guess there were roughly five or six years after Zooropa and before OK Computer where R.E.M. filled the role, which is why radio rock in the early 90s was so jangly.
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2014 14:59:23 GMT -5
Actually, let's be honest -- they are still essentially Radiohead. Or rather, Radiohead is essentially U2. Radiohead's fans know just as well as Radiohead does that they have put out their best album (and we can argue about whether it is OK Computer or Kid A another day). They had the initial sense not to try to top/duplicate it, but 'exploring new avenues' quickly devolved into resting on laurels.
U2 went through this exact thing after their milestone (and we can argue about whether it is The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby another day). Their departure-from-form album (Zooropa) contained all of the seeds of what their worst tendencies would become (same is true of Kid A).
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 10, 2014 14:52:48 GMT -5
Seriously do fuck Bono. In the nose.
It's really interesting to me, though, the disparity in overall opinion of U2 between people who became culturally aware in the late 1980s and people who became culturally aware in the early/mid 1990s. Nobody is going to argue that they aren't terrible, because they are terrible. Also insufferable. But U2 in the 1980s was a completely different thing -- just utterly completely fucking different. They had artistic integrity shooting out of their asses. And their material from the 80s was outstanding -- if you can manage to separate it from what they are now, which is damn near impossible anymore. Even for me, let alone for people who didn't experience the wave of culture that was The Joshua Tree.
I get and understand and absolutely agree with the generally accepted opinion of U2 as an institution -- just it's interesting to me that the fact that they were essentially Radiohead is fading from the collective consciousness.
Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 9, 2014 9:52:20 GMT -5
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Post by Horned Gramma on Sept 6, 2014 11:27:16 GMT -5
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Post by Horned Gramma on Jun 11, 2014 9:55:35 GMT -5
Yeah, we had a busier weekend than anticipated and we still ended up finishing season two of Orange is the New Black by Monday night. I loved it so much, it was fucking fantastic, and that is taking into account that basically everything on television looks like a turd next to Fargo.
Post by Horned Gramma on Jun 11, 2014 9:51:40 GMT -5
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