Why is U2 so popular?

First answer to “Why is U2 so popular” is painfully super. Read the whole thing, but here is an excerpt:

Then you learn that U2 is coming to town—U2!  Earnest, melodic, Oprah-endorsed U2! $200 a ticket? No problem. You get a sitter. Your wife is excited—this is going to be great! You invite some friends from college to join you.

On the way, you listen to the “early stuff.” The Joshua Tree pumps through the speakers of your Lexus SUV (no judgment—you have two kids!). The harmonies soothe. The lyrics are straightforward. You recall a simpler time before car seats and prostate exams. The nostalgia is so thick you have to wipe it from your face. You haven’t looked at your phone in nearly 11 minutes.

You arrive at the show and see yourself everywhere. Tasteful North Face and Patagonia jackets abound. The stands are awash in earth tones. No one is shoving. No one has a nose ring. These are your people.You arrive at the show and see yourself everywhere. Tasteful North Face and Patagonia jackets abound. The stands are awash in earth tones. No one is shoving. No one has a nose ring. These are your people.

via Why is U2 so popular? – Quora.

 

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Comments

  1. @rwrodgers says:

    Ouch…guilty, guilty, guilty as charged.

  2. guest says:

    Imagine you're a hipster music snob with a funny mustache and a penchant for steampunk. You are perplexed that some people like music other than the Avett Brothers or Arcade Fire. You have a Quora account, too. What next?

  3. tyoung says:

    I have always hated U2. Initially for their earnest preachy tone. Now for their corporate globalist image. I hate bono!

  4. Rhyscurrency says:

    I'm an atypical U2 fan (late 20s), but I've been to three U2 concerts. Most of the crowd fit the profile he gave.