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    Posted: December 17 2016 at 17:33
These are two of my favorite non prog bands. They were both popular around the same time(late eighties early 90's). However, I can't imagine many prog fans enjoying them. I'd like to be proven wrong though. Smile
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I only own The Joshua Tree (vinyl and CD), nothing by REM. Songs that I have heard I like, but nothing enough to invest in buying their albums, does not mean I turn the dial when they come one.

Enjoy their music, don't let mental proggers ruin your opinion of them LOL


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I love R.E.M., one of the best alternative rock bands out there. They have many great albums, but my favorites have always been Document and Green.

U2 has some good songs, but I'm not as big a fan of them as I am R.E.M.
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REM are ok, I guess.
 
I don't like U2.
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Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

I only own The Joshua Tree (vinyl and CD), nothing by REM. Songs that I have heard I like, but nothing enough to invest in buying their albums, does not mean I turn the dial when they come one.

Enjoy their music, don't let mental proggers ruin your opinion of them LOL

Yeah, I'm seeing the kind of responses I expected. Tongue 

The thing is I'm not a real big fan of most pop stuff and usually when a band gets big it doesn't interest me(radiohead might be an exception)but with U2 and R.E.M I think they were both very good bands and both very talented and deserved the success they got. Other than them there was some stuff that was ok but most eighties bands kind of bored me or just rubbed me the wrong way(especially most of the hair metal stuff).


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2016 at 19:06
Not a fan of either, though U.2. far surpasses R.E.M. for me. I used to listen to, I think the albums War, Boy (?) and Joshua Tree.
I cringe whenever I hear R.E.M. Admittedly, I only hear the radio stuff like Everybody Hurts and Sugar King and they are annoying as f.u.c.k.
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I like U2 quite a lot (especially their early albums).
I do not like REM at all. I find them annoying, too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2016 at 20:13
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

I only own The Joshua Tree (vinyl and CD), nothing by REM. Songs that I have heard I like, but nothing enough to invest in buying their albums, does not mean I turn the dial when they come one.

Enjoy their music, don't let mental proggers ruin your opinion of them LOL

Yeah, I'm seeing the kind of responses I expected. Tongue 

The thing is I'm not a real big fan of most pop stuff and usually when a band gets big it doesn't interest me(radiohead might be an exception)but with U2 and R.E.M I think they were both very good bands and both very talented and deserved the success they got. Other than them there was some stuff that was ok but most eighties bands kind of bored me or just rubbed me the wrong way(especially most of the hair metal stuff).

I was never of fan of Bono, his political views and all that stuff.....Dude just sing and wear those funky glasses, collect your paycheck and go home LOL


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I like REM hits.
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Love R.E.M. What a run they had in the '80's - Chronic TownReckoningFables of The ReconstructionLifes Rich PageantDocumentGreen.

U2 was alright in that decade themselves. War is a excellent pop album.
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I like U2's earlier work and I am rather indifferent to REM (OK, Shiny Happy People is a nice little ditty ).

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Love REM.

Don't like much U2 did after Unforgettable Fire, with the exception of a few songs, for example 'Where the sreets have no name' which is a glorious song. Bono is a complete tw&t IMO.
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Not too fond of either. Not because they are not prog though; I like a lot of non-prog. But I consider them to be lukewarm. They don't take any risks.


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Personally, I never really cared for REM, except for maybe Losing My Religion and Monsters


But U2 is a different thing altogether, IMHO

From Unforgettable Fire until Achtung Baby , they did four excellent albums, though they suffered from overexposition (espicially Joshua Tree), and I still have an excellent souvenir from viewing on the silver screen the Rattle & Hum movie.

But then they screwed things up with that Zooropa and that Passeners thing (with Eno) thingies and they were new the same afterwards. Nowadays I couldn't care less of their new albums, though I heard a sizeable amount of each to make sure I'm not missing out on something. 



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The only track I listen to from either band is the one U2 did with Pavarotti for the Passengers soundtrack. Still gives me chills when the big man booms.
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Both had classic periods then tailed off - U2 after Actung Baby and REM after New Adventures (although I quite like Reveal).
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I like Joshua tree, the National Park is awesome as is the Mohave.
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Originally posted by BaldFriede BaldFriede wrote:

Not too fond of either. Not because they are not prog though; I like a lot of non-prog. But I consider them to be lukewarm. They don't take any risks.

But doesn't music that take risks put them into the prog category? Maybe you like the Church or the Cure. I can't think of that many non prog bands who take risks. Maybe my definition of prog is different.
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First three albums from U2 where very good, the forgetable fire was okay but after that I really cannot abide them.

REM... meh... 
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