What If U2 Goes Gansta, Yo?

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Is the word “Shidizzle” in the Bible?  Did Matthew ever call Jesus “Phat” or “Dope”?  If he did, did Jesus turn the other cheek or did he kick him in his Leviticus?  Can Bono work the Kadashians into his lyrical ways?  If he’s looking to reach his younger audience, he best be ripping out his thesaurus, cuz Homie don’t play dat!  You feelin’ me?

We may need to rethink all this talk about going after the younger audience and relevance. Have we really thought this through? The sweetest melody that we haven’t heard yet may need to come with a translator. Have you been around kids these days?  If not, you need to get the “down low” or is it the “low down” about the linguistics of today.  This isn’t your Bee Gee’s Jive Talking either, this is the full in your grill Lavern & Shirley, “Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated” new lingo. Unless Bono figures this out, it truly will be the blind leading the blonde when it comes to deciphering this smack down.  Fo real! Today’s posse ain’t runnin’ to jump your swag, if you ain’t styling, because that’s just cray cray. Word!

As older U2 fans, are we truly ready to share our group with a generation that thinks that TMZ is a legitimate news source?  Or one who knows where the Kadashians live, but couldn’t locate where Kazakistan is on a map? ( I checked a map before I wrote that last line) ;). We better be ready, because that’s what U2 wants.

Playing in a bomb crater in Sarajevo was easier than what they’re up against with today’s fickle teens, tweens and everything in between.

How do you connect to a younger audience that is more interested in visibility than vision?  Swag than Scripture? Feeling the beat rather than feeling the lyrics? That is the $64,000 question. The bigger question is, “How does U2 do this while not alienating the generation that gave them such a great life?”  I swear if I see someone twerking at a U2 show, I’m gonna take my Wrecking Ball and pop a cap in that ass! I’m sorry, but part of me is not ready for what comes next. I’m not ready for the push towards a younger audience. If I tried to twerk, the orbit of my hips would put be in traction for a week!  Is there some middle ground here that we can meet half way?  Compromise, it’s not a dirty word, but most lyrics on today’s radio are, so now what?  Is there enough room in a song for swerve and Scripture? Are we ready for Bono to ad lib his way through Mysterious Ways – “Johnny hops into his pimpin’ ride with his sister the hoe, that flashed her moon,” or “If you walk away, walk away, I will follow you at #U2jamsthemoldyoldies,” just to reach a younger audience?

The younger audience wants fast in your face lyrics. They want it quick & direct. If they get stuck in a moment trying to figure out how it’s possible to see China right in front of them when they’re not even in Asia, game over.  With texting, face time, Instagram, Snap Chat, Facebook & Twitter, there is no such thing as an Unknown Caller to this generation.   Also, you can forget about hearing any metaphors and similes on the new CD. Kids today don’t know that “The air is heavy, heavy as a truck” is a simile, they just think it’s a horrific line like the rest of us. We’re dealing with intellectual tortoises that are use to moving from 1 hit wonder to 1 hit wonder in a flash , so I think the days of delving into lyrical discussions may be behind us.  Playing in a bomb crater in Sarajevo was easier than what they’re up against with today’s fickle teens, tweens and everything in between.  Will they be able to pull it off?

We’ll know soon enough, Yo.  Tru Dat!  ;)

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    joepit
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    Is the word “Shidizzle” in the Bible?  Did Matthew ever call Jesus “Phat” or “Dope”?  If he did, did Jesus turn the other cheek or did he kick him in
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    #11270

    Chris
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    Yo, man, wait a minute ! I’m gonna pop some tags…Got only 20 $ in my pocket…U2 wear their granddad’s clothes…they look invisi..gahouh..incredible..!!! I bought my U2 album from the thrift shop down the road…This is fucking awesome !!!!!

    This is some messed up shit…I gave you thumbs up just because it’s funny and ridiculous, I love having this kind of fun…laughing and stuff…Now seriously, I hope U2 won’t turn to the wrong direction….the One Direction !!!

    Remember Bono’s style of sing-talk is awesome (listen to Cedars of Lebanon, Crazy Tonight, Boots…)…Even Edge knows how it’s done…Do I need to mention the song Numb ??? And I’m going to remind you of Adam on “Your Blue Room”, I know you hate it as mush as I hate Invisible so we’re even !

