Friday, October 16, 2009

Why U2 is the Most Overrated Band in the World

I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a lot of flack for this, since most of my Christian friends are huge U2 fans. But let me start out by saying I don't think U2 is the worst band in the world. They wrote some great songs, like "One" (a personal favorite of mine), "The Unforgettable Fire," and "Beautiful Day." I just think they're overrated, and here's why:

1. The Edge plays almost the exact same riff in every U2 song. It's good for a guitarist to have his own sound, but after a while I get bored of hearing the same old chiming guitar sound. Play some lower notes, man!

2. They only do one good album every ten years. It seems like every great U2 album is always followed by two or three crappy U2 album. Achtung Baby was followed by Zoopora and Pop, and All That You Can't Leave Behind was followed by How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and No Line on the Horizon. Hopefully U2 will make another great album in the early 2010's.

3. Bono tries too hard to be the next Mother Teresa. Don't get me wrong, I love it when celebrities try to raise awareness for certain issues. But does Bono have to be a part of ever single charity under the sun? If there's a charity ball somewhere, you're bound to see Bono slithering through with his wrap-around shades.

4. No one knows who the other two members are. Okay, so there's Bono and the Edge, but who are the other two guys? I think one of them is named Larry. Which one is he again?

5. Bono has a prophet complex. Ever notice that every time he opens his mouth--whether to sing or to talk--he says each word as if it's some profound message sent from God to heal the world? Dude, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" might be a great song, but I don't think it's that doggone good!

Am I being too harsh on them?

5 comments:

  1. I think they've lost a lot of relevance over the last five or ten years. Nobody I know really listens to them and if they do, it's usually from the Joshua Tree era. Personally, I only really like a couple songs of theirs. Everything else is pretty forgettable.

    Perhaps they were overrated at one time but it's been a long time since they've been popular enough to be called overrated.

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  2. A lot of my hipster Christian friends love U2, so they're still relevant to some people. Just not to me.

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  3. "Am I being too harsh on them?"

    In a word: Yes. :P

    But I say that as a humongous U2 fan. Shall I disagree with you point by point? I shall.

    1. He does play similar riffs on some songs, but not every song. Personally, I don't mind the his unique sound because I think it's awesome.

    2.I think "How to Dismantle" is a really good album, and I think "No Line on the Horizon" is their most brilliant since the days of Joshua Tree and War. So...my disagreement with your assessment of their last two albums means I also disagree with this conclusion.

    3. Man, you're right, it totally sucks how Bono is trying to use his money and influence to do kingdom work of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick. Why can't he just be shallow and self-centered like other celebrities. (Sarcasm!) And the dude doesn't just slither around other people's charities. He has helped establish one or two of his own.

    4. Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer) and Adam Clayton (bassist) - right off the top of my head! So, some people DO know their names. But this is not really relevant to whether or not they are overrated. I don't know the names of all the musicians in lots of bands that I love.

    5. You know who never stopped talking like everything was all about God and the Kingdom. Jesus! Oh, and that Paul guy too! Dang, it is so annoying, isn't it?! (More sarcasm!)

    Seriously though, he's not a perfect guy, but I am befuddled by criticizing someone who is so focused and devoted to being a light to the world. Bono is admittedly way over the top. I left seeing them in Chicago a couple of years ago saying "That guy has a serious Messiah Complex!" But I loved him anyway, because I think he is genuine. And I don't think he is trying to give the impression that every word of his is a message from God. He says all kinds of goofy, silly things all the time.

    (I hope you take this comment in the spirit it was meant - fun. You are totally free to neither care for U2 nor be impressed with Bono. I just wanted to humorously offer a different opinion.)

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  4. Thank you for this. I would go one further -- U2 is not even a GOOD band, for most of the reasons listed here. Bad singing, incomplete songwriting, and oh so redundant. Hardly original and decidedly unmusical.

    It's distressing that this band would be popular with so many Christians since its faux-humanitarian posturing does more harm than good (unless you believe Africa is a hellhole because it just doesn't have enough money, in which case you need some economics training).

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