Letís talk about The Edge

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laoghaire

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Letís talk about The Edge
« on: February 03, 2023, 07:36:29 PM »
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I think we give Bono his due here, got all the bases covered - hanging with the elites, certain pandering messages, having lost his marbles, shitty songs, voice gone.

We lament Larry not having put a stop to it.

We shrug off Adam as a lucky guy, and at least he give us his dick.

Letís talk about Edge, shall we?

Because Edge is not fucking blameless here.

Setting aside the political stuff, Edge has been Bonoís colluder and accessory before and after the fact with the murder of their music.

Edge has been Bonoís yes man. Bono kisses his ass and Edge just goes along with everything.

And where are Edgeís symphonies today? Nowhere, thatís where. We heard something on Little Things but what else? Edge okayíd atrocities like Ahimsa and Football, he apparently contributed to them.

Edge is talking the same shit about songwriting and blah blah.

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2023, 08:04:21 PM »
Yup.  And if you listen to him talk, as I occasionally do (not intentionally) on their XM channel, he is almost as insufferable as Bono. 

"We want to be part of the culture, part of the musical conversation blah blah blah".  Mindless, pedantic, self-serious bullshit.

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laoghaire

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2023, 08:17:48 PM »
Itís almost more insufferable to me because Bono genuinely has a lifelong bullshit problem, but Edge just adopted it.

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Soloyan

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2023, 02:58:56 AM »
I think Edge just got older and more comfortable.

Iíll release the bad pun from the start : heís just not on the edge anymore. Heís right in a middle of it, whatever this is.

I think he got tired of experiencing and went polishing stuff with a passion.

He got tired of jamming and started making stuff on his own, just as he got tired of Dublin and went to Malibu and Eze instead.

He got filthy rich to the point where he couldnít even spend all his earnings, even when buying something as ludicrous as his landscaping project thingy.

Everything you want to know about Edge is in his body language : just look at how he was moving during the Joshua Tree Tour (87)

https://youtu.be/5Chq5PY-TzE

Thereís intent, thereís focus, thereís drama.

Önow compare it to how heís hopping around these days. Iíd swear heís just out from the giant cake of a 7 year old kid at a birthday party.

https://youtu.be/3kldlL0X5DQ

Heís just grooving as if he was playing to All You Need Is Love.

NowÖ as much as it frustrates me because Iíve admired him so much and for such a long timeÖ. All I can say isÖ ę good for him Ľ. I mean he looks way more balanced and way happier than heís ever been in his life. Heís just enjoying his life and that musical hobby of his. It transpire in everything he does, now. Hell, for that I admire him too ! I hope I look as detached and as comfy as he does 15 years from now.

How could I possibly blame him for actually being happy ?
A dangerous idea that almost makes sense...

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Larry Lovebucket

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2023, 05:04:19 AM »
If the speculation about Adam and Larry is true then Edge is indeed the author of U2ís slow slide intoÖ irrelevance. And he has indeed started talking the kind of crapola bono specialises in.

For the purposes of this conversation I couldnít care less if heís happy. Iím not into music because I want band members to be happy. Hell, most great art comes from a place of suffering.

U2 have been financially secure for years now. Iím sure they could have comfortably retired after the success of the JT.

In the end I suppose bono and edge must just enjoy it. I still struggle to see how they could possibly think the likes of YTBTAM, Ahimsa, Shave and that football song are anything but awful, though.

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2023, 05:40:30 AM »
I think the same thing is still being discussed here, just in other threads. This band doesn't have to prove anything anymore, they've done a lot. It is admirable that they lasted four decades in the same line-up, without any crisis. How many bands can do that? Their latest productions are still of better quality than 70-80% of current performers. Even if they didn't release anything else, they left a lot here. Maybe I'm weird, but I like Ahimsa. With that female vocal and guest singer, it's an original song.

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2023, 07:38:52 AM »
I think the same thing is still being discussed here, just in other threads. This band doesn't have to prove anything anymore, they've done a lot. It is admirable that they lasted four decades in the same line-up, without any crisis. How many bands can do that? Their latest productions are still of better quality than 70-80% of current performers. Even if they didn't release anything else, they left a lot here. Maybe I'm weird, but I like Ahimsa. With that female vocal and guest singer, it's an original song.

Oh, they had some crisis. Itís been documented. Thatís one of their finest achievements; they moved on from them.
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Phoenix Rising

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2023, 10:06:40 AM »
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laoghaire

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2023, 10:33:32 AM »
Btw, does 8 really equal D?

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2023, 12:21:27 PM »
I agree with Soloyan. Edge got comfortable and they (him and Bono) donít wanna put the hours in anymore.

When they were a true band putting in the hours about 1/2 the songs arrived out of a jam or just the band being in the same room playing together. The band would jam for hours and pick the better pieces of those jams and form songs. Itís one of the reasons U2 albums took so long to make. We all saw how One was written out of them playing Mysterious Ways.

Now they donít want to spend days and weeks jamming, so Bono and Edge now want to be songwriters. They write the song and bring it to the others. The problem is, they arenít Bob Dylan or Paul Simon, they are losing what Larry and Adam brought to the mix. Likely the reason why Larry isnít happy. Heís be brought crap like Youíre The Best Thing and Song for Someone.

U2 is at its best when they are all playing together.
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Phoenix Rising

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2023, 12:23:08 PM »
Btw, does 8 really equal D?

Actually it's the other way around

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laoghaire

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2023, 12:50:39 PM »
Symmetric property

For all real numbers x and y
If x = y, then y = x

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Phoenix Rising

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2023, 01:44:47 PM »
it's the devils way now....

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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2023, 05:27:20 PM »
I'd say edge is at least as culpable for the dramatic decline of u2 as bono is.

And that is a big problem for a band - when your two biggest 'creatives' are in  a malaise/producing uninspired stuff then you are badly hamstrung.


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Re: Letís talk about The Edge
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2023, 05:49:58 PM »
Seems like Edge spends a quite a bit of time in California. I'll hear his name randomly mentioned by different celebrities saying they hung with him and his wife. The weather's probably better than Dublin.