Skip to comments.Joyful noise: U2's Songs of Innocence
Posted on 10/31/2014 11:49:08 PM PDT by This Just In
MUSIC | U2 pans for wisdom in Songs of Innocence
There is only one thing worse than being talked about, says a character in Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray, and that is not being talked about.
The Irish rockers U2 and their partners at Apple tested that idea by placing free copies of U2s latest album, Songs of Innocence (Island), in the accounts of iTunes subscribers on Sept. 9a date, coincidentally, that also marked the 124th birthday of Colonel Harland Sanders and the 48th anniversary of Elvis Presleys debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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Pity I never got to see my fantasy lineup for that band, which is Lynott, Bell, Moore and Downey.
Not only are we more than casual music fans, we’re musicians working in the industry.
Despite the fact that the market has been revolutionized, and the way in which musicians record and build a band have changed, musician are still creating great music.
There are elements to the industry that I think is great for the artist. Everyone has there own home recording studio. Production’s now in the control of the artist. With that freedom comes the influx of mediocre music.
I should have mentioned Toto in that list.
I think music is still creative and great. My kids are into all kinds of sounds, from new ska to Coheed and Cambria. Old music is great but so is new. The music one was young with is magical, for oneself. My dad has late stage alzheimers and when I play 50s music for him, he smiles and claps and is so happy.
I think Simmons makes a point insofar as music from the early 90s onward (with relatively few exceptions) seems more forgettable and "disposable" to me, than what came before.
On the other hand, the staying power of the pop music of the '80s that I grew up on may be due to the fact that it's currently faddish. Also, what we think of as "classic rock" from the '60s-'80s is really quite different from what got a lot of radio airplay in those decades. My public library has a series of CDs titled "Have a Nice Day: Super Hits of the 70s" (about 25 discs in all), which is a compilation of pop hits from the 1970s. Many of the songs are familiar (and a lot of them topped the Billboard chart at the time). But a playlist from those albums will sound nothing like a playlist from the local classic-rock station, which will play lots of Supertramp, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, U2, etc., but no Shaun Cassidy, Melanie, Orleans, or Bay City Rollers.
Obviously after a few decades we've winnowed out what we consider "classic" from the 1970s vs. what was momentarily popular but ultimately forgettable. Perhaps in a decade or two we'll have done the same for the 90s, 2000s, etc.
I never got to see them - never toured much here! One of my regrets! Sounds like a heck of a line-up to me!
BONO is a whining , pampered POS elitist!
The closest they got was when Moore replaced Bell, in their last days as a power trio. Then of course Moore was with the band during the Black Rose album and tour, although opposite Scott Gorham.
“With that freedom comes the influx of mediocre music.”
“Ninety percent of everything is crap.”
The internet will inflict complete garbage on you that one would have never heard otherwise. But it will also expose you to awesome sauce that you certainly never would have heard.
As far as popular music production, people have really changed how they listen to music, and the popular drek generally reflects that. Folks will sit and give a TV show their complete attention. But very, very few will just sit and listen to an album. It’s all shuffle play on computer speakers and earbuds while you clean the dishes or jog, or go to the store.
Really, the stereophile or music person is in a better position now in a lot of ways. You can sample before you fork over for an album, and the ability to find and be able to buy new things is better than it has ever been. The person to person touch is gone, I think thats part of the reason why so many are going with vinyl. Little shops that sell vinyl, the process of readying a record, all these little routines make listening to tunes special and out of the norm. It takes time. Also the likely hood of listening through a crappy system is self limitingwhy go to all this trouble when you actually are going to hear it through tiny tin cans or something. I just get the CD, but from bands who really like good sounding tunes so they mix it that way.
I was actually having a conversation about Thin Lizzy with someone else - I wasn’t talking about U2!
I loved Gary Moore - he was technically excellent. His guitar work always paid respect to the great blues players but he was also innovative!
Eric Bell was/is no slouch either. His work on his final Lizzy album, “Vagabonds of the Western World”, really shows what that band lost when they lost him. They had the big hits with Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, but neither of those players seemed to embrace the slide playing that Bell was capable of (although Moore did).
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