My thoughts on "The Next U2"

Gregory Scott Prophet ([email protected])
Tue, 25 Aug 1998 00:42:11 -0500 (EST)

        First of all, I think that this is one of the more interesting
> that have appeared on WIRE in quite some time. That said, I think that
> most of the bands that had the potential to be as big as U2 have already
> fallen short. I think that Depeche Mode has some amazing songs and a
> unique musical approach much like U2, but even though they were huge in
> late 80's they were nowhere near being as huge as U2. They made albums
> whose themes were maybe a little too gothic or weird for most mainstream
> listeners, even though they were still great albums. Dave Gahan's drug
> problems and Alan Wilder leaving the band pretty much destroyed whatever
> chance they had left. I still love DM and Ultra is my second favorite
> album of 97 behind POP, but I think they are definitely on the way down.

> Another band whose time is past is INXS. They had a huge sound
> vaguely reminds me of U2 and a charismatic frontman in Michael
> but they never were taken seriously I suppose, even though they had some
> really meaningful and powerful songs such as The Stairs and Guns In The
> (a personal favorite!).
> A band that still might have some potential left, though, is Pearl
> They have grown artistically with every album and still are amazing

> They seem to have all the elements of a band like U2 that could really
> explode. They are already huge in the U.S., but not worldwide (I don't
> think).
> As for Radiohead, I think that they are hugely overrated. I mean,
> they are creative I suppose, but the songs that I've heard are all
> depressing and somewhat boring. Feel free to flame me if you like here,
> but I just can't understand what the big deal is with Radiohead. And
> Oasis is retreading old ground, but they are still a blast to listen to
> breathe new life into an old style of music. Sure, they're all pretty
> jerks, but hey, I just like their music.
> Thanks for listening to my rambling. Feel free to e-mail me your
> or flames...bring 'em on!!!
> Greg

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