Ep. 22: The Case for U2: The Biggest and Best Band of the 1980s?
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Who was the best and biggest and most consistent rock band of the 1980s? That’s a question that was banging around my head. I have a winner. And you aren’t going to like it. Or maybe you will.
I was thinking about who truly, really was the kings of rock and roll bands of the 1980s and I can’t say no to U2. Springsteen and the E St. Band Right are up there, but The River was 1979. Then it was Nebraska. So Bruce is really one band album in the decade. Petty? Always solid. Prince? I mean, he had 1999 and Purple Rain back to back. Bon Jovi? Def Leppard? We can talk about it. I mean, there were a lot of contenders. Journey? Queen? Late decade Guns and Roses. Van Halen? The Police? That’s a lot of great rock and roll.
And why is there a distaste that persists for U2? People like to throw stones at Bono. he is earnest above all. The band is so non-ironic, that it scares some people. They reinvent. They tour stadiums and do it well. Some still hate on them. Well, screw them. I’m onboard and I will tell you why.
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