Talk:U2

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Inaccuracies have crept in[edit]

I don't think it's intentional, but, possibly because of constant editing and improvement, some facts have become distorted and contradictory. For example: The article states that, in 1980, "The album <Boy> included the band's first United States hit single, "I Will Follow"." However, in 1983, "...<The> first single <off War>, "New Year's Day", was the band's first hit outside Ireland or the UK." These can't both be true, and possibly neither is, as a look at the discography shows three previous top 20 singles in the States. I think maybe someone with a good knowledge of the band (which rules out Eamon Dunphy! ;-) ) should take a read through and maybe rewrite chunks. I didn't follow them closely enough myself, unfortunately. Pollythewasp (talk) 11:24, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

"The Edge" or "the Edge" in running prose?[edit]

Please express your thoughts at the RFC: Talk:The Edge#The Edge should be capital "T" or lower-case "t" in running prose?

Thank you. Binksternet (talk) 16:46, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

"The Edge's timbrally varied guitar sounds and Bono's expressive vocals"[edit]

I think this statement should be removed. It especially doesn't belong in the opening paragraph.

1. It's an uncited opinion. 2. It's clearly non-neutral, written by a fan using laudatory wording. 3. It doesn't differentiate the band in anyway. Timbrally varied doesn't mean anything except that the guitars sound different some time than other times. Music is a form of expression, so referring to vocals as expressive is meaningless.

I deleted this statement on Thursday 9/11/14, and it's back. If there's a good reason to keep this statement in the top paragraph please explain it to me.

64.197.113.1 (talk) 18:40, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

The statement was previously written as "Edge's textural approach to guitar playing" (or something close). Someone objected that it was not accurate (e.g. textural as a word was being misused) and then it was changed to the version above. I disagree about removing the statement, particularly the part about Bono's vocals. I think it can be rephrased to describe the band's anthemic sound, Edge's trademark chiming guitar sound, and Bono's belting vocals - whether in those exact words is up for discussion. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 13:16, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Christian rock[edit]

Sources There are several sources that attest to U2 being a Christian rock band. Citing them as such is consistent with WP:V. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:33, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

And plenty of sources would dispute that. There's never been a consensus that the band is "Christian rock" - maybe a rock band made of Christians. Heck, if you read down further in the article you cite as a reference, it says "Much of the confusion around U2’s faith stems from the fact that they’ve never been an 'officially' Christian rock band." Not sure how you can cite an article that waffles between saying the band is and isn't a "Christian rock" band. Their music has also been very open to interpretation due to Bono's lyrics often being non-specific and using platitudes, so it seems to me many interpret them in Christian contexts due to their relationship with Christianity. Y2Kcrazyjoker4 (talkcontributions) 11:42, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
I have not seen many to dispute that. To many pundits there's not difference between a Christian rock band and a rock band made of Christians. It's the definition used by The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music and several of the publications in the "industry" such as CCM Magazine (who have reviewed their albums in the past). I don't know if I would include it in the infobox, but that's not the question here. Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:05, 19 September 2014 (UTC)