    All in All…Achtung Baby is the album that has a little bit of everything for everyone and It pleases the fans too…I know there won’t be another one like it…I’m talking about the approach and artistic quality, the change of style…Kids used to (w)rap things up back in ’91 too, didn’t they??? But everyone liked this album ! Why? Because it has Everything and something more ! I can’t say it better ! If U2 stop lying to themselves and just be honest and do what they feel like…Then we’ll like it too !!! The pressure is big enough…

    U2 knew how to do this stuff…This time it’s harder than ever !

    My honest personal opinion is that they don’t need to please anyone but themselves, they have to love their work first…”If it’s not bullshit for us…”, you know the drill..

    #11272

    joepit
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    That’s some serious jive,Yo! I think I just hurt myself. ;)

    #11273

    Pam
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    Great thoughts, Joe! It´s interesting to get to know some words young people use nowadays. Even in German there is a bit slang language that is not familiar to me. When youths write text messages they often use abbreviations and signs I don´t understand.
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    As a songwriter Bono has to face the fact that the language has changed. The question is: Can U2 still create some rock music that relates to the feelings of the young generation? As longtime fans we all love to look for different interpretations of lyrics including Bible references. For me the ambiguity of Bono´s words is very beautiful. Thinking about possible meanings requires some patience and time in our fast-moving modern world. But I hope U2 can still fascinate teenagers and persons in their twenties if they deliver some powerful music. If songs truly rock like Until The End Of The World or Mysterious Ways listeners could possibly get curious and deal with the lyrics later.

    #11275

    Chris
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    The world is wrong…U2 is right !!! So: do your stuff U2, be honest ! The world will follow and slow down just to listen to you !!! Come on, U2 !!! Awww..Fuck…they’re not hearing me anyway !!!!

    #11276

    Chris
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    Listen to me people…the speed of the world is the most ugly thing I’ve ever experienced…People don’t take time to LIVE !!!!!!!!

    #11278

    Chris
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    The Speed of Life is destroying us and the Planet…It is the Devil !!!

    #11279

    joepit
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    Chris, you’re ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. The world should adapt to U2 not U2 to the world.

    #11280

    Chris
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    You got it, Joe !!!!! Yes !!!!!

    #11281

    Pam
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    I agree that U2 must stay true to their music, to the beauty and emotional depth of words and their humanity. If they continue to deliver honest and moving songs they will always find a connection to fans.

    #11284

    joepit
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    The question though Pam is, will it connect to the younger audience that U2 is looking for?

    #11285

    Chris
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    Who cares???? That’s the answer !!! U2 have to do their thing! Period ! There’s a huge chance they won’t connect !!! Then what? The END of U2 ??? Just because kids are fed 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with crap music ???

    It’s not U2 that has to change for the kids, kids want One Direction and Jason DErulo, it’s U2 that has to change the kids, people, whatevah…That’s what U2 is all about !!! Changing us ! making us believe there’s something more out there, something more called U2 !!!!!

    #11286

    Pam
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    Interesting question, Joe. I think U2 certainly look for a younger audience that shows a sincere interest in music and lyrics. Lots of young people certainly prefer fast and easy entertainment nowadays. But I believe there is still a part of teenagers and persons in their twenties who search for music that inspires them to think about the big questions of life.

    #11287

    u2doll
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    This is a very tricky subject. Take me, for example, I was 16 years old and at the ZooTV tour. Most of my friends were listening to fluffy bubble gum pop, while I was strictly rock, especially U2.
    Can the younger audience be catered to without destroying the essence of U2?
    I have to say no to that last question.
    So, I do not feel that U2 even needs to worry about reaching a younger audience. They have an intelligent following, and sometimes those are young people who are just ahead of their time.
    U2 will always be relevant to the people who understand and appreciate them. Every so often, it might be a 12 year old who shuns Miley Cyrus for classic rock.
    U2 needs to stick to just one thing, being U2, the greatest living rock band.
    Great blog Joe!

    #11288

    joepit
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    Welcome U2doll. You’re right, it is a tricky right rope that U2 is walking right now. I agree with your points, but I appreciate the risk that U2 is taking.

